Little updates are a big deal

I would just like to announce that today I added photos to the two Warsaw entries from last week. I still have much more to update, such as my trip to the saddest little duner stand that couldn’t, the worst movie Hugh Dancy has ever made, and my cumulative experience with airports after 17 flights this summer, but I finally did my taxes today and somehow, despite my taxes not actually being all that complicated since I don’t own any property or have any investments or unusual sources of income, doing them invariably proves to be (1) incredibly time-consuming and (2) soul-crushingly exhausting.

So go back and look at the pretty Warsaw pictures until I’ve sufficiently recovered from my annual financial reporting. Nothing to see here (for now), people!

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Warsaw, Day 2

Now with pictures! (added 31/08)

This city is all the more impressive when you realize it was practically all built in the last 60 years or so…

Today I basically just wandered around and took way too many pictures…

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Additional perks: the central post office is SO MUCH easier to deal with than Sofia’s; free public wifi provided by the city!

One thing that makes Sofia less accessible for foreigners is that it has no Old Town, no obvious tourist center around which to focus resources…

If the city was largely destroyed in 1944, where did all their huge trees come from? Did they bring in some grown trees already when they rebuilt? Or, I guess I have no idea – maybe these trees really are only 60-70 years old. I guess that’s still pretty old…

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I was the only non-White person in the plane here and might’ve been the only one in the whole Old Town today – I certainly didn’t see anyone else…

60 zloty left and I have to decide between a souvenir (like jewelry) or…food. Always a tough call for me. I’ve been carrying around unrefrigerated salami and cheese all day and am not sure I’ll ever work up the nerve to actually eat it…

I’ve seen no less than 3 newlyweds taking photos around Old Town and one couple posing in the doorway of St Paul’s who weren’t in wedding gear but seemed to be being photographed professionally (unfortunately, I did not get a picture of them)…

There is ice cream EVERYWHERE here…

Lots of bikes, rollerblades also – it’s nice…

PS, I ended up using the 60 zloty on jewelry and finishing my salami and cheese for dinner – and I didn’t die of food poisoning, so I think it all worked out.

Warsaw, Day 1

Now with photos! (added 31/08)

In addition to not updating this in forever, I also realized I haven’t done a good job in the last year in documenting my travels from Bulgaria, which was part of the whole point of the blog (the whole “wandering” idea); most of my travel-related entries are still on the ever-growing to-write list. I used to be better about jotting down notes, especially when I traveled alone, and after my friend Christine was so much better than about doing just that in London when we were together there earlier this week, I thought I’d try it here in Warsaw. Nothing earth-shattering or deeply reflective, since I was quickly typing these little notes (almost like tweets – horrors!) throughout the day on my iPod, but it’s good to have them anyway, I think.

Staying at B&B Boutique on Smolna, off Nowi Swiat – it’s lovely, great mix of people and places at the breakfast table.

The bathroom alone is about the size of the Easy Hotel room in London, where I stayed with a friend earlier in the week…

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The year in books

I sometimes like to look back on the past year in terms of the books that I read. This stems from the BPS Reader’s Workshop requirement that students read 20 books a (school) year; given that none of my students ever really seemed to hit this number, I often wondered if I actually read that many books in a given year, and resolved to up my pleasure reading to try to meet the same requirements that were placed on my students. I also find it a good way to “measure a year,” as they say in Rent, because while I often look back and feel that no time at all has passed since the beginning of the school year, usually I’m shocked to see what I was reading at the time because it feels like ages ago.

Also, now that I’m on Goodreads, it’s a lot easier to keep track of these things.  Continue reading