A Visit To The Country

We were lucky to have our schedule line up with our friend John’s so that we got to see him in both Berlin and Poland.  We visited him and his wife Agnieszka at her family’s home in the Polish countryside near Czestochowa.

John and Agnieszka met us at the train station and we stopped at a giant supermarket on the way home to stock up on food and drinks.  Naturally, when we arrived at the house we were fed instantly:

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Meat (Beef? I’m not actually sure) in a delightful creamy sauce, Greek salad, a homemade cherry juice, and of course, dumplings.

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In Which I Eat All The Soup

To make up for all the dumplings and waffles, I have found myself gravitating toward soups lately.  I started strong in Warsaw with a two-course soup dinner, in which Ian and I ordered a chanterelle soup for a starter and I had tomato soup for my main.  This thoroughly confused our waitress, who informed me, “you know, that is also soup,” when I ordered.

chantrelle soup

Chanterelles are in season in Poland right now and they are so cheap and delicious.

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Warsaw is Great

We heard some skepticism when we mentioned we were going to Warsaw.  It’s not nearly as popular with tourists as Krakow and we heard we might not enjoy the city very much.  Either we are very lucky, they are misinformed, or we possess all the secrets of Polish travel, because we thought Warsaw was awesome.  Here are some reasons Warsaw is great:

1. Parks.  Warsaw has TONS of beautiful parks.  The most beautiful and spectacular is Łazienki Park, which might just be the best park ever.  Observe:

Park foliage

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Design Panoptikum

While in Berlin we visited the must-see museums (Pergamon, Neues Museum, and the surprisingly unpopular Gemäldegalerie), but one of the strangest and most interesting museums we visited was the Design Panoptikum.  The Panoptikum is a private museum operated and curated by the surrealist artist Vlad Korneev.  Vlad is a primarily a photographer, and one part of the museum displayed some of his works:

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Yumcha Heroes

One thing we loved about Berlin was the range of affordable and delicious international food available.  While we’ve clearly been eating well, we have missed our favorite Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese dishes.  Berlin had good restaurants specializing in all these cuisines.  One favorite was Yumcha Heroes in Mitte, which served a wide variety of Chinese dumplings.

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