Today was a more relaxed day than yesterday. Our only appointment was the 11am Parish Mass and then we could spend the day with our host family.

The Mass was a beautiful service with 3 Australian and 3 Polish priests concelebrating. At the end both the Australians and Polish expressed their gratitude for the amazing week together.  Afterwards we were presented with a photo gift and given one more chance to talk to the locals. After that it was free time with host families.

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While every pilgrim’s story will differ, the time with my host family involved a scrumptious lunch consisting of chicken soup, rissole(that tasted far better than a rissole), a gnocchi-like potato and some red cabbage sauerkraut.

After lunch we went and visited a castle(along with at least a quarter of the pilgrims). Now the Kamien Slaski we visited the other day may be considered a castle but I don’t watch Downtown abbey and I expect my castles to look like old castles. So I was quite impressed with the Moszna Castle.

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Moszna Castle is a gothic/baroque style castle that was set on fire by the Soviets before being renovated to it’s former glory. One room has about 6 paintings of the owner’s wife from when it was owned by a Duke. I wonder whether I could stand to look at 6 paintings of myself everyday (perhaps if they painted me driving a race car or playing State of Origin).

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We ended the night with more amazing food and drink. Tomorrow we leave for Krakow. Pray for us.

Craig

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