We travelled with my sister to the city of Katowice in the south of Poland, the area called Slask where there are many coal mines. This was the very first time I was in this area. We stayed with my sister's friends - Pawel and Tomek - two very nice guys.
The next day after we arrived, they took us to Zabrze and (unknowingly) fulfilled my dream of seeing an underground coal mine. It was such a great idea also because it was a very hot day and the coal mine being 320 meters under ground had a temperature of 19 degrees.
The historic coal mine is called Guido:
Getting ready to go down:
We travelled down by a real mining lift, our ears were getting blocked quite a bit:
Underground with Pawel and Tomek:
Some places were quite tight:
The guy on the left was our guide:
Walls were made of coal, lol:
This is the lowest letter box in Europe:
The coal mine was amazing and it gave us some idea about how extremely difficult and dangerous is the job of a miner, I can't imagine working in such conditions - noise, heat (normally the active coal mines are around 40 degrees), dirt, small spaces and danger. We had a great and funny guide who was a coal miner for over 30 years and now is retired.
In the afternoon, the boys took us to this amazing historic suburb of Nikiszowiec.
The boys waving us good-bye when we were leaving by bus: