Hey guys, I know I have abandoned my blog for a really long time, but a few big things happened, so I guess I have some excuses. Anyway, I have to catch up with you and tell many things. Also, I need to promise myself to spend some time to fulfil my own goals and learn to say no. I think 2016 was my year, and 2017 were too busy with organizational stuff, which was fun, but I didn’t have so many possibilities to travel as last year. I guess that is how I measure my year, with trips I did and countries, cities I visited, first times and moments with my beloved ones. I didn’t tell you about our trip to Warsaw in July yet, so maybe let’s start from this.
My sister was coming back from China to Warsaw on Saturday. We went there two days earlier to explore the city, and you know what, I was so excited because I haven’t been there and I just fell in love with the city that is actually so close to us. The weather was awesome, and even though many are telling that the weather this summer was the worst, for me, wherever and whenever I went, it didn’t ever ruin my plans or my mood, so I think it also depends on your point of view. Actually, it was the first trip abroad that we went by our car. We were supposed to bring 3 pieces of my sister’s luggage, it’s like 70kg, you can imagine how fun is getting home with that haha. However, they were left in China and were sent to us only a week later. Good thing is that we share our clothes, so my sis survived that week without her stuff.
I really enjoyed the Copernicus Science Centre where we spent 3 hours and couldn’t check the whole exposition because you simply get tired, or maybe we are too old haha. I think it is the best for kids and teenagers, but even for adults, there are many things to see and to remember. We must admit that we are not trying to remember facts and history anymore. We can always google things and that’s it. So it was great to explore and find interesting, educating things there. We really recommend buying the ticket online before you visit it because then you skip all the lines. On the peak hours there is even a limited amount of visitors, so don’t miss your chances to enter the museum. The entrance cost 27 zl which is less than 6,5€, and of course, there are discounts for children, students and seniors.
On our way to the museum, I noticed a building covered in greenery and saw some people on the roof. I said we have to check what’s there, and we found a way to the top, where we found the most beautiful roof garden. And you know what, it’s the roof of University’s library. It’s free, so chilly, sunny and beautiful. Pictures cannot show the whole beauty, but if you are in Warsaw, this place should be on your must-see list.
There’s also a park with some details of Asian culture. At some point, I felt like in China. Just look at it. One moment you are in Asia, another in Europe again. And there were several peacocks walking freely among masses of people. When I took my camera, they went away where people can’t go, so I couldn’t make a closer picture, but it was nice and unexpected.
I guess everyone relates Warsaw with the most famous building in the heart of the city, and that is the Palace of Culture and Science. We went up the whole way to the 30th floor and saw the beautiful panorama of the city. You need a ticket for 20zl (4,7€) and that is definitely worth it. This is the highest building in Warsaw that can be seen from a 30km distance. Those modern buildings that I saw around really surprised me as I was expecting to see the picture that reminds you of Soviet times. And even though the Palace is designed by Soviet architect and for many people is still an object of hatred, seen as no more than a symbol of Russian hegemony, I noticed that the city is changing its face to a modern, western place. You cannot erase everything that happened in the past right?
On our last evening, we went to see the dancing fountain in a public park, because it was so close to the place we lived, and in the evening many people gathered around the fountain to see the show with projections and music. Actually, we lived in the old town and stayed at Airbnb, the problem was that President Trump was visiting the city and finding our flat wasn’t so easy. So many streets were closed that we had to take three different ways and still needed to go 500 meters which wasn’t bad at all, compared with two other attempts. Cute, little flat in the centre of the old town was exactly what we needed, therefore we used our car only a few times to visit further spots. We tried to get to the famous outlets, and even though we went to the wrong one, we did a little shopping, and yes, it was cheaper than in Lithuania. Lucky us.
See you guys soon and remember, you don’t need to have loads of money to create your happiness. Begin with exploring your own country, you will be surprised how many beautiful places you will find.
With love, Viarmo.