It has now been 13 years since I last spent New Years in Norway and I was not keen on breaking that tradition, so I joined a group of almost 30 friends from my home town (Finnøy/Stavanger) on a new years weekend trip to Gdansk, Poland.
The city was packed with tourists also wanting a cheap escape for New Years. My flight cost me about 23 euros, and then I had booked a hostel for 7 euros a night which I ended up not spending as there was plenty of space at my friends hotel called IBB Dlugi Targ.
Fry your own beef at Mono Restaurant
The first night we went to have dinner at a place called prologue restaurant where they had some interesting meal choices like rabbit. For new years we reserved at a restaurant called Mono kitchen where they also had an interesting of wild boar, beef tartar and beef that you could fry yourself at the table.
The NY night was spent at Craft Cocktails where he had prepaid a bill for 1800EUR to reserve the whole bar which the 25 of us barely managed to drink up.
All in all it was a great place to spend new years, but even more so because of the fantastic people I was with <3
The only story I had heard about Warsaw before I went there was the story of the movie “the Pianist” from 2002. The movie told the story of a Polish Jewish musician who was struggling to survive life in the Warsaw ghetto during WWII. This was also the story of nearly half a million Jews who were living in Warsaw and a story I wanted to learn more about during my stay there.
I first started off with a two hour free walking tour about the Jewish history of Warsaw that took us through the neighborhoods where the Jews used to live and the ghetto where hundreds of thousands were starved to death. After the tour I headed to the museum of Polish Jewish history which was free on Thursdays. The museum was huge, with a massive ancient Jewish history which I thought was quite boring and a part with post war Jewish history including the emigration to Israel that I found really good. Warsaw was also a place to see some interesting architecture and get a final good night out before starting my six month trip through Africa.
I just discovered a genius way of displaying all posts on a Google Map using Map My Posts. The widget works with WordPress and can be downloaded from this page. It is really easy to install and simple for people to use. It simply groups your posts by country and add them to a clickable map like the one below:
I am also using a similar Wordpress widget called Map Route, which will be able to show you where I am going next:
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