Friday, March 17, 2023

Poland Day 4: Krakow and Goodbye

Annie and I slept in, had breakfast, and went on a walking tour of Krak√≥w’s City Center. 

This is St Mary’s church where someone plays a trumpet every hour from the window high above. It was how they used to open and close the city gates every day. 

Wawel Castle is where the kings lived and as they changed reigns, each would add a portion in their own style. It looked like a hodgepodge of structures. 

A Banksy! 

We went out for dinner and beer. Our time was coming to a close as Annie was getting on a night train back to the Czech Republic where she lives. 

I just love Annie’s sense of adventure and lust for travel. I love hearing her stories and look forward to seeing more. 

Before I left America I asked Annie what she wanted me to bring her. She said “Red Marlboro cigarettes”. Annie is into collections like me and I found this request odd until she said her boyfriend collected the smokes because each state had a different label. 

So I went into “Rae Ann Mode” and asked friends throughout the states to buy me cigarettes. I cannot tell you how happy it made me to deliver this gift to Annie. It reminded me I have so many great people in my life and I love doing things that exceed people’s expectations. 

I also learned it is illegal to send smokes in the US and you can only import 200 cigarettes into most countries. Oops. 

Annie and I said our goodbyes as she grabbed her night train back home and promised not to wait another eight years before seeing one another. 

What a day!

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