So back in September, I went back to Europe for a week and saw my grandparents, whom I haven’t seen in forever! Last time I went back was about 12 years ago (holy, I really didn’t realized that it was really such a long time ago until now). I have to admit that while going on a “free vacation” made me happy, leaving two weeks after school just started didn’t make me really happy. But, I went, and brought some school books along with me (which I didn’t read, of course).
We (me, mom, and dad) flew into Hamburg after a seriously long flight with ridiculously uncomfortable seats. I’m used to 3 hour flights, not 8. I’m used to watching one movie, not three. And I’m used to getting one “air meal,” not two. And our journey wasn’t quite done yet. We picked up our rental, which turned out to be a Fiat Punto, and had a long drive….
… from north to south Germany….
… before finally arriving in Poland. The official reason for going to Poland was to finalize all the paperwork with selling my mom’s home. Both my grandparents (her parents) were now dead and my mom didn’t see the point in keeping the home anymore. One person was deeply interested in buying the home for his daughter, so my mom let him have it. Unfortunately for us, he started all the renovations, so 90% of the house was “under construction.” The bathrooms had no doors, the rooms had no doors, the windows had no curtains. The only room still in one piece was the kitchen. And this was one tiny, tiny apartment by the way. Two tiny bedrooms, one tiny “living room”, one small kitchen, one bathroom with a toilet and one bathroom with sink/shower. Small, small home. My mom’s (old) home. Mr. P was the old man buying the house.
He lived on a farm nearby…
He was a nice old man. He seemed slightly nervous and worried, but then I realized that he was buying the place for cheap on paper, and then giving my mom cash for the actual price she asked. I don’t know… it was confusing. I didn’t involve myself in their matters. Instead, I went to the “famous” aquarium mall my brothers and sister kept talking about. From what they told me, my grandparents (the one’s that are still alive and living in the city) bragged about this place, so when my brothers/sister went, they were disappointed because they were expecting some gigantic marine land-type of exhibit. So when my brother told me about it and how it wasn’t that great, I was expecting to see a fishtank in the middle of the mall. It wasn’t actually that bad. Nothing to brag about though. The malls in general were relatively empty. It was like no one shopped. But the outdoor markets were the place to be. They kind of reminded me of our flea markets… kind of… Anyway, my dad ended up stocking up on a crap-load of smokes. He also bought 3 cell phones. I bought…. nothing really. First and foremost, I didn’t have any money to spend. And there wasn’t really anything I wanted to buy. And even buying souvenirs and lil gifts for my friends was hard… which reminds me, I need to give R some magnets still!
But I hope to go back someday. In fact, I was supposed to get one of those European ID cards, but I couldn’t because I needed to present my Polish passport, which was stuck in Canada. But my dad’s willing to go back with me so we can get that done, which would be neat. Like a dual citizenship. And with that, I will leave you with the best part of being in Poland (aside from seeing my grandparents)…
Fresh sunflower seeds to nibble on everyday!!!