Train, train, train!

Trip Start Sep 04, 2010
Trip End Sep 24, 2010

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Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Well, we've done it once so there’s no need to spend another 10 hours on a train across Europe! Not that First Class wasn’t nice. We had a six seat doored cubicle to ourselves so we had lots of privacy and space. The view? First, that would mean you could actually see out the window. We’ve never been in a dirtier train! By the time you looked through the dirt, there wasn’t much of a view. Second, a tree, another tree, another tree, another tree, another tree, water-logged paddock, another tree, another tree, water-logged paddock, another tree..... Get the idea? At least it was First Class and we could get coffee/tea and visit the Restaurant car right? Wrong!! Sorry, the Conductor said, no drinks or food facilities on the train at all. Oh no! Ten hours with 1 bottle of water, a packet of biscuits, donuts and dried fruit! We did manage to find a station midway with enough of a stop to get a cup of coffee and a packet of crisps from a trolley on the platform. On the plus side (I think) Karen did manage to read one whole book and thanks to the power point in our cubicle John did lots of sorting photos and fiddling on the computer. Overall, it was an experience but voted as not necessarily to be repeated.

We got off our train in the dark and, thank you Google Maps, walked to our apartment building. Magda (our host Piotr’s sister) was there waiting for us. Our apartment is on the third flour and very newly furnished. Some of the colour schemes are bright. As I sit and type in the dining/loungeroom I see a lime green sofa in the corner of the room with one wall behind it bright orange and the other wall bright yellow. Wonder what they’ll think of all white walls throughout our house?? They have two flats. The one they live in on the first floor has only four rooms (kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, dining/lounge) so I can understand why they have bought and done this one up to move into. This apartment has 2 levels with four rooms on each level. Level 1 – kitchen, dining/lounge, bathroom, family room. Level 2 – main bedroom, children’s bedroom, bathroom, sauna. The furniture all looks very Ikea and interesting. Check out the kid’s room photo!
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