I’ve talked before about how much I like my bonus days in cities, places that I’m flying through anyways where I’ll schedule a few extra hours or days to explore before continuing on to wherever I was supposed to be going.
Some places, like when I’m stuffing my face with delicious food in Singapore, I already know exactly what I’ll be doing before I’m on the way. Some places, like Warsaw, I have no idea.
These, more than anywhere, are the places that have the potential to be really surprisingly cool. There’s no real narrative here, no single interaction that changed the way that I see the world. What appealed to me about Warsaw was the friendliness of people I talked to (sadly few, as I was only in town for like 8 hours) and the attractiveness of the reconstructed (and UNESCO-listed) Old Town.
Also, Polish Pierogis! You can give me a plate full of dumplings anywhere in the world, and I’ll be pretty happy about it. No photos, because I was too excited to eat them to remember to take pictures. Which is sad, because my camera was sitting ON THE TABLE beside my plate. No shame, though.
Granted, this is a really brief look at a city. I wouldn’t even count it as ‘visiting Poland’ per se, more like jsut having a brief look at Warsaw. Still, though, if you’re passing through the airport anyways why NOT make that brief trip into town for a little look around?