Well, folks. Here is my Poland shimmy. This is back in the day when Brandon still thought my shimmy was embarrassing. Now that he is married to me, he loves it. Yeah, pretty sure that’s how it works.
I gotta say that Poland is one of my favorite Eastern European countries. I was surprised at how awesome it was….probably because I spent 2 years living in Russia, which is not as clean as Poland.
Here are some of my favorite things about Poland:
Krakow — holy radness! This city is so cool. I only got to spend a few hours there, but there were tons of cool things right in the center of town. I feel like I could spend a week just getting lost in this enchanting city. Go there.
Doner kebabs — There are doner kebabs all over Poland and they are so freaking good. I want to eat one every day.
3 Bit — Best candy bar of life. I’m drooling just thinking about it.
Poznan — Poznan had a fun market and a fun city center. We were going to check out a jazz club in this cool castle, but it was closed. That was a bummer. Make sure to do your research about when things are open. The taxi driver kept trying to tell us it was closed, and we kept telling him to take us there. We didn’t figure out what he was saying till we got there and it was closed. Oops…I guess I should learn Polish.
Getting locked in the mall — No really, we got locked INSIDE the mall in Poznan. There is this old brewery/new mall with all this rad art and fun shopping inside. When it closed, we exited only to find out that the shut the gates and we were locked in. We did some awesome jimmy rigging to get us out…climbed over the fence all ninja style.
Getting lost at the train station — Thank you, dear Poland, for changing the platform on us every five minutes. It’s a miracle we made it to Krakow and didn’t end up in some random town in France like me and Jeni did that one time when we got on the wrong train in Switzerland, and had to sleep on the floor at the train station. Yuck. Glad that didn’t happen.
Castles, castles, castles…I want to see more castles. I want to go back to Poland right now and go on a castle hunt, because I am a princess and I belong in castles.
We also visited Auschwitz, which was the saddest place on earth. If you are going to go to Auschwitz, make sure to bring a very reverent and respectful spirit. Also, prepare yourself emotionally. It is important to remember the Holocaust, but it is completely shocking and really hard to deal with emotionally.
I definitely would recommend Poland to anyone. Poland has a rich history, great architecture, amazing food and is interesting through and through.