A recap of my trip to Poland to hang out with family and get a taste of home, before my next study abroad location.
I flew in at about noon from London to Wrocłow to see my Cocia (Polish for 'great aunt'). We made dinner and I spent the night with her, catching up, celebrating her birthday, and spending some much-needed time with family.
The next morning, I was up early to take a 5-hour train ride to Warsaw. I got in at around 10 in the morning. I settled in and then went out to the local farmers market to get a Jagodzanka, my most beloved blueberry breakfast pastry. It's just one of those things that I bite into and memories of my childhood come fluttering in; eating jagodzanka on those warm summer mornings at the lakehouse, with my family.
I unpacked and then took a nap, before meeting my cousin for lunch.
We went to Aïoli and both got eggs benedict avo toast with champagne and then upped the anty with some cocktails. A mojito for me... obviously.
We walked around town, looking at flowers and book stands on our way to Stara Miesto, old town. A place where time has seemed to stand still. I always can imagine the merchants trading on the cobblestones, the horses pacing by, the whole feeling is historic.
We explored my cousin's university and then ventured deeper into 'old town', getting ice cream and continuing our adventure all around Warsaw. She showed me this new riverwalk filled with restaurants, bars, sandpits, and lounge chairs that they just opened along the Vistula river.
After that walk, we made our way to the library of The University of Warsaw. A building I always find very peaceful. It reminds me of a giant greenhouse.
Fun fact... my mom and I discovered a really neat vintage store in the basement of this library, one year when we made a wrong turn and found an underground shopping center. So, I obviously made a visit (and some purchases, lol).
Then after hours of exploring, I decided to go home and relax.
I had a slow morning, making my way across the street to a local bakery to get some Pancek, a polish take on a donut filled with jam. I lounged around, watching Netflix, working on my blog, and enjoyed being in a place I call home.
When I started to get hungry for lunch, I decided it was best to go to my dad and I's favorite neighborhood restaurant.
I opted for a chicken cutlet, with potatoes and sauerkraut, and because I really had missed some Polish food, I got four Nalesniki's ( a polish pancake/crepe). Two with sweet cheese and two with strawberries.
I was so stuffed I could barely move, but I decided a walk would be best. I took a walk to Blue City, a neighborhood mall that I have been in love with since I was about 5. I did some shopping as a part of my relaxation and then realized I had no more room in my one duffel after all the shopping I had done.
I dropped my shopping bags off and decided I wanted to see a couple more things, so I went to the Politechnika Warszawska. One of the most gorgeous buildings I've seen for school. The outside is rather basic but the inside... wow!
My cousin's on the other side of the family and I grabbed dinner at this new trendy building of warsaw. We first got drinks, and I got a... mojito, and then we went to the Italian place upstairs. I got seafood pasta and it was DELICIOUS. To top it, I got a dreamy apple-fig-walnut meringue cake.
When I got home, I attempted to pack all the new items I had purchased, I made some swaps and left some pieces behind for the next time I visit.
I woke up early, finished my packing up, and then headed to the local market one last time to get some breakfast pastries. I also bought a kilo of chocolate-covered prunes, because my family loves it and to my knowledge, we can only get it in Poland.
I took an Uber to the Chopin Airport and said bye to Poland as I boarded my flight to Rome.
This was the best airplane snack I've ever had... olive crackers and blood orange juice. They were prepping me for all my food adventures I was going to take on while living in Italy.
xx, see you soon.