D-1 Apr 22, ’16: Medyka, Poland to Przemysl

JFK, then Oslo, on to Warsaw (with overnight at the very modern Caritas Center (for pilgrims, et al), and ending on the 21st of Apr. with a 7-hr train ride to the south-eastern Polish city of Przemysl.

Today our first walking day, we intended to walk the 15 km (9 mi) from Medyka to Przemysl but in fact went in reverse–better logistics. When we arrived in the border village of Medyka, we were welcomed by the two Parish Priests, one of whom opened the wooden church built in 1607, but it’s no longer in use since a new, much grander one was built next to it (just compare altars in the two pics). In 1997, the new church was dedicated by the Polish Pope John Paul II (since canonized in 2014). As you can see, the church also marks the 4053 km (2000+ miles) to Santiago!

Eddie, my Polish travel partner through Poland, and I are staying at the PTTK hostel in Przemysl for the second night (the night’s stay is a far cry from the one in Warsaw). This city has a rich history going back to the 8th century. WW I & II had significant impacts on the city–e.g., the Molotov Line split the city in half in WW II between Russia and Germany.

   
 

9 Comments

  1. Snookums — 04-22-2016 at 10:37 am

    I wanted to be the 1st to comment on your 2000 mile blog. Buen Camino and Siempre Adelante to you and Eddie. I.L.D.

    • kurt — 04-22-2016 at 12:11 pm

      So sweet❤️‼️

  2. Claudia — 04-23-2016 at 12:09 am

    Hi Kurt!
    Thanks for posting! You are more than officially on your journey now. Happy trails to you. I look forward to your blog updates. Be safe and enjoy. Hugs!

  3. Joyce Summers — 04-23-2016 at 7:18 am

    Hi Kurt! The day you have been waiting for has arrived! Your epic pilgrimage walk has begun. Wishing you and your walking partner, Eddie, a wonderful walk. The rest of us will be following along through your pictures and posts witb fascinating history notes. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Alles Gute!

    • kurt — 04-23-2016 at 8:55 am

      Thanks so much for your good wishes. ❤️❤️

  4. Heidi Robertson — 04-23-2016 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing the journey. What a challenge! Wishing you good weather and safe travels.

    • kurt — 04-24-2016 at 8:37 am

      Wish you were all here enjoying this trip–then again, it’s easier for everyone just to get a little flavor without having to over-invest in the walking part. XO

  5. Joyce Summers — 04-24-2016 at 7:05 am

    Day #2 is not allowing me to make a comment there, so will put it here. Comment for Day #2: I am enjoying following your walk on the map. I am not familiar with that part of the world. It is a geography lesson for me. Looks like you and Eddie made good progress today! It is nice you are finding hospitality at churches, and eating some great Polish meals. The landscapes are beautiful. I have always been intrigued with the roadside altars, shrines, and crucifixes, a moment to pause along the way.

    • kurt — 04-24-2016 at 8:37 am

      Love your comment! XO