Wedding Weekend in Poland

Trip Start Jul 18, 2008
Trip End Sep 03, 2008

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The Bastion Hotel

Flag of Poland  , Western Poland,
Saturday, August 9, 2008

Our arrival in Kostrzyn, Poland was at noon, and the weather was a comfortable 20 degrees. The train station didn't seem to be too far away from the hotel, so the five of us chose to walk, as the overnight train made our bodies stiff and sore. The hotel was nice and cozyWe met up with the British contigent and began the weekend of festivities with dinner in the restaurant. Poland still has it's own currency which was the first exchange on our trip that was to our Canadian Dollar benefit. Kostryzn has it's own market / bazar which was directly across the street from our hotel, so we managed to visit it on a couple of occassions. The wedding itself was astounding! The most amount of food and beverage I have ever seen at a wedding. Food service started with five cold dishes of food at every fourth seat. Then the hot food came, one dish an hour, starting at six thirty, with the last dish coming out at 1:00 in the morning! The cold dishes continued to arrive, along with pedushke, jellied fish (mmmm) and borscht. Great variety. The taste was wonderful, presentation was perfect, and the atmosphere of the room was fantastic. Tradition for weddings in Poland calls for vodka shots every thirty minutes! Although we tried to keep up with the locals, their experience in this tradition showed! The wedding had 115 people, and there was 170 bottles of vodka consumed during the two days! Richard and Gosia also took the time to recognize Becky's birthday and presented her with a wonderful gift ( the latest Stephanie Meyer novel) and the band along with all the guests stood up and sang her happy birthday in Polish and English. She was absolutely delighted. The band is considered the best in Poland, and they proved it! Great music to dance to and to sit and listen to. It was around eleven at night when Tony broke out his dancing shoes and hit the floor! The twist never looked so good! Brady was also a hit the whole weekend, showing off some great moves with the whole crowd around him. As well, Karaoke was a huge hit the next day for the second part of the wedding. Everyone joined back into the banquet room at 2:00pm and many took part in singing, including Richard doing his best Stevie Wonder, and Brady singing "We Are The Champions" to a standing ovation. Again,more of the dance moves from Tony showed just how much fun this wedding was. Our hosts and their families were truly gracious in their hospitality, and the memories will surely last a lifetime. The festivities ended early Monday morning when we packed up at 6 am and flew to London, England to begin the next phase of our adventures. Stay tuned tomorrow for some wonderful wedding photo's. With much love, the Koltzoo Crew. 
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