Summer in Warsaw
The Mrs. and I just arrived back to Warsaw from Italy. Sadly, summer seems to have gone away in our absence. Fall is definitely here. Now we're wondering when the central heating will come on in our building as it's been pretty cold at night. Now, you may be wondering what the words Warsaw and summer have in common, so here's some examples (a tribute of sorts) of the lovelier parts of Warsaw in the summer:
There are berries everywhere, especially raspberries. Every street corner has a babcia, or a Ukranian, or a Ukranian babcia selling these cartons for about $2 each. So, so good... and now soon to be so, so gone.
Yes, Warsaw has a beach. More than one, in fact. Ok, they're on the banks of the Wisla River, but there's sun, sand and bikinis, so they definitely count as beaches. Plus, in true European fashion, there's a bar serving drinks and a DJ thumping electronic music (at least at one shown above). No swimming though...
Cold beet soup. Seriously delicious stuff that I assume is not served when it's actually cold outside. Very refreshing on a hot day.
With warm summer nights the entire river comes alive with temporary bars and clubs that hum late into the evening (and often until the sun comes up in morning). Basically a 2.5-kilometer long party along the left bank. I've been told that the amount of venues get bigger every year. I'll have to wait and see for next year to compare.
Warsaw has an amazing amount of parks. Whether due to far-sighted thinking centuries ago or much more modern and much more unfortunate circumstances, there are lots of green spaces to stroll around. Now, the parks aren't really going away, just all the beautiful colors and the ability to relax in shorts will be missing.
Hmm... I'm sure winter will have plenty of equally amazing things to offer... right?