Today, April 1 marks our one year anniversary of living in Poland’s capital city!
I woke up to slightly overcast skies, but warm temperatures in Warsaw.
|April 1, 2014, in Warsaw, Poland.|
However, one year ago, was a different story; we arrived in Warsaw with six inches of snow on the ground. I cried! I thought the world was playing an awful April Fool’s Day prank on me; and I was angry at my husband for moving us here from my beloved Istanbul! (See: Expat Life: Week One in Warsaw.)
|April 1, 2013, in Warsaw, Poland.|
Luckily, Poland treated us kindly for our first winter. We had a fairly mild winter here in Warsaw with only below freezing temps in January (when I was walking every day to my Polish classes, of course).
Comparatively, our families in the U.S. have experienced some of the worst winters in many years; and my in-laws had snow on the ground just last week outside of Philadelphia! We’ve had to restrain ourselves from bragging about Poland’s weather!
Meanwhile, our weather has been sunny, and the spring flowers are blooming everywhere in Warsaw. The city is full of life again! I cannot complain.
|Mild temperatures in March in Warsaw.|
I’ve started riding the nearly free rental bikes around the city again. On the weekends, we head to our favorite watering hole for a locally-brewed IPA beer or pop into a new place. We’re still exploring Warsaw’s many nook and crannies and constantly finding new restaurants.
|Last night, we popped into the new Delirium Pub that opened in Nowe Miasto in Warsaw.|
I continue to find beauty in the city’s pre-WWII abandoned brick buildings. To me, this is what makes the city intriguing. Forget the fancy, modern buildings and the ugly Communist-era blocks, I want to see the city’s history when I walk down the street.
|In the middle of the city, you can still find buildings like these!|
And I’ve been practicing my Polish. The other week I had an entire conversation with an animated taxi driver who’s been learning English. I understand more Polish than I can speak, but I am quite pleased with my new Polish skills. Polish is still by far the most difficult language I’ve ever tried learning!
Being an expat forces you to get out of your comfort zone.
Being an expat isn’t always easy, but I at least try to make the best of any situation.
I’m thankful I didn’t spend the past year wrapped up in my comforter like I wanted to when we first arrived in Warsaw.
There’s still much I want to explore and discover in Poland’s capital city. I hope you’ll stay along for the ride!
|My father-in-law and me enjoying a sunny day in Warsaw in July 2013.|