I like it so i had to put a ring on it
Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
51Trip End May 01, 2012
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Our only previous experience of Poland limited to our Polish friend Greg. Sufficed to say we were not overly enthusiastic. I am happy to report that Poles wear clothes that actually fit their bodies have more in their wardrobe than just singlet’s, they are polite, have excellent manners and a cracking sense of humour and their English is far less broken and coherent than Greg’s
The first night we arrived we had dinner at this amazing underground restaurant. On entering we felt a bit out of place in our hoodies and jeans because the room was covered in old school lace and curtains, similar to what you see at your grandmothers, and there was a man playing piano in the corner. Even the concierge wore a bowler hat and white gloves and made small talk with us about Melbourne. The food was fantastic, Belinda tried these fried dumplings which have become her latest obsession and I had a traditional pork cutlets and mash. The excellent food and relatively cheap meal put us is such good spirits that we left a large tip and the promise to return.
The second day I dragged Belinda on two walking tours, each three hours long. We had only planned on the first but the guide (Peter) was so good and after refueling with a big lunch we decided to go again. Our last day in Krakow we visited Auschwitz which was a sobering experience. Some smaller things: I watched the movie Hostel late one night in our hostel to freak myself out about Eastern Europe, Belinda went to bed because if she saw it she would refuse to leave the room, we bought a Kafka book after visiting Prague but it is not really our taste- too surreal, and we also found time to do a bit of shopping because the weather is becoming more grim
We have just arrived in Warsaw and next heading back over the border to Germany and Berlin. Thank you everyone for your warm messages and congratulations on our engagement. It means a lot to us that there are so many people who care about us and are also excited about our news. Yes, Belinda has already started to plan the wedding but no, it’s not likely to happen any time soon. With Belinda’s expensive tastes it will likely take us a few years to save up for the wedding. We also told both sets of parents to postpone future plans for a bit.
Lastly, in case you run into Greg in the near future here are some Polish phrases you might want to use:
Get lost I’m not interested
Are you a nun? Yes ty Za-kon-neet-son?
I am having a heart attack! Mam Zahh-Vouh!
That’s not a kebab. Toe nyeh keb-apa.
A pink straw. Rouge-ova Slom’ka.
Is that your dragon? Chee-toe yest tvoy Smok?
Would you warm me up in the Polish way? Czy moglbys mnie ogrzac w polsky sposob?
You have shapely buttocks
Please give me the pin code to your heart. Prosze daj mi pin kod do Twojego serca.
It’s my liver. Toe-yest Moya Vong tro-bah.
This is a Polish thing, right? Tch to yes Poi-ski, nyeh?
That’s not my baby, I don’t know that woman. To nie moje dziecko, nie znam tej kobiety.