Europe 2017: Warsaw, Poland

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The motherland did not welcome us with fine weather.  It was rainy, windy and cloudy the day we arrived, and it stayed that way.  It was the type of weather that leant itself to lazy days or wandering in a museum or keeping warm at a cozy cafe.

When everyone asks me how Warsaw was, I struggle to answer.  I love my birth city but, it has changed a lot and I don’t feel that strong emotional connection any more.  It no longer feels like “home”.  The majority of my key life moments occurred in Toronto.  While the ones in Warsaw are a blur now.  I remember the exact corner where the man sold popcorn in a paper cone stood or sitting with my grandpa on his balcony in the sun.  But, everything is different now and I don’t feel that feeling you do when you are in a place which hits you with emotional memories. So how was Warsaw you ask?  Wonderful, strange, emotional.

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Soul Poop: My European Adventure

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I’ve been spending some time reflecting on the past year and it seems fitting to start the new one with a look back at the last trip of the year.

I can say that 2017 was a year in which I threw my normal perfectionist-driven caution to the wind and I did one thing I had always craved to do – travel.

I have a hard time categorizing my fall trip to Europe.  It was an adventure, a family trip, a discovery quest, a time to put things to rest, to let go and cleanse the emotional blockage – as a friend described it, “a Soul Poop.”

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Wish For (Wednesday)

We’re thinking about the narrow cobblestone streets of Europe this afternoon. It would be lovely to start the day off with a fresh bun topped with cheese and tomato, a cup of coffee followed by stroll through Stare Miasto.

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First we would have to go to an ice cream shop and stop by the Royal Castle to eat Kinga’s favorite lunch, Zapiekanki. After an afternoon spent at museums we would catch up with family and old friends over a delicious dinner and a pint of Okocim. It has been 5 years since we last visited Poland and we think about it more and more as time goes by.

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With all of our fond memories, today #thekollektivewishfor a trip to Warsaw, Poland.

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