I took my first trip alone, on a plane, to Poland! I was really nervous about the trip, especially not knowing much of the language (other than hello and goodbye) but 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 helped that Gdansk airport had no signs on the doors, they had the words for ladies and gentleman’s. Google Translator was on hand to help me out. 🙂
Once Artur had picked me up from the airport we headed off to Gdansk city centre for some sight seeing. The architecture in Gdansk is beautiful.
After exploring we headed off to the sea side town of Sopot.
Our first stop was the pier which we walked up, where I used a token machine and got myself a souvenir penny! I collect pressed pennies but this was more of a brass medal.
After the pier we went for lunch at a restaurant. There wasn’t an English menu so Artur had to translate for me.
After lunch we explored the town centre, took a bunch of photos, then headed to the beach. Dipping our toes in the sea.
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).