Moroccan #salad with #apple, #mint, #sesame seeds and #parsley. #Delicious, #refreshing and #light #dinner #snack. Yummy! (Taken with Instagram)
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Look at meeeee!!! Disclaimer: I suffer from attention craving disorder. #peacock #attention #lazienki #warszawa #park (Taken with instagram)
Queen of my castle. #kids #play #warsaw #polska #polemokotowskie (Taken with instagram)
Pravi čevapi v lepinji v Varšavi! Odlično! Ime lokala? Cevap. :) #HomeOfficeRules #Cevap (Taken with instagram)
So, you have decided to move to Warsaw, Poland? Welcome to the club!
Leaving professional inclinations and persuasions as to why moving to Poland might be a great idea aside, I have had a difficult time explaining to my family and friends why exactly we are moving in the first place, and of all the places, why Warsaw. Needless to say, most of the questions focused on the fact that Slovenia boast with a fairly beautiful coastline, where one can enjoy relatively peaceful summers, breath-taking mountain ranges, remarkable if you are into hiking or skiing, crystal-clear rivers and gorges that lure you in its’ freezing, yet remarkably refreshing depths come summer time. To top it off, we (Slovenians…or is it Slovenes?…need to look this up) like our country. We love it, as a matter of fact. Heck, we went as far as putting it into our country’s name - S-LOVE-nija! We know it’s small, but let me tell you, we consider it the most beautiful country in the world (ok, recent economic and political occurrences had left us a bit resentful towards errrrrrr…this should be a separate topic though, but still…). And as if this wasn’t enough, you have Croatia with amazing places like Dubrovnik on one side, Venice just a 2,5 hour drive away, skiing in Austria…
And then all of a sudden you come up with this propostrous idea to exchange all of this for Warsaw. I have no idea how you imagine Warsaw to be, but if you come from overseas, you might think of it as a Soviet Union clone, with desperate people and food lines, a kind of a snowed-in place, much as Novosibirsk or just ugly and grey for that matter. If you come from Europe, you might have a bit better opinion about the city and country, but it would most probably not make your “Must see places before I die”, either.
Well, here is one man’s opinion:“I like it! We like it.”
My first visit of Warsaw came as the courtesy of our national team qualifying for the European Championship in Basketball 2009, that was held in Poland and we played its’ preliminary round in, you guessed it, Warsaw. It was in early September, really warm and sunny (we were walking around in flip flops most of the time), the spirits were high as our team defeated both the UK and Serbian teams and fell to future European champs Spain only after the overtime session, countless hours were spent wandering through Warsaw, its’ Old Town, Jewish district, hanging out at the local Warka establishments as we called them…and yeah, those were some seriously good times. I can’t recall exactly what I was thinking about or when it happenned for that matter, but I believe there was an instance in time when this thought rushed thru my brain:”Man, this is a city I could very well live in.”. And don’t you know it, with practically the next fiscal year, I had the offer on the table. Warsaw? We said YES. To the total disbelief of my former bosses, who unsuccessfully tried to lure me to Budapest, Hungary, for several years already and have all but given up on an international career for me, I said yes. For all three of us. A six month old baby, my wife and myself. Warsaw, here we come.
My thoughts AFTER moving? Well, stay tuned, I will try to hand out a few useful pointers here and there, moan and bi**h about things that annoy me, compliment the stuff that makes my happy buds tinkle and mostly just ramble on about life. And yes, if you are really into basketball, we might see each other playing on the courts of Łazienki park…
Updated May 4, 2012
Well, it appears I might have found a higher level basketball games being played at Szczęśliwice park.
Fancy a ski in the summer time in Warsaw? Look no further than Szczęśliwice! #LooksLikeFun (Taken with instagram)