30 September 2016

Summertime Baltic Beach - a Retro Experience

European SUMMER VACATION - at the beach in Poland! 

The place is PACKED. 
Kids carry sand pails and
plastic shovels. 

Parents carry beach chairs and umbrellas. 
Teens stand in line for ice cream. 
Grandparents tote sun hats and books. 

And EVERYONE pitches in when it's time to build a sand castle. 

It feels like a scene from the 1950's, all ages. 
Sunburned and happy, just enjoying the heck out of being at the beach.

Even these striped wind shelters. (We ARE on the Baltic Sea, after all-).
I've only seen them in photos before this. 

The town is a madhouse. 
In the evenings, the polka music is loud. 
There are folk dances. 
An emcee invites people up on stage. 

We find a lovely room in an "Aparthotel" in Swinoujscie.

 But : NO ONE speaks English - or German
Even though Germany is 5 minutes' drive. 
(And there's no border anymore, which I still find weird.)

Our room comes with dinner and breakfast. Very Old World.
Potato soup, dumplings, meatloaf and tomato sauce.

All very hearty. 
We share tables with other guests.

But no one speaks to each other.

Apparently, we're on an island. Had to take a ferry to get here. Our GPS did NOT like that.
It kept telling us to "TURN AROUND! TURN AROUND!"
And - the breakfast!

Only one small problem with breakfast:
A vast buffet, including salads, cheeses, jam, pancakes, hot dogs. 
And 11 types of meat. 

And: INSTANT coffee.

A spoon in a jar of Nescafé.

-Stan just looks at it - in total dismay.
(Have I mentioned that Stan is rather fond of morning coffee?)

So - first time either of us has been in Poland. 
Just a small corner of it.

It wasn't really planned. 
We rented a car in Berlin, and headed north. 
Found ourselves in Poland. 

A window to another world.

Back on the German side - they're friendlier here.

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