A Krakow Busker

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View down from our apartment window


View down with the arrival of the white man

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A zoomed photo from our window

We find buskers in big cities all over the world, all trying to make a living (or partial living) off the visitors to that city. Some are fun and interactive, some very interesting, some not so much. Some you feel compelled to stop and look at , some you can just walk by. I’ve written about some buskers before—be they dancers, chalk artists, musicians, mimes, a small ‘troupe’ of dancers/jugglers/acrobats.

In Krakow we came across an unusual busker who really caught our attention. Our apartment in Krakow was on the 4thfloor of a building overlooking Grodska, one of the big streets leading off the main square, Rynek Glowny. We would look out of the windows to the parade of people, and the horse carriages clip-clopping, below. An ever-changing scene.


We go down to investigate


Rod (in blue, far left) finds the busker really funny….


….especially when he talks and moves!

Well, one afternoon when we returned from a museum trip we looked down to what we thought was a new garbage box, with a difference. It was square and white, unmoving, but had a human top to it, a man reading a book, also all in white. At first we didn’t think too much about it, but a bit later we looked again and noticed that people were stopping to look at this and many were laughing and taking photos. Obviously not a regular garbage box.

So, we went downstairs to investigate. Turns out it was a guy (I think it wasn’t a woman) standing there with the box around him. Mostly he was totally still, but periodically he would wave his hands and begin to talk, in Polish. I have no idea what he said, but it must have been humorous, as people would snigger or laugh.

Got to give him A+ for innovation!

About viviennemackie

Avid traveler, travel writer and photographer. In an earlier life I was a psychologist, but now am an ESL teacher. Very interested in multiculturalism, and how travel can expand one's horizons, understanding and tolerance.
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