This awkward moment when you invite your friends from Uni to your own country to show them how to PARTY LIKE YOU ARE POLISH but they actually can party more than me…
Not much to say, 10 people all together, from different nations went to Poland for 5 day and invaded my parents farm after a short but eventful night in Poznan. It is one of these trips when you know you will come back more tired than rested. So it was drinking, staying late at night and just enjoying Polish cuisine, weather and landmarks. Turns out that all my non-polish friends are more Polish than I am, they enthusiastically embraced their Polish names (Ashley-Aldona, Jolien-Jola, Isabela- Iza, Mijke-Majka, Rosa- Róża, Olaf-Olek, Sirio-Szczepan), drank a lot of vodka in a variety of tastes, stayed up all nights and ate a lot of pierogi.
First day is the day when everyone learns Polish swearing and polite words, later on everyone uses these words in all kinds of awkward social settings. I enjoyed each day of showing my country to friends, even if I am personally not the biggest fan of Poland. I hope everyone enjoyed Poland and brought back good memories (not only bottles of vodka).
So what we did in the Onionland?
We played Frisbee in different places, like in front of National Theatre in Poznan, where newlyweds were taking their lovely pics. At my parents farm, my horse wasn’t bothered. And on a beach at Baltic Sea.
We went to Biskupin – an archaeological open-air museum which presents settlements from an early Iron Age. It was quite impressive but I wished there was more descriptions in English as it was too difficult to translate everything.
We ate a lot of different polish foods, starting from pierogi made by my grandma and barszcz by my mum. Some brave young men ate pork tongues…
We went to the first capitol of Poland (Gniezno) and climbed on top of Cathedral (only 243 steps) and then we went to see piece of Berlin Wall that was imported from Germany.
We enjoyed the nature and farm life a lot, two of us (to be clear: Mijke and Rosa) even had their little Polish adventure as they got lost during their jog and had to fight for survival trapped between forests and churches, having communication problems with the barbarians who did not speak English. This story will be released in Polish cinemas next month.
We had a bonfire. With veggie sausages and beers.
We went to visit local school where my mum works. This school is quite unique as it has integrated classes where children with physical and mental disabilities have classes together. There is a school in the first floor and centre for disabled adults downstairs, connected with activities for local senior group. It is a lively school were the youngest pupil is 3 years old and the oldest is 94. We tried to teach children how to play Frisbee and volleyball but language barriers were quite a challenge even for Peace Studies students. At the same day in the school took place contest of signing in English, therefore it all made sense. We went around classes and everyone spoke in their national languages, children had to guess what countries are we from. In the ended we got group pics and became famous in local newspaper!
We went sailing on the biggest lake in the area, Powidzkie Lake. It was a bit cold, but turns out that is the best weather for sailing- we had wind. Mijke and Rosa impressed Karol with their tricks, while I was responsible for not letting my hair get stuck with all the ropes and fancy boat equipment. I did well.
Finally, we went to the Baltic Sea, and took flight back from Gdansk to Leeds. We went to see charming pier in Gdynia Orlowo, where we not only annoyed a waitress but also played Frisbee and took many ridiculous pics on the beach (inspired by pregnant couples taking pics on the beach as well, apparently that’s the new shit in Poland).
We had fun and enjoyed being young and free! Thanks to all for coming and being nice (more or less) and making me proud with all the vodka you drank and all the pierogi you ate. Now, please go back to having no lives with your MA dissertations.