Day: September 20, 2014

Warszawa Old and New

Got to Warszawa yesterday and am leaving for Munich tonight, a quick visit but well w0rth it!  I liked Praha (Prague) a lot but it was a bit overloaded with tourists and unfortunately the typical Czech surly service was getting on my nerves.  Although I will say there were many great service experiences too!   But it’s just the nature of the culture, yes?

Anyways, I only got to see a bit of Warszawa but would definitely recommend coming back.  The people seem much friendlier (both in the tourist areas and on the bus, which I think is an uncommon tourist transport mode here).  The city is an interesting mix of old and new.  First there is the (I think communist era apartment block look, but livened up a bit with some street art):

An apartment block building with some street art, Warsaw, Poland.

An apartment block building with some street art, Warsaw, Poland.

This was about a half mile from the Old Town, which is an interesting place given that it was practically obliterated by the Germans in WWII, but then subsequently recreated in the 1960s.

Old Town Square, Warszawa, Poland.

Old Town Square, Warszawa, Poland.

Stockholm Hostel af Chapman

Hi All, a catch-up post today, just wanted to share some pics from where I stayed in Stockholm.  Like the other Scandinavian cities, Stockholm is quite expensive so hostels were my first choice.  But as a somewhat unique opportunity, there are some hostels with rooms on ships.  One of the earliest (or maybe the first?) is on the af Chapman.

View of the af Chapman, now a hostel in Stockholm.

View of the af Chapman, now a hostel in Stockholm.

You do have a choice of staying on the ship or in a building on shore.  The hostel was pretty nice actually, with a nice buffet breakfast (though that was extra) and a nice little cafe (on shore) where you could sit outside and see the city and ship views.