Don't worry wheelie Bob, you have plenty of time to plan and prepare. Katherine is so nice and helpfull and so is every one out here. they all are genuinely interested in helping people.
To start, bringing your laptop is a good idea. I'm writing this from my room in the hotel right now. Free internet (wireless and wired in the rooms). I've found it very helpfull to let friends and family know how we're doing and give them updates.
We flew AirCanada/Lufthansa out of Toronto to Frankfurt and then on to Katowice. Others flew direct from Toronto/Montreal into Poland. Nobody seems to have any major concerns with the flights. I can;t comment on LotPolish, but we're flying with them into Warsaw and then direct back to Toronto. I'll let you know how it goes.
You need to pay for the hotel/tests/etc. before you go. Not sure when exactly, but you can ask Kate when she needs the money by. We set up a wire/bank transfer and paid about a week or two before hand.
Most things are pretty cheap here. A 10 minute cab ride will cost about 10-15 Zl, a fine meal FOR TWO will cost about 70-100 Zl, a beer about 4-8 Zl. One Zl is about 0.32 CAD right now. The breakfast is a free buffet, and is pretty good. Kate can arrange cabs and things for you for a bit cheaper than you can get on your own, so it's best to ask her about that just before or after you arrive.
As for things to do, there's plenty! We went to the Tysky Beer Brewery (about 10 mins from the hotel) yesterday for a free english tour and they give you a free beer at the end. It was pretty awesome. Today we're taking a day trip to Krakow to see the old town. she's also arranged for some of the women (and some of the men too!) to do a shopping trip to the 2 storey mall in Katowice, and has arranged for wheelchairs for the MS'rs, as it can be very tiring. Tomorrow after our Neuro consult, about 5-7 of us are heading to Aushwitz to see the museum, and others with more limited mobility are going to see the Castle Museum in Pszcyna. There's also a mall nearby the hotel, salt mines, and coal mines in Zabrze (the town where the MRI's are done). You don;t have to do anything, but Kate will organize pretty much anything you want to do. As I said they are so helpfull here! They just had someone come into the hotel to get blood samples from my brother, we didn't have to go anywhere!
Honestly, you don't have very much to worry about. A lot of people here speak some english, but a little Polish is helpfull (I brought a phrase book). If you have any other questions, just ask here or in the Kostecki thread!
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