Eastern Europe Trip // Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter – We were supposed to be on a public bus heading to Wieliczka Salt Mine, unfortunately we couldn’t make it, not because we missed the bus or short of time but it’s the receptionist had gave us a wrong bus info! We ended looking for the bus for an hour, asked the helpful local but no luck; sun set, night fell and times out. So the plan b was to tour around Kazimierz Jewish Quarter and only head to the the two main attractions of Krakow – Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp the next day. This plan was quite challenging too because the salt mine and the concentration camp are both located very far away.
Back to Kazimierz, it’s a Jewish quarter in Krakow and this was like my first time coming in contact with Jews, Jewish, or Hebrew, or anything related as Jews are quite rare or none in Asia, and my passport is now allowed to go into Israel. So, it’s a very new thing to me!
With much excitement, I wandered around the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz and found, nothing much, except bunch of jewish restaurants, cool bars, Hebrews and a few Synagogue (Jewish temple). Pretty quiet at night and it took just less than an hour and a half to finish walking the whole Kazimierz. I’ve been to a Chinese temple, a church, a mosque, a Hindu temple, but not a synagogue. Too bad, it was late and it was closed for visit.
Night fell, nothing much to do, hungry, and we bought spaghetti and cooked at the hostel. That’s what a shoestring budget traveller does.