Last Day in Paradise

Trip Start Jun 16, 2010
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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Horse Ranch Good-bye

Flag of Poland  , Silesian Voivodeship,
Sunday, August 15, 2010

I guess Bełsznica is crying because we're leaving… It’s been raining all night and all through the day, spoiling our plans to get some more sun and go to a women’s soccer game: Bełsznica (Poland) vs. Boh˙min (Czech Republic). Instead, we watched another exciting volleyball game during which Polish girls defeated a very confident German team. That gives us a very good position for the World Championship in September.

It was pouring so hard that we couldn’t let the horses out. They were kicking the doors to their boxes and demanding to be set free. The smallest dog, Dusia, scared of the storm, ran into the house illegally, dripping with mud. I grabbed her on my way to the shower and pulled her in with me. She usually fights taking a bath in a bathtub hand and foot, but she must have been shocked by the shower and she actually seemed to enjoy it.

We spent the morning just chatting on the couch with our hosts and watching Vanya play dress up with Hania. I am constantly amazed how well he plays with children of all ages. Yes, he adjusts to their level and sometimes acts like a 3-year old. But most of the time it is a lifesaver, because adults can talk while the kids are busy. Later Jędrek got Vanya to play Monopoly and we could hear them shouting out happily and not, according to their accomplishments.

At lunch/obiad, people seemed a bit afraid of my latest invention – a twist on traditional cabbage rolls. I made them with turkey meat, mixed vegetables, and rice. As I suspected, the first bite was all they needed. There were no leftovers to put away and Iza said she liked them better than the regular beef & rice ones. Soon after we were finished, Małgosia and Piotr from Cieszyn arrived again. We watched vacation photos of our hosts, had some coffee, and decided to check out the rest of the festival activities, since the sky cleared for a bit.

This time, Bełsznica was hosting a Day of Friendship with the neighboring town of Boh˙min on the Czech side. There were men’s and women’s soccer games, singing groups from both countries, and lots and lots of food, this time all free. We met up with some of the same friends from last night and enjoyed listening to music. Vanya immediately joined the kids playing soccer on the side and I could tell how much he was wishing he could join the "real" Bełsznica soccer team. I couldn’t stay long, since we weren’t packed at all, and my cousin Andrzej was coming to pick us up at 7pm. Darek dropped me off at home and I started a tedious task of making everything fit into our suitcases and bags.

By the time everyone returned from the festival, we were ready to go. The whole company had a glass of wine with a toast to meet again next year, I said my tearful good-byes, and squeezed our luggage into Andrzej’s car. I hate parting with Ania and Marek, since they are such dear friends and we always have such a wonderful time together. All I can do is start counting the days till next year’s visit. And we have some exciting plans already…

Andrzej took us the “fast way” to Warsaw, on the newest part of the highway. Vanya loved the sound system in Andrzej’s car and his taste in music, so similar to his own. I enjoyed a nice conversation with my cousin and before we knew it we were entering Warsaw, way earlier than we expected. Andrzej dropped us off at Barbara’s apartment, just in time for my Aunt Zosia to call and check if we had arrived safely. I watched the lights of Warsaw for a while… I love this city, even though being here means the trip is over. It was almost midnight and the excitement and sorrows of the day put us to sleep quite quickly.

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