eating eel in Poland

Last night went to a castle/resort thing…It was about an hour bus ride and out in the country…beautiful location. Beautiful building…We were serenaded by some traditional polish musicians. The group drank a LOT of wine, followed by Polish Vodka (which I’m beginning to think is the real purpose of a “workshop”). So much wine in fact that people were singing on the bus on the trip back…and there was also some climbing into the luggage rack inside the bus (not involved).

anyways got to sit outside by myself and just listen to the birds singing…was kind of strange to be in such a peaceful place…I don’t think I’ve been so far from a city since I moved to Deutschland.
I said to one of the Polish guys that our hotel here is not really Poland, but the place last night felt like Poland, but in reality that was probably stupid because I don’t think too many people live in castles and wear traditional Polish clothes and sing…

Had eel for I think the first time ever…all the americans seemed disgusted by the thought of eating eel. I decided to try it (anything once…) and it actually wasn’t bad…I don’t think I’d ever order it cuz it was a bit strange, but I’ve had much worse food and I’m glad that’s another food I can take off my list…


OK…so am in Poland now…Not quite sure what to make of it yet….
landed at the airport after some 11 year old girl on the plane sitting next to me felt the need to tap my arm and insist that I turn off the MP3 player during takeoff….she said something in Polish and I said “English” and she said “sorry…would you mind turning that off please” I was trying to nap at the time so I turned it off cuz I didn’t want a half grown woman to be crying on the airplane…so I went back to sleeping, then five minutes later she said “I think it’s OK to turn it back on now”. Geeezzzz…..a real stickler for the rules…Actually I didn’t mind…even though the MP3 player had no wireless/Bluetooth/PCMCIA/G3 capabilities she probably saved 93 lives today….Thanks!!!!

anyways….land at the Gdansk airport and have to take a bus to the oh so impressive Terminal at the Gdansk airport…Honestly it’s about twice the size of the Salem Airport Terminal…Which basically is big enough to hold 3 chairs and 2 car rental agencies and toilets….and a hallway….anyways it was small and the luggage claim area had ONE BAGGAGE CAROUSEL…..Which was immediately past the passport control where the chick had to say “what is your purpose” 3 times before I finally understood her…the glass was kind of getting in the way from me hearing…I had to put my ear up to the hole before I could hear her….I said “business trip” and then she took an even closer look at my passport and had to check EVERY SINGLE PAGE of it before she finally let me in. Who knew the Poles were so picky….Also the Polish stewardesses can’t really speak english…I think I got every 4th word….Not that I blame them….I should speak Polish…It was a Polish airline after all….
remember in the states how the “euro trash” (that’s slang for non-native americans since we’re all just non-natives anyways) complains about the Mexicans not speaking english….I never complained about it…we stole half of Mexico anyways….jerks….

Then a car ride to the Finest Hotel in Poland…I’m glad they put us up in this posh place where we can really  experience “Polish culture”….we drive through areas of nothing but graffiti and decrepit brick buildings and come to this Grand Hotel on the beach with a live Piano player in the bar….Yeah I’m supposed to think this is the “real Poland”.

anyways….Colleagues pick us up for dinner….Sales guy joins us….
I love Sales guys….After about 10 minutes I realize I really really miss my life in Frankfurt….Dude is amusing really, but not quite amusing as sitting in my flat watching Lords of War or Alien.
No really the guys were OK, but not quite as OK as “home”….

I love my job….really…I’m so grateful to have the chance to travel and live in Germany.

One of the guys say “I finally get to meet someone from Nobeltec”. HA!!!! Nobeltec lives on….I’m so proud….

There was a book in the hotel of Gdansk (not sure of the language) …It’s actually quite nice…If only I had a coffee table to put it on….I’m not sure I’m going to get the time to shop or do anything extracurricular this week. which really sucks….

anyways….I really should buy a camera someday….My phone camera just doesn’t cut it and I’m dumb for not thinking of this last week.

I might take a bath for probably the second time this year….

Free Internet in the hotel….This place is really posh….

so in the end of “lord of war” there was a message (oh great…a movie with a message) it said something like
“the five biggest exporters of arms in the world are the US, UK, Russia, France and China…”
My comment was something along the lines of “Fucking French….”
yeah…I still think it’s funny….I occasionally act american just to confuse people…

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