I spent last weekend with my high school girlfriends in TriCity, where they currently live. TriCity is a metropolitan area connecting three cities – Gdynia, Gdansk and Sopot, which are situated adjacent to one other on the coast of Northern Poland by the Baltic Sea. The first city, Gdynia, is known for being the most important and busiest seaport (Port of Gdynia) which was built in the early XXth century. The next in line, Sopot, is a small seaside city and spa resort. This popular summertime destination is known for the longest wooden pier in Europe (511.5m) which is a popular tourist attraction and a venue for entertainment events. The last is Gdansk, a city of a thousand year history charms with its narrow cobbled streets of the Main Town, monster red-brick churches, and grand, elegantly slender and colorful buildings. You can sip on coffee in characterful cafes, shop for amber jewelry and visit intriguing museums. TriCity is a a two hour car ride from my hometown, Slupsk and because I have a family in Gdansk, I often came here as a child. A walk along Dluga Street in Gdansk’s Old Town was a must, and it never got old. Strolling along the familiar streets made me feel like at home.It felt amazing to be here again and observe the changes that happened over the years. I would definitely recommend TriCity as a place worth visiting in Poland. Enjoy the photos!
I spent 2/3 of my life in Poland and 1/3 in the U.S. My biggest struggle after living abroad for such a long time is…where is my home? My immediate family lives in the States but we have a house in Poland that my parents build over the past few years. Although I never lived in it, it feels like home. It’s an oasis. It’s a place where I reset, recharge and forget about everything. There is nothing better right now than waking up in the morning and eating handpicked raspberries from the garden and drinking coffee on a terrace. Nothing better than lying in a hammock under the shade of trees on a sunny day. And nothing better than watching falling stars on a beautiful night on a clear, non polluted sky.
So this is it…The day has come and I’m on my way to Poland. Packing was successful and I ended up checking a bag that was about 6 pounds below limit (but my mom filled it with 6 pounds of candy…). As always, I arrived at the airport too early so I’m snacking on crackers and hummus at the United Club (found few expiring passes in my wallet 😁). Few tears were shed today and a few more goodbyes were said. The ones with my family were the hardest because I won’t see them for a year. I’ll miss Chicago but I’m taking my Chicago spirit and pride with me by wearing a Blackhawks shirt all the way to Europe 😃 Adios!
I thought that the worst part of moving to another country was packing (which I’m struggling with anyways). I couldn’t have been more wrong. Over the past nine years of my life in Chicago I met a wonderful group of people who I am proud to call my friends. I am leaving lots of great memories here but I am also excited for the new memories we are going to make when you come and visit Spain. I could not be happier to have met you all and I am definitely going to miss you. Until this day I felt like I was going on vacation but saying goodbye to everyone made it so much more real. And that is the worst part of moving.