The bus journey last night was a nightmare. Like, it had everything you needed, toilets, wifi, a screen in the back of the seats with hundreds of movies and music and audiobooks. It was fab for that, but the seats were so uncomfy! I literally didn’t sleep at all. And shannon had short naps throughout the night. I watched cars from 11-1 and then secret life of pets 2:30-4, with music in between and then listened to some audio books. I listened to Snow White and then listened to the boy in the paper boat which was meant to be for children but it reminded me of IT. Don’t get me wrong I really tried to sleep. I just couldn’t!
So it was 6am finally and we arrived in Warsaw. We were fine until the woman over the tannoy said ‘be careful of your belongings because there are a lot of pick pockets here.’ In our tired state everyone became predators. But we were fine! A very rude woman told us how to get tickets and where to get the bus from, even though her facial expression suggested she would rather do anything than help us.
We managed to get the bus, hooray! And we got off at the right stop and attempted to find the hostel. I had already warned the hostel we were getting an overnight bus so we’d be early and they kindly said we can chill out there when we get there in the common room. So we made our way there and we found a hostel which we thought was ours. We were gutted, it was horrible and the guy at the desk was so absolutely rude we couldn’t believe it! Eventually he was like ‘you’ve not booked here, you’ve booked at patchworks which is across the street’ hallelujah, he was right! We got to patchworks and it was colourful and welcoming and the sofas were so comfy!
We chilled from 7am-10am and finished series one of stranger things, it’s so good! We were trying not to sleep because we want to be able to sleep this evening. So at around half 10 we put our big bags into luggage storage and made our way out into Warsaw.
We went in a few shops and had a look around and we started to get hungry. We mentioned having a steak and then I was hooked on the idea. As if by magic, a steak house called the British Bulldog London Steak House was in front of us. I was so excited. I ordered the fillet steak, medium rare, with chips and coleslaw and shannon got the sirloin steak, well done with chips and vegetables and oh my…it was THE nicest steak I’ve ever had! I honestly think we will have to go back there before we leave Warsaw because I can’t part with Poland without having another steak from there…honestly it was that nice! (And so cheap too!).
After this we went on a hunt to find a theatre performance to book because that’s what we’ve been doing in every country. Unfortunately the only thing on is called Pilot and it’s in Polish without English subtitles so we’re going to have to give it a miss. Apparently there are some castle illuminations on this week though so we may go there one evening instead.
When we were wandering around we found the most amazing thing ever. We found a cafe based on friends the tv programme. It was amazing! They had pictures up and sayings everywhere and the sofa they sit on in the middle of the coffee shop and it was called ‘how u doin’. Initially someone was sat on the sofa but as soon as they moved I grabbed our bags and made shannon move over to the sofa. It was too good to resist!
After parting from the friends cafe we was going to go to the national museum but heard it was very arty which isn’t really our thing so we went to a park instead. It was so pretty! With weeping willows and ducks and squirrels and a lake and a bridge! Some of it was actually breathtaking.
We tried to find a geocache and failed miserably. We will find a polish one!
By this time we were starting to get tired and it was 3pm so we could now check in to our hostel. We realised we had walked 2 miles away so we walked back, ignoring our shutting eyelids. We made it back to the hostel and checked in and got our bags. Our room seems nice. The bed is squeaky, again. Why is our beds always squeaky?! We went to a supermarket and got some food for tonight so we had spaghetti (still the same pack we bought in Norway), some tomato sauce and sausages. It was nice! We then got some maps for krakow and budapest and planned some walks for there and looked at the free walking tour tomorrow.
We then had the best shower in the world. We had a full day in Berlin yesterday, got straight on a night bus to Warsaw and then spent the day in Warsaw today. So the shower was definitely needed. It did keep going cold for like 2 seconds every 15 seconds though which was weird and caused shannon to laugh at me yelping every 15 seconds from the next cubicle. But it was still very very needed.
Before bed we watched two more episodes of the Auschwitz programme because we’re going there this Sunday. We still have one episode to watch and I hope we will be able to watch it before Sunday.
But it’s bed time now, at 9:30, and a very needed bed time too, after being awake for 35 hours! I have already turned the lights off in our room, I don’t really care if the people in here don’t like it. I can’t function without sleep! I’ve also shut the windows because it is freezing in here! Tonight I am a woman on a mission for sleep!
So goodnight, and roll on tomorrow!