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  • Day5

    Warsaw

    April 12, 2017 in Poland

    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

  • Day112

    Warszawa

    July 28, 2017 in Poland

    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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  • Day261

    Warsaw

    May 22, 2017 in Poland

    Early morning start today after having a great breakfast at the hostel. Headed out in the sunshine by 8:30 am to beat the Korean tourists in the park. Not being biased here but there are hoards of them here with their selfie sticks and I can't get a photo in edgewise. Today I did! Started with the tomb of the unknown soldier which is guarded by two soldiers and a burning flame. Behind it is the beautiful park with a huge fountain and statues of Greek gods. I was off then to the modern part of the city to look around. Made my way back to the Chopin museum and then stopped off for a coffee crema at Tschibo. I walked for 4 hours and then went back to my room to rest my feet. After my test I was on the search for the long stairway and the underground tunnels. I found the stairway but not the tunnels. I asked a waiter for directions and he told me to wait for him after work and he would show me. The guys here are certainly not shy to ask a girl out. I had to ditch him (not my type) nicely. I found the mermaid in the old square which is a symbol of Warsaw and is said to be the protector of Poland (once rescued by a fisherman). I had an early dinner at the restaurant next door and it was fabulous. Soft and airy potatoe dumpings with forest mushroom and garlic sauce and a beer ($13.39 CAD). Warsaw: home of Madam Curie, Chopin, Lech Walensa, and many famous movie stars and playwrights. Never there was so much history here.Read more

  • Day260

    Krakow to Warsaw

    May 21, 2017 in Poland

    Well I decided on not doing the salt mine tour after all because of the cost. After to talking to two young polish girls last night in the hostel they recommended Warsaw and Gdansk. I decided to move on. So far on my travels the Polish people are the kindest, nicest, happiest and helpful people. By far this is the safest country I have been in. Three hour fast train ride and I'm in Warsaw. Another beautiful city. It was completely flattened in WW2 but totally rebuilt and is pristine. Coming out from the train station I'm met head on with the technical building and in behind the art gallery. It looked like the Empire State Building. A twenty minute walk to the hostel and the city is again buzzing and there is music everywhere. A quick shower and change and I'm out to catch the sites. It's Sunday and the museums and exhibits are free. I walk through the market and winding little streets, more music, and a old man playing a old piano with a parrot singing along. Lucky me I manage to catch the exhibition to the Royal Palace and it is magnificent. I don't know much about Polish Royalty but am totally impressed with the whole palace. Looks like a prelude to St. Petersburg. I finish up with a walk along the promenade and then find a restaurant for a pizza and a couple of beers....and delightfully people watch for two hours. My waiter is a student and has a nametag saying so and tells me he is learning. Brilliant! This stops people from being nasty to him. Next I see the water truck coming along the street and watering all the flowers and soldiers tapping each other on the back and laughing. It feels good to be in Poland!Read more

  • Day262

    Last day in Warsaw

    May 23, 2017 in Poland

    Well I decided to stay another day because I didn't see everything and because it's just so gorgeous. I went to the train station and got a 1st class ticket for tomorrow that was cheaper than buying a regular ticket for today. I went to the Dali-Warhol art exhibit, which was a little disappointing because it was only one floor ($17.50). I've been to better exhibits for less. I walked back to the hostel to rest and then went off an hour later to the Warsaw uprising museum. It was so hot and quite a ways away. I went to the former Jewish ghetto section where more than 300,000 Jews were executed. I finally reached the uprising museum and it was closed. Back to the hostel I went. Bought some items for tomorrow's roadtrip and in the evening participated in the "learn polish" program at the hostel. That was fun! (16km today)Read more

  • Day1

    Day 1 Warsaw

    August 3 in Poland

    Time for a new trip: This time to the Baltic states and additional Warsaw! Marcel joined me and we drove to Memmingen airport to find out that the flight to Warsaw was late for 2:15 hours. We decided to have something to eat in the meantime until I checked the flight status again and luckily it changed to 15 minutes delay which was great. After the arrival we had a hassle to get another bus ticket to reach the city. Finally we arrived at the palace of culture which is a quite impressive relict of the Soviet time. We walked to our hostel and afterwards we explored the neighbourhood which consisted almost only of banks and businesses - okay for one night. At least we found a small shop which sold beer. Later we went back to the hostel and slept. This night Warsaw was only a stopover!Read more

  • Day20

    Warsaw

    August 15 in Poland

    Eastern Europe is a hipster’s wet dream, endless post industrial ruins and neighbourhoods ripe for ironic gentrification and the perks of good bars, coffee and craft beer. The speed with which the invasion is happening is incredible, like a blitzkrieg proceeding the wave of tourists finally waking up to the wonders of the east. Where Minsk this invasion was still raw and tentative, Warsaw, being further west and with a much more secure beachhead of tourists, had tipped over into full blown gentrification. Praga, a neighbourhood across the river from the centre, and a no go area after dark only a few years ago, now boasts the coolest, newest and most expensive real estate, which is slowly destroying decaying neighbourhoods, street art and markets. Not all is lost though, a few amazing examples of street art remain, the Soho district (really!) is a fantastic example of reuse of an old industrial area for the purpose of museums and public event spaces and Bazaar Rozicki remains, increasingly hedged in by increasingly shiny apartments on all sides.

