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#ClayinKrakow Day 6: The Journey Home…and Now What?

Day 6 of my #ClayinKrakow trip was pretty darn long…considering it lasted 34 hours.  With our 4am departure time from the hotel, I decided that I wasn’t going to fall asleep (and risk not waking up); rather I would have plenty of time to sleep on the plane.

So I took my time and packed, talked to my family, talked to some friends, re-packed, wrote my Day 5 post, watched a bit of TV, showered, and re-packed once again.

Cognizant of the 50 pound limit for my suitcase, I was anxious to see how heavy it actually was.  Leaving Vancouver, my suitcase only weighed around 35 pounds as I knew I’d need to leave room for souvenirs, gifts, and a bunch of World Youth Day merch.

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#ClayinKrakow Day 5: Wrapping up an Uber-Good Trip

If you’ve read any of my 4 previous blogs about my Krakow trip, you know how this will begin:  with a massive breakfast of meat, fish, and potato pancakes.  Only because it was my last day, I went outside the box and tried something new:  I had a hot chocolate to go along with my pink grapefruit juice.  So daring.

This was the only day that we didn’t have a formal tour starting in the morning.  So after breakfast, I went back up to my hotel room.  Take a guess what I did:

a)  Took a shower.

b)  Got some work done.

c)  Went back to sleep.

d)  All of the above.

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#ClayinKrakow Day 4: Following in Saint John Paul II’s Footsteps

Day 4 started off the same way days 1, 2, and 3 did: with a massive breakfast of meat, salmon, and potato pancakes.  After all, if ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

We boarded the tour bus just after 8:30am and went to our first stop:  the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy.  The property includes the Convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, where St. Faustina lived for over 5 years and where her relics lie.  We also saw the window of the room where St. Faustina passed away. Continue reading #ClayinKrakow Day 4: Following in Saint John Paul II’s Footsteps

#ClayinKrakow Day 3: Next Question, Please

After a tiring day one and an emotional day two, day three today was eventful and informative but without the stress.

I went down for breakfast and chatted with my Public Relations Manager Eunice for a few minutes as I started to eat just as she was finishing up.  I told her how much I appreciated her loyalty but warned her that as my Public Relations Manager she had to remember two important things going forward:

a)  I wouldn’t be able to pay her anything

b)  There wouldn’t be any real work to do

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#ClayinKrakow Day 2: Emotional Visits to Wadowice and Auschwitz

 

I awoke to a notification on my phone that Eunice Hii had tagged me in a post on Facebook.  My traveling buddy kindly shared my Day 1 blog and her sharing of my post got more attention than my original post about my post.

I need to hire Eunice as my Hype Woman.  Or at least my Public Relations Manager.

I headed downstairs for breakfast at 7:20am and was among the first people from our delegation there.  I eagerly surveyed my food options at the breakfast buffet. Continue reading #ClayinKrakow Day 2: Emotional Visits to Wadowice and Auschwitz