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15/10/10 – Bytom to Katowice and an afternoon of tea and grease

October 20, 2010

Distance: 25km

Total Distance: 1537km

Waking up in our tents, there is a feeling of relief that no tusks appeared through the fabric from the night before. We lay there in a daze and footsteps pass very close to us. ‘Julian is that you mate?’ ‘Not me – I thought it was you’ we get up and look around, but no-one is to be seen. right, time to get out of here I think. We pack up and get back on the road.

We roll into Bytom – A rather filthy and run down satellite city to Katowice. We chance upon a 24h internet cafe in what looks like a blown out warehouse but turns out to be the central train station

the building is like a skeleton

the building is like a skeleton

all the internal finishes were stripped away


we quite liked it

we chance upon Hotel Bristol that has free wireless, round the corner. They have a place to stash our bikes and we make a cup of tea last 3 hours while we sit in the warm and update the blog and catch up on emails. I wonder at what point do we spend so much time writing the diary that we write we are writing the diary in the diary? probably around now.

warm internet and tea based refuge

they like wonky toilets in Poland

we are drawn out of our internet burrow by our rumbling stomachs. Is it treat day? no, but I think we deserve a treat after our tough 15km today. We go in search of something greasy but only find a KFC or Polish Bistro. We go for the latter and have Perogi Ruskie, a kind of Russian pasta dish. I’m sure its really good, but the girl of this establishment drenched it in grease, and it was pretty poor. We pay up and leave, in search of a more substantial meal. Lo and behold a kebab shop appears, and we happily oblige. They have a picture of The Hagia Sofia on the wall as we gorge on what will no doubt be our staple meal of the middle east.

Feeling suitably greased, we head back to Hotel Bristol and go back online with another cuppa in search of a hostel. Julian buys an ice cream (its still cold outside)


There is nothing in Bytom (quite happy about that) but we find a hostel in Katowice, about 20km away. We embark on a night time journey across the expanse of urbanity between Bytom and Katowice, and pass the Spodek, which is more of a spaceship than a sports venue

it just landed

it just landed

We find the hostel and they have wifi and beds. we pick up some beer and write some more blog and catch up with family. Polish george is sharing our room with us; he’s travelling to Italy. we find him in the room sitting in the dark in his yfronts at 730pm. lovely guy.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. max lensvelt permalink
    October 20, 2010 9:27 am

    So cool boys! Loving the updates. x

    • veiovis permalink
      October 20, 2010 3:50 pm

      …me too. It’s really funny to see how strange can be my country for people from abroad. But I’m sure that Sash and Julian will find much more strange reality…so Polish seems to be an adequate warm-up.


  2. Jeremy permalink
    October 20, 2010 7:04 pm

    Keep it up guys, loving the woodland stories, you should draw pictures of your new furry chums! Keep warm and think of the Bosphorus!
    All the best,
    Jeremy & Helen

  3. veiovis permalink
    October 20, 2010 11:45 pm

    If you guys need to repair something or buy some cycling stuff during your stay in Kraków, here is the list of the sevices/shops:

    and the biggest store/service in this region:

    Regards, veiovis

  4. Julian permalink*
    October 21, 2010 10:54 am

    Thanks for all your comments guys, we’re really enjoying bringing this trip to life via the internet so expect lots more of the same.

    Thanks Veiovis for the links, they’re definitely going to come in use as we need a few bits and pieces and thanks for letting us know what we ate! It was very sweet, but quite tasty as well

  5. veiovis permalink
    October 21, 2010 9:22 pm

    Hi, it’s not a big deal – as long as you’re in Kraków I can support you. In case of any problem or when you’ll have any question please give me a call (Gosia sent it to you via mail) and I’ll try to help you.


  6. Roddy Scott permalink
    October 27, 2010 10:41 am

    Sash & Julian, It all sounds very exciting. We love the pictures & look forward to lots more. Take care & love from June & me

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