Here is your cast of characters for the Poland trip:
Ch - Ard (AKA Chad, Peace Corps Volunteer Extrodinare)
Chad decided that he needed something different in life, so he quit his very good job in Green Bay and joined the Peace Corps. Yeah, I don't know what he was thinking. When I need a change, I cut my hair. They sent him to a small town in Ukraine, where the internet sometimes works and in the winter he wears his gloves while typing. Although it sounds like he is living with a really great family, I am not sure if the Ukraine is now at the top of the list of my travel destinations. I love Ch-ard. He is an inspiration.
The Married Couple (AKA Eimear and Brendan)
Eimear used to be a wild and crazy single woman, and then she met Brendan, a lovely guy who does the best impression of a German DJ. For someone who does not speak German, he has the perfect accent. They are the cutest married Irish couple you can imagine. The two of them have the patience of Job, as they bought a house and are now renovating it themselves.
The Crazy One (AKA Aoife)
Aoife is the one on the left. The is the only picture I have of her where she is sober and not pretending to kill Ch-ard (LONG story!). Aoife is my wild, crazy single friend. The girl is amazing. She works in finance, and in the evening she is go, go, go. We were at a bar on Friday. While I was literally sleeping in the corner, she was ordering another vodka/coke.
The five of us met up in Krakow last Wednesday. We rented an apartment in order to save money. Renting an apartment was a great idea. Ten people could sleep there comfortably and it was located in the heart of the old town. It had two renovated bathrooms, a new kitchen, and a washing machine. Ch-ard had not had a hot shower in months or seen a washing machine. I think we could of stayed in the apartment for 4 days and he would have been happy. Price for this luxury? 23 Euros per person per night.
Wednesday night, we went to the Mexican place next door. This is what a Polish person thinks a Margarita should look like. I was skeptical. It did not taste very good, but had enough tequila in it to get me tipsy.
I am planning two more Poland posts: Wawel Castle and Auschwitz. I have to work on my pictures and then I will post them to flikr. Take a look! I got some good shots.