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Śródmieście

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  • Day7

    Warschau (Tag 1)

    July 14 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Am Morgen wachte ich mit über 30 Stichen auf. Ob ich die alle von der Wanderung hatte oder ob nachts in meinem Zimmer irgendwas auf der Suche nach Nahrung umherflog/-lief werde ich wohl niemals erfahren. In der Pension gab es ein leckeres und umfangreiches Frühstück.
    Nach dem Frühstück packte ich meine Sachen und suchte den Busbahnhof auf. Mein eigentlicher Plan war von Krynica Morska mit dem Bus nach Malbork zu fahren und von dort mit dem Zug nach Warschau. Als ich am Busbahnhof eintraf stand dort jedoch ein Bus, der direkt nach Warschau fahren sollte. Den Bus nahm ich dann auch spontan, denn zu diesem Zeitpunkt wusste ich nicht, dass der Bus 7 Stunden brauchte...
    In Warschau hatte ich das "Oki Doki Old Town Hostel" gebucht. Das Hostel ist wirklich klasse, top modern, sauber und gemütlich. Am frühen Abend holten mich Andrzej (Barbaras Bruder), Lidia und Kamin am Hostel ab, um mir die Stadt zu zeigen. Unser erster "Stop" war die Universität. Hier gab es einige Aussichtspunkte, von denen man Teile der Stadt von oben sehen konnte. Anschließend zeigten sie mir den "Ujazdów", eine riesige Parkanlage mit Schlössern, Seen und einem Amphitheater.
    Von dort aus fuhren wir weiter bis zur St.-Alexander-Kirche, um dann durch die bekannte "Nowy Swait" in die Altstadt zu laufen. Dort setzten wir uns in ein schönes Restaurant, direkt auf dem "Marktplatz" und bestellten polnische Pierogi. Es war ein richtig schöner Abend und ich hatte Glück, dass die drei mir so viel zeigen konnten :-).
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  • Day8

    Warschau (Tag 2)

    July 15 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Etwas gehandicapped durch meine Stiche bewegte ich mich nur in Moosgeschwindigkeit. Ich besuchte noch einmal die Altstadt, bevor ich nachmittags den Zug nach Krakau nahm.
    Auch den ersten Blick machte das Hostel in Krakau, ein kleiner Familienbetrieb, keinen so positiven Eindruck auf mich, aber wenn man sich einmal dran gewöhnt hat ist es eigentlich ganz cool. Ich bekomme hier sogar meine Kleidung gewaschen, was dringend notwendig ist.Read more

  • Day84

    Warschauer Ghetto

    September 28 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Heute waren wir ein zweites Mal in Warschau da es gestern schon früh dunkel wurde. Es sah um 19:30 Uhr schon aus wie um Mitternacht 🌃
    Neben der schönen Altstadt haben wir unser Augenmerk am zweiten Tag mehr auf das sogenannte "Warschauer Ghetto" gerichtet.

    Dazu mal ein paar Informationen:

    Das "Warschauer Ghetto" entstand im zweiten Weltkrieg, nach dem Einmarsch der deutschen Truppen in Polen.
    Zu dieser Zeit lebten in Warschau rund 350.000 Juden, was in etwa ein Drittel der Bevölkerung dort ausmachte. In keiner anderen europäischen Stadt lebten mehr Juden und gleichzeitig war es die zweitgrößte jüdische Gemeinde der Welt.
    Mitte 1940 errichteten die Nationalsozialisten für polnische und deutsche Juden das bei weitem größte Sammellager dieser Art. Das "Warschauer Ghetto" oder auch "Jüdischer Wohnbezirk in Warschau" wurde im Stadtzentrum, westlich der Altstadt im Stadtteil Wola errichtet.

    Eine 18 Kilometer lange und 3 Meter hohe Mauer riegelte das "Warschauer Ghetto" vom Rest der Stadt ab. Bis zu 400.000 Menschen lebten dort.
    Es diente hauptsächlich als Sammellager für die Deportationen in Vernichtungslager.

    An vielen Stellen wird an dieses Ghetto und die jüdische Widerstandsaktion von 1943 erinnert 🏛️

    Mehr dazu findet man z.B. hier:
    www.warschau.info/warschauer-ghetto/
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  • Day83

    Warschau

    September 27 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Heute sind wir in Polens 3,5 Millionen Einwohner großen Hauptstadt angekommen. Eine Mischung aus Neu und Alt.
    Zum Glück wurde die Altstadt nach der Zerstörung im 2. Weltkrieg wieder aufgebaut 🏙️

  • Day3

    Warschau Altstadt

    August 5 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Nach einem längeren Schlaf, ging es in Richtung Frühstück. Das Lokal war ein Volltreffer!
    Ich hab Eggs Benedict geordert, was tatsächlich bis nachmittags vorgehalten hat.

    Nach dem ausgiebigen Frühstück ging es in die Altstadt. Im Gegensatz zum Stadtkern, ist die Altstadt richtig schön und tatsächlich altertümlich.

    Gegen Mittag gab es tradionell polnische Küche: Pirogis.
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  • Day5

    Warsaw

    April 12, 2017 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Warschau roept veel tegenstrijdigheden in me op. Ik vind het een mooie stad en alles lijkt heel gezellig, maar er is tegelijkertijd ook weer niet gigantisch veel te doen (komt ook door de vele regen hoor). De dag dat we 21 graden hadden hebben we heerlijk in een gigantisch park doorgebracht, waar een eekhoorntje zo naast me op het bankje kroop, en we lekker hebben gewandeld en zitten lezen. Het zomerse gevoel was snel voorbij want de volgende dag hadden we sneeuw en 10 graden! Hoe bizar dat het weer zo van dag tot dag kan verschillen. Van de honger kwamen we ook hier niet om: We hebben super lekkere Japanse Ramen gegeten met hele pittige kimchi, een ondefinieerbaar warm vleeshapje in een echt Poolse 'melkbar' en genoten van een vegan eetcafe dat binnen een minuut na opengaan helemaal vol zat met mensen. En ik snap nu waarom; zo lekker! Voor 12 euro ons buikje helemaal rond gegeten. We sliepen op een slaapzaal met 10 mensen en ik was mijn oordopjes heel dankbaar want er bleek een jongen de hele nacht gesnurkt, gesmakt, gerochelt en boertjes en scheetjes gelaten te hebben.. Heerlijk die hostels ;) Voor het Paasweekend vertrekken we morgen naar Gdańsk in het noorden van Polen (en hebben we weer even een eigen kamer hihi). De wekker gaat om 5 uur 😮Read more

  • Day2

    Warschau

    July 20 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Danach sahen wir uns die „Altstadt“ an. Da Warschau im 2. WK vollkommen zerstört wurde, sind die Bauwerke nur nachempfunden. Auf den ersten Blick ganz schön....

  • Day2

    A Lot can Happen in 48 hours

    June 4 in Poland ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Sometimes it seems like a lifetime can be crammed into a few short hours. The last couple of days has been a perfect example of how that can happen.

    After a rather restless sleep I awoke early on Monday morning to the sound of heavy rain outside. Considering how dry Melbourne has been over the past few months, this was something of a novel experience. I decided that further sleep was impossible, climbed out of bed and began the very long day that I knew awaited me. I was well aware that the next time my head hit the pillow would be on Tuesday evening when we finally reached our hotel in Warsaw.

    While having breakfast I checked the weather forecast. It was full of warnings about the huge band of violent rain, hail and gale force winds which were apparently going to impact Melbourne all day. That was not exactly the forecast you want when you will soon be heading off to the airport.

    It was a few hours later that things took something of an unexpected turn. One of the unfortunate aspects of the timing of this trip was that I would most likely be absent overseas when our newest grandchild came into the world. Since there was still around two weeks to go before the expected delivery date, you could imagine our surprise when we got a message from our youngest son that they had just gone to the hospital. Apparently the new baby was keen to meet Pops before he left.

    Although this sent the heart rates souring, it also threw something of a curve ball into my plans of getting to the airport. Since first babies can be notoriously slow in arriving, there was still no real indication of how long the labour would take.

    With no further news in the next couple of hours, we had to revert to my original plan of getting a lift to the airport with Sue Brown who lives not far away at Narre Warren. As we headed along the Monash Freeway the rain was still sheeting down making visibility poor. I wondered if the flight would be delayed.

    Somewhere in the middle of this deluge,my phone rang. It was a video call from my son at the hospital. He excitedly told me that their son had just arrived a few moments ago and they wanted to tell me before it was too late. It certainly was a moment I will never forget. Although I would not get to hold the new little one, I could take some pleasure in knowing that I was the very first to hear the news and see his little face,, albeit only briefly.

    In spite of the rain, we arrived safely at the airport and sat down to wait for the others. It was only then that I noticed that the entire stitching on one end of my luggage had come undone. How could I have not noticed that when I was packing ? This was not the type of discovery you want to make at the beginning of an extended trip. I had visions of my gear being spread over the cargo hold of the plane, but there was not a single thing I could about it now, apart from hope that the inner lining would somehow stay intact.

    There were seven of our team due to depart today and, when we had all arrived we proceeded to the check in. When it was my turn to check in, I rolled my case to the counter, smiled and handed over my passport. The girl looked at it, typed away for a while, then looked a little worried. She typed some more, frowned a lot and seemed confused. After some minutes of this delay she asked me to stay there while she went to talk to her supervisor. My stomach churned.

    For the next 15 minutes I watched her and her supervisor talk and fiddle with another computer. All the others had gone through to the departure lounge while I waited. Maybe I would not be leaving after all. Perhaps I had some sort of security warning on my passport. I know that the horrible photo they had attached to my Russian visa made me look some sort of serial killer, but surely that was not really my fault, - some people just look like that.

