One of my coworkers is Polish,and because he had to go to Poland because of some personal problems,he invited me and a bunch of other colleagues to his home country to travel for a bit.
Europe is heavily connected through flights,so the flight to Poland was only $15.We arrived in the international airport and we took a taxi to the hostel of choice,called Tatamka.The price for a room was $15 a night and they were pretty decent.
We were all starving so we headed to a kebab stand,where we all had a nice kebab for not even $5.Kebab stands can be found all around Warsaw,as it's a pretty popular fast food choice.After we filled our bellies,we took the bus to the National Museum.The entry fee was $5,which is a very good price for a visit to such a well-curated place.It's not a very big museum,but their collection of artefacts concerning the religious,cultural and militaristic history of the country and the places surrounding it is very wide.There are a lot of paintings from Polish artists,and also a small collection of nubian christian frescoes.We spent an hour and half wandering about,before leaving to get lunch.I had a plate of pierogi dumplings at the Zapiecek restaurant down the street and a nice bowl of mushroom stew.
Our next destination for the day was the Uprising Museum,dedicated to the 1944 uprising that took place in the city,aiming to gain freedom from the nazi regime that occupied Warsaw in the Second World War.I am very interested in WW2 history,so it was a very interesting place for me.The museum provides a lot of interesting facts about the war in Poland and items from not only the war,but also from the daily life of Warsaw during the war.The admission fee was $6.
In the evening we headed over to the Old Town.It's a very charming place,with classic cobblestone streets and medieval alleys.We strolled around,trying various streetfood items such as the zapiekanka,one of my favorite foods,before settling down for a nice pint and then going back to the hostel and call it a day.
On the second day of our trip,We had breakfast and a cup of tea at the hostel.None of us were big fans of classical music,but Frederick Chopin is one of the most famous Poles of all time and the museum dedicated to him was right next to the hostel,so we decided to pay it a visit.The entrance fee was $6,which is a pretty good amount for what it offers.We learned a lot about Chopin and his music,and we also got to listen to some of his best work.It was a nice experience,but I think that people who know a bit about classical music would appreciate it more.
Our next destination was the Museum of King Jan III's palace.The place is pretty far away,so we rented a car to get around easier.We paid about $8 for entrance.The complex is surrounded by nature,and it reminds me of the Schonbrunn in Vienna.It's a very elegant and well-preserved palace with beautiful pieces of art and well-preserved history.After spending some time there,we drove back to the city center to have lunch at the Zimny Dram restaurant,before checking out one of the city's most famed attractions-the University Gardens.The building is located right next to the Vistula River,and the rooftop offers a very beautiful view.We walked around the gardens until it got late.In the evening,we headed to a bar to have a taste of the famous Polish Vodka,before calling it a day.
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