I just found a nice time saver to just link the photos from facebook! This will help.
Gay pride parade on the 4th of July. At least some of the English celebrate Independence day! Later the Hari Kristnas would also be celebrating, but I think they are always celebrating...
The fountain outside of the palace. Next time I'm in town, I'm going to jump in. Partly because it looks fun, and secondly cause it would give Spendi something to rant about along the lines of Americans treating everything as their play thing.
According to Barry, these older buses aren't always in service. Perhaps because it was the summer?
PQ and her roommates dancing and celebrating the 4th with Taylor (cinemachimp on A2K now) and I. The photo might not show it, but there is broken glass and a knife on the table. English girls can party hard, fact.
On the morning after, we nursed our wounds at this really cool mom & pop place with all sorts of stuff on the walls. If I recall correctly, the name was the "Montague Arms."
Taylor and PQ on the wobbly bridge.
Bazza smiles a lot, but strangely I could never catch it. Here is a photo where you can see him smiling!
Bazza told PQ and I stories about the days of his youth and of London mods. He has awesome stories.
Supposedly this bar is haunted. One thing for sure, it had fine spirits. Taylor, Bazza and I ducked in for three rounds. It rained while we're inside, but quit before we went out. This was a reoccurring theme.
I took this photo cause it just made me think about Bazza.
Can't remember the correct name of this, but it was across from Royal Albert Hall. This was the memorial right Baz?
Freddie the cat. Infamously a very private cat, but was uncharacteristically social with Taylor and I according to Baz.
when we got to Warsaw, we had a nice dinner at Marta's friend's house. Pirogi for dinner, and then for dessert we had mead, ice cream, and tea. Win.
A shine to child solders in WWII.
Marta was very happy to see Taylor.
Warsaw had lots of musicians and people being very social in the streets. It was a very lively place. In the last 20 years, it is an amazing change.
This guy came to give us a suggestion on a restaurant. no joke.
"I have a suggestion on where to eat."
"You have suggestion on where to eat?"
"yes." *walks away*
A relic of old communist Poland. This kind of establishment is one where you go in and eat and drink and leave. In total you'll be in there for all of 15 minutes. Anyways vodka and marinated herring have a special place in my heart.
Polish resistance museum. It's pretty well known that Warsaw was destroyed in WWII, what I didn't know is that is was actually destroyed FOUR times!
Marta's friends show us that the Polish know dessert. Fact.
An old communist relic: The Palace of Science & Culture. Now it's a lot of things including a college and a... movie theater?
Translation: "There is a lot of us."
The group of us as we walked around the main commercial area in Warsaw. Warsaw has an unemployment under 3%, but the average wage is very low. I learned my wages would be the equivalent of 3 to 4 professionals. I spent what would be 50 US dollars the entire time I was in Warsaw.
beautiful park were everything is covered in moss.
The Polish are a very proud group. They take great care to honor their fallen. When you consider what they've been through, it makes sense. the polish are very patriotic. Here is the Polish Tomb of the unknown solder. It is manned by two guards 24hrs a day.
A picture of the old pope with a headache. He is more than the former pope here though. He is a national figure for what he did in the last years of communism.
A statue for a man (I can't recall his name) who ran an orphanage. his story is that when the Nazis came for the Jewish children, he went with them into the gas chamber so they wouldn't be scared.
Same location. The black and white wall behind Taylor is a mosaic of tombstones that were destroyed. This Jewish cemetery went uncared to for decades and became overgrown; overtaken by nature.
Same location. It was amazing how close the graves were. Everything was covered in moss. It was somber, but beautiful.
The Polish are maybe the best at invoking emotion in their statues/memorials.
You can't get this close to the White House...
Taylor Finnished his drink...
We got to play with peacocks. Funny creatures. Territorial. They'd chase of the pigeons so I can relate with these birds. At closer inspection, they are just turkeys. It's a goal to eat one before I die now.
Giant Chopin (Shopan?) statue in the park. Oh yeah, and the international airport is named after this guy too.
Our lovely and very photogenic hosts.
That's all for now. I don't want this post to be too large. More soon.