Monday, July 15, 2013

European Research Exchange - Wroclaw

So even before I came to Berlin I was planning a trip to Wroclaw in Poland. The reason for this was because there was a Japanese band that I like that was doing a show there, so I just pretty much had to go since I had to go.

As a result, this last weekend was spent in Poland. I got back yesterday, and man, it was a good trip haha. Really tiring, but really fun. It all started on Friday when I got on a train to Wroclaw. It was a pretty uneventful trip.

Train rolling in at Berlin Hauptbahnhof.

My first impressions of Poland as we crossed into the border was that it seemed kinda old and rundown. Like the buildings near the various train stations we pulled into had like broken windows, peeling paint, and it just looked kinda slummy.

Wroclaw itself was nice though. Very historic feel and had a lot of old buildings. It felt a lot different than say, Berlin. There are a lot more older buildings and the city doesn't feel as modern. But it's still pretty cool with lots of things to see.

304 incredibly steep steps to get up here man.

After checking into the hotel, I had some time to kill so I decided to walk around the city center before dinner and the concert. I went to the Rynek, or the market square, and just checked out some of the cool buildings they had there as well as climb a church tower to take the above picture.

After dinner was the concert, and man, I was so hyped for the concert leading up to it, and it didn't disappoint haha. It was such a sick concert. It was pretty much like two and a bit hours of awesome music and great atmosphere.

I'm still recovering from the concert, and it's been a few days already >_>

I wanted to buy a tour t-shirt, but they didn't have any male sizes left. I was seriously considering buying the female version because I can totally fit into it. But afterwards I decided against it. It would be too weird. Next time, Deathgaze, next time.

The next day was my free day, so I spent my entire Saturday sightseeing and exploring the city. And man, I walked so much that day. So tiring. But I went and saw pretty much everything I wanted to see, so it was a pretty successful day.

I went to the top of the Wroclaw Cathedral too.

My first stop involved walking back through the Rynek to the Wroclaw Cathedral. It's a giant twin towered cathedral and it's pretty imposing. It's a really big building and the interior is also very nice.

Aside from the Wroclaw Cathedral, I also went and checked out the Centennial Hall, which is like a UNESCO World Heritage site built 100 years ago. It was kinda cool since it was actually built in May 1913, so it actually has been around for like 100 years.

See that thin spire thing near the middle of this pic? Yea I have no idea what it's for either.

I spent a decent amount of time at the hall since we could go inside for a mini-museum kinda thing and a show. So I did that and then headed back to the hotel before finding dinner. Oh, I also ate at the Hall and ordered perogies. So I totally had perogies in Poland, which was one of my goals.

I ended up wandering the city for a bit longer before dinner, and then decided to wait for the sun to set a bit before returning back to the hotel for the night.

Apparently there's a thing called the Blue Hour when the sky is blue.

Freaking mosquitos man. That's all I have to say about that.

Sunday was the day I had to go back to Berlin, so after I checked out of the Hotel I went to check out one last place, the Raclawice Panorama. That was kind of a pain though since I had to carry my stuff with me, but oh well.

Yea man, took a panorama picture of a panorama painting.

The panorama is this giant 360 degree painting of a battle for Polish independence. It was actually really lifelike and they displayed it in a really cool way. Afterwards I grabbed lunch and then heading back to the station to catch my train back to Berlin.

I had to transfer at Poznan, but for the most part the trip back was pretty smooth and uneventful. Overall I would say it was a good trip, learned a lot about Poland in general, saw a bunch of cool things and had a good time.

Dem pierogies.

This was definitely one of my highlights so far of my time in Europe. We'll see what's up next haha. I hear there's this awesome event in Cologne next month!

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