30 April 2020

I have somewhat of a love – hate relationship with cities. I love the convenience of having everything you could wish nearby. I love the hustle and bustle. I love seeing all those lives crammed together and finding a way to be together in such a limited space. I love seeing how those lives differ one neighbourhood to another. I love street art. I love old buildings. I love going to the zoo. On the other hand, I have lived in cities for most of my life and have seen so many other cities that by now I feel like I’ve seen it all. Also, when I’m on a holiday I prefer to have a different experience from my daily life. I don’t mean anything fancy by that. Just give me a tent, a good book, a small stove and a wide landscape.

And still, I do spend a lot of my time in foreign cities. Because after all that stillness and going back to nature, it feels familiar to be in a city again. So that’s how we ended up in Warsaw for a couple of days after spending time in quiet Bialowieza. We learnt more about Polish history, fell in love with the beautiful old town, chatted the night away in nice bars, and spent hours at the zoo. In short, I think I do recommend spending some time in Warsaw if you have the time and opportunity.