|percentage of Romany in |
In the morning, we left Rzeszow and headed east for Tarnow. Tarnow is a charming city with a market square and Eastern European architecture. Instead of focusing on the Poles of Tarnow, we visited the Gypsy Museum. According to one of the museum displays, for some people the term “Romany” is preferable and the term “Gypsy” is regarded as quite offensive, but this is not always the case. There are multiple sub-divisions of the Gypsy people, in multiple lands, and not all of them regard the term as an insult.
In the museum we learned about the history of the Romany peoples and the lands where they roam and settle. Part of the exhibit is devoted to Romany martyrdom during the Holocaust. We also saw photographs by Jozefa Kolarchik as well as objects such as baskets as well as the carriages and a gypsy tent in the yard in the back. It was raining outside, and so we imagined what it might be like to have shelter only in a tent or a carriage. The Romany carriages are short and squat, yet they
Although the sky was wet and grey the entire time we were in Tarnow, the Gypsy Museum brought color into the day. It is amazing how they lived their lives on the road and adapted to multiple environments.
|a stark reminder|
We were so excited when our motor coach entered the Kazimierz neighborhood of Krakow. After unloading our luggage into our rooms in Hotel Kazimierz and the Annex, we met our tour guide Kristina and walked through the drizzle across city streets until we approached Wawel Castle.
|gazing out the tower window|
|Jimmy and the bell|
|on a sunny day|
|wet Krakow Old Town streets|
The campus is integrated into the Old Town and newer parts of Krakow, and there are 150,000 students total! Finally, she brought us to the center of the rynek, just in time to hear the trumpeter blow his horn from the window high in the tower of St. Mary’s Cathedral.
We had free time the rest of the day and evening, and most of us spent it enjoying the exciting sights and sounds of Krakow.