A recap of my trip to Poland to hang out with family and get a glimmer 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, celebrated her 102nd birthday, and spent some much-needed time catching up.
The next morning, I was up early to take a 5-hour train ride to Warsaw. My Cocia insisted I drink her beet soup over coffee, and of course, I obliged because you don't say no to your Cocia. I got into Warsaw 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 seems to stand still.
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 the 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.
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.
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 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 school buildings I've ever seen.
My other cousin and I grabbed dinner at this new trendy food hall in warsaw. We got drinks first, I got a mojito (surprise surprise. Then after drinks, we went to the Italian place upstairs. I got pasta with all the critters of the sea, which was delicious, and then topped it all off with an apple-fig-walnut meringue cake.
When I got home, I attempted to pack all the new items, and somehow succeeded.
I woke up early to finish my packing and then headed to the local market one last time to get some breakfast pastries and other sweet treats for my next location. I ended up buying a kilo of chocolate-covered prunes because my family is obsessed.
I took an Uber to the Chopin Airport and said bye to Poland as I boarded my flight to Rome.
BTW, this was the best airplane snack I've ever had... olive crackers and blood orange juice. They were prepping me for all the food adventures to come in Italy.
xx, see you soon.