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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Thursday 10 August
Madzik was working so went for a run after Madziks mother made breakfast. Caught bus into Gydnia and went on English built WW2 Polish battleship, military equipment graveyard and tall ship and bus back to Madziks for some food. Lots of home made stuff and home blended tea without milk. We then caught bus to Sopot to meet her Academy friend Eva and others. Really cool pub and good company. Invited to go to local football match on Sunday. Walked to the end of the pier sat chatting and talked a bloke out of jumping into sea. I think we then caught a taxi home.
Friday 11 August
Went for a 14k run to the beach, all downhill there but uphill back - a real struggle. Madzik was back from work so we chatted, ate then caught bus to Gdynia to meet Greg (a jealous potential future boyfriend). Walked down the fantastic beach to a pub for 2 beers, Greg asking my intentions with Madzik. Continued walk through fire show and I felt so good went for a naked run down beach, Greg decided not to join me although he'd stripped to the waist. Beech walked to Sopot to meet Greg who'd had to go back and get the coat he'd forgot at beach bar. Madzik had hurt her foot while going for a wee which didn't appear bad at the time but got serious later in my stay. Onto a gay bar where Madzik got chatting to an Accademy friend so me and Greg went for a chat with some girls, one who fortunately spoke English. Very drunk by now and Greg was all over Madzik. Went for a drunken dance but had sandals on so must have looked hilarious.We went outside and it was light, Madzik tried to phone a cab but I managed to find one that had just dropped an old lady off. Dropped Greg off who was smashed on the way in some lovely tenement blocks.
Saturday 12 August
Madzik was revising for job so I went for run to beach again - slightly easier. Madzik feeling really bad from working straight from previous nights drinking. Went to Sopot to meet up with Eva, her sister and some hospitality guests. Had a really good night but Madzik was feeling so bad from working and drinking we left early at 12. I had a beer left in my bag so we drank that in the attic before bed.
Sunday 13 August
Madzik had been asked to work but said no so we had a lie in. Due to meet up in Absinthe in Gdansk with the same crowd as previous night but went for a tour of old town and Academy even though it was closed. Went to miserable staffed pun bar then onto Absinthe to meet others. We both got smashed, Madzik going on the pull and me verbally beating people up. Madzik gave her number to 3 guys and I was getting jealous for some reason. Altercation with bouncers but really good night, train and bus back. Madziks mom was up already so heaven knows what she thought.
Monday 14 August
I had said I would get up with Madzik but slept through my alarm. Arrangements had been made to get passport photos, so went to find shop but closed but managed to find shop in station. Found internet cafe to print my necessary documents for Russian visa. Found embassy after train journey but locked but the intercom started speaking to me so eventually spoke to a Russian guy through locked gate and he explained the terrible truth. It was closed that day and the next so my invitation was invalid so he directed me to a travel agency which was also closed. Asked an old lady when they were open and she pointed me to another agency. They made all the arrangements but it was going to take 8 days. If I wanted it done quicker it would cost so much I decided on the 8 day option and pay for the invitation again. Went to meet Madzik but shed been late so had to work to 6 and was feeling bad. Went for a walk round Gdansk and took her to the most sophisticated restaurant in city. Madziks foot was hurting but this was my thank you so she limped to the place. Had a lovely salmon meal and it turned out we both knew the waiter, me from my previous visit and her as he was a friend of a former boyfriend. Next to Absinthe then home via train and bus.
Thursday 15 August
Up at 5 slept till 9 and then brought mother flowers, goodbyes, bus to Gdynia but missed stop and had to walk 2k back to ferry ticket office, where I got tickets. Sat on fast looking ferry but it broke down in harbour, so back to berth, got money back and booked on much cheaper ferry. Had crap food at captain cooks. Arrived in Hel but had real problems getting bed everywhere full due to national holiday, eventually found expensive room in rough looking place. Went for a walk around the spit, guns from WW2 and bunkers. Beach walk was quite hard with great views then got lost in forest and getting dark. Followed my nose back to centre to micro brewery getting smashed writing diary up. Went back to hotel wanting bed, but at door owner collared me and I had to go into his nightclub. He got me a beer and vodka and let me go on the internet. I could barely see the computer let alone use it. Staggered to bed with help of owner but found loads of school kids making loads of noise. Went past them and tried to get into wrong room, door opened and 2 annoyed ladies came out so I joined the school kids. They'd got an English phrase book and practiced their English while I practiced speaking - very funny for them. Teacher came and they ran off leaving me slumped up a wall. Teacher went, kids came back, next owner and mother came up and told us to go to bed so with the kids taking the micky, I managed to find my key and went to bed.

I felt Madziks role in this boozy week can be shown by the messages she left me...excuse the Polish

I feel really bad now I sleepy and maybe drunk a little. So when Ill come back from the company Ill have to have a nap to get to the normal. Im not sure what youve planned for today, but enjoy yourself and come back around 4, 5pm. I hope your OK with that. So...have a nice run youve got my brother if youll need some help. Kisses Magda.

FUCK of course Ive fallen asleep...really, Ill have really bad first impression but - shit happens :) Ive lost somewhere the Dimlab number, so just go there and ask about @mail from me "Foto Magdalena Meillin" You should take a camera with you just in case. Time working 9-5pm. Just call or send a sms. Sorry beause this letter is very bad, hope ull understand. Ive just forgotten all the things I should have written here. Trains to Ambasy Gdansk Wrzeszcz. @Imlab is a 1 bus stop before that we usually get out...street Wladystawa thats on the corner. Oh FUCK, Im really late and dont know what to write. So...just call me if u have any problems. See u Kisses. Still drunk Magda.
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