9 Jun 2011

Around Town in Krakow :: Our New Neighbourhood

This is the street we live on. It's named after Jozef Pilsudski, a marshal in the Polish army. He is considered largely responsible for Poland's regaining its independence in 1918, after 123 years of not being a country (when it was partitioned).

There is a plaque down the street and a statue of him right around the corner...

This building is across the street from us. It's a gymnastic society with the mascot "falcon" (the same as Bowling Green State University!) The building dates back to 1867, like a lot of the buildings on our street.

Around the corner is one of my favourites, the "Singing Frog". Notice the fun music notes under the frog... we read that the building was originally a music school!

This is the administrative building of Jagiellonian University/Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, where Ben will study Polish. It is at the end of our street, about a 5 minute walk away from our apartment. It was established in 1364, and is the oldest university in Poland and one of the oldest universities in the world. Both Nicholas Copernicus (the astronomer) and Pope John Paul II are alumni of the university!

We love that our street is so historic... more to come later :)