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toxic avenger

Warszawa

Just booked cheapo Ryanair flights to Poland's capital city.

Anyone been? Any pointers?
Nyles O Cranium

Great place, but it was nowhere near as friendly as other parts of Poland I've been to.  I suspect that is the 'city' compared to 'town' sort of thing.  Some good sites, some great people and some lovely places to dine/drink etc, and there are some less than pretty venues too.  Fill your boots as they say, I've always had a good time in Poland.
fartcatcher

Hope you like cabbage and potatoes.

http://regdafishthinktank.com/ftopic8494-0-0-asc-polish.php
Grind

When I see a Warszawa girl, I want to polka.

* What do you mean, you've heard it already? *
bearing

Grind wrote:
When I see a Warszawa girl, I want to polka.

* What do you mean, you've heard it already? *


Och bardzo dobry
toxic avenger

fartcatcher wrote:
Hope you like cabbage and potatoes.

http://regdafishthinktank.com/ftopic8494-0-0-asc-polish.php


I've got a few Polish friends and they do eat quite well. No frozen pizzas or boil in the bag curries. Everything is cooked from fresh.
Late Doors

Not been to Warsaw (just Krakow). Let us know how you get on as it's a place i want to go to.

Ages ago when we were kids a Polish bloke from up the road kept telling us about the massive Tomotoes they have in Poland. (He was from Warsaw). It's just something i always remember   . That and his hatred of Stalin and us Brits for betraying him.

Hope there is some tomotoe based observations coming our way
fartcatcher

Mrs FCs dad is Polish (i may have mentioned this before). He used to grow these huge tomatoes - I guess about 4-5 in in diameter - from seed sent over from Poland (in envelopes).

That was until he fell out with all his family over there.

He too seems to have a reason for disliking practically every country or ethnic group. Particularly jews for some reason.

Poland's a funny old place. The big cities (Krakow and Warsaw) are very much like others in Europe but go into the countryside and nothing has changed since the war.

Polish men seem to believe that an emphatic moustache can redeem an intractable countenance.
toxic avenger

fartcatcher wrote:
Mrs FCs dad is Polish (i may have mentioned this before). He used to grow these huge tomatoes - I guess about 4-5 in in diameter - from seed sent over from Poland (in envelopes).

That was until he fell out with all his family over there.

He too seems to have a reason for disliking practically every country or ethnic group. Particularly jews for some reason.

Poland's a funny old place. The big cities (Krakow and Warsaw) are very much like others in Europe but go into the countryside and nothing has changed since the war.

Polish men seem to believe that an emphatic moustache can redeem an intractable countenance.


Yip, I've a few Polish mates. They're usually cool but it can be like watching an episode of Borat sometimes.
toxic avenger

I got back yesterday so here's how it went. I didn't take many photos but I'll hopefully get them sorted out and get a few up later.

Return flights from Prestwick to Warsaw were around £40 with Ryanair. The flight takes around two and half hours. I had a private room with ensuite facilities at the Dizzy Daisy hostel. This cost around £20 a night. The hostel was pretty stark and austere, but fuck it, I've never associated Poland with opulent luxury. I'm a budget traveller and I've never really wanted anything more than a bed for the night. It also had to advantage of being situated in a large, bright blue skyscraper not far from the city centre. Easy to find, or so I thought. It's also on the main bus route from the airport to the city. A single ticket on the bus cost 4 zloty, less than a quid, and the stop was right outside the front door.

After checking in I took a stroll into the city centre. At first glance Warsaw is a formidable and unforgiving place. Large concrete and glass skyscrapers, communist era housing blocks and impressive Stalinist buildings festooned with huge adverts for high end fashion and mobile phones. There's lots of broad boulevards with fast moving traffic and constant tooting horns and police sirens, rickety trams plodding along everywhere. There's also quite a few bewildering underground shopping malls that you need to walk through to navigate your way around.

First things first and I headed to a rub 'n' tug parlour that I'd found elsewhere online. The chick was slightly fatter than I'd hoped for but that just made me less self-conscious of my own beer belly. She was highly skilled in the art of manipulating semen from a stranger's cock. This massage had a very happy ending.

With my balls suitably empty it was time for a beer. I entered a posh offie called The Beer Store, where I had my first taste of typical Polish brusqueness. This place had a huge selection and I selected a bottle of some honey flavoured ale. The bird behind the counter didn't approve and refused to sell it me. No, No, No, this is no good, she exclaimed before storming back over to the fridge and swapping it for another honey ale from a rival brewer. Fair play though, her choice was superb.

There's plenty of pubs in Warsaw and you'll never go thirsty. The main tourist drag is Nowy Swiat Street, which runs from the city centre towards the old town and is lined with great places to eat and drink. It was really warm and I had a relaxing time sitting in the sun with a cold beer while letching at hot waitresses in short skirts. Just off the street, in a courtyard, is this cool little shanty town of run down dive bars called The Pavilions. There's a dozen or so alternative boozers attracting an arty, bohemian crowd. This had an east Berlin or east London kinda feel to it, with plenty of tattoos, graffiti and fixed gear bikes. One bar had a wall of fake, plastic titties and a large papier-mâché penis above the door. I got talking to one guy, with a big beard and a "Cannibal Corpse" t-shirt, he seemed okay at first and we had a few shots of some fruit liquor. After a few drinks his mask slipped and he started on some warped theory that: Poland should be independent from Europe because the EU is controlled by Jews and everybody knows that Jews only exist to fuck with Poland.

I don't remember leaving the pub but I do remember wakening up on park bench in the middle of the night with no idea where I was or how I'd got there. Panic was starting to set in when I managed to flag down a taxi. I lost most of the next day with a bad hangover and just lay in bed listening to the constant police sirens from outside. My wallet was a bit lighter than I expected, by around 70 or 80 quid. Surely I didn't spend all that on booze? Maybe I lost it or maybe some cunt dipped my pocket when I slept on the bench? So much for the budget traveller. Still it could have been worse. At least I didn't waken up in an ice cold bath with my internal organs missing.  

As for sight-seeing I headed up to the Warsaw Uprising museum. This is slightly out of the city centre and was pretty tricky to find. Well worth the effort though. It told the heartbreaking story of the ill-fated revolt by Warsaw citizens against the Nazis in 1944. The museum was dark and sinister and told the story well. There was the amplified noise of a heartbeat echoing around the place. It just oozed atmosphere. I was fascinated and lost myself in there for a few hours.  

Most of the city was destroyed by the Nazis following the uprising but the old town area was faithfully restored after the war. This area is also well worth a visit. It's real picture postcard stuff with old looking buildings, cobbled streets and plenty of accordion playing buskers.

I really enjoyed the food over there, hearty central and eastern European fare like Bigos and Goulash. I also had a horse sirloin steak in a Ukrainian themed restaurant.

All in all I had a great time but I'm not in any rush to go back. I am keen to visit other Polish cities like  Toruń or Kraków though.
fartcatcher

i don't remember coming across any rub 'n' tug shops in Kanchuga.

More excitement than i've had in the last ten years.

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sheeps

Ace stuff again toxic.

I would never make a good lone traveller, I would choose the wrong bar or area every time.
Grind



* Tea squirts put through nose *
sheeps

sheeps wrote:
Ace stuff again toxic.

I would never make a good lone traveller, I would choose the wrong bar or area every time.


Probably end up getting bummed.

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