    Bazaar Rozicki, was once Warsaw’s premier market, the epicentre of Warsaw’s thriving black market during the days of communism, since 1989 its popularity has waned significantly and is now a shadow of its former self. Today the lure of illicit goods has gone, but one could still easily outfit an entire polyester wedding thanks to the variety of cheap wedding dresses, kiddie tuxes and chintzy mother-of-the-bride gowns. It is still a great place to visit though with the characterful faded green wooden store fronts providing an atmospheric reminder of a time when Warsaw was a Communist backwater.

    While not Poland’s premier tourist destination, Warsaw was a shock after Minsk. Where the entirety of Belarus gets 100,000 international tourists in an entire year, the same number must have been in Warsaw on my first afternoon. Endless tour groups from every corner of the world and selfie sticks jostling for space and airtime in the tight streets of Warsaw’s beautifully reconstructed old town. Warsaw was completely obliterated in World War 2, what wasn’t destroyed by being in the middle of the be and flow of the eastern front was destroyed during and after the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, when the local population rose up in open rebellion against the Nazi’s. The uprising lasted just over 2 months in the forlorn hope of achieving the backing of the western powers and reestablishing an independent state before the Soviets arrived in town. 45,000 underarmed Poles kept the Nazi’s pinned down in bitter street fighting, before capitulating having run out of ammunition, food and water and receiving only limited support from the Allies, despite multiple promises of support. In retribution the Nazi’s ordered the destruction of the entire city, systematically going block by block blowing up every building. By the time the Soviets ‘liberated’ the city 85% of all buildings had been completely destroyed, and from a prewar population of 1.2 million people, less than 1000 remained living in sewers and basements. As a final nail in the coffin, the Soviets quickly rounded up all members of the Polish liberation forces and sent them to Siberian Gulags to ensure that any hope of national independence would be quashed. Finding themselves once again being “prisoners of geography”, experiencing first hand the manifest unfairness of being born in a small country in the no mans land between the east and the west.

    Other than the incredibly good Uprising Museum and monuments, today you wouldn’t know this was the case. The Old Town has been beautifully and faithfully restored, incorporating a huge number of original decorative features, which had been salvaged and hidden by locals in basements and houses for decades post war and using original stone and brick salvaged from other towns and cities across the country.

    My second day in Warsaw happened to coincide with a national holiday, Soldiers Day, a day similar to ANZAC day, but taking on an added level of gravity when you consider the countries geography and history. The city came to a standstill and there were various commemorative events culminating in an appropriately impressive parade of goose stepping soldiers, tanks and aircraft. A lot of the countries I have travelled through are celebrating 100 years of independence this year, which I have found a little ironic seeing as most have only been truely independent for a fraction of that time, but Poland is no different and so the parade was supersized this year, moving streets to a larger thoroughfare and including a large contingent of American servicemen and military hardware underlining the importance of NATO forces in bolstering the eastern front against an expansionist Russia. With the parade and formalities over it appeared that the entire city descended on the old town as one for an afternoon of eating and drink. This made the previous days crowds appear like a mere small gathering. The place was packed and I wandered the streets struggling to find anywhere for lunch or a drink that didn’t have lines stretching a block. As I was giving up and heading out, I heard someone call my name, and it was Tim, an American I’d met back in Riga. Tim lives in Germany and works for NATO and was randomly in town as part of the American contingent for the parade, it was serendipitous and another example of our crazy small world. Even better they had a table and a jug of beer and so I had somewhere to sit back and watch the passing parade and incredibly talented buskers who took over the town in the evening.
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  • Day9

    Day 9 Warsaw

    August 11 in Poland

    Our plan for this day was to do a free walking tour in old town to get to know it a little bit better, but as we woke up it was raining cats and dogs! After all this time with perfect sunny weather we haven't been prepared at all. We decided to sleep late and relax until the weather got better. In the afternoon the rain ended and we were able to go into the old town. We catched a free walking tour. It led through the old town and was quite interesting. Afterwards we ate polish dinner again and returned to the apartment. Finally we went out to explore the nightlife of Warsaw. We found a club which was partly outside and it seemed to be quite local. After some hours we returned to the flat.Read more

  • Day8

    Day 8 Warsaw

    August 10 in Poland

    It was time to leave Vilnius and therefore we got up very early to reach the airport. We flew to Warsaw - the last stop on our trip :-) When we arrived we checked our apartment and were shocked! It was really small and didn't even have a proper bed and sheets!!! :-( it seemed to be a leftover from the former Soviet Union, maybe it was a live museum ^^. We decided to find another flat and found one some kilometres away from the old town. We rested in the Lazienki park for a while and called an Uber to get there. The new flat was great in comparison, luckily. After some time we walked to the old town. It is really beautiful, but crowded with tourists. Therefore we went on to an area above the river Weichsel to drink a beer. Afterwards we had dinner, piroggi and a rye soup - very tasty. We left the old town and walked back to our flat, quite a long walk as we noticed then.Read more

  • Day1204

    Poland tour - Warsaw!

    June 29 in Poland

    First trip to Poland and wasn’t sure what to expect and Warsaw is not on my favourite places list and I can’t quite figure out why as it’s cheap, in parts very pretty and my favourite bar since travelling is here but I just never connected with the place in my few days here! The bar I mentioned is a place called legends and it’s owned by a Scouser from old swan - had an absolute ball here and met some characters! I met a guy from NZ called robbie who was travelling around Europe for 6 months - real cool guy who I still keep in touch with and will meet up with In Tokyo as he has a place there! I also met 2 guys who own the betting platform that major betting companies use (they bought us all drinks) there was also a guy who owned a Diamond mine in SA who gave me his card if I ever wanted a job Hahahahaha.Read more

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Warszawa, Warschau, Warsaw, Varsovie

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