I like it so i had to put a ring on it

Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
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Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Our last four days have been spent in Krakow, the true capital of Poland so we were told by our tour guide Peter. He actually compared Warsaw to Canberra, shit city that is the capital only by name and a place to hide all the annoying politicians. Krakow is also close to the birth place of John Paul the Second and there are pictures of him and statues everywhere. Peter said that the city went through a 'Pope-mania' when he was running the show and they still refer to him here as ‘the pope’ like he is and will always be the one and only.

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. It could be that we are still riding the high of last week but either way we absolutely love Poland.

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. I bought a sheep skin hoodie and Belinda bought a Zara thick jacket and a few pairs of socks. "It’s insulated with duck feathers" she keeps telling me as if persuading me on the sale. I couldn’t care less to be honest, the warmer the jacket the less I have to hear her complain about being cold. She still hasn’t worn it yet, apparently the moment has to be special to wear something new for the first time otherwise it would be an insult to the clothing. I still have a lot to learn about fashion.

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.                                         Spadaj, nie jestem zainteresowana.

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.                                         Masz zgrabne posladki.

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.
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Pies on

Bahahahaha - love this. Best polish translations ever!

Shirley on

Hi guys...your blogs never disappoint - love them! Luke, you need to contact The Age on your return to Melbourne, you are a natural story teller, with an amazing journalistic flair - awesome! And yes, you have a way to go on understanding 'fashion law', however you are a trouper in your efforts...lol!!! Belinda, your 'other dad' is busy applying for part-time taxi driving jobs, to ensure his contribution to yours and Lukes special day is worthy...he is sooooo excited. Keep flying on that cloud, savouring every moment. We love you xxx, Shirley

gemma on

"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"

People at work thought I was choking, I laughed so much.

I loved Karkow as well - the square there is beautiful and its such an amazing city. Sigh. So jealous.

Still so excited about your big news! We must find a time to skype soon xoxo

Lynne on

Hi Guys
Heard the fab news of your engagement via Bali, Kathy filled me in yesterday after arriving home! Congratulations to you both!! You look so very very happy its a joy to see! Kathy has told me about the plans for the 'ring' cant wait to see it. We wish you just the best in everything for your future together lots of love from the Poultons xxx

Michael on

Poland sounds like a great place to visit....Yes if anyone needs at "TAXI" please call Mark on 0423 --- 094

Auntie on

Very funny Michael, since you claim you maybe Bind's dad too you better take the taxi job with Mark:)

Welcome to our very strange family Luke!!!!

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