Part 2 of the journey began with a bumpy and crowded ride overnight in one of Europe’s lesser quality trains (sigh)…with a compartment fit for a child (not two grown adults!), a horrific bathroom designed for the 3rd world, and a breakdown somewhere where NO English was spoken in the middle of a dark night….but once in Krakow the magic began. Krakow is a medieval city, built around a huge castle and is a walking town from the huge stone gates that invite you into the square across the ghost of a real moat, to the cobblestone streets decked with an assortment of elegant shops and throngs of students and tourists.The main square is simply breathtaking for its sheer beauty, especially at night. It’s the heart of Krakow! I was enchanted walking about the original enclosures that were part of this historical cultural hub. I found myself hungry to learn all I could, especially of the Jewish history as we toured in our open-air cab—after all, thousands were incinerated here in Poland by the Nazis, at the camps/ghettos while many Jews were also saved by the famous Schindler’s factory so poignantly portrayed in Spielberg’s Oscar-Winning “Schindler’s List” that was situated on our tour, now a museum. Today there are only 200 Jewish people left in Krakow, despite this being a main theme of the town’s aura. The town is a series of neighborhoods, each more charming than the last; there is so much art, so much history, so many great eateries, so much mystical vibration, I felt at peace here. As the featured speaker at the Jagiellonian University’s Sexology Conference “Konferencja “Seksualnosc czlowieka – w biegu zycia” this year, I was humbled to speak about aging and sexuality to a huge crowd of eager learners, many of them well trained psychotherapists, graduate students in psychology, and other practitioners hungry to know more about sexual trends and my topic. It was a dazzling two hours sharing my knowledge and views with them and dining in their main hall with my translator, whose simultaneous Polish-English tracking of my rapid paced lecture on PowerPoint slides made me smile. The group was very intrigued to know more about the movements of Polyamory, BDSM, tran-positivity and sex coaching as a new methodology for treating sexual issues. In fact, several came up to me at the end of my talk and inquired about how to learn the techniques of sex coaching, finding as I often do that therapy doesn’t really address sexuality very well but coaching does. I didn’t want to leave that mystery and beauty of this sweet city. I’ll be returning to explore more of its history and culture one day.
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