Thursday and Friday of this week marked our halfway point on this journey. At the onset of the adventure we asked each other several questions. One of the questions was, “Will this trip change you?” We asked the same questions, and several new ones, to each other this week while road tripping through Poland. The answers, not surprisingly are changing, as are we. What follows are snippets of our halfway-day reflection.
Will this trip change you?
All – yes (Mr. N’s answer has changed since January, and both kids say it already has.)
Will this trip influence your perspectives?
All – yes (Miss A says she thinks her perspectives have definitely changed.)
Things we love about Europe:
Mike – All the walking we do.
Kristy – People outside all the time.
Mr. N – The architecture.
Miss A – The history.
All – The time we get to spend together.
Our favorite thing about life in Poland:
All – The wonderful friends we have made! They have made this part of our adventure so much more than we could have ever expected. They welcome us into their homes as though we’ve known each other for years. The kids play with each other despite language barriers. They have shown us a Poland we surely wouldn’t have known without them – away from the tourist sights, a genuine look. We only hope they know how much they mean to us!
Things we miss at home (besides friends, family and our kitties):
Mike – Baseball, street lights that go across intersections and our local sushi place
Kristy – Having a clothes dryer, my shower, bed and streaming music
Mr. N – Toys, Xbox, carpeted floors and smoke detectors (he’s our cautious one)
Miss A – Toys, a microwave and her room
Top 5 Favorite Cities:
Mike – Budapest, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris and Krakow
Kristy – Budapest, Madrid, Getaria/San Sebastian, Segovia and Beaune
Mr. N – Budapest, Madrid, Marbella/Nerja, Arcos de la Frontera and Warsaw
Miss A – Eger, Barcelona, Paris, Arcos de la Frontera and Krakow
(Stay tuned for the next post when Mike breaks down our top 10 with a power ranking.)
Mike – Miguel and Zabel’s winery
Kristy – Home day in Getaria
Mr. N – Zushi Sushi night in Warsaw
Miss A – Our full day in Eger, Hungary
Favorite thing to do:
Mike – Wineries
Kristy – Dinners/nights on the town
Mr. N – Tapas crawling
Miss A – Dinners/nights on the town
Will going home be hard?
All – YES! We will surely miss our time here. It has definitely changed us and will continue to leave its mark. Europe will remain a part of each of us, and hopefully will be a place we continue to return again and again.
Next up, a glimpse of our life in Czestochowa, Poland. Time is flying by! If we could hold on to each little moment we would – the good, the bad and the ugly (we’ve had them all!) – but, that’s exactly why this is changing us in ways we never expected, and it’s why it will live with us forever.