Look at how much T1 has grown in 6 months time! We were in Poland in September of 2011 and I’m writing this post in May of 2012. Prompt recaps just really aren’t my thing, you know? This is a little taste of the happiness we found in That Husband’s hometown.
My in-laws have a gorgeous backyard filled with trees and bushes that were bursting with fruit when we were there. Pears, berries, apples. We missed the mini kiwis by only a few days!
T1’s grandparents on both sides spoil him shamelessly. On this visit to Poland he found a special chair in the kitchen where he could sit and drink his milk while watching Teletubbies (in Polish of course).
A favorite from the trip!
My father-in-law celebrated a birthday while we were there, and to celebrate we went to eat in a castle. A castle! Europe is so cool.
One of the old menus on the left, and my extravagantly arranged dinner plate on the right.
TH’s parents live within walking distance of the cemetery and we always take some time to visit.
I know it’s strange to take a picture of a garbage can, but I think it symbolizes the respect this little town has for their relatives who have passed on. Visits are made frequently and all of the graves are taken care of really well. Most of the flowers that you see as you walk through the rows are fresh (often purchased from the booths set up for that very purpose right outside the graveyard entrance).
TH’s childhood home.
Krakow cake! I’m sharing the recipe for this here on the blog tomorrow.
One evening That Husband and I went out for a photo walk, one of my favorite pastimes. I wanted to try to capture what his neighborhood is like. We left kind of late and it was getting dark, and I’d like to do it again next time and explore a little bit more.
Across the street from his house are some garden plots. Residents of the nearby area who live in apartment buildings rent them out so they can have a space to commune with nature. Some of them are really nice and even have little one-room houses.
The highlight of this Poland visit for me was the morning we woke up early and went mushroom hunting with my SIL and her husband. TH speaks so fondly of his time spent mushroom hunting as a child and I also think it’s pretty magical. You wake up early and drive out to the forest as the sun rises. Once you’re inside the canopy of trees it’s quiet, green and the light is to die for. I hope we’re able to go back again this year.
Everyone carries a plastic bag with them to fill with mushrooms. Unfortunately we all went home with bags that were still empty. Even though we were there just after sunrise I was told that someone had already been there before us collecting all the good mushrooms!
I spotted several different varieties, but they were all deemed poisonous by my guides.
TH did find one, which had already been ravaged by snail. We took it home as a token prize for our efforts.
Even though we didn’t find anything I still loved it and look forward to going back again!
On our way back to my SIL’s apartment we stopped at a small market to pick up some bread. I was fascinated by this little gathering of vendors because it’s not really something you see in the United States anymore. TH told me is a hold-over from Communism, when people couldn’t drive to a large market to buy the things they needed and did their shopping at neighborhood markets.
So that’s where all the mushrooms went!
See those tracks on the right? Why don’t we have those in the United States yet! Get with the program architects.
My SIL loves color and cats. I adore her.
That sausage in the lower-right hand corner of the frame is my favorite sausage in the world and my mouth is watering just thinking about it. It’s my BIL’s favorite too.
My BIL is a true renaissance man. He works with robots for his day job and then heads out into the wild on horseback on the weekends and for holidays. This last trip he was wearing a big cast after severing his hand while chopping wood.
The last thing we did on our trip was a round of family pictures with TH’s family. Getting myself ready and also being the one to photograph the session was kind of stressful, but they’re beautiful and I’m so happy everyone was willing to gather at my request. Thanks to TH’s cousin for stepping up and taking all of the pictures that I’m in!
Hard to believe, but we only have about 100 days and we’ll be back in Poland for our 2012 trip. We love you K, J, Z, K, and the rest of the family. See you soon!