Author: Sandra

Saying Goodbye to Poland

Our last few days in Poland involved a few quick trips to visit long lost family in Lublin, and then back to Nowogard and Goleniow to visit family friends. I won’t bore you with the details of family visits, but share a few pictures of our times instead, including my first ride on a motorcycle with Mariusz! Overall, Poland is rich in history and a great place to visit. Its past is tumultuous, and the results of that are visible. Some places left me feeling dark and depressed, as a result of the war, and even moreso, the result...

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Berlin’s Historic Sites: The Berlin Wall & More

A couple hour drive from Szczecin takes us to Germany’s cool capital – Berlin. We started our day at Brandenburg Gate. Unfortunately the gate was inaccessible for many years due to the Berlin Wall, but once it fell, the gate became the site of the many freedom festivities that occurred in Berlin. Thus, the gate is not only Berlin’s former city gate, but now serves as a sign of peace. Speaking of the Berlin Wall, not much of this remains. I’m not sure why I still expected to see it, since the wall was taken down almost twenty years...

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Wieliczka: Poland’s Underground Salt Cathedral

We’re now in Krakow for a rainy couple of days! As a relatively untouched city by the war, Krakow is Poland’s cultural and historical capital. It is a beautiful place to visit! Our day started early at Wawel Castle, as tickets often sell out for the day in the first hour of opening. Once inside, we stayed busy with the numerous exhibitions there are to see for at least half of the day. There was an area where they restored the inside of the palace to show how the court would have lived, starting from the 1000s and working...

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Dangerous Driving in Poland

I thought I would take a quick moment to pay tribute to driving in Poland. Where people turn 2 lanes of traffic into 4… And ensure speed limit signs are clearly visible at all times… Really though, Poland is known for dangerous roads and a high number of traffic accidents compared to their European counterparts. Drivers can be aggressive and make abrupt movements resulting in numerous collisions. We have gotten used to seeing large black signs on certain roads tallying the number of deaths from accidents that occurred there. It probably doesn’t help that there are not many established...

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Poland: Frolicking Along the Baltic Sea

Poland has a coast of over 700 km along the Baltic Sea. This is a highlight for many Poles, whose beaches are home to a holiday get-aways, wild disco parties, and beautiful cities like Gdansk. Since we were already at the port city of Szczecin, we were only a short drive away from the resort of Miedzyzdroje on the Baltic Sea. It is sometimes called the “Pearl of the Baltic” because of its wide sandy beach surrounded by the high cliffs and forestry of the nearby National park. We spent the day strolling the beach, enjoy some sea-side food,...

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