Thursday, December 13, 2007

Blast from the past.

Tomek and Ala took me to Sierpc, an outdoor museum of an old Polish villiage. Think of it as Colonial Polandburg. Tomek suggested that I show these pictures to Dan and tell him that this is how modern-day Poland looks like.

For the first time in what feels like weeks, the sky was blue, the sun was shining. It was a lovely day to spend outside. Afterwards, we went to the house where my grandfather was born. Here are some pictures of the day:

One of the old homes. "Tell Dan this is our house," Tomek said.

Where ever we go, Tomek always walks ahead.

My favorite shot of the day: The wind mill.

What pretty teeth you have!

Grandfather's old house.

In addition to a big shopping bag filled with presents, I am also bringing home some family treasure. Wojtek has found some old family documents in the attic of Tomek and Hania's father's home. They are in enclosed in a box of chocolates, which in itself is interesting because it looks like something you would buy in an antique store, and inside are some documents and photographs of my grandfather and grandmother. I cannot really tell what all of them are, but there is one of my grandmother's identification cards from the 1930's that shows her looking younger than I have ever seen her, and another picture of my grandfather where he looks just like my Uncle Kaz. There is some document about my grandfather being a prisoner of war and some other things. It should be fun exploring it with my mom and my family when I come back home to the States.

Treasure chest of old stuff.

Lastly, given that this is the last week of my trip, it has been a marathon session of Polish Ham. I am talking the real thing, not the blog. I have eaten ham every day in the last week, usually twice a day, for breakfast and for dinner. Any notion that I might have lost weight on this trip have been lost. My pants actually felt snug today. It's good food, but I cannot wait to go home to cereal and fruits and the gym.


Nana Jen said...

I cannot wait to see the family treasures! How exciting!

Peter said...

We're going to have to do some serious biking when you get back(ok, maybe when it warms up). I look forward to seeing the treasures too.

Anonymous said...

colonial polandburg..brilliant!!!

Squeen said...

Awesome handwritten font on your grandmother's documents. Should show Brett.