An albino snake eating its own tail! Eeeww
I went to Zakopane with my friends last Friday. Well, technically it was Saturday because our train was at 1.18am. I bought my train tickets 4 hours before the departure! My friends had already bought their tickets earlier. I made some last minute decision to just join. I went back to my appartment, packed my bags and I was there at the Warszawa Centralna train station.
We arrived in Zakopane at around 10am (Saturday). Three of my friends were lucky enough to get the cabin with the beds. I got the cabin with the normal seats but I managed to sleep all the way from Warsaw to Zakopane anyway.
As soon as we arrived there, we went straight to our booked villa. The villa, is superb! It’s called Willa Pasja. The view from our villa was breathtaking! We checked in, freshen up and we went to Morskie Oko.
The name “Morskie Oko” translates to “Eye of the Sea”; this is derived from an old legend, according to which the lake was connected to the sea via an underground passage. More from Wikipedia.
We took the horse ride to go uphill. And it cost us 40zlotys per head! Then we had to hike further up to see the lake. Words can’t describe how beautiful it was!
After about one hour or so (we were out of time, it was almost dusk) we went down, also by taking the horse cart. What’s interesting with this ride was that we were with a big Polish family. 6 of us and about 12 of them. There were around 5 children I think, and they were greeting and waving everybody they saw on the way down. “Dzien dobry! Dzien dobry panu! Lubimy pani!”. And their mother was counting “Trzydzieści trzy! Trzydzieści cztery!”. It must be the number of people who waved back to them.
The Poles can be very sporting sometimes!
We had dinner in a restaurant. All of us had fish! So there were like all kinds of fish on the table. Oh yeah, we were joined by 3 more friends from Krakow during the dinner.
Next morning, we went to the town, and also went uphill again, but this time we went up by an inclining tram? I don’t know what it’s called. We took pictures with the panoramic mountains as the background. We tried some swirly bread, sweetened nuts and bought souvenirs of course.
Then we head back to our villa, checked out and head towards the train station. Our train was scheduled at 1.28pm and we arrived safely in warsaw around 8.30pm.
It was a short trip and I’m glad to made the last minute decision to join my friends. It was definitely my best weekend get-away so far
I guess it’s about time for me to do a new post since the last one was way back in August, and it’s now the end of September.
My 4th year of being a medical student starts officially tomorrow. I will have Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, which I think is pretty interesting, as my first class. And I hope it will.
By the way, my summer holiday was kind of awesome. I had my summer clerkships in Hospital Sultan Ismail in two departments, Paediatrics and Internal Medicine. I met new friends there and learnt quite a number of things although I had (or took) only 2 chances to draw blood from patients. It’s pretty late, I know.
The Ramadhan was nice. I had the chances to do the Tarawih in a few mosques with my family. Oh and speaking of Ramadhan, I read this one special novel, a Malay novel, titled Contengan Jalanan by Hlovate. And I would like to quote a very strong phrase from it.
The man who decided to change on the 12th hour dies on the 11th.
I think everyone should read it. Of course this is only applicable for the people who understand Malay.
I went to back to Kelantan, my father’s hometown, during Raya (Eid). The most unforgettable memory was that I had some allergic reactions, some sort of urticaria, during the last few days of Ramadhan AND during the first few days of Raya. The last one I had was when I was in college. That last sentence just sound so weird- twice usage of ‘was’ but whatevs LOL
What else..what else…
Ahh yes, I also get to meet my secondary school friends during our reunion. The last school reunion I went to was back in 2009 if I’m not mistaken. The reunion was very short but it was nice
My flight to Poland was on the 22nd of September. My flights were from Johor Bahru to Kuala Lumpur, then Kuala Lumpur to Frankfurt and finally Frankfurt to Warsaw.
Today, I went to Stadion Narodowy, the National Stadium of Warsaw, and this time I managed to go inside the stadium! The 34th Warsaw Marathon was held in the morning and the end of the marathon was in the stadium. I had written a few posts regarding the stadium and EURO last time. Here are the links
And here are today’s photos:
Wish me luck for my first 4th year class tomorrow!
Venue: Polonia Stadium, Warsaw
(5 minutes walk from my current apartment!)
Just pictures for this post. I have to study Polish now. My exam is on the 15th. Bye!
In my previous post, I mentioned that I didn’t manage to get the ticket for the Open Training Session of Poland National Team. I was too late by the time I reached Polonia Stadium. But on my second attempt, which was this morning, my friend and I managed to get 2 free entrance tickets each!
I actually had my Pathomorph FINAL exam today at 4pm, and it wasn’t actually a good idea to do something else besides some last minute studying or answering past years questions in the morning of the day that you will have your final exam. But I went anyway. The counter opened at 9am but we were adviced to be there around 7am.
Fortunately, my friend got exempted from the exam so she queued from 7am and I only went there at 8.30am. And the best thing is, my apartment is only 5 minutes away from the Polonia Stadium.
Apart from the two free tickets, I also received two cards, one with the group picture of Poland National Team with their signatures on the back and the other one with a picture of any of the players. I was lucky enough to received Robert Lewandowski card. On my way back to my appartment, two Polish girls approached my friend and I asking if we got Lewandowski card and wanted to exchange theirs with mine. Sorry girls, gotta keep it
So, updates for today, Poland scored 1-1 against Russia. It was not so bad because there were rumours saying that Russia is a strong team and Poland will probably not have the chance of winning. But look, although Russia scored a goal in the first-half of the match, Poland managed to make it a draw in the second-half. I think the Poland players did well compared to when they played against Greece.
After the exam, I went around the Warsaw Fan Zone and also in some part of Old Town with my housemate to take some pictures. There were riot police around, controlling the situation. This is due to the tension brought between the two team supporters because the Russians made a march towards the National Stadium of Warsaw.
I bought the Polska muffler near the Fan Zone and put it on. Some locals even smiled at me, maybe they were happy to see some foreigner supporting their team? It was..euphoric. I was excited and a little bit scared at the same time.
When we finally got back, we watched the match between Poland and Russia on live stream. Oh yeah, our Pathomorph lecturers made a surprise by publishing the result today, they said earlier that the result would probably be out tomorrow evening. Most of us passed, I passed, alhamdulillah
Right now, I can still hear the Poland supporters cheering on the street singing the Biało Czerwoni anthem. Ok, till next time! Polska…biało czerwoni! Go white eagles!
My previous post on EURO 2012: