Dawna Austin
Well, today I got up extra early so-as to have breakfast with the part of our group that was leaving by 8am for the airport.  So I was ready to go at 7am .   Of course, I was up late, because we downloaded LOST from last week as we missed it on TV.  Probably not the best choice, but we couldn't wait anymore AND I think that even though it will be on TV tonight in  Canada, I'm pretty sure it won't be on TV here. Oh I wish they would have just left it as is, and left it on Tuesday nights (then we would have seen the series finale live).

Anyhow, we were going to head down to Auschwitz today as it was our last day and FINALLY sunny!  However, as it turns out, it is some type of holiday today, so EVERYTHING (other than restaurants) is closed .. even tourist places!  What a disappointment.   We ended up just walking a bit around close to our hotel.

This was a HUGE sculpture .. and we still aren't quite sure what it is!  There were not many people walking around, compared to what was normal for mid-week or Saturday, the streets almost seemed deserted!  Nonetheless, we spent some time just sitting on a park bench enjoying the sunshine and the view.  As we started to walk back to the hotel, I started to feel a bit weaker and hours later now, in our room, I feel very exhausted and somewhat nauseated.  I imagine that recovery might take awhile and especially after walking to much yesterday, I can't expect my body to be up to full form immediately.

As soon as we got back to our hotel, we remembered there is a movie theatre in the hotel, so we went up to the 4th floor to check it out. Turns out they have most movies in English and just use written subtitles in Polish.   We got there just as Robin Hood was starting, so we paid our $5 Canadian each (actually it was 30 zloty total) and went into a MASSIVE theatre, MUCH bigger than Mission Silvercity, and there was maybe 5 people in the theatre.  You also have a choice of salty popcorn or sweet popcorn. I thought that was interesting.   A large bucket of popcorn cost only $2.50.  I liked the movie, Kirk thought it was long.

We are supposed to meet the rest of our group for dinner just after 5:30pm tonight (which is in 15 minutes) so I thought I'd better write a bit today before I crashed completely. 

My hands and feet are still warm, which is so odd for me.  They almost feel clammy!  Does the rest of the world feel this way? I cannot even remember this being like this before.   I imagine I'm still dealing with jet lag.. it's been almost a week, but I never really did sleep well over here.  Most of us from Canada have complained of waking up at 3am and not being able to get back to sleep, which is why I think it must be jet lag.

We ran into a new group of people to be treated this week, and it was great for us (and them, I'm sure) to give them tips on what is about to happen, and what to do to get more information during their time here.  There really is a great lack of information given to the patient.

Well, we have to be in the hotel lobby around 3:30am (yes AM) so I am NOT looking forward to that. We decided to pack this afternoon so we don't have to get up as early tomorrow, but really, I don't think saving us that little bit of time will make us feel any more energized in the morning.  The hard part is we have a 6 hour layover in Frankfurt.. and they really don't have anywhere to sleep, just the airport chairs :(

Funny thing is, we leave around 2pm from Frankfurt on Monday, and arrive just after 2pm in Vancouver on Tuesday (because of the time change)  .. hmm.. one would think that we should feel great if we arrive the same time we have left. If only it were so simple!   Poor Kirk has to go back to work the next morning. I really don't know how he is going to do it.

My shots are going okay, mind you.. I've had Ron do them both days. Not sure if I'll skip tomorrow's dose and have my sister do it when I get home, or trust Kirk to not take out any aggressions he may have suppressed while giving it to me (just kidding hehehe).  You get some pretty nice bruising when you do this though, so my entire mid-section  is getting pretty sore to touch.

Well.. it's dinner time.. so I guess I should get downstairs :)