More ice cream?? I’m very okay with that.

Sonija, our super-fantastic-amazing coordinator met us at the school this morning, and as always, our group walked with her to our next destination. That destination required tickets to enter, but the ticket booth wasn’t open when we got there. Instead, we learned that we suddenly had an extra 40 minutes on our hands! Although we probably could have gone back to the school and waited, we instead unanimously decided to do what every self-respecting American exchange student would have done in our situation — we went down Piotrkowska Street and got ourselves some ice cream. True, it was 10:30 in the morning and we weren’t that hungry…but it’s Polish ice cream! Why would anyone ever turn that down?

Marcus enjoying his coffee, Sonija enjoying her ice cream

After ice cream, we still had some time, so we posed for a group picture:

And then: my camera decided to die. So dead was it, in fact, that the lens wouldn’t even retract back into its hidey-hole. My battery was back at home, in my camera bag, so for a few moments I was at a loss as of what to do. But then, as I was digging through my immense purse trying to find something with which to protect the lens of my unconscious Sony CyberShot, I realized that I had happened to bring along my little tiny Webbie video camera, which also takes photos. So, that was my camera for today. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the cord, so today’s post will be short on photos.

Our first “main” stop today (not counting ice cream :) ) was the Academy of Music. The building was absolutely gorgeous, and made even more beautiful by the many strains of melodies that could be heard echoing from within. Our kind tour guide gave each of us a lanyard emblazoned with the Academy’s logo (which looks like piano keys…so cool!), as well as a CD of music which was composed by the Academy’s founder. We also had the privilege of attending the diploma recital of one of the students of the Academy. The girl was an extremely accomplished violinist, and did an excellent job. (I’d like to note that the piano which accompanied her on one of her pieces was a Steinway — not a Steinway & Sons, but just Steinway. Amanda and I conjectured that possibly it was built before Steinway had any sons along in the business? I don’t know.) It was a lovely time…I only wish that, while we were at the Academy, we (or, should I say, I) would have had time  to play one of the practice pianos. I haven’t practiced in almost two weeks and it’s so strange!

In 1927 , for the sake of the environment, the city of Lodz decided to re-route the rivers of the city. Instead of going over the top of the ground ,they would go underneath it. So, vast tunnel systems were built, mostly of brick, to hold the massive amounts of water. Fairly recently, new tunnels were built, so today we had the chance to tour one of the old ones.

It reminded me a little bit of cave exploring, except that these caves were man-made and underneath the streets of the third-largest city in Poland. Some may have considered it claustrophobic (they were only about 180 cm high, and maybe 150 cm wide), but I had a great time.

Well, that’s about all for today.



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