Biergarten and Chinese Garden
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June 19th, 2009 – by: cmorto
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday we have been in meetings all day and unfortunately we had several hours of bus travel each day to get to our site visits in the nearby area so I have not had alot of time on the internet.
Thursday night Rachel and I went out for dinner in the town square area. We passed by the schloss (castle) and I took a picture. We were tired of local food so we found a little chinese place upstairs called China Garden. It was decorated with lots of plastic flowers and shrubbery, reminding me of the foliage in munchkin city in the wizard of oz. We split some eggrolls, dumplings, and sweet and sour chicken and had a nice relaxing dinner.
I have also been enjoying the spa here every day. I brought my swimsuit so I go down to the pool in my robe and slippers they provide, using the special spa elevator so you dont have to walk through the hotel undressed. The pool is in a basement/grotto area. After swimming a few laps I entered the sauna room which has a steam/vapor room, a 70 degree dry sauna, a 90 degree dry sauna, and an infrared sauna. I liked the vapor room and the 90 degree dry sauna the best. After sitting in a room for about 10 minutes you walk out and they have a pedastal filled with ice shavings. You grab handfuls of ice and briskly rub them all over to cool your skin - the idea being that you sweat out all the toxins in the sauna and then shut your pores with the ice. After that you rinse in a nearby shower and then repeat the whole process a few times. She said in the winter it is traditional that you go jump in the snow after the sauna but since they dont have snow they provide the ice. Its really a cool idea and a very relaxing way to spend an hour working out, swimming, and sauna. They also have a solarium (tanning bad) and massages, etc but I did not care to spend the money to partake on those extras.
We finished about 4 pm today and being very tired I took a 3 hour nap, made my apologies for not going to dinner with the group, answered emails, ordered room service and packed. I leave in the morning for Krakow where we will be staying until Tuesday afternoon. The weather looks to be 50-60 and raining the entire time we are there so hopefully that wont dampen our tourist spirits. I plan on doing shopping, seeing some castles and churches, and maybe taking a trip to see the salt mines.
Should have more time to make another entry on Sunday about my weekend touring Krakow.
PS I talked to Tom in Singapore and one of his classmates has H1N1 so as soon as they get back from a weekend in Hong Kong the entire class is being quarantined. Their classes for next week are cancelled and they are supposed to move to Beijing for the next 5 weeks next weekend so hopefully that wont be cancelled and no one else will get sick. Tom said he is feeling totally fine but keep him and his classmates in your thoughts and prayers.
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