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  • Day109

    Gydnia, Poland

    May 16, 2017 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Had an early start this morning because I'm doing a passenger tour called Best of Gdansk and Marlbork Castle. The tour started out with a 2 hour drive to Marlbork Castle. A castle originally built in 1274 by Teutonic Knights but has changed hands many times since. It is also the largest stone castle in the world. What we saw of the castle was amazing. In 2 hours there was still most have the castle we hadn't seen. When we entered one of the court yards we came across an art installation being put up. One of the passengers knew who the artist was that was doing it. She was attaching rope made of cling wrap together making also like a spider web. The passenger was telling me how she has been all over the world doing these art installations including places like Hong Kong. I was not able to find out her name though.

    After the castle it was time to head for lunch. On our way there we passed a chapel. Our tour guide told us when the chapel was built but what made the bus go silent is what happened with the chapel later. During World War 2 the chapel and surrounding area was a concentration camp. Where people were sent, shot and then buried in mass graves surrounding the chapel which were now fields. It was a lot of fields.

    We arrived at the restaurant where many tours were all meeting for lunch. We had zurek soup which was excellent. Meatloaf with pickled cucumbers and pickled onions in it. Which was not my favourite. With it however was potatoes and buckwheat which was good. Dessert was a number of different types of cakes. I tried two different ones. Both of which were very good. With the meal they had coffee, tea, water and they served everyone a beer. My policy on tour is to at least try everything so as with all the alcohol I've tried, I had a sip, hated the taste and stuck with water.
    Next we headed to Gdansk. We didn't spend too much time here. Our tour guide gave us a half hour walking tour and then we had about 20 minutes of free time before we had to head back to the bus. The tour guide explained to us how most of the city ended up getting destroyed and rebuilt to match watch it looked like before with a few additions like in the picture of the woman laying down on the stone wall.
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  • Day182


    July 1, 2015 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Today marks exactly 2 month since I finished work at TMP and went back packing. It's been an awesome 2 months in between France, Italy and England. And today, I mark the occasion, by saying goodbye to London once more and heading out to Poland, for the start of a 2-3 month adventure.

    My first stop in Gdynia, Poland, where I'm staying on a boat and attending the four day Open'er festival. The weather looks superb and summer appears to have arrived.

    My journey today is as follows:
    5am wake up
    545am catch bus to DLR Stratford
    630am catch bus to airport
    715am check in at airport (I was early)
    1045am depart London
    155pm arrive in Gdnask (apparently Drake's sound engineers were on our flight... Ryanair for everyone haha)

    I took a bus to Gdynia and then walked to my hostel. Day was epic! So tonight I enjoyed a lovely meal of dumplings and chicken, with polish vodka on the side.

    No Wimbledon for me this year, more stories to create instead. Today I realised I won't be seeing anyone I know for over two months. That feels so very exciting!
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  • Day186

    Gdynia and Open'er Festival

    July 5, 2015 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Well today is my last day in Gdynia, Poland. And it been great! I stayed on a boat, the weather is warm, the people friendly and Open'er has been fab.

    Gdynia is located on the coast and is part of the Tricity area, which includes Sopot and Gdnask. Gdynia was formed during the 1919 treaty of Versailles. At one stage, between WWI and WWII it was freely governed in its own, free from both Germany and Russia.

    Today is a beautiful modern, beach side city.

    I'm in Gdynia to attend the four day Open'er festival. I chose Open'er as it had the most amount of acts I wanted to see - Chet faker, hozier, Mumford and sons, plus additional ones like flume, Tom Odell, disclosure and so on.

    It has been a wonderful few days of music, heat, sun, beach, dumplings, vodka and shopping.

    On the final night of the festival I pulled an all nighter and made it to sunrise. This wasn't too hard as the sun set at 10pm and started getting light again at 3:30am. There was also an awesome line up that kept me entertained.

    Open'er had everything, fashion shows, queue-less toilets, an art space with movies, comedians and authors, great food and wifi! The transport worked so well, I didn't wait longer then 5 minutes if that at any point.

    I've loved staying on the boat. I had my own room which looked over the water. At times it felt like I was the only person there. There are two decks and a big lounge room, which is styled like the 1950s, with old style radios and phones to boot.

    Tomorrow I'm off to Warsaw. I'm really looking forward to Warsaw and learning about its history and stories.

    Where I stayed
    Pepperland Hostel - ul. Hryniewickiego 6, Gdynia, Poland

    Fantastic place to stay! I had a private room over looking the water. There are two decks you can sit on and enjoy the view. There is a living room area styled old school. The staff ae really friendly, I think they are like a family or something. It was clean. You are right in the centre of town. And it's just well cool to be staying on a boat!
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