Africa Overland 2017
Africa Overland 2017
  • Milestone Madness
    • 27/07/2019
Crossed the border properly, but to absolutely no ceremony, I mean, open borders is great but I do like a sign to pose next to!
Climbed a hill, had an ice cream.
Polish response to you not speaking polish seems to be to talk faster in polish, in a friendly manner but completely bewildering.
Reached 1000km
Staying at a "proper" campsite as first night in new country, and it turns out to be entirely Dutch! Still, at has a lake to swim in which is a blessed relief.

Onwards through plain working villages, they don't seem to go in for pretty village greens here, just ruins of of old bourgeois manor houses, with still in use adjacent farms and outbuildings.
As I pass through one village I can hear a band practising Chris Rea's "road to hell" which I hope isn't an ominous forebear!

Passing more and more big flat plains of wheat, arrive in Swidnica for lunch and a look at the "Peace church". Old, pretty, UNESCO listed, made of wood because whilst the conquering crusading Swedish (yes) decreed a church should be built, the local powers tried every loophole to make things difficult, stating it must be out of town, an irregular shape and not using stone. So it's quite an impressive feat.

Met a German couple on touring bikes looking for the source of the Elber. Realised they are the first tourers I have met since I started, although to be fair I haven't been following standard marked routes.

Wroclaw is nice.
Staying at Easy Rider hostel with darts fanatic Vitor, motorbike tourer Natasha, and Cresta the
Old city centre is populated by lots of dwarves. (Statues of) and people following maps to find them all.
Really good collection in the national museum, bonus free entry on whatever day of the week it happened to be I went.
Got to wonder though, all this beautiful medieval craftsmanship, but its all of the same religious scenes and what not, no variety! Different times.

Clock ticked round for my 4:30 visit to the Raclawice Panorama, a painting like the Mensdag one in the Hague, but depicting a polish insurgency against the Russians. It had to be kept hidden for many years during the twentieth century occupation.

Words have some similarities to Czech but everything is annoyingly different.


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