From: Kraków, Poland
Date: 8 to 21 May, and
25 May to 2 June, 2010
Last month, I received a postcard of sailing from a Polish inland city. After I checked the Wikipedia, I found that it was the former capital of Poland and the European Capital of Culture for the year 2000.
I appreciated the postcard so much not only because the theme I like but also the great job the sender had done. The sender, Karolina, tried to find the postcard to match my interests and showed me the culture by telling me a local legend. She was new to postcrossing, so she was keen to write me another postcard to tell me another story . Therefore, I got the second postcard and another story.
Here are the two legends in brief by Karolina:
- The first story: The Pigeons and the "Encouragement" Message,
Long time ago, Cracow was often target of enemies' attacks. During one of siege townspeople last their will to fight and hope to win. They were hungry and tired so they started to catch even pigeons but soon number of those birds started to lower, so hunting them became prohibited. Townspeople thought of giving up. Then one brave men sneaked out of the city and took six pigeons with him. Every bird had different colour. Couple of days later first bird returned to town with a message, 'Reinforcements will come in six days. From now on every day people saw a new pigeon with a message, '... five days... four days... ' In final day to town arrived white bird but no one read the message. People believed strong that rescue will come on time so they started to fight and they struggle so hard that they won. After that, they finally read the message and they were dumbfounded because it said, 'Reinforcements were stopped, surrender the city!'
- The second story: Wawel Dragon,
Long time ago, there was a dragon living near King's castle. The dragon except for animals ate also young girls. King was afraid of his beloved daughter. He told to knights that the one who'll kill the dragon will receive beautiful princess as wife and half of the kingdom as reward. Many tried but dragon killed all of them. The poor shoemaker called 'Dratewka' made a sheep filled with sulphur. The dragon ate it and burned his throat. He tried to lessen pain and drank so much water from Vistula, Wisła in Polsih, River, that he splitted. Dratewka of course received his reward.As what you may think, these are very very brief versions because the place of a postcard is so limited. Please use your imagination to expand the stories. Anyone who is interested in the second one, please look up the Wikipedia for more detail. Those who want to check out the King's castle and the river, please check out another postcard at the bottom which I received from Poland before.
- 有一天，有個窮鞋匠德拉特瓦 (Dratewka) 看到這個公告，馬上決定要接受這個挑戰。他做了一隻填滿硫磺的羔羊娃娃，並放在惡龍躲藏的洞穴口。惡龍出洞後，果然馬上吃了這隻假羔羊，因為生吞活剝的關係，連硫磺也吞下肚子裡。這讓牠非常地口渴，轉頭向維斯瓦河找水喝。但是，儘管喝了一半的河水還是沒法平息胃痛，因此惡龍又繼續喝個不停。最後，牠終於被滿肚子的水撐破肚皮炸開了。國王於是兌現承諾，讓小鞋匠德拉特瓦娶了美麗的公主和掌管一半的王國。王國裡沒了惡龍，小鞋匠和公主從此也就能過著幸福快樂的日子。