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OP Rakky 9 | 217  
18 Oct 2007 /  #31
Thank you natalka, Iskra and Zgubiony!
I think I'll just bring a few rolls of toilet paper with me - it won't be the first time, believe it or not! :-)

Regarding:

Check they you do/dont need vaccinations to Poland (like Hep A , Hep B)

I found this information in various places:

"No immunizations are required for entry. The following medical vaccinations are desirable or helpful for travel to Poland to prevent contagious diseases in Poland: hepatitis A & B, rabies, typhoid and tetanus.

A common disease is the tick-borne encephalitis. Travelers are at risk who visit or work in forested areas during the summer months and who consume unpasteurized dairy products. Vaccine for this disease is not available in the United States at this time. To prevent tick-borne infections travelers should take precautions to prevent tick bites."

Because we hope to do some hiking in the hills around Wysowa, the tick information caught my attention. We have plenty of ticks here (northeast USA) as well, and because I spend so much time in the woods collecting mushrooms I am accustomed to wearing plenty of protective clothing, even when it's hot out. But I'm wondering if anyone has had experience with ticks in that area?

And what's the story about consuming unpasteurized dairy products???
dtaylor 9 | 823  
18 Oct 2007 /  #32
The water in Krakow is not safe to drink at all.

you dont half talk a load of crap, been here for 2 years, the water is fine:)
polishgirltx  
18 Oct 2007 /  #33
hehehe...you don't glow in the dark yet? lol
dtaylor 9 | 823  
18 Oct 2007 /  #34
The trouble is in Poland it will be the one person who wants to befriend you who will be most likely to stab you in the back! In Poland, I would trust nobody at all.

no michal that has only happened to you, thats why your contorted views on poland are taken with a pinch of salt

hehehe...you don't glow in the dark yet? lol

no but my third arms is smaller than the other 2;)
Michal - | 1,865  
18 Oct 2007 /  #35
no but my third arms is smaller than the other 2;)

With respect, you do not know Poland as well as I do.
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
18 Oct 2007 /  #36
But, you were there 20 years ago Mike.
OP Rakky 9 | 217  
18 Oct 2007 /  #37
Speaking of dangers - what effect has the radiation plume from Chernobyl had on Polish crops and livestock? For example - can you safely eat mushrooms that you pick in the southeastern portion of the country? Can you safely drink the water? Are there any limitations or quarantines in effect?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
18 Oct 2007 /  #38
Are there any limitations or quarantines in effect?

Not that I know of.
dtaylor 9 | 823  
19 Oct 2007 /  #39
With respect, you do not know Poland as well as I do.

without respect, but with the nonsense you come out with i think i do
Michal - | 1,865  
19 Oct 2007 /  #40
Anybody can just go to modern day Poland and see things around them but I knew Poland of old and know the people very well indeed. There are good things about Poland in just the same way that there are good and bad things about everyone and everything, but Poland is not a safe country in which to live and my family will not be returning to Poland to live. In Poland, in a railway carriage, they will steal all your thing and then just throw your body out through a window on to the tracks below. Human life has almost no meaning whatsoever to the Poles.
dtaylor 9 | 823  
19 Oct 2007 /  #41
In Poland, in a railway carriage, they will steal all your thing and then just throw your body out through a window on to the tracks below. Human life has almost no meaning whatsoever to the Poles.

i close my case your honour
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
19 Oct 2007 /  #42
In Poland, in a railway carriage, they will steal all your thing and then just throw your body out through a window on to the tracks below. Human life has almost no meaning whatsoever to the Poles

That's strange. I've travelled across Poland several times during all hours and I've never had any problems. You can be robbed anywhere in the world. I live in NY and I'm sure there are more muggings/theft here than in Poland. I for one feel safer there :)
OP Rakky 9 | 217  
19 Oct 2007 /  #43
can't give you any tips but i can answer specific questions re: that region of poland

Since we'll be flying in to Krakow, and hope to spend a couple of days in and around Krakow (seeing the city itself, visiting Auschwitz, visiting the salt mine), we were thinking of just starting our time there instead of coming back to it later. Are there any good hotels in Krakow that will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel? How long would the trip be from Krakow to Auschwitz? How much time should we budget for touring Auschwitz? How much time for the salt mine?
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
19 Oct 2007 /  #44
Are there any good hotels in Krakow

Europejski Hotel
Novotel Centrum

You can also check HotelsPoland.com. Just try to get ratings :)

How long would the trip be from Krakow to Auschwitz

1.5 - 2 hrs

How much time should we budget for touring Auschwitz? How much time for the salt mine?

I wouldn't try both in the same day. I'd also get to Auschwitz early :)
natalka - | 46  
19 Oct 2007 /  #45
Since we'll be flying in to Krakow, and hope to spend a couple of days in and around Krakow (seeing the city itself, visiting Auschwitz, visiting the salt mine), we were thinking of just starting our time there instead of coming back to it later. Are there any good hotels in Krakow that will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel? How long would the trip be from Krakow to Auschwitz? How much time should we budget for touring Auschwitz? How much time for the salt mine?

the salt mines, you can go there by train (little train ^_^)
and it doesn't take much time to get there.
if you go to the train station, you can buy a ticket there, and check the times it will run.
the salt mines tour was somthing like....hour to hour and half ^_^
OP Rakky 9 | 217  
19 Oct 2007 /  #46
You guys are awesome!
Has anyone ever visited a shop in Krakow called Perfekt, which designs and sews folk costumes from many different regions of Poland? I am very interested in obtaining some clothing that reflects my Carpatho-Rusyn heritage - both from the "old days" and some that I could wear today (such as a nice vest or coat). This is the only business I've found by searching on the Web. Do you know of it, or of others?
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161  
29 Nov 2007 /  #47
How long would the trip be from Krakow to Auschwitz?

~1,5h by a train. That's Kraków-Oświęcim. Next you can walk or take a taxi to the camp.

How much time should we budget for touring Auschwitz?

You don't have to pay to enter the camp but you have to pay If you want to take a guide. Train tickets are rather cheap.

How much time for the salt mine?

I was there last time many years ago and then It was something like 2h but before I had to wait over 1h. There's a lot of fast walking, so don't take your father there. They probably wouldn't even let him in.
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
29 Nov 2007 /  #48
I was there last time many years ago and then It was something like 2h but before I had to wait over 1h. There's a lot of fast walking, so don't take your father there. They probably wouldn't even let him in.

And a crap load of stairs :)

10zl to take photos.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161  
29 Nov 2007 /  #49
I am very interested in obtaining some clothing that reflects my Carpatho-Rusyn heritage

Looks like they have something from Krosno area but I'm not sure If that's £emko costume.

And a crap load of stairs :)

Yes...
telefonitika  
29 Nov 2007 /  #50
And a crap load of stairs :)

over three hundred i counted them then nearly fell down as the stairs to the first main level in the salt mine are spiral and descending .....

dizzyness ensues ... the lift at the end is fab :)
southern 75 | 7,096  
29 Nov 2007 /  #51
I recommend sightseeing in Warsaw.


OP Rakky 9 | 217  
27 Dec 2007 /  #52
Hello again, everyone!
It's almost January, and I need to make solid plans for our trip to Poland in July. You've all been most helpful already, so I hope you don't mind if I keep asking more questions and looking for more assistance with this.

If you live in or around Krakow, or are knowledgable about that area, or also the area from Gorlice south to Wysowa (very near the border), east to Nowy Zmigrod and southeast to Zyndranova (please click on map below to see the area) and would be willing to help me out with planning this trip, I sure would appreciate it. Feel free to PM or e-mail me or to add postings here - I'll gladly take all input and suggestions.

I'll add more posts with specific questions, but wanted to put this out there right away so that you can feel free to post whatever you like on the subject.

Thank you very much for all your help!


  • Rakky Travel Map
anka - | 3  
31 Dec 2007 /  #53
water sux in Pl, but PLS! No hepitatis ot other deseaes... unless one Polak will bite U and give U Rabies...LOL
Be ware of Polish Folk!!!! They R ferral!
OP Rakky 9 | 217  
2 Jan 2008 /  #54
Our trip in July will include some time to do a bit of hiking and mushroom-hunting in Magurski National Park. Is anyone familiar with this park? Is it also referred to as Magura, or is that another park? Does anyone hunt mushrooms successfully in mid-July? If so, what species do you find?
djf 18 | 166  
2 Jan 2008 /  #55
Rakky, i find the best place to check for hotels is tripadvisor. They have reviews, a forum and can do a best price check.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
2 Jan 2008 /  #56
Does anyone hunt mushrooms successfully in mid-July?

I can't argue much with an expert, but July does seem early to me. Let's say, for some species.
OP Rakky 9 | 217  
2 Jan 2008 /  #57
July does seem early to me. Let's say, for some species

True, but not all of the edible species grow in the fall, when most people hunt for mushrooms. For example, I find nice chanterelles in the summer, as well as some early boletes. Do you have chanterelles there?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
2 Jan 2008 /  #58
Do you have chanterelles there?

Sorry, I have no idea about mushrooms. I was just answering your last question.
OP Rakky 9 | 217  
2 Jan 2008 /  #59
I have no idea about mushrooms

YET!
It's never too late to start learning!
Piorun - | 658  
6 Jan 2008 /  #60
Do you have chanterelles there?

Very common. In Polish it's Kurka (pieprznik jadalny) - (summer-fall ) June-September in hardwood and coniferous forests. There are forms which differ somewhat in color. Chanterelle is very characteristic specie and difficult to be mistaken. However it looks very similar to False Chanterelle ( which is slightly toxic). If you look under the cap you can see vivid orange and it has no smell. Also very similar to Hedgehog (Edible) in Polish kolczak, it has tooth-like surface under cap. Sometimes they even grow close together. If you know your mushrooms you should be safe, but if it's your first time mushroom hunting in any region it's always a good idea to go with someone local or at least ask someone local.

Some links u may find useful.

Gorlice miasto.gorlicki.iap.pl/gm_usciegor.htm
Wysowa
Mushrooms

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