“The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again”

The sixth-form trip to Poland could not have been more perfectly timed. With the relocation progressing at an even faster pace this month, the days only get more and more restless. For me, this trip was an opportunity to escape the madness and immerse in a different culture. Admittedly, I had little extensive knowledge of Poland’s history beyond the trip being centralized around our visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau. However, I’m glad I didn’t as it meant with every day spent in Kraków, there was something new I could learn. I knew that this trip was going to be memorable, but looking back, I most definitely underestimated how rewarding visiting Poland could really be.

Gates leading to Auschwitz concentration camp: sign reads "Work makes (you) free"
Gates leading to Auschwitz concentration camp: sign reads “Work makes (you) free”
View from inside Auschwitz-Birkenau II – the extermination camp
Electric fences cover the perimeter of Auschwitz I

Besides its rich history, Krakow’s city life and architecture were other aspects I was left in awe of on a regular basis. Ask anybody, I wouldn’t stop taking pictures! Not to mention, with five zlotys to the pound, everything is ridiculously cheap, i.e. it’s amazing for shopping and a few too many desperados. Below are some of my favourite pictures of the Main Square, taken by me of course:

Rynek Główny at night
Rynek Główny at night

I know for sure I’ll be visiting the city of Krakow again in the future but until then, thanks for the memories.