At Fryderyk Chopin Airport, ready for going home to the autumn, always a bit early …. time to leave Warsaw that has really treated me well. The English could have been a bit better on most places and sometimes people behaved a bit rude, because when they don’t speak English they don’t answer at all, but I understand why. Mostly men????!!!!
Then there was ladies, that couldn’t help enough … even if I didn’t understand them and they didn’t understand me – somehow we manage to get it right in between us … using arms and legs … plus good laughs.
Otherwise I found Warsaw very friendly and with great hospitality, but not smiles around. My hotel was SUPER! Even if I arrived 3 hours before check-in I got a room straight away; big room, big bed, massive bathroom, great shower, fantastic location and plentiful breakfast. Well done, Hampton by Hilton.
One of the first things I did … was cutting my hair and get a completely new hairstyle, the hairdresser spoke very little English, but still she manage to get my hair just as I wanted it …. have tried for years to get it this way – no hairdresser in UK or Sweden has got it right. So pleased.
The weather has been warmer than warm, even if a good thunderstorm cleared the air a bit, it has been very warm and it’s mostly my poor numb feet that has suffered.
Think I been all over the city, but still I haven’t seen or done everything. I’m not very good at handling the evil side of history, so I did only the WWII in a small portion. Visit the Cmentarz Żydowski (the Jewish cemetery) yesterday. The cemetery contains over 200,000 marked graves, as well as mass graves of victims of the Warsaw Ghetto. So upsetting.
I have been getting around the city with buses, trams and metro – plenty of everything. Two metro lines, blue and red and I like the way they marked the entrances … in shape of a M in either blue or red.
Very modern city, reminds me a lot about Berlin .. that also have raised from the ashes … and become a modern, young and exciting city … with rich culture life and filled to the rim of history.
Warsaw is a very clean city … even if it’s full of heavy smokers. Very clean!!!! Instead of pedestrian crossings on all the main streets they have subways, so it has been plenty of up the stairs and down the stairs, up the stairs and down the stairs.
I really hope that I will be able to return in a near future … because there is still so much more for me to see … and because I really like Warsaw.
Plus the food and drinks has been outstanding, both basic Polish dishes (massive portions), but as 50% Polish I have Polish appetite … and some gourmet dinners. A good enough reason to return.
“We all become great explorers during our
first few days in a new city,
or a new love affair.”