Trip Start Jun 27, 2006
60Trip End Mar 28, 2007
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By the time Paul arrived, I was able to pick him up at the airport by bus, take the short cut from the bus stop to the hostel. I was also proud to point out the Chopin Museum across the street from the hostel. The only problem is that I pronounced it "chop-ping," and I know I will not hear the end of it.
Paul was a good sport about staying at a hostel (we stayed in a private room instead of bunk beds). Hostels these days are a lot better and cleaner than they used to be
I was also thrilled to get all kinds of goodies from Paul. The single most important item was my smaller backpack, or a good size daypack. It was the perfect size for a day hike in fall in New England - food and drinks, Gortex raingear, gloves, extra socks, first aid kit, and even a compact sleeping bag. I was tired of lugging my obnoxiously huge backpack around. It has hindered my catching local buses (especially mini buses). It was also heavy. Having travelled a few months, I now have a pretty good idea of the things I need versus the things I might need.
In Warsaw, we went to the Jewish ghetto, cathedrals, Gestapo headquarter and the old town. The latter was not as impressive/expansive as the ones in the capital cities of the Baltic countries.
We met a local guy in a church. He is a waiter on Royal Caribbean cruise line. He was our tour guide for the next few hours. We decided to go to a cafe to take a brief rest. I was thinking of coffee and dessert, but he ordered beer for all of us. As usual, I turned red. It wasn't even noon yet. His ship was scheduled to dock in Boston the day after Paul returns. Paul will not doubt reciprocate the role of a guide.
A landmark that can be seen everywhere in the city is the Palace of Culture and Science, which houses, among other things, a huge congress hall, three theatres and a cinema
We spent a leisurely afternoon at the Lazienki Park and Palace. The Chopin Monument is one of the very few sights that I remember from my previous visit (my photo album has a picture of it). The Palace on the Water is very tranquil.