(A Japanese Chopin fan, traveling alone to Warsaw, Poland for the first time)
Summary of the day: "Old town: People here greet each other in Mazurka rhythm, then talk in Polonaise!"
Since Chopin Museums are closed on Monday, I decided to visit the spots related to Chopin, in old town.
Arriving old town in Warsaw using Tram (at this day, I got a day pass for 15złoty, I walked toward the first destination; Honoratka, which is a cafe in fashion at the time of Chopin's day, still in business. The Cafe did not seem to be open yet, so I just walked around between charming traditional style housings.
By the way;
Wow, I have never seen such a .... concentration of wealth.
After the concert, I went back to Honoratoka. I ordered Zurek, and ... ah,
"Domowe Pierogiz miesem lub Kapustai grzybami" --- mushroom and cabbage dumpling
( just jot down in my note from the menu, likely being misspelled)
When I check out, I found myself not knowing the tip system. With awkwardness, I asked the waitress about it, and it is Only Cash.
Also, I could ask "Gdzie jest toaleta?"(= Where is bathroom?) to her. I love when my terrible foregin language somewhat communicate with the local people!
Walked down the street to south, I reached Saski park, where has an eternal fire with the "Tomb of unknown soldiers" is protected by two guard. I am impressed people pay respect to the people who dedicated to big cause, rather than big names.
On the other hand, I really would like to know the name of this bird; They look like avarage out of crow + dove + seagull.
Why ? because THEY POOPED ON ME.
Other things I noticed:
- Dogs are off-leash, though they are royal to owner, walking close.
- The check out register do not have auto-drawer like Japan or U.S. Shops have money box to keep changes.
- Smoking & walking :/
Video from the 2nd day: