we were still in london while waiting for a bus in the city. i had butterflies in my stomach telling dan i was so excited and nervous at the same time to go to poland. i didn't know what to expect. we got on the bus and traveled through the country-side of england until we reached standsted airport. we took off in the plane while i filmed outside the window and as quickly as we got to paris, we landed in poland.
dan's family were waiting for us at the airport, and as we walked out of customs, we all hugged hello even though we've never met before and i couldn't understand polish - my butterflies instantly disappeared with how warmly they introduced themselves. as soon as we walked outside the cold air stung my skin and painted my arms with goosebumps. i was too distracted by the first thing i noticed which was the sun in the distance about to set, differently to how i've ever seen it shine before to care about the cold though. we hopped in the car and were taken to their home in the country where we had dinner, looked at photos and fell asleep.
we were in poland for three days, and i couldn't thank dan's family enough for making it the most memorable three days ever. they took us somewhere new every day, explaining to dan the history of the places we were visiting and dan translating for me. i learnt a few polish words and his family were very patient with me when i was trying to talk, i could say hello, good, thank you, beer, cold, water, yes and no. we made do with those little words i knew, and somehow language was hardly a barrier while i was there.
dan and i are longing to go to poland again soon, it would be so lovely to be able to spend a longer amount of time with his wonderful family exploring, hanging out and taking pictures. im so happy we got to do this though, coming to poland was definitely a highlight of our trip.
i was obsessed with the beautiful forests we constantly passed while driving.
the city was filled with blossoming trees.
on the first day we were there, they took us to walk through the city of gdansk.
there were lots of people dressed up so they could busk on the streets.
gdansk is beautiful, i love all the buildings and how they're all decorated with different colours.
the oldest church in the city. we were about to walk to the very top.
halfway through walking to the top of the curch.
we then went to an old army barracks were you could also see the entire city from.
driving back home.
some photos from dan's uncle's backyard.
we went for a walk around the empty lots close to dan's family's home.
it felt like the sunsets in poland last forever.
dan and his cousin, karol.
that night we had a big bbq where i put away my camera and just enjoyed the company.
we woke up on the second day, and they wanted to take us to a real european forest which was just a short walk away from their home.
dan and his cousins.
half and half.
i have always wanted to see a pile of logs in a forest!
walking back home. the air out here was so fresh, it made dan and i sleepy.
when we got back from the forest, we got in the car again and drove 20 minutes to the next city.
walking through the city of sopot.
the baltic sea.
here we walked to very end of the longest pier off the baltic sea.
the last minutes of light at the baltic sea.
sun setting in the next city; gdynia.
driving back home at the end of a long day.
this was the morning of our last day in poland.
we drove into the country to see an upside down house, i still couldn't get enough of the scenery.
and the forests..
i would love to live in one of these houses!
on our way back from the upside down house, we made a stop at a gorgeous lake. a natural lake like this is something else i have always wanted to see.
dan & i.
we stopped at a lookout to see the lake and trees from up high.
that afternoon we went back to dan's uncle's house and more of dan's family came over to say hello and goodbye. we all sat around and talked (dan translating for me!) and drank coffee. before we knew it we were hugging and waving goodbye at the airport before jumping on a long flight back home. we'll definitely be back soon.
last but not least, dan and i were filming throughout our entire adventure overseas, and dan put a little video together from the hundreds of clips of silly faces, beautiful landscapes and busy streets. our memories from london, paris and poland: