Warsaw and Primeval Forests, Minus the Bison
Warsaw was a much quieter (and a prettier city) than we were led to expect, because of the almost-complete rebuilding after the war. Sure, there are some crazy looking buildings- some are drab- but some are beautiful.
We stayed next to the Skaryszewski Park and had no problems there, or in the neighborhood. I even made friends with a local red squirrel. Ha.
In the park, we found the Pod Stragiem Pub, which was very cool on many levels. Our server, Alojzy, was/is a Couchsurfer and fellow traveler who also helps organize outdoor film nights at the pub.
We watched ‘Bueno Vista Social Club,’ followed by Armando’s short film: Colors. (Yes, Niki, you’re famous now in Poland-! Grin.)
The bison in Poland were kind of a fascination for me. Where I come from, we have the National Bison Range. Poland is home to the largest population of European bison, so I was excited to show them to Armando.
Unfortunately, our timing’s off. The best time to see the bison is in the winter, when they’re being fed. In the summer they…well, go where the deer and the buffalo* roam. Not so visible. They also have a ‘protected’ reserve, which is kind of a zoo. We opted not to go.
Instead, we drank up the gorgeous and eerie beauty of the Bialowieza National Park. It’s definitely worth the visit. Definitely.
Some time in the past week, one of our articles (50 or So Thought-Provoking & Peculiar Facts About Poland) started getting a lot of visits. Then a lot more. We’re so appreciative of Racjonalista Magazine (Thank you-!) for posting us on their page, along with many others. It’s been great getting feedback from so many.
Today is our last night/day in Poland this time around. We’re on a beautiful lake outside of Augustow with plans to head to Lithuania in the morning. Again, thanks for reading us, kids. We’ll keep you posted on our Baltic adventures. M, A & Mork
P.S. Thank you all for our wonderful time in Poland 🙂