Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
143Trip End Nov 15, 2007
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Warsaw is a newly rebuilt city with a lovely McDonalds and convenient internet centre for me to download the pod in the underground of the Metro Station. We parked at the same meter for 3 hours, it had a 1 hour limit before you were supposed to move on, but we just kept feeding the meter with Zloty, hoping no one would notice us.
We sent a message via the internet to our Rotary friends Satish and Graeme for the change over night. It's a pity we had to miss this one.
Poland is distinctly low on Caravan Parks and out of the way places are sometimes hard to find and unsafe
So as we stood at the end of this track in a farming community, I noticed a very old lady in her garden and asked if we could camp for the night near her home on the side of the road. Dear old Clara spoke no English but we did have a wonderful chat, 'Australia' seems to have been the magic word. Presently her daughter came outside and asked what was wrong, in Polish. I asked if she spoke English or Dutch, but German was the closest we could get. Clara had already motioned that there were no caravan parks nearby, but I could not let it rest at that. In my best German I asked Bernadetta if we might please stay close by. She got the gist of my request and first apologized but then told her Uncle Edmund to take down the fence and let us into their side yard. I was mightily relieved.
Clara was a treat. She couldn't get enough of us and inspected both vans inside and out chatting in Polish the whole time
5am the cock crowed! It must have a huge roost to look after because it didn't shut up till 6am. By 7am the family came out to chat with us again and watch how the campers were tucked away. Clara brought fresh milk in a jug for our breakfasts, still warm from the cow Bernadetta was milking and 4 big eggs fresh from the hens roaming free in the yard. Our lucky day. The clip on koalas were a big hit with Clara and Bernadetta and I was glad they had a record of the unusual visit in the photos. We were sad to leave as they had been so interested in us and we in them, they had temporarily become family.