Way before our little family touched down in Poland, Lukasz had told me his sister has been planning a sort of family reunion for Lukasz’ visit. Lukasz had tried to play it off as something small but when Lukasz, Petra and I officially arrived at the restaurant, Bistro Podwale, we literally walked into a crowded room, full of applause and cheer. It was so so wonderful to feel the love in that room and it was even more amazing to finally be able to visit Lukasz’ hometown and meet his family.
From the moment we walked in, Petra was greeted by everyone! She was adored, kissed and cuddled. If only she could remember this moment and how loved she is by her whole family! I’m so glad we were able to capture so much of it on camera, including this photo below of Petra and her great grandfather who is 95 years old! It is literally one of my most favorite photographs ever.
I’ll be honest and say that for the second half of our stay in Sandomierz, I got sick with some kind of a stomach bug. I had no desire to eat anything and I was extremely nauseated. But I was able to step out a couple of times and do some sight seeing with Lukasz and a couple of his friends. We visited his high school, which is one of the oldest secondary schools in Poland. We visited some churches, which Poland has in abundance. And we visited the town square which was really adorable. It’s such a stark contrast to think about me growing up in California with modern buildings and miles and miles of freeways, all the while Lukasz living in this small and adorable town with so much history. The whole thing is so mind blowing. It’s also one of the things that makes me love Lukasz even more.
I wish we had more pictures or touristy stories to tell but this trip just really came down to family. I look forward to the next time we come visit and maybe Petra will be a little older and we can do some additional things on our wishlist like going camping in the mountains and hills near Sandomierz. After this trip, I really feel like there’s so much more to explore with this little tribe of mine. I feel like this is only the beginning.