When we arrived back in krakow we decided we needed to don our party shirts in order to lift the mood. We went for a traditional polish meal. Ben had a pancake, Eddie had bigos (basically a breadloaf stuffed with meat) and Dan had some meat wrapped in cabbage. After this we went to a jazz bar for a couple of pints and some live entertainment. Time for some late night action. We headed down the street known for it's nightclubs and exchanged fliers with various touts. We walked past Mr Plonkas shop, giggling to ourselves. Finally we went to shakers and shook the place to the ground with some sensational dance moves.
Our second day in krakow was taken up in the main by a trip to the nazi concentration camp auschwitz, situated around 50km away. On the way there we watched a documentary called 'liberation of auschwitz' which prepared us in part for what was to come. The tour around auschwitz one lasted for two hours. It was much smaller than the other camps and contained many exhibitions on the various atrocities that occured. The room containing three tonnes of human hair was particularly harrowing. Apparently the nazis used the victims hair to make socks for the u-boat soldiers. Block 11 contained many of the camps torture rooms, including the dark room, starvation room and standing room. Later we went to auschwitz-birkenau. This is where the majority of the mass murders took place. The scale of the place was astonishing- it had barracks for up to 90000 people and four sets of gas chambers and furnaces. It was very chilling indeed.