Trip Start Mar 16, 2004
35Trip End Jun 13, 2004
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The weather was mainly sunny in the morning and dull in the afternoon, but only a couple of hours of rain. I was lucky. On two of the nights I stayed in little hotels and on one night camped in a huge forest near the town of Starachowice.
It was beautiful, mature pine trees with an understorey of oak saplings and the ground covered with a green herb which had little white star shaped flowers
The barking faded into the distance and I went back to sleep. I got up at 7am and as I boiled water for tea a hare bounded by about 20m away. It didn't seem to notice me and every few hops stopped for a second before continuing. Naw, it couldn't have been that?
Anyway whatever it was didn't eat me and I've made it to Warsaw safely. This morning I visited the Warsaw History Museum, the main reason being to see the film shown there about Warsaw during the war. Another sad tale of death and destruction. A valiant, but failed, uprising against the German Army in 1944 led to Hitler ordering the destruction of the city. Hundreds of thousands, mostly civilians had died in the street fighting. Building by building, 95% of what had been a beautiful city was blown up and torched, the Soviet army watched both the fighting and the destruction from the other side of the river!
In the hostel when looking at the map of the city, I had commented that the old town was very small.
Last night I went out to watch the UEFA cup Final. After trying a few bars I found one, yes it was an Irish Pub, were the match was on. As a bonus there was live music also, two excellent guitar players who included a few blues songs in their set. They didn't seem to mind that many eyes were focused on the TVs either side of the stage.
I bought a map of the Baltic States today. It is the last map I need to finish the trip. I leave tomorrow (Friday) and hope to be in Vilnius by Monday or Tuesday.
In Warsaw I stayed in the Oki Doki Hostel, being only two months old, its not even in the guide books yet. It is very clean , central and has the highest bunk beds I've ever seen, the top bunk was above my head.
I was able to safely store the bike behind the reception desk, perfect, but it is on the third floor of a fine old building and there is no lift, so I had to carry the bike up. The old town and university district are close by, so sightseeing and cheap food are no problem.