We woke up in Mykonos, took a plane to Athens and then another one to… Poland. Our plane landed smoothly in Warsaw, we picked up our backpacks and here they were: Asia and Maciej holding a lovely poster with our names! Smiling, happy, full of joy and energy, as they have always been, even after having had a 4 hours trip from Krakow to be on time to pick us up! Thank you guys, you are the best ;D
In fact, we had no idea about what we were going to do during our week in Poland, as Maciej had said: “No worries, just rely on us”… and so we did. We jumped into their car and went to Pawel and Joanna house. That was already a great start! We were going to spend with them the whole weekend, cooool!
It was curious. All of us were supposed to be really tired after such a short night, but we were plenty of energy instead! So we went to do a walk around Warsaw center while we started learning about the history of Poland, and specifically of Warsaw. A city that was completely destroyed during the WWII, and then rebuilt from scratch reusing the materials of the former buildings. A new city inspired in the old one, with almost no historical buildings, nor walls that can “tell you” what happened during those times.
That afternoon we had decided to go to experience new Pawel’s hobby: shooting! As soon as you arrive, you feel strange. Some dry and profound sounds are coming from the shots of the next room. Despite having shot during my year in the Air Force, I felt like a complete newbie and my hands were sweating. But with Pawel’s smile and Asia and Maciej assuring that everything was going to be all right and which were the important things to take into account, we started the shooting session. First Maciej and I shot with a rifle, you didn’t feel almost any backward movement from the weapon. Fast shots, one after the other. In the meanwhile, Asia and Mónica tried with a light gun. At the beginning Monica was scared, but after a few shots she became confident and adrenaline run through her veins. Very good accuracy to be her first time ever. (Video Mónica) We finished with some shots with a Glock. The self-balanced gun used by dozens of police departments around the world… and it was another story! (Video Juny) After such a formidable afternoon we had dinner in a really charming and delicious restaurant close to lake. A perfect first day in Poland!
The day after we decided to go to the Uprising Museum in Warsow. It was raining, and for the first time in our trip we could take advantage of having carried raincoats with us, yeah! Half an hour of queue under the rain, chatting, laughing, and having good time. Though once we went inside, things became serious. I started to realize how tough the history of Poland has been, overall during the last century: WWII, invasion, cruelty, resistance, pride, honor, W hour, Uprising, fight,… these are the terms that come to my mind when I think of Warsaw.
Pizza at 50% discount (as it was weekend and eeeeveryone leaves the capital) and end of the day going up to the tallest building of Poland: the Palace of Culture and Science, including an marvellous sunset view. Lucky guys!
Our last day in Warsaw started with an excellent brunch at home, and followed by a visit to the few remaining walls of the ghetto in Warsaw. When you are on site, you feel embraced by the history, you are there, in the same place but in different times. I was a very bad student regarding History, and now I feel kind of ashamed because of my lack of “general culture”. Though on the contrary I am surprised of how interested I am becoming when I am present, surrounded by people that explain you plainly how things developed. And this is the way I’m understanding step by step our recent (and surprisingly inhuman) history.
Pawel, Joanna, Asia, Maciej: thank you so much for those days, for your time, your explanations, living with you, learning from you, enjoying every single moment! Next post: Krakow!
And now, finally… the photos!
First day in Poland! With Joanna, Asia and Maciej in the Warsaw Market Square
The National Day was approaching… Filming is ongoing in Warsaw streets
With the Warsaw football stadium in the background
A “P “with an anchor-like foot is the symbol of the Polish Resistance during WWII.
It’s shooting moment. Juny’s face is talking by itself… Scariiiing!
Rambo is back!
Monica shooting with a light weapon. The position couldn’t be more professional
Look at that, not to bad to be the first one!
Maciej shooting with a -surprisingly soft- rifle!
Asia shooting accurately with a light gun.
Juny shooting with the deafening Glock!
Maciej and “the Glock”!
And here he is, the real professional of the site! Pawel shooting at 25m with a gun… outstanding aim!
Juny’s results with the Glock at 15m. Quite happy with the distribution of them!
This is how Monica’s target finished the practice!
Outstanding dinner after the shooting practice! Thanks Pawel, Joanna, Maciej and Asia! It was an unforgettable day ;D
In the line to get into the Uprising Museum. We finally needed the raincoats!
Panel summarising the crucial dates during WWII
Polish Resistance, symbol of pride for the Polish nation!
Half conquered by Germany, half by the Sovietics…
Large panel showing a nazi march-past
Brutal fact: “…. on August 1 Himmler issued an order to kill all RESIDENTS in Warsaw…”
Guns guns guns
and more guns… there where literally hundreds of types!
Inside he Uprising Museum. Hall with a plane hanging from the ceiling.
Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. The tallest building in Poland.
Views from the top of the PKiN (Palace of Culture and Science)
Another view of Wasaw from the PKiN
National Stadium seen from the top of the PKiN!
And as a gift, a spectacular sunset in the horizon!
Sunset in Warsow: Beautiful!
Getting dark in Warsaw. The palace is dressing in red tonight.
Love is in the air!
Last brunch in Warsaw at Pawel and Joanna place. An amazing tortilla de patatas made by Mónica, is waiting for us… ñam!
Remaining wall of the Jewish quarter in Warsaw.
Jewish quarter in Warsaw: feeling like in a jail made of houses and red bricks
Memorial on the Jewish quarter wall
On of the few buildings that have remained as they where in the Getto
Facades remaining from WWII
Tap of water watched over by a virgin. It was probably the only water supply for a whole building.