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Archway School

Trip to Poland

On 25th February 23 students and staff set off on Archway’s annual trip to Krakow in Poland.

There was plenty of walking to do and plenty of sights to see. Our first afternoon started the Oskar Schindler Museum where we saw pre war Jewish life in Krakow and how Krakow and life changed for people once the city was under German occupation.

     Another walk took us to Kazimierz, the Jewish quarter which is only just being renovated and repopulated. We were delighted to stop at the Plac Nowy for street food!

Our second day took us to Auschwitz and Birkenau. This is always a sombre and thought provoking journey. We were fortunate enough to visit on one of the rare occasions when the guard tower was open. We were able to stand where guards stood surveying the enormous panorama of Birkenau below us.

     As we left many of us reflected on how lucky we were to visit and leave as and when we like without captivity.

Tuesday afternoon gave us time to explore the medieval part of Krakow and eat more food! Miss Miles and Ms Coleman sampled goulash on potato rosti, as well as chocolate cake smothered ganache and cherries and a traditional hot chocolate.

     Finally, a visit to Wavell Castle and a chance to see the dragon breathing fire as he stands on the banks of the River Vistula.

     A quick packing of suitcases and journey to the airport brought us home and ready for school again the next day.