After the plane landed in Warsaw, we were picked up by Lukasz’ sister who lives there with her husband and her two kids. It was really awesome to be able to meet her and have Petra meet her aunt for the first time. It was also awesome to have Lukasz see his family for the first time in about three years. It was a very emotional experience, to say the least but it was also amazing to be able to discover this part of Europe for the first time with my adorable tiny family. Of course, when I was finally able to get a decent amount of sleep, we went out into Warsaw and walked for the entire day. We went to the old part of town that Lukasz hung around the most when he was younger and going to school. It’s so beautiful, the kind of old European town I have only seen in pictures.
We stopped at an adorable little restaurant, Kompania Piwna, in the old town that Lukasz used to frequent when he was younger and had some pierogi because when in Poland, do as the Polish do. ;). I will admit, it was really chilly the whole time we were there and it rained almost every day in Warsaw which really limited our time outdoors. But we were more than glad to go from spot to spot to seek shelter and Petra loves being outdoors so she had no problem being outside either (although it’s getting a little harder to wrestle her into her winter clothes as she grows older… she’s definitely going to love summers in New York where clothing can be kept to a minimum.)
We did a few touristy things like visited the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising and visited the University of Warsaw. On one of our nights, we even visited a vegan restaurant. (Who knew Warsaw had such a growing vegan population?). But really, this trip came down to visiting friends and family and I was more than excited to do that. These are people I had only heard stories about but, more importantly, people that had left such an imprint in Lukasz’ life. It was also oh-my-gosh amazing that Petra was able to meet her cousins for the first time. While Bianka and Tadeusz are years older, their bond was instant and adorable. My heart melts thinking about it and hoping the day when we see them again isn’t too far off.
Visiting Warsaw was really one for the books, so many firsts for all of us. I, sincerely hope that in the future, there’s more good times to be spent here. We soon had to leave Warsaw and head to our next stop, Lukas’ hometown, Sandomierz.