Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thursday 13 - Poland Edition #1

13 Things I Love About Poland

This current trip to Poland will be my sixth. By now I am quite clear on what I look forward to and what I don't. Here are a few things that make the trip a joy, in no particular order.

1. They like Americans.

2. My mother-in-law's cooking. Everything by scratch - all traditional Polish food!

3. Polish chocolate (Wedel). We eat so much of it the kids usually get sick.

4. Stunning, majestic old churches. Pictures to come.

5. Home of Pope John Paul.

6. Huge vertical shopping malls in the middle of the city.

7. The Tatra mountain range. Pictures to come.

8. Polish vodka, cheap.

9. Rich in WWII history...a virtual treasure trove for anyone with an interest.

10. Amber, everywhere. Beautiful jewelry, rosaries, trinkets, even wine bottle stoppers.

11. Seeing my in-laws languish in their grandchildren.

12. Fresh, homemade smoked cheese (oscypka), for sale anywhere you can see a sheep. Preferably eaten when still warm.

13. Pierogies, filled with anything from meat, potatoes, cheese, fruit, and chocolate. Food of the Gods, man.

I'd add another number about Speedos if, in fact, good looking men wore them in Europe. I have yet to prove that this exists.

Please refer to The Bumbles comments below for the link to other T13 participants! Stay tuned next week for 13 things about Poland that drive me crazy...


Unknown said...

I don't think I've ever tried Polish cheese - still warm - sounds delicious!

Carleen said...

Poland is rich in history in general, and it's definitely a place I would love to visit!

Anna said...

Pierogies rock! I absolutely love them. Poland is a country I'd love to visit someday.

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Susan said...

I would love to visit Poland someday. Hubby has been there twice on business and he said it is beautiful. It's one of his favorite places in Europe.

Ate lots of pierogi when we lived in Pittsburgh. Yum-oh!

Glad you're having a good time!

PMKU said...

My dh has a few Polish co-workers. They are really cool.

Beth F said...

I love amber -- lots of it in Denmark too. Vodka -- yes, chocolate -- yes. Hummm.

Iliana said...

Polish chocolate? I must try that one day. Hope you guys are having tons of fun and can't wait to see pics!

Staci said...

that cheese sounds heavenly!! In fact, all of it does!! Can't wait for the pictures!!!

Melody said...

The chocolate sounds wonderful to me!!

Sandy Nawrot said...

Well, believe it or not, but I haven't had one pierogie yet! My mother-in-law makes the best ones...I'm sure they are coming! I've had some warm sheep cheese, though, and Polish chocolate! I forgot to mention the billions of flowers...a flower stand on every corner!

Unknown said...

I've never been! Take me with you next time!! Sounds like your having a wonderful time!

Anonymous said...

Have a wonderful wonderful time in Poland!

Kim K said...

Everything sounds so wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Oh especially the homemade food from scratch. Have you discovered any great Polish literature? Even better if they are in translation. I took a course in Eastern European history in college and did just a survey of Poland, would love to learn more of its history and heritage.

Have a great time!