Monthly Archives: November 2015

Soundtrack to the drive…

One of the favourites tracks we listened to on the tour of Poland drive. Two Polish sisters, “Ballady i Romanse”. I translate:

What will remain of those years?
Maybe memories none.
Smoking in the staircase, showing off.
We sense something, fearful of something,
But generally we having a good time.
Who will swim across and who will not?
Who will drown?
Who will swim across and who will not?
Who will drown?
Sitting on the citadel’s wall, wine drunk and stoned.
Soothing nerves with laughter,
Worried with grandparents’ funeral.
But parents feel well.
Who will swim across and who will not?
Who will drown?
Who will swim across and who will not?
Who will drown?
We invent our deaths,
Now finding it tempting.
Who dies is who lose, who lose is who dies.
We sense something, fearful of something,
But generally we having a good time.
Who will swim across and who will not?
Who will drown?
Who will swim across and who will not?
Who will drown?
Sitting on the citadel’s wall, wine drunk and stoned.
Soothing nerves with laughter,
Worried with grandparents’ funeral.
But parents feel well.
Who will swim across and who will not?
Who will drown?
Who will swim across and who will not?
Who will drown?
Sitting on the citadel’s wall, wine drunk and stoned.
Soothing nerves with laughter,
Worried with grandparents’ funeral.
But parents feel well.
Who will swim across and who will not?
Who will drown?
Who will swim across and who will not?
Do you know?

Trip to Poland 2015

IMG_20151023_104231Thursday 22nd – left home at 3am. Eurotunnel went smoothly and we were in Calais by 7am. We had rainy skies all the way to Magdeburg. Not the best drive. We split the duty. Got there about 5pm. TomTom Go was very helpful and we had no troubles getting to the door of the Airbnb flat we rented.
We shopped for something to cook and came up with spetzel, beans in tomato sauce, corn and cheese. All ended up in one pot and finally five bellies.
IMG_5850Friday morning started out with cloudless skies. We had poached eggs and no-flour bread we got from the shop Thursday night.
We walked along the Elbe through the State Park and toured the neighbourhood.IMG_20151028_143936
Excellent weather for Autobahn driving and testing out the cruise control on the car. We made some stops along the way and got to Warsaw in the dark at 7pm.IMG_20151026_151117
Saturday we slept in as expected but not too long. We took the children to see Mrs FTF’s old apartment in Sadyba from 2002. It was a great memory seeing the place we spent a lot of time in when we first met. We shopped at a sports shop to pick up warm clothes for Mazury and soon after left the children in Warsaw and head for Lodz. IMG_20151029_151734Wojciech Waglewski and his sons Fisz and Emade were who we went to see at the 2015 Soundedit Festival. The concert was a showcase for JBL new speaker systems. The quality of the sound was excellent. I really enjoyed listening to a quality band with such clarity and power coming through. We walked along Piotrkowska Street. Dinner was at a Bulgarian restaurant, No 69. Great food. We walked the length of the street and back to the hotel.
IMG_20151027_095044Sunday we had breakfast at one of the new delis, Brednia. The croissants were not light French numbers but rather heavy “meal in one” jobbies that made us realise we were wrong to order individual meals on top of the two jelly filled ones we got with our coffees. We bought some Polish cakes at a nearby cukiernia Hortex for the children.IMG_20151031_103526 We chose to drive the old road back to Warsaw and got there in time to watch the Formula One race from Austin, Texas. Lewis won the race and sealed the championship.IMG_20151027_150600

Monday started out grey and cloudy in Warsaw. We got it all together and left there for Pasym. The sun came out as we crossed the Wisla and the drive was nothing short of amazing. The Autumn palette did its best to startle us with new vistas as we enjoyed the newly repaved roads. We had to turn back at one point in the forest because the road was being repaired and it meant an added 30mins to the trip. We got to the house at about 5:30pm. It is a modern house with lots of heaters scattered all over. No Internet! Detox for the next five nights. The town was very quiet and the moon was nearly full. The sight of the church steeple in moonlit silhouette was something to behold.
IMG_20151027_160701Tuesday began with a light haze over the village. We walked around to locate the shops and ended up in Centrum Delikatesy. Breakfasts are the best when you stay at AirBnb rentals. You have full control of your meals. And you get to try new things at a pace you are comfortable with.We drove to Rudziska Pasymskie where we were told of an old bobsled track that was built for Wehrmacht soldiers in WWII. The car almost got beached heading up the track so we parked and continued on foot.
IMG_5486The children climbed a hunter’s tower and for the next few days counted them as we passed many in the adjoining fields driving around the area. As we were returning to our car we saw a couple stuck on the hump of sand that almost got us. After some attempts to push the car the guy decided he’d run into the village to get help. Soon he was blasting up the hill in another car so it seems like they were local. They passed on the road to Szczytno and we got a resounding round of horns. Another quiet night with dinner put together with sausages and cheeses from two shops in Jedwabno.IMG_20151030_141104
Wednesday was exercise morning. Mrs FTF, Big Son and I did our 15mins HIT bodyweight. Mrs FTF then took the three children to the bakery to get new rye bread the owner promised her on Tuesday. Big breakfast and then we went in search of an airport. We drove to Olsztyn to find a tourist information centre. IMG_5450We were sent to Lotnisko Wilamowo in Ketrzyn. It was a longdrive but in the end it turned out to be Hitler’s secret airport used to get to his Prussian base and today a busier airport that we expected with 3/4 flights per day. We drove directly to Szczytno and found the Mazuriana to be just the place to have a family dinner. The children loved the fireplace and we got online with the free WiFi. We got back to the village and everyone retired quite early. The nights are solid with little noise. We moved all mattresses to one room and all cosied up on the floor.