The City So Nice We Ate It Twice

26 08 2008

Torun, Poland

Home sweet home. Or at least temporarily. After some crowded days in Gdansk and some ‘interesting’ days in Malbork, it was wonderful to be back in Monika’s nice apartment with all of the comforts of home. We decided to make use of having a long term address and do a little internet shopping. After much research and deliberation we purchased a lovely new Asus EeePC laptop.

Why did we finally decide to reconnect to the world? Well, there are many reasons. 1) The interenet is a great tool to research future destinations. 2) Most hostels only have one computer which you have to wait in line to use, which means that someone is inevitably standing right behind you when you finally get your 15 minutes of internet freedom. 3) Internet cafes fees add up. 4) Eastern Europe hasn’t caught on to the whole ‘cigarette smoke kills’ phenomenon, so most of the time you are typing away in a cafe there is some human chimney puffing away next to you. This should explain why Gage and I don’t respond to emails very quickily. Asphyxiation apparently causes procrastination.

Being able to stay in one place for a while is such a luxury when you travel. The simple fact that you can buy some groceries without having to figure out whether or not you will be able to eat all of the food before your departure is wonderfully freeing. Even when Gage got sick again it was more pleasant because he was able to sleep without worrying about loud neighbors in the lower bunk or crazy cleaning ladies yelling at him in a different language. We tried to repay Monika by cooking all of the American delicacies that we could assemble the ingredients for such as stuffed French toast (yes that is American), chili, and jambalaya. Monika then treated us to homemade zurek (the greatest soup on the planet, bar none) and a polish meats tasting, which included raw meat sausages and cows tongue slices packed in gelatin (tasted better than it sounds).

We’ve also been doing a lot of language study, both for ourself and Monika’s sister, Dominica. Before we left Gdansk we picked up a Beginner’s Polish study guide to make the next month easier to understand. We’ve been pretty good students, studying every day, but we may need to stick to the Latin languages in the future. There are some Polish words that an American mouth just can’t say. Ex. Man = Mezczyzna (pronounced Ma-own-z-chi-sna). Luckily we have Monika as a teacher. No matter how tired she is she always seems to fit in a Polish lesson for us. And you study much harder when you have a teacher that you don’t want to let down. Dominica’s lessons are a lot more enjoyable because she’s brushing up on her English and has quite a good vocabulary. Plus she’s the type of person that you can’t help falling in love with because she’s a sweet, happy, thoughtful person who can talk to anyone. She even took us ice skating and then to a cafe for some amazing desserts. How could you not love her? If we could speak Polish better I’d probably ask Monika’s parents to adopt us. We love this family.

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26 08 2008
dad

“…. raw meat sausages and cows tongue slices packed in gelatin (tasted better than it sounds).”

I’d have to take that last part in parenthesis pretty much as a given, or at least hope so.

Seems to me that this would have been the perfect opportunity for the proverbial “blind taste test”; one that included no translation either.

You and Gage certainly qualify for the Culinary Bravery award, with merit.

8 09 2008
Shannon

It will be interesting to see just how many times you two will get sick on your journey….Megan and I both managed to get sinus and ear infections during our measley 3 weeks in Europe. Gage you need to build up your immune system man!

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