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Eschewing Obfuscation

keep it streamlined        the Baltic

keep it streamlined the Baltic

I am using the phrase ‚eschew obfuscation‘ to describe pictures which tell a story, without words.

Or with as few words as are needed. In some case none.

harmony Bagan

harmony

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My Gdansk (part 1)

local woods

local woods

festive Gdansk 'Feta'

festive Gdansk ