Loose Ends And Old Friends

By Jane Mountain | June 23, 2013

For the last few mornings I’ve woken up around 6:30 am. This is pretty early for me, and I think it means that I’ve finally caught up on my sleep. Except that doesn’t explain why I’m still so darn tired!

Since I couldn’t sleep, I forced myself out of bed and did a slow asana practice of standing poses, opening up my hamstrings, quads, and hips. I love practicing yoga first thing and feel amazing when I can actually get my lazy butt out of bed to do it. Here’s hoping I can manage to find the time and space to keep it up on the road.

Crossing Ts

We spent the whole morning working and then finally dragged ourselves outside around noon. On the way to lunch, we stumbled upon a medieval fair taking place in honour of summer solstice.

dog statue in poland

Sad dog statue also dressed.

We enjoyed the kitschy displays of typical medieval pursuits, such as pottery, wood-chopping, meat-smoking, and torture.

medieval festival in krakow poland

This device tickles you to death, apparently.

We lined up at this bread stall, only to find that bread from medieval times is very stale.

bread cart under the castle in krakow poland

Castle overlooking the market.

One item still on our Kraków to do list was to eat at Pod Norenami, which was recommended by our yoga friend and reader Agata. Thanks for the tip, Agata, it was great! I had the sesame encrusted “chicken” which looked and tasted delicious. Sadly, the service was so slow that by the time I got my food, I was way too hungry to pause and take a picture.

Route planning has also been on our list for the last few days. We finally have a rough idea where we’ll be going tomorrow. On our way out of town, we’ll ride through Nowa Huta, a communist planned community just outside Kraków. It was built to teach those louche Krakówians how to behave as good Communist citizens should.

I’m pretty excited to see it as it’s supposed to be largely unchanged since it was built in the 1950s. I’m sure we’ll have lots of pictures to share with you tomorrow.

Learning How To Fly

When Stephen taught yoga at Biała Droga last time we were in Kraków, we discussed getting together for AcroYoga when we got back. Luckily for us, Kasia, one of the students at the class, organised it for tonight. So we met with a small group at the studio to do a little flying.

Of course, it’s always fun to practice silly stuff with other yogis, and today was no exception. They courteously spoke mostly in English, though when discussions were had in Polish, we were happy to see that we could pick up enough words to understand what was going on. It doesn’t take long to acclimate your ears.

acro yoga in krakow poland

Stephen is all about base.

Spending time with friendly people doing yoga is a forceful reminder of our friends back home. Both of us miss our yoga community so much, and it’s so nice to be welcomed into someone else’s circle for a little while. It’s also a great reminder that people are basically the same, no matter what part of the world you’re in.

We walked back along the river with Natalia as the sun set over Kraków. In case you’ve forgotten, Natalia put us up on our first night in the city, and has been babysitting our bikes for the last week. She is neck-deep in final projects and presentations for the end of her college term, so it was nice to get a little time to chat with her as we made our way back to her place.

And then, at long last, we were reunited with our two true loves – our bikes! It was so great to see them again and fantastic to swing our legs over the saddles and start to pedal. We were both a little wobbly at first, but it didn’t take long to get back into the rhythm.

So looking forward to a real ride tomorrow!  

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