Monday, July 20, 2009

Arriving in Warsaw July 15 2009

Day 8 Weds All day travel via Lodz to Warsaw
The first thing you have to learn about Lodz is that it should have a cross through the “L” which then makes the pronunciation of the word “Woodge”. After a tedious trip through Stansted and on Ryan Air we got off in Lodz to 90 degree weather!! We managed to get on the right bus to the train station but when I tried to buy a ticket then I got in trouble. Luckily one of the only two other people on the bus was Polish but had been in London all year a spoke excellent English. He get us to the train station and helped buy our tickets and got us to the right train. This is the first time that I really have not been able to read any of the signs or understand anything of what people are saying. With all that going on I didn't take any pictures. However, when we arrived in Warsaw, the first thing I saw was this:

A real contrast of the old and the new. I have since learned that the square one behind was a gift from Stalin and to some people represents the oppression of the Russians, and many think it is ugly.

After checking in to our hostel, we went out to get some dinner. I had pigs in the blanket (though they called it something else) and it had a spear of pickle in the middle! It was delicious and served with these round dumplings.

After dinner we walked down the Royal Road towards the old town. It was a very wide street and there were lots of people out walking. Many of the buildings were lit up and we ended in this very picturesque square that looked like it came out of a fairy tale.

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