1001 Degrees Of Latino Heat!!!
Happy Birthday Virginia!!! Damn it I miss Mexican food so much and thats what your all going to be eating on Saturday. I want some carne asada, ceviche and tortas. Europeans dont know about any of that stuff...sad, sad, sad. Before I start today just let me point out that this site does not have any pictures of Poland therefore the picture your looking at is from Greece and the previous was from Austria...it was the same with Germany. EUROMULLETS: One of the things that I love about Europe is the mullet. The mulletude is alive and strong here. I have seen men rocking mullets, women rocking mullets and best of all kids with some really sweet mullets. The best I saw was a kid in Prague. The child had lighting bolts etched into the side of his head and an extremely long mullet flowing down past this shoulders and the tips of the mullet were bleached or frosted whatever the hell its called...I wanted to take a picture but my camera was out of battery. The funny thing is I have the mullet shirt that Says "Mullets Rule, Business in Front party in the Back". When people see it they love it. Another observation I made while in Prague when I was walking the streets. I passed by about 10 people that either had black eyes, busted up arms or legs and the worst was a guy that had his head wrapped in bandages. I did not want to get into any confrontations in Prague. They are a little ghetto, ghetto people know how to scrap. The mulletude is strong there, mullets are insane. I saw so many busted up people in the streets fighting must be something that they do for fun. Plus I swear to god I saw about 5 guys that look like Paul, I would hate to beat up any of his family members. KRAKOW, POLAND: Krakow is a great city and Polish people are awesome. I really dont even know where to start with this update. At this point if I had to give awards to the various cities I have visited Krakow would recieve the friendliest people award as well as the award for Understanding American English. Madrid is the best city, I love it there. Paris sucks!!! DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AMERICAN ENGLISH AND OLD ENGLISH: Initially upon arriving in Europe I assumed that people that spoke english would understand everything I said with no problem. Wrong. The english Europeans learn is proper english. At times when I would speak to people I would get blank stares and then I would be asked to repeat my self and speak slower. Belen and Marcos told me that when Americans speak it sounds as though we have gum in our mouths. I was so surprised. Naturally I began to simplify my manner of speaking. All the slang was cut out. I spoke very direct and simply and made sure to pronounce as much as possible. I have found that in Poland I can talk like I would back home and most of what I say is understood. No need to speak slowly or overpronounce words. From the train station people were very helpful. I arrived in Krakow at 6am in the morning and a last minute HC contact was at the station to pick me up. However through some miscommunication we missed each other. I began looking for an internet cafe in the station and I couldnt find it, but a employee walked me directly to it all the way from her post at the other end of the station. Nice. A lady also helped me use a phone to Call my HC contact. The phones in Europe suck. Nice. My HC contact in Krakow is Sylvia this girl is flat out awesome, kind, friendly, helpful and just a great person to hang out with. She has some great travel stories herself. She once traveled from Krakow to the North of Germany and then to the South of France all by hitchhiking. Once in France her and three friends met a squatter living in an abandoned building. They moved in. To make money they became street performers. Sylvia was like a human statue. She would dress in costume and stay in one position for 15 minutes or so and people would do things to try to get her and her friends to move. Apparently alot of money could be made this way. Krakow is the old capitol of Poland and it was not destroyed during WWII like so many other cities in Europe. There is the old square market, Grand churches, a great castle and many things to see around here. I get the feeling that the city is on the rise and in the next few years will become a big tourist stop. That is one thing that adds to the character of the people here. The locals are happy to have tourist visiting the city. Sylvia has told me herself that having foriegners visiting the city is flattering in way and it makes locals happy to see that people are interested to visit. Im speaking generally here but in Paris the people dont like tourist at all and think they are all stupid sheep... I say to all of you forget Paris, come to Krakow. At one point when I was walking to the old city I was looking at my map and some guy just came up to me and asked if I was lost and if I needed help. I wasnt lost but that sort of attitude is prevalent here. Last night I ate a vegetarian dinner with Sylvia, it was good. Sylvias father is really friendly, he busted out a bottle of Vodka and we took four shots...I was scared. Im cutting back on my eating to save money. I think her dad wanted to keep drinking shots with me, he was teaching me how to say cheers in Polish and when I wasnt paying attention I would find my shot glass magically refilled. Finally Sylvia saved me, just from four shots I was having a head change. Then we watched Eurotrip... man I love that movie. Oh yeah, quite a few people in Europe have never heard of Pennywise or Sublime....WHHAAAAAAA. So Im making it my duty to introduce this music to everyone I meet as well as Nina Simone, Sonora Dinamita and Billie Holliday. Sylvia has a brother that is same age as me but about 6'4 220 pounds. The dude looks like a beast. He is chistled like a Greek God or something. He works security at a club... Shawn is big but compared to this guy Shawns a scrub. I have decided at this point that I will begin looking for a job in Krakow. I have already visited a couple of hostels. I will also be going to some bars and an english school. I need a resume though and that is on the computer back home so once again MOM, JESSIE, DAD: Get the resume. There are two. One is complete the other is not. Send it to me asap. If things work out with a job here then I think I will stay for six months then look for a job in England or Spain. Keep your fingers crossed and pray that I get a job out here. Then all you all can visit me like you did when I was in Hawaii....oh yeah no one ever visited me, I forgot. 8 months in Hawaii and not one visit...damn you people missed out. But alright thats all for now, sorry no funny stories. Stuff happens all the time and there are so many observations I have made but I forget the stuff at times. I was even going to make an update titled miscellaneos for all the random thoughts, funny stories and observations I have made. Oh yeah my camera is out of battery, I dont have an adapter and I have not run into any Americans so no way to upload photos. Sorry everyone.