34 degrees was the forecast today. Doesn't matter where in the world you are, that is pretty hot. Here though it is pretty humid too, much like the hometown of Melbourne. Knowing it was going to be this warm we decided to go underground. After breakfast we caught a tram to the station & then a train out to Wieliczka, about 20 mins away. By the time we arrived it was already 30 degs so we made our way to the salt mine where we were to spend the next 3.5 hours. So to quote from their website "This deposit of rock salt in Wieliczka has been mined since the 13th century. Spread over nine levels, it has 300 km of galleries with works of art, altars, and statues sculpted in the salt, making a fascinating pilgrimage into the past of a major industrial undertaking." Ok so that's me being a little lazy. The mine itself is pretty amazing & a nice cool 15 degrees. Our Slovakian guide toured us through showing us all the art, which had been carved by the miners, & explaining the workings of the mine. This culminated in the amazing cathedral which had been built by just 2 miners. Cavernous in size it is the deepest cathedral in the world. They hold mass there as well as concerts as the acoustics are apparently amazing. The carvings are just unbelievable. They even have a great copy of the last supper, or as it is known in Poland, the last perogi. The tour eventually came to an end & we caught the lift back to the surface. The first 30 seconds of walking out in the heat were great, the next few hours weren't. We caught an un air-conditioned train back to Krakow. That's nothing unusual though as they don't seem to have a/c in many places here. Arriving back in the city we did find somewhere with cooling, the shopping centre. We had some lunch then caught a tram back to the hostel. Here I grabbed a haircut nearby while Jac returned for a cool shower. After returning with a fresh look I showered then headed alone to a laundromat I had heard about. I spent the next few hours drinking beer & surfing the net as I waited for our wardrobe to be replenished. It's definately nice to find a laundromat with a bar & wifi to fill in time. Really it's an easy & simple way to make money. The through traffic of travelers kept the drinks flowing the whole time I was there. Finally the clothes were clean & I was on my way back to the hostel on a tram, obviously minus air conditioning. When I hopped on a ticket inspector came straight up to me saying something in Polish. I do have 2 unvalidated tickets we have been carrying around & I played the dumb tourist card. He said something stern then left me alone. Once back we sorted the clothes then headed to a restaurant close by for dinner. Now I was singing the praises a few days ago on here about trip advisor not sending us wrong. Well the number 2 cheap restaurant as recommended by them was a bit of a let down. But we will give it the benefit of the doubt & continue to use it. By this stage the night air had cooled to a perfect temperature so we wandered to the town square to sit for an hour enjoying the evening. Finally about 11pm we grabbed another tram which returned us to the lodgings & we have just lay down to prepare for tomorrow's exploration of the city. Thankfully it is going to be a little cooler.