Perusin’ in Poznan

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Poznan, Poland is an interesting place and we had quite an interesting experience.  For a quick overview read the quick list below, for explanations…keep reading.

  1. Rode a propellor plane where all but three passengers were from my class
  2. Had 3 hr lunch, missed walking tour, but still won the walking tour bonuses
  3. Carried 2 pierogi’s in my purse all afternoon
  4. Polish women spoke to us for 10 minutes in Polish not recognizing we didn’t speak Polish
  5. Watched a real life natural delivery (AMAZING)
  6. Paid 4USD for 2 course meal and a drink
  7. Went to an indoor waterpark
  8. Watched the Polish sunset from a huge outdoor hot tub
  9. Got stuck in an elevator
  10. Ran after the train to Berlin

1. Rode a propellor plane where all but three passengers were from my class

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So I guess not many people go to Poznan, Poland from Copenhagen because the only people on our lovely flight were the 30 members of MPP EG (Medical Practice and Policy, sections E/G) and a few other older men.  In reality the plane wasn’t that bad, just very small and a little turbulent on the landing…

2.  Had 3 hr lunch, missed walking tour, but still won the walking tour bonuses

Poznan is a fairly small town, and they are still considered to be part of the “eastern block”, so when 10 of us sat down at a lovely Polish restaurant we did not realize it would take us 3 hours to get out meal and pay. We had a really really good lunch (pierogis and potato pancakes) and it was really cheap, but we did miss our self guided group walking tour because we were just a few steps behind our group.  BUT we still found every landmark, took pictures, and managed all the bonuses WHILE making it to dinner on time, so we actually won.

3. Carried 2 pierogi’s in my purse all afternoon

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I had a slight love for Pierogis, so naturally when I couldn’t finish them all during our long lunch, I couldn’t leave any behind, I also want it to be known that I did not act alone. Anyway, they made for a great late night snack.

4. Polish women spoke to us for 10 minutes in Polish not recognizing we didn’t speak Polish

We have been spoiled in Denmark because everyone speaks English so despite Danish being an incredibly difficult language we don’t ever have to deal with it. But Poznan is just not the same, and none of us know Polish. So, when we got to our first hospital visit at an early 7:30, we were approached by an overwhelming number of older Polish woman trying to tell us where to go but were just continually talking to us in Polish and we had nothing to respond with, but luckily we eventually found someone that spoke English who then led us around in circles but we eventually found our way.

5. Watched a real life natural delivery (AMAZING)

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Our first hospital visit was a OB/GYN where we got to walk around and meet with some pregnant women. THEN a lot of commotion started to happen and we got to peak into a natural delivery.  It was quite possibly the most amazing, beautiful thing in the world to watch and I am so lucky to have been in that exact spot at the right time.

6. Paid 4USD for 2 course meal and a drink

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A friend and I decided to stroll through the square and find a place for lunch, luckily a woman approached us on the street to tell us that they had a two course and drink lunch deal going on and we thought she said 50 zloty (Polish currency = 12ish usd) so we thought it was a good deal. After a delicious meal we were shocked to find the bill was only 15 zloty (4ish usd) so we had a great day.

7. Went to an indoor waterpark

One thing we saw on the itinerary and questioned greatly was this indoor waterpark we were told we were going to.  After much complaining and questioning bringing 30 20yr olds to a waterpark, we arrived and to much amazement had an incredible time.  The first thing we went into was a large hot tub that had an extension outside where we were able to see a single ski run (still questioning it). Then we all ventured to the 4 waterslides and the 20yrs in us turned into 10 because we had SO much fun. Then we ventured to the “spa park” where only towels were allowed, so we knew we were in for a time then. Although many people were all about the nudity, we were just not, so we found a lovely sauna all to ourselves outside and had a really fun time. After we put our bathing suits on we went back to the hot tub that went outside to catch the lovely sunset, which was a great end to an unexpected great day.

8. Watched the Polish sunset from a huge outdoor hot tub

As quoted from above “After we put our bathing suits on we went back to the hot tub that went outside to catch the lovely sunset, which was a great end to an unexpected great day.”

9. Got stuck in an elevator

After a great dinner, all 8 of us decided to take the elevator up to the 5th floor, BUT within the first two seconds the elevator fell, stopped, and then was stuck.  Luckily the intercom came on telling us someone was coming to fix it, finishing with the line “stay there” because when you’re stuck in an elevator you have so many places to go…anyway, within 15 minutes we were saved after many attempts at opening the door then slowly lowering us down we were on steady land and decided to take the stairs the rest of the trip.

10. Ran after the train to Berlin

Our trip to Poznan came to an end with a train ride to Berlin. BUT naturally, since MPP EG likes to leave with a bang, we had to run after the train to get to our car, only to get on the wrong car, squeeze past all the first classers and make our way to our less exciting seating.

Next stop Berlin!

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