My room mate wanted to go back to the John Paul Church here in Zakopane to take photos. She looked at the topographical map and said we could take a short cut by using foot paths. So we wandered through town streets, across meadows, probably through a couple of residents' backyards, got help from a man to show us the right path to the forest (rather than deadending at his yard fence), through the forest, and finally across another meadow. While it wasn't a short cut, it was a marvelous afternoon. I've not got the knees to go mountain climbing, but now I can show anyone pictures from "meadow climbing." We took a bus part of the way back to the town center and enjoyed, really enjoyed, an ice cream cone.
In the evening we had the final program -- made up of heartfelt thanks and some presentations in English by students. Then we saw a marvelous collection of pictures that captured our time year and were given a CD with all the photos.
My students found me with a gift. It is an immense coffee cup with a painting of Zakopane and all their names added to the cup. What a wonderful keepsake!
We are off now this morning, Saturday July 12, at 8:00 for Krakow. All the volunteers except me will leave there. I'll continue on the bus back to Siedlce. Looking forward to sleeping late tomorrow morning!