Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Apartment

The view from the kitchen - overlooks a park

The Kitchen

The Living Room

View from the bedroom - same park

Our building is the peach building - on the second main square in Wroclaw - Plac Solny (Salt Square)

The Bathroom - WITH A WASHER :)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

No Time To Think

Day 1 in Poland:

Before heading out to Poland, our landlord offers to pick Chris up from the airport and take him into the city center where our new apartment awaits. Some might read that and say, a country you have never been, don't speak the language and a potential stranger is offering you a ride to a place you have no idea where it is - please leave as much contact information as possible (just encase). But as luck would have it, he is just a really nice guy and the apartment was as advertised. A true act of kindness.

The only hiccup was since we weren't renting by the week or month but by the year - the rental agency passed Chris off to the owner of the apartment - who doesn't speak any English. So after an all night flight, he now gets to figure out how to sign a Polish lease with someone who knows no English.

Day 2:

After getting everything squared away with the apartment - Chris' second day (but really 1.5 days) in Wroclaw, he has to go for the mandatory physical in order to start work the next day. Not even on the ground for less than 24 hours, he has to figure out how to find this place. Nothing like a warm welcome with a visit to a foreign doctors office.

After the doctors appointment - he had to figure out phone and internet. No time to think.

Day 3:

Chris started at his new job. I'd say someone was ready for the weekend.

PS Should mention - February in Poland is the middle of winter. And we come from the beach where snow isn't really snow by Polish standards.

Snowing in Rynek Chris' 1st weekend here

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Chris heads to Poland

Wroclaw, Poland - Our New Home (St. Elisabeth Tower overlooking Rynek Square)
 Who would have thought - Poland! As a couple we have traveled a fair amount and seen a lot of things: the new sites, tastes, cultures - never cease to amaze us - and leave us hungry for more. So, in February - Chris headed off to Poland, a country we have never been, to start a new job, pick up keys to an apartment we have only seen online and in a city we can hardly pronounce. With his life packed in 2 checked bags and 1 travel pack - the adventure began.

Rynek Square - Wroclaw, Poland