The Notebook

POLAND

This summer, my boyfriend and I planned a 2-week trip to Poland. This was also our first trip alone together so we were excited to explore and go sightseeing on our own.

First, we visited Poznan where we stayed with family friends. They were generously kind enough to let us stay at their house with them for the weekend. We visited Poznan’s Old City and went out for drinks. As you can see in the following photo, Old City has its colorful old buildings and churches. I love the old buildings here in Poland because of its unique architecture.

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A few days later, we took a speed train to Warsaw. Warsaw is basically in the center of Europe so a lot of tourists and travelers come here often. Warsaw is a thriving big city that is almost like New York, but it also has an Old City as well. We went shopping in the big city (please note that you will see Zara & H&M all over Poland…yayyyy :D).  Next, we walked around Old City, where we went sightseeing and visited castles.

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The third major city we went to is Krakow.  Krakow is by far my favorite city that I visited in Poland. We went to its Main Square area. Main Square has lots of shops, restaurants, horse carriages and a variety of street entertainers. Additionally, we went to an underground salt mine called Wieliczka Salt Mine. The underground salt mine was very cool because it had a huge chapel and several displays of architectural artwork. Lastly, we went to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, where we toured the actual campgrounds and learned more about its sad history of genocide.

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I would also like to mention that we pretty much ate pierogies and ice cream every day. They are typically known for their delicious pierogies. UGH my mouth basically drools every time I think about it! Unfortunately, you can’t get REAL pierogies like that here in the US. Oh and their ice cream is made with FRESH fruits. I seriously felt like I gained 20 pounds after this trip…

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