On Friday afternoon I took a train from Kotun to Warsaw Wschodnia station with four other volunteers. I helped them find their connecting train to Krakow. Then I found another train that would take me across town to Warsaw Centralna station. From there I took a short walk to the Marriott Hotel and checked in and got a room on floor 32. I walked over to the Zlote Tarsy shopping center for supper. Then back to the hotel where I crawled into bed. It had been a busy week with hot, hot weather. Just before dropping off to sleep I could see some lightening.
The next morning was cooler and rainy. I had some coffee in my room and then walked over to the Centralna station again where I got coffee and waffle at a Starbuck's shop. Either Starbuck's coffee is getting better or they do it better in Europe. I met three other volunteers who came that morning and helped them get to the bed and breakfast where they would stay. From there we started up Nowy Swiat and so did the rain. We ducked into the Blikle Cukiernia for drinks and eats and watched the rain pour down. When it let up a bit we walked as far as Holy Cross Church, the church famed for holding Chopin's heart. After a visit there we started for Old Town. The rain also tried to return. I got my fellow volunteers to the ticket booth at the castle and then headed to Old Town alone.
What follows are simply random things that caught my eye. This posting is definitely not a travelogue for Warsaw.
I walked around the rynek noting that the gray sky made a good back drop for the buildings of Old Town.
Now it was time for obiad and I took care to find a table in a sidewalk cafe that was well under an umbrella in case of rain. So glad I did for I hardly sat down when the heavens open and heavy rain came down for about 30 minutes.
I had a great meal, but did have some friends looking for a spot out of the rain and also trying to see if they could pinch some bread.
Found a sign for bubble beer. Can't quite imagine what this is.
I knew I was finishing everything on my Kindle and had not brought my computer so I could not order more library books, so I stopped at Empik, a large book store. It's always fun to look through a store like this and see what can be found.
I continued my walk back to the hotel and noticed something along the side of the street.