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Trip to Krakow

Krakow was another spectacular trip we organized for our students. Moreover, it was the most demanded trip since the beginning of our club’s activity. So, I decided to participate, because it was a nice opportunity to travel with other foreign students and explore new places with them.
The trip started on Friday midnight. We spent the night in the bus. In the morning, we went to the concentration camp in Auschwitz. It was our first stop. In the beginning we were divided into three groups according to different languages. They offered us to have a guide who speaks in English, Czech and Spanish. Every group had its own guide.
I think it is very important to remind ourselves of the history. This place is full of negative energy, but I think seeing this place is good to remember what happened 70 years ago. When I was walking there, I was feeling huge sadness. I don’t believe that these horrible things could ever happen. Reading about this place is significantly different from being there in person and feeling the atmosphere. Being there was a very deep experience for me.
After our visit to Auschwitz we continued our journey to Krakow, which is the most beautiful city in Central Europe. It is a historical and old but modern city, as well. The history of the city is connected with the Czech history. We owned the city in the 9th century. The city symbol is the Wawel Dragon and the city origins are based on the legend with this Dragon.
We were there during Christmas time, so the old town was beautifully decorated. We visited the Christmas markets and enjoyed the festive time in the historical centre of Krakow, which is also full of beautiful monuments. As always, the club prepared a nice walking tour for the students. We explored the most important monuments of Krakow. We were walking and spending nice time together.
Next day, we had two options to have free time or to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Some of us enjoy a sunny day in Krakow and the others visited the salt mine. This salt mine is a place, which is very well known and popular among the tourists. About 1.2 million people visit it annually. This salt mine is very huge. This mine’s attractions include dozens of statues and four chapels carved out of rock salt by the miners. The older sculptures have been supplemented with new carvings made by contemporary artists. Our guide was very kind and funny, ready to respond to our every question about the mine and its history.
After the visit we finished our journey and we came back to České Buějovice. The trip was very successful and the students were really happy to have joined us .

Karolína Trappová

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