Poland 2014: Krakow – Day 6

People and relationships are so important. I went to my very first football match today to watch Cracovia vs Korona Kielce. The result: 1-1.

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Although I was sitting with the media and press, I took a wander around the stadium to find someone to speak to. Then, I ended up watching the first half of the match with the commentators,  Kamil and @Marciniak_k.

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After walking around the stadium a few times, it was hard for people not to spot me. I was the only “exotic” English woman from press in a pool of men! At half time, I stumbled into another entrance by accident and was greeted by a four star general who works for the owner of the Cracovia team. He walked up to me and whispered in my ear, “You look like my daughter”. He then facilitated my request with his men so that I could watch the rest of the match from the “VIP” lounge.

After the game, I headed over to the mixed zone and caught an interview with the goal scorer of Korona Kielce in the second half, Michal Janota. “We have some friends in the other team so we usually just laugh and joke when we are together but they are definitely much better than us.” After speaking to a lot of people, I found that the locals dismiss the Polish football and hope for bigger opportunities for the country and it’s representation on a global level.

POLAND 2014 - KRAKOW - 153I was breaking all my rules… Monika invited me out for a drink. I met her in a pub she manages, Chicks and Champs. She is a talented fine artist. After holding an exhibition in London, Monika aims to display her works in an exhibition in Poland soon. After walking 40 minutes in my heels from the stadium to the main square, I finally sat down and learnt how amazing this beautiful woman really is. Her views, life, experiences, stories, thoughts really touched me. She spoke about the current politics, the football, the history between Germany and Russia during the war (WWII) and how her family were affected by it. An out of beat orchestra surrounded us and I turned around to watch a group of gypsies play string instruments out of key. Gypsies migrated to Poland the same time the Jews did, when Poland opened it’s gates to the rest of the world. We then smiled and walked though the square together.

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Compliments from the owner – a tasty surprise!

No sleep for the wicked. I’ve been sleeping only 3-4 hours a night every night for the last week. Time to write up the pitch for tomorrow morning!

YASMIN: How on earth do you sleep at 3am and then get up before all of us?! What are you taking? You need to share it.

SARAH: (Laughs) I have a hot body temperature and my room heats up in the morning so I just can’t sleep.

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