Final Thoughts: Warsaw
Outside of the city’s rebuilt squares and modern infrastructure, the old buildings unfold in rows of nearly identical silhouettes, their vibrant colors and the smallest of details setting each apart. (more…)
Warsaw Tips: Do or Don’t
DO try gofry. They’re waffles (made in front of you) with toppings such as whip cream with nuts and hot fudge or with various types of fruit (depending on what’s in season). They’re the perfect mid-morning snack (or meal) after a bit of walking in the park or around the Old Town Market Square.
DON’T go during shoulder season in the spring. We made this mistake (late April) and many of the trees weren’t yet green and the flowers weren’t in bloom (or in some cases, even planted).
DO find a map of Lazienki Park. The park is extensive and you can easily miss places, such as the palace or Chopin Monument if you don’t know where to look. You could spend almost an entire day in the park if you really took the time to stop and enjoy it, but you could also cover it in a few hours if you move at a rather clipped pace. (more…)
Travel Tips: What To Eat In Warsaw
I do a lot of research before I pick a new destination, probably too much for any sane person. I read (or skim) travel guides, websites like tripadvisor, travel magazines (from Travel + Leisure to National Geographic), and other travel blogs looking for information on what to pack, what to wear, local insights, as well as the basics (such as voltage converters). These resources can be great when trying to decide where to go on my next trip or if I’m just adding to my (too long and ever-growing) list of places I need to visit.
I try not to over-research every place I go, though. There is something to be said for visiting a place on a whim, for wandering off the paths you had mapped (in your head), for staying out too late at a blues jam session when you need to be up early the next day.
Traveling is about
what you want to do,
not what everyone else says you should do.
The thing I investigate most is food. I am, by most others’ standards, an adventurous eater: I will eat (and probably love) anything that may or may not resemble food if you put it in front of me and call it a delicacy or specialty.
Burn-your-esophagus-spicy? Still alive? Oh, it has tentacles and they’re rubbery? Slime? You have to eat the tail and then suck the juices from its brain? It used to be green, has six legs, and hopped about in the grass before you caught the clacking thing? (more…)