Time to update on #gabandminminadventures before I get too much backlog of photos to edit!
These pictures are from our first travel trip within Europe (ie outside of Sweden), which was a last minute weekend trip to Poland with two strangers aka Ben and YY (actually fellow students from SMU) who ended up being my good friends today 🙂
Ben asked me if we wanted to go to Poland like, three days from the departure date. When we said yes, the departure flight wasn’t even picked yet! Crazy decision to go on board considering what an anal traveller I am. I like to plan months in advance, but I am glad that I chose to listen to my whims because though the trip was pretty horrible, the company was pretty darn awesome. While I love solo trips with the nerd, group travelling is fun too because a) safety in numbers b) cheaper accommodation costs due to eos c) you don’t have to decide everything all the time, other people can do it for you!
The empty Malmo airport
I loved the view of the runway though. I kept wondering if our plane would be too tiny and Ben kept joking about 20 seater planes. My brother told me that bigger planes were generally safer so I was panicking a little inside. Turns out Wizz Air was using a medium plane phew (idk which lah, ok not plane expert) and is one of the most efficient airlines when it came to seating its passengers. They don’t employ seat reservation or delegate any seat number for you unless you pay a premium. So along with the rest of the cheapskates we just orderly rushed to a seat (I know it’s an oxymoron but that’s really what happened) and quickly settled down. The whole boarding procedure was done in 10 minutes.
Landed in Gdansk airport and had forty minutes before the next bus. Ate the shittiest chocolate cake I ever had that ended up giving me a diarrhea 😦
We caught an afternoon flight and by the time we landed in Gdansk it was around 8/9pm? We rented a Airbnb apartment for the first time, and the apartment was smack in the middle of the old town, which meant a pretty long walk of 15-20 min in the cold night from the train station.
Decided to eat at Bobby Burger whose interior was reminiscent of the hipster cafes back home after settling in our apartment.
Got some chicken mushroom burger set that cost about 15 sgd. Not the best I had but it’s okay. Also their toliet were very clean so yay for my upset tummy. TMI, but a good toilet is hard to find when you’re travelling! Along this street there are many upscale restaurants so their toilets should be pretty clean too I guess.
Walked around trying to find a place that sold diarrhea pills and almost gave up hope after the fourth store. Never give up guys. Didn’t really take photos of any night view cause I was in pain ok?!
Our accommodation! Didn’t take any pics of the apartment but it was pretty decent for one night, plus it was super close to all the main attractions. Thankful that though it was located directly across a club, it was so quiet that a light sleeper like me could fall asleep!
The streets of old town Gdansk are really pretty, I was taken away by all the architecture that greeted my eyes
Group shot! My camera needs to focus on all of us instead of just the closest face. Haven’t been able to figure that out yet.
Wanted to go to this personal care store but it was closed till 9 am. We stood outside shivering in the cold while taking loads of pretty pictures with the building behind us!
Using the dramatic filter in art mode on my EPL6!
Say hello to my new pet lion!!
Okay in the end we were so cold that we decided to go take a look inside the church and seek shelter from the wind.
This church is especially pretty to me, I don’t know why, maybe because of the lack of people crowding around so you’re left to admire its beauty in contemplative silence.
Picked up supplies from Rossmann like a toothbrush… Yes I always forget my toothbrush when I travel, I’m not the only one right? ): Btw if you’re ever in Poland, don’t hesitate to buy a sim card (you can do so at Rossmann) cause it’s really very cheap!! I think it was like 5 zloty or something.
The bright and colorful old town street! We ate breakfast at Subway cause it was super cheap in Poland!
I think this was the history museum, not very sure since we didn’t have much time to explore. It’s super pretty!
I think this is Poseidon’s fountain or something.
Spot the photo bomber
I always fail at group shots because my arms are too short. Story of my life.
The miniature version of the pretty museum building!
Bobby burger in daylight.
End of the old town street!
This actually houses the tourist information centre.
Went back to the other side of old town which had a bridge.
So nice to not have to whip out our phone for a selfie. If you see my hat in pictures, it means it’s really cold and the wind is probably trying to blow my ears off.
Is this how Polish people dressed like in the past?
With the new city hall!
Ate KFC because we had an hour to spare before our train to Warsaw and it was quite cheap compared to fast food in the other parts of Europe.
This train is co cute, I like the bright colours! Btw hopping on to the train in Poland is stressful because you buy tickets that are assigned to a seat in a particular cabin and you have to find it before the train leaves. But we had no idea where our cabin was, and when the train rushed past we realized it was the last cabin so we ran all the way down for fear of being left behind. Ok on hindsight I realized we could have just boarded a random cabin and walked down. Well, you know what to do next time.
Gdansk was nice and quiet, and probably my preferred leg out of the two for this trip. A 2 day trip is definitely enough to cover Gdansk though. Warsaw wasn’t as pleasant but I’ll leave that to the next post. More soon!
PS: We’ll be travelling to Switzerland and Germany in two weeks, and I can’t wait!