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Non-traditional New Year's Eve in Poland (Part 1)

January 10 2007

Oh, how I'm tired of these annual New Year's feast. All of these salad and a headache after a ten-idleness. Introduce new colors in the traditional celebration was a must.

The four friends, we decided to celebrate the New Year in Poland. Originally a celebration was planned in the mountains of the resort of Zakopane (Tatra mountains), but, having discussed the route we stopped at the choice of Krakow.

For a trip to Poland, as in most EU countries, the Russians need a visa. After reviewing several proposals from the Moscow travel companies, we decided to issue the visa yourself. On average, a visa through a company will cost you 50-60 euros, which in our opinion absolutely not profitable in view of its real value in the $ 14.

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In order to apply for short-term visa You need to have or invitation, or by fax on payment of accommodation (hotel, house, hostel, etc.). I quickly found a number of inexpensive hostel in the heart of Krakow. Unsubscribed a couple e-mails and making a call, I received a coveted fax. On paper, received a mandatory basis should be printed. Signature of the host country is also helpful. The document indicates how many days you stay paid. Prepayments made by money order or plastic cards Visa and MasterCard. It usually does not exceed 10 percent of the total.

From the number of paid days of time depends on which you will be given a visa. Therefore, to agree on terms of your trip.

Received the coveted fax, we went to the Polish embassy. Here, apart from a fax, you must provide a valid passport, application form, two photos of 3x4 (80 per cent of face and preferably full face). Filing begins at 8:30 am and ends at 13:00. Those wishing to go to Poland a lot, so get ready for a solid line. Filling in the form in Latin letters, and having issued a formal insurance, we have applied. Payment for the visa is taken inside the embassy in U.S.: 11 for students and 14 for all others. Visas we received the same day as early as four o'clock.

Tickets to the border of Brest, we bought almost a month before our trip, because on New Year's holidays, many go home to Belarus. Coupe is 1200, reserved seats about 700, and the overall car less than 500 rubles. Money for the trip can take in both dollars and in euros.

Our four, pre-bought food and beer, sat down on a daily train to Brest. It takes 15 hours with a minimum of stops.


At 6 am we arrived at the central station of Brest. Here we were quite short, but tell about the city-hero stands. It represents a slice of the Soviet era. Night clubs and supermarkets here, is there any sex do not know.

Brest - a city-hero, as we remember from history books, this is where the Great Patriotic War. Beautiful monuments in the city. From the sights Brest Fortress and the Museum of locomotives. Prices in cafes and bars along the Moscow standards penny, but they are located mainly on the prospect of astronauts.

After trading the 70 Russian rubles to the local Belarusian (rate 1 to 74), we bought a ticket on the train to the Polish city Terespol.The train is less than half an hour, and ride it mostly "smugglers" provozyaschie Polish territory cigarettes and vodka, and back to Belarus meat.

The border guards were as always polite and even joked. Search us did not, and at 8:30 in the morning we boarded a "osobovy" (ordinary passenger train) to Warsaw. A ticket with two changes cost us 22 zlotys (about 220 rubles). 5 hours later watching the fields and forests, we were in Warsaw.

Capital 30 December greeted us spring eight degrees Celsius. The city decided to look at the way back, so, dine in one of zabegalovok, we returned to the central station ...

To be continued ...

Vitvitskiy Alex


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