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.

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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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