Back in January, I received a notification that said that there is a possibility to have a flight ticket from Warsaw to Bangkok for 100 euro. I didn’t know if I was going to pass my school exams in January, but I wasn’t thinking too much about it and I just bought the ticket. 100 euro lost or nice final exam self-gift 🙂
While travelling, I am looking for every opportunity to explore new places. That’s why I wanted to go to Warsaw a little bit sooner and find out what this city is about.
I traveled from Rychnov nad Kneznou to Wroclaw by train, but when I was switching to a polish train, there was no time to buy a train ticket – czech railways are always late. I went into the polish train without the ticket and I thought that I will be able to buy it inside. Sadly I had only euro in my pocket and they accepted only polish zloty. I was asking the people around me, but nobody wanted to exchange the money for me. I was getting a bit nervous and suddenly I heard two czech girls. I said hi and I asked them for a help. I gave them nearly twice as much money for some polish zloty and I was really glad I was able to buy this train ticket.
I arrived to Wroclaw and started to explore this city. I went to Carrefour supermarket, grabbed a beer and some snacks. I went to a self-checkout and waited there for 5 minutes for someone to come to approve my beer purchase. This woman came, approved it and the machine said that I should take my stuff. I was about to pay for that, but when I was told to take it, I took it – free beer for waiting 🙂
I went to the old town and I took some photos there. What seemed strange to me was that the people were always waiting for the green light before crossing the street. Even without any cars around. They respect the law here. I was a little bit rebellious while crossing the streets though :D. I met one guy while repairing my tripod on the street and he was telling me about his job. He was a driver and he was enjoying his free time. He was quite drunk, but he had this positive energy. It would be even a better conversation if I would have understood more Polish language.
After this old town exploration, I went towards the airport. It took me quite a long time. I have walked for 15 km already and another 10 km were ahead of me. On the outskirts of Wroclaw, there were old houses, stone paths and I saw plenty of Christian statues and memorials in there – it seem like that people are really much more religious in here than in Czech Republic.
I arrived to the airport and there were very comfortable sofas inside. Yes! So far the best ones I have seen. I slept like a baby and in the morning, sunrise woke me up. I was able to see it through the glass while still lying on the sofa. I was flying from Wroclaw to Warsaw, because the ticket from was just about 2 euro and for the bus or for the train, I would pay at least 20 euro. The funny part was that reminder sms for the flight was even more expensive than the flight itself. The flight took just about one hour and I had plenty of time to walk
I went to the centre by train and there was a homeless guy who was sleeping inside of the train. The guard came, woke him up, but he was totally ignoring what the guard was telling him. In the end, he was still inside and the guard just left 🙂
I was walking a lot. I found some army museum with huge projectiles, tanks, MIG-29s, canons, rockets. Fuu, quite an experience to see what we can make in order to kill and destroy. I continued to a park and I was slowly getting tired. I found a free wifi, I booked a hostel and went there. In there I met some people from Germany, Poland, Ukraine, … we had few beers and it was quite a nice party in the end.
The next day I had a nice breakfast, then I borrowed a bicycle and I was randomly exploring Warsaw. I did some exercise and then I started thinking about connecting with someone from Poland in the evening. I tried to use Tinder application and in about 1 hour I had a date with Agniezska. We agreed on a dinner.
When I arrived to the place we agreed upon, there was no restaurant with the name she wrote me, she wasn’t there and when I wanted to write her back, she already removed me from the Tinder contact list. Fine, what’s next? Ok, I don’t want to walk all the back to the hostel for 2 hours, I will go to the airport and wait for my flight to Bangkok. I had an amazing kebab, then I took a tram to the airport and in there I found a comfortable place where I was able to stay till the next morning.
When I realized that I have only a PDF file that said that I paid for the ticket, I was a little scared that I am missing something and that they won’t allow me to go to Thailand. In the end, everything was fine. I will write about Thailand later.
I enjoyed staying in Poland. I had plenty of prejudices about Poland, but most of those were destroyed by meeting Polish people and seeing the country. Hopefully I will return one day with my motorbike and I will explore more.