tiistai 28. marraskuuta 2017

Warszawa with dear guests

I got to spend some time with my friends from the Czech Republic, as they visited Warsaw about two weeks ago. Ivo arrived on Wednesday, and rest of the group arrived on Thursday afternoon, after some troubles with the Polish railways - how unexpected! It was their first time in Warsaw, and I, a local with the experience of few months, was more than delighted to be their quide.

So I took my guests to some of the necessary places,
starting from my favorite milk bar to the Lazienski park and the (in)famous shotbar Chupito. The principle of the bar is that you need to point what you want, and hope that it will taste good. You cannot really guess the taste since the shots have names such as LOL or Pikachu. We took a part on the Old Town's Free Walkative Tour, which was, in my opinion, extremely interesting. I learned a lot about Warsaw's history, I would recommend everyone who's visiting Warsaw to take part on this tour, to learn about the city in more detailed way. It's starting everyday 10.30am from Zygmunt’s Column on the Castle Square, and it's free of charge! We also visited the Cultural Palace, but somehow we didn't quite reach the viewing terrace - next time we'll manage to do that, for sure ;)

Others left on Friday evening, but luckily Ivo stayed with me until the next Thursday. We did some essential Ivo-sightseeing, so we travelled around with the trams and a metro. With the best possible company (and a terribly overpriced coffee from Costa) it is a rather nice activity. We visited a railway museum which had a cool backyard full of old locomotives - creating a nice contrast between the city and its skyscrapers, which were right next to the place.

We visited the Uprising Museum, which was probably one of best museums where I've ever been -  educating, and interesting place with well built exhibition. It'd be another place to visit if you'd ever find yourself from Warsaw, admission on Sundays is free. After the museum we went to eat pierogis because obviously, when in Poland, you need to eat them as much as you can! Especially if and when you have only one month left here.

On Wednesday we headed to Gdansk. As did the first snow this year, winter is here... To spend time in Gdansk, which is less crowded than Warsaw, was relaxing after a busy week in capital. We had enough time to check all the essential places in the old town, and we also somehow managed to end up to the middle of an advertisement shootings. Not that we would have minded, but it happened that they'd decided to build their set right in front of our hostel, so our access there was denied. But clever as we are, we just basically went around the set and managed to sneak to our room.

Next day Ivo flew back to the cold country and I stayed in Gdansk for couple more hours. It was enough time to take a tram to an important location, as you can see from the picture above. #onlyfunforfinns. Soon it is December, and my final month here begins. Still I got lot of studying to do, not to mention about essays, - and when I'll be back in Finland it is finally time to concentrate on my thesis. On the next week there will be an important day, 6.12., when Finland will celebrate its 100th independence day. I have a plan to attend an independence day event held in Warsaw's Finnish Embassy. It is the first time I'm abroad during the independence day, and even though traditionally the main programme of the day has not been fancier than to watch other people shaking hands, it would feel weird not to celebrate at all.

Do widzenia,

(ps. I was not trying to escape, but I saw some ducks over there.<3 )

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