Our night train situation was not ideal. Besides from almost being roasted alive in the carriage, the noise every time the train stopped we were woken up :( On the upside, we arrived in Krakow at 6.30am with two full days to explore.
We'd pre-booked an organised tour to Auschwitz and The Salt Mine, and after a few hiccups with pick up place and time, we made it there. Auschwitz is unbelievable in the true sense of the word, we could not believe what went on there. It's the kind of place where you walk round and take it in with your own thoughts, and we didn't really talk about it until hours later.
Opinion in the group is divided over the salt mine. Personally, I thought it was quite boring, but I must be in the minority, apparently they get between 3 and 6 thousand visitors a day. The highlight of the tour was a huge underground chamber in which miners had built a big chapel. They conduct weddings and masses down there, 90m below ground. The most entertaining thing was an American guy telling us about the "flower picking" he'd been doing on his travels. Apparently girls from Warsaw are easy.
We were back in the apartment around 7pm (after paying the driver in Czech Koruna, then having to run back to change the notes to Polish Zloty!!) then spent the night in the main square eating and drinking wine :)
We felt we deserved a lie in this morning so didn't set the alarm until 9am. We floated around the main square, saw the markets and people-watched a bit. Krakow is apparently famous for its horses and carriages, so like the typical tourists we are, we decided to have a go. We were princesses for 30 minutes. No Prince Charmings unfortunately!
Next up, free walking tour (Yayy!!). Our guide was the dark-haired Polish version of Jason Segal, and had quite good chat and suitably cheesy jokes. He told us about St Mary's church, the origins of Krakow, the market square, the city gates, why there are statues of Pope John Paul II everywhere, and showed us real dragon bones in the castle.
After the tour and dinner, it was time for Horror Sleeper Train Experience Part II. Fortunately, the train is much more modern and comfortable than the last sleeper train! Tomorrow morning we arrive in Budapest! :)