Wild Nights and Wicked Days in Warsaw
Trip Start Apr 20, 2011
44Trip End Jul 21, 2011
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As soon as both sisters walked in I knew they were going to be awesome. We were introduced and decided to go outside, away from the loud music, so that we could talk. Dorota bought us all a round and we drank and talked and got to know each other for a few hours. With all of us being pretty much the same age we all got along quite well. These sisters are the sweetest – and cutest – two Polish girls I have ever met. I was more than glad to be in their company on our first night in Warsaw. On a bus ride back home (one that brought them way too far from their stop and it turns out prompted them to go on an adventure to find Zapiekanka *an awesome Polish snack, like a cross between a sub and a pizza*) we agreed to meet the next day at our campsite around noon.
At 12:15pm the next day both girls showed up with radiant smiles to show us around town. We hopped into Ania’s company car and made our way through the center to the old town. Old town and new town are literally right next to each other. When we arrived we realised that there was some sort of art nouveau festival in new town and thought we should check it our first
It was a really hot day (above 30 c) so Dorota made us walk on the shady side of the street all the way to Coffee Heaven where, by the way, they don’t serve any iced chocolate drinks, to my dismay. I settled for some frozen fruit drink while they all sipped their iced coffees to cool off before we were on our way to the old town. Again, nothing crazy to report back about here but it was a very nice city. What I can say is that I noticed that people here enjoy two things: balloons and street performers pretending to be statues. One of these ‘statue men’ scared a little kid which Dan found hilarious and managed to get a picture of
We walked down to Warsaw’s new fountain which is magnificent. Naked children everywhere prancing in their makeshift waterpark means good times. Dan got jealous of them and jumped in too – after unloading the contents of his pockets on me. I wanted to go in as well to cool off because it was a crazy hot day and I do not do well in the heat but I knew we were going out for dinner soon and decided against it. So Dan waded among the children for a few minutes until the fountain started misting again so he jumped out. He got himself pretty wet regardless but dried off quickly in the sun on our way to dinner.
Ania and Dorota wanted us to experience a truly Polish meal and new of a great restaurant to bring us to. So when we took our seats at the local McDonald’s we were confused.
I’m kidding. This was actually one of Ania’s running jokes throughout the day. Funny girl.
They took us to this big restaurant which I really don’t remember the name of. They were playing traditional Polish music and the patrons were all eating these gigantic plates of meat
They drove us around the rest of the city pointing out sights as we went along. They showed us some old buildings that remained standing after the way and are still in use despite the many bullet holes that are apparent
We eventually ended up at their apartment building, which is actually more like a condo than anything. The outside looked like a regular building, nothing spectacular…but inside the place is incredible. Everything was so modern and we were clearly in awe and maybe a little jealous. Now I love my place very much but I wouldn’t have to hesitate if we were able to trade. This place was spectacularly decorated en plus. I was loving it. We spent a good amount of time on their balcony that seemed to be built for us four. We digested and people watched for over an hour until we went back inside and collapsed on their couch, also built for four it seems, to watch Polish X Factor. This is essentially American Idol but Polish. The old woman was voted off this week. Don’t underestimate how much fun this can be. Just making fun of the silly commercials and making up English dialogue to Polish sitcoms was a great time
Around 11pm we decided it would be best to head off as they both had work the next morning – so Ania generously drove us back to our campsite but not before a million goodbyes and attempts to take pictures with all four of us in them (Dan finally used their mirror to do this). We had an awesome time and were sad to go but hopefully we’ll be able to meet up again in the future. They were truly awesome people and we cannot thank them enough for showing us such a great time.
I have decided that I am literally off meat for a long while. Seriously.