Pursuing the expatriate life in Italy–Poland Dix

My first full day in Krakow. After conking out last night at 7:30 p.m., I found myself waking up at 10:15 a.m. I must have really been wiped out. I slept like a baby. My host has a spare bedroom which is where I stay and I’m sleeping on a very large futon which is quite comfortable. Maybe I need to stay awake for 34 hours straight more often? Or get a futon?

Anyway, under dark gray skies I left for the Krakow Main Square around 11:00 a.m. Once I arrived, I pulled out my map and started walking. I immediately headed to the Jewish Quarter. I have no idea if there is any Jewish blood in our family, but I thought I might as well see what I can find out, initially. I found an English-speaking woman, Paulina, in a Jewish history museum and told her an abbreviated version of my story. She said she knew exactly who I should see. Continue reading

Pursuing the expatriate life in Italy–Poland Neuf

True to form, the trip started off wrong. Rest easy, my faithful followers. I have not turned my back on my traveling faux pas.

And one would think that this trip would have been easy. I just traveled to Sicily six weeks ago which required a bus trip to the airport in Rome from the station two blocks from my house. All I needed to do was replicate my last trip to Rome. Continue reading