    All the while this was going on, the long queue behind me were probably secretly cursing me for making them wait longer. When she finally returned, I asked what the problem was. She explained that there was no record of my booking, even though I had the eticket in my hand. "Do you have the payment receipt ?", she asked. "Or do you have a bank statement that would show the payment ?" Since I booked the flight months ago, I could assure her that, no, I did not bring the bank statement with me.

    The supervisor came over to join in the fun and spent some time chatting to someone else on the phone (maybe his supervisor ?). After another ten minutes or so of this excitement, his face suddenly relaxed. "They have found the booking", he announced. I could have told them that I "found " the booking every time I checked the Emirates web site over the preceding couple of months.

    After being held up for so long I decided to go for broke. "Surely you should now give me an upgrade to First Class", I suggested. It didn't work. They handed me my economy boarding pass and finally sent me on my way.

    By this time the rest of the team had been wondering what on earth had happened to me. It had been a bit of a scare, but fortunately the plane took off on time and the wild weather had largely abated by then. At least I was glad that I had made the wise decision to pay a little extra for exit row seats. The extra leg room really does make a difference on a 14 hour flight and I was even able to grab some sleep from time to time.

    We arrived at Dubai right on sunrise, but the temperature was already a blistering 35C or so. The blast hit us as soon as we left the plane and reminded me afresh while I would never choose to willingly spend any more time in this city than was absolutely necessary.

    The second flight from Dubai to Warsaw is a much shorter 6 hours, and it was a great relief to discover that the plane was less than half full. It was even more comfortable as I luxuriated into my business class seat (I may tell you more about that sometime later) and actually looked forward to spending some time in the fully flat reclining seat.

    Those six hours actually passed all too quickly for me. I was actually a little reluctant to say goodbye to attentive staff who had looked after me so well (I could have told you that the business class section was almost empty so I was REALLY spoiled).

    We arrived in Warsaw right on time at 12 noon, collected our luggage and went looking for our waiting shuttle driver. The weather outside was a delightful 27C and bright sunshine. We were ushered to a comfortable Mercedes mini bus and were pleased that the young driver spoke excellent English. The midday traffic flowed smoothly and we were soon at the Hotel Chmielna.

    It is always nice when the reception desk expect you and we were soon issued our room keys and everyone went upstairs in search of a shower and a change of clothes. Well everyone but me that is. (Sound familiar ?). The girl explained that my room "was not ready yet" and I would have to wait in the reception for some time. This seems to be the story of my life.

    I decided to spend the time getting my phone to work. Although it connected to the Polish network, I could not make or receive any calls. I later discovered that the entire group were having the same sort of problems. Perhaps this is a feature of the region.

    When I did finally get access to the room I was pleased to find that it was enormous -a real business class room. Situated on the top floor and with no less than four separate rooms inside, it really was very comfortable. Well it would have been comfortable if not for the heat. It is obvious that rooms here are not built for heatwaves, and the sun streaming in the windows soon made it into a sauna bath. Oh well, you can't have everything. At least it would mean that my washing would dry quickly.

    The group later met together for our first foray into the unfamiliar city, first walking down to the river and then to the centre of the old city. By five o,clock the long day started to take effect with most of our team now struggling to stay upright. We decided it was time to stagger back to the hotel and have an early night.

    Near the hotel there is a lovely popular restaurant called "SUBWAY" and their 15 cm turkey roll was a perfect way to end a very,very long day. Back at the hotel, I removed the doona and collapsed unto the top of the mattress. After all, I had a new grandson to dream about.
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  • Day112

    Warszawa

    July 28, 2017 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    So to Warsaw.. We had received mixed reviews about Polands capital city so had to find out for ourselves.

    And we really enjoyed it! So much to see and far too little time.

    I fell in love with a building that was a gift from Stalin. The Palace of Culture and Science is the tallest building in Poland. Its the Art Deco one in the photos, amongst the high rises. We went whoosh in a super fast lift up to the 30th floor to see the views over the city.

    We visited the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews, which was something I had been keen to learn more about. It is housed in a super modern building and tells the one thousand year story of jews in Poland. I think we were spoilt by a few recent museum gems that we were found that we didn't immerse ourselves totally here. However because it was a Thursday the entry was free and it was very interesting to learn more about how Jews came to settle in Poland and their - totally discriminatory - treatment over the years by others.

    We also saw the new old town.. which was annihilated by Hitler after the Warsaw Uprising and then rebuilt. It has been reconstructed in such a way that I - perhaps being quite oblivious - would not have suspected that it was not original. This feeling must be shared by others as UNESCO have named it a World Heritage Site. Great minds think alike eh!

    We also tried a Zapiekanka. It is like a foot of bread covered with mushrooms and cheese..mmmm.

    Whilst we lost a day waiting for our camping equipment to be taken away by courier - as we need to make space for our impending guests :) - there is a lot more I would like to see so another one to add to the list to revisit.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Śródmieście, Srodmiescie, შრუდმიეშციე, Warszawa-Śródmieście, Средместье, Середмістя

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