We left in the morning to travel to Torun, Poland. We stopped at the Poznan square for lunch because Uncle Stash had mentioned to our tour guide that that’s where he thought part of his family was from. When we first got to the square, some lady and a camera man came up to me … Continue reading From TV Guest to Gingerbread Master
On our trip, our group of 8: Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Stash, Aunt Lorraine, Uncle Ray, Katie, Mom, and myself, are called the “Ciemniecki Clan.” We also found out that in Polish, Ciemniecki is pronounced Chim-nyet-ski. One of the biggest mysteries to all of the other people on our tour is how we are all related. … Continue reading We Are Family
After the tour and a little gnome hunting, we went back to the hotel room to relax for a little bit before Mom, Katie and I went to Let Me Out. Let Me Out is an escape room where you get locked in a room and have 45 minutes to find the key to unlock it … Continue reading Let Me Out!
Today we started off late (we didn’t leave til 9 this morning!) and toured Wroclaw (pronounced nothing like how it’s spelled) mostly by foot. The tour was about 3 hours long and we didn’t really see all that much. We went inside one church, but I’m really over visiting churches at this point. They’re all … Continue reading Chillin’ With My Gnomies
After getting back on the bus, we went to a small restaurant on the other side of the street from Auschwitz for lunch. I took one look at the menu and knew there was not a single thing I would eat there. Luckily, I had seen a pizza place right next-door. Mom and I headed … Continue reading A Picky Eater in Poland
Today was a day filled with emotions. Today was the day we visited Auschwitz. We left Krakow very early this morning and drove about two hours to the concentration camp. I was actually very excited to go to Auschwitz on our trip because I thoroughly enjoy learning and reading about the Holocaust. It is a … Continue reading A Rollercoaster of Emotions
Back in the main square, mom and I chose an Italian restaurant our tour guide recommended for dinner since we were in the mood for pizza. Apparently, we lucked out on food tonight because the pizza was delicious and didn’t last more than 5 minutes between the two of us! Then, mom saw creme brûlée … Continue reading Running Through the Streets Like Hooligans
After a little time to rest back at the hotel, Mom and I were up and at it again! We took a golf cart, open air taxi thing to the Lover’s Bridge a few blocks away. They have Lover’s Bridges all over the world, even in the US. They are bridges in major cities where … Continue reading Mother-Daughter Day
This morning, we woke up at our usual time, 6:30, and began a very long, adventurous day. I was so excited to see that nalesniki was part of the continental breakfast this morning! It boded well for the rest of the day, that’s for sure. Then, we all loaded up on the bus to tour more … Continue reading Things Are Getting Salty
I previously only knew how to say aunt, butt, and sing happy birthday in Polish, but since this trip, these are all the new Polish things I can say. I’ll keep the list updated as I continue learning. New Polish words/phrases: Good - dobry (doh-breh) No Problem - nie ma problemu (knee mah problem-oo) Thank You … Continue reading Words/Phrases I Now Know in Polish
All day, Uncle Stash has been studying his Polish and trying it out on all of the locals we meet, like our waiters, store owners, etc. I think he just likes knowing more than the rest of us. Everyone he speaks to in Polish is very impressed and it made our waitress’ day at dinner. I’m … Continue reading It’s All Polish To Me
We drove another two hours to finally get to Krakow, stopping on the way to eat McDonald’s for lunch, which kind of sucked because I really only eat fries and Oreo McFlurries there and they didn’t have Oreo McFlurries. I haven’t eaten meat there in over three years and there’s no way that’s changing just … Continue reading Sto Lat!