Day 12: Poland – Sweaty

by Zack on August 15, 2010

In 1902, the first modern electrical air conditioning unit was invented by Willis Haviland Carrier in Buffalo, New York. After graduating from Cornell University, Carrier, a native of Angola, New York, found a job at the Buffalo Forge Company. While there, Carrier began experimentation with air conditioning as a way to solve an application problem for the Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing and Publishing Company in Brooklyn, New York, and the first “air conditioner,” designed and built in Buffalo by Carrier, began working on 17 July 1902.

108 years later, this technology has yet to make it to Poland.

Haha, I kid, I kid. Kind of.

We spent about 8 hours on trains yesterday traveling from Prague to Krakow. The first hint of trouble arrived when we were told that we were on the right train, but the wrong part of the train. The car we were in would disconnect at some random town and head to Slovakia. This was disconcerting, to say the least. Then, immediately after our education, the hallways filled with about 45 Czech High Schoolers. This made our attempt at escape and relocation more difficult than necessary.

After finally making it to the new car, we were met with 90 degree heat, closed windows and no airconditioning. We arrived at our transfer point, Katowice, 5 minutes late and missed our connecting train. Our attempts to arrange new transportation were stymied by our lack of Polish language skills and the general disfunction of this railway stop.

But we made it to Krakow. Our hostel was sparse, and as humid and sweaty as the train. So we headed out for a bite to eat. A hip little Italian joint (everything is Italian food here) seemed inviting and at least had ceiling fans.

These did not help. So much as our travel was and our sleeping promised to be, we had a sweaty meal.

But all is well in Krakow, and Sunday was a productive day that is not yet over. So stay-tuned for some serious Jew on Jew education as Mike and I get to the meat of the journey in Galicia.

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