When we last left you, dear readers, I had explained that we weren’t doing anything worthy of blog posting and that you shouldn’t expect much out of us. We’ve more or less lived up to that claim, but miraculously, with 5 days to go, we did something tangible that we can tell you about! Yay! So that’s what I’m here to do.
Actually it’s really more of a string of events, so I’ll go from the instigating event (oooh, drama!): we left Budapest. That time, money, and brain draining sinkhole, Budapest… A magical place that we miss every day, and that’s all we can legally say on the subject. We left and went to Bratislava for a day on our treck back towards Poland. Bratislava is a picturesque city with some delectable art noveau architecture (Jaymie has some pics, I think she’ll put them up soon? Jay?) “Eurotrip” lies, don’t listen to that misogynistic Hollywood filth.
Then we took a second day trip to Vienna, another city we visited last year and an excellent connection point between Poland and Bratislava. That beautiful butterfly house still stands so we of course made our way straight there. Then we lounged in the sun, stumbled into a friend from Krakow/Budapest, walked around admiring the city and the delicious sausages, looked at pretty things, and saw my new fave summer blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road” in my fave Viennese cinema. A great day.
After Vienna we night bussed our way to the capital of Poland, Warsaw, which is, like, nice.
Yeah, its OK… Visiting cultural capital and all around cool city Krakow first was probably a mistake, as Warsaw really pales in comparison, but I understand why it is the way it is. A real cityman’s city. Small Old Town, a couple of big shopping centers and shiny glass offices in the distance. Happens. Also the royal palace is kinda lame but ya can’t be upset with a modest king.
So since we booked a night longer than we should have in this nice enough city we decided we needed a little naturaleza to balance things out. See, we were supposed to go hiking in the Tatra mountains on our way to Poland but it’s freaking long and hard to get to the good places by bus, and our side trip to Hungary left us worrying about getting out of the mountains in time to catch our flight from the northern city of Gdansk. Big mistake. Nonetheless, we realized we had to settle for a national park outside of Warsaw for some hiking time. Turns out said national park consists of walking trails woven through a suburban neighborhood, so we basically spent two hours admiring middle class Polish residences. Woohoo.
And that’s pretty much where we’re at. We considered sucking it up and hitting the Tatras despite the 7 hour bus ride, but instead we’re heading to Posnan, which apparently boasts some good hiking as well, though we’re not quite sure where. After that, Gdansk, and then the slog home.