“Travels to a Different Time” : 17June1975: Warzawa, Poland: On the Road to Warzawa


This is my third day in Poland and my first month anniversary in Europe. Thanks to the cleaning ladies making a huge racket and waking me up. I went out to buy breakfast of buns, cheese, babka and sok. All fuelled up walking my legs off to find a good spot to hitch. My first lift was with a guy in a Polski Fiat. At one point it started to rain and we almost slid off the road. He picked up and dropped people off on the way taking money for so doing. He bought me supper and we went to his house or better said I waited outside while he shaved and showered and shined his shoes. His house was dilapidated with broken windows. Poland so far seems a particularly poor country. We took the train into Warzawa and he showed me the hostel. Warzawa is spread out and is big and airy perhaps because it had to be rebuilt after the war. I met a Polish guy at the hostel and we went out for a Pepsi. What luck. The hostel is closing tomorrow. I think many of these hostels cater to school trips so when school is out they close. The room was spotless and has 7 beds in it. Despite the noise in the room out like a light at 22:30.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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