I woke up at 4am in England, ready to drive to the airport and fly at 6.30am – and as soon as I got off the transfer into the city, I just wandered for hours, then ended up at the apartment at about 4pm to charge my phone and rest my feet for a bit before going back out, but, I fell asleep and woke up at 7.30pm, which is really annoying but that’s not something I normally do, so my body must have needed the sleep.
Anyway, I got up and decided to go back out to see what Warsaw was like in the dark, and it was really different – the buildings looked amazing, and weirdly, it was less cold than it was during the day. There wasn’t really any wind the whole day and it didn’t rain at all, it was just really cold and dry.
I found this weird restaurant in which you served yourself and at the end you weighed your plate and the price depended on the weight of the food, rather than the type of food. The bill came to 25 zloty including a Coke Zero, and I had forgotten about exchange rates so I was like, oh, £25 for a meal, that’s pretty expensive, but when I sat down I realised that it was only about a fiver, so really good value for money.
I speak English, French and my Spanish is pretty good, meaning I can read quite a bit of Portuguese too, and Italian is a similar language, which pretty much covers most of the world, but not Poland. I am totally allergic to potato, as weird as that sounds, it’s true – so I need to make sure that everywhere I go, I check that the food doesn’t contain potatoes so I had to learn the word for potato which is Ziemniak, just to make sure it’s not in the food as most of the signs didn’t have translation, and why would they, it’s the capital of their own country.
I walked around for a while longer just taking some photos and putting in the miles like I usually do when I’m exploring, and it’s a really nice city. At night, I oddly felt safer than I did during the day.