So last month I took my first trip alone, on a plane, to Poland! Honestly I was really nervous about the trip, having never traveled alone before. But especially because I don’t know much of the language (other than hello and goodbye), although Artur assured me most people would understand what I said if I spoke to them in English and, most did, though it took a few attempts.
I arrived at Gdansk airport in the morning and faced my first problem, which toilet was the ladies! If you’ve never been to Poland, the ladies toilet has a circle on it and the men’s has a triangle on it. Luckily I’d done my research beforehand and knew which was which but it didn’t help that Gdansk airport had neither of these symbols on their doors. Instead they had the words ladies and gentleman’s (in Polish). Luckily Google Translator was on hand to help me out. 🙂 Which is one of my favourite travel apps.
24 hours in Gdansk and Spot, Poland
Once Artur had picked me up from the airport we headed off to Gdansk city centre for some sight seeing. Our first stop was the newer part of the city and I must say that the architecture in Gdansk is beautiful. From the gothic style St. Mary’s church to the main town hall (pictured below). I wish we’d had longer to explore this vast city – the amber and World War II museums both piqued my interest and I hope to see both of them next time.
After a busy morning sightseeing, we headed off to the nearby sea side town of Sopot. Which is home to the longest wooden pier in Poland. There is a small entrance fee to gain access to the pier but the views alone are worth it. Especially if the weather’s nice, which thankfully for us, it was.
As you may know I collect pressed pennies and although there wasn’t a penny mangle in Sopot. I did stumble upon a token machine instead. So treated myself to a souvenir penny! Which was more of a brass medal.
Sopot is home to many bars and restaurants
After lunch we explored the town centre, took a bunch of photos, then headed to the beach. Dipping our toes in the sea.
Sopot’s famous Monte Cassino is Krzywy Domek (The Crooked House).
Road trip to Zielona Gora, Poland
Zielona Gora is over 5 hours drive from Sopot so we had a long road ahead of us, when I say us, I mean Artur as he wouldn’t let me drive!
We arrived at his mum’s house at around 1am and his sister had kindly waited up on let us in. I met his mum the following day.
Two of the main reasons for going to Zielona Gora were his nephews birthday and his God Son’s communion. The birthday party was at his eldest sister’s husbands families farm and the communion was at a local church. The communion involved a lot of kneeling in a dress and heels for a long period of time, followed by a celebratory meal. Both were very enjoyable and I got my first taste of polish food, except for pierogi which we eat at home. I love pierogi!
A lot of our trip to Zielona Gora was for me to see where Artur grew up, to meet his family and experience polish culture. We went to a speed way race (it rained!!), had lunch in a glass building full of palm trees – it was delicious! – enjoyed the Polish night life (read: went clubbing), went to the lakes Artur went to as a child and went to a swimming pool packed with slides and flumes.
We’re hoping to go back again in September for the Zielona Gora Winobranie (wine festival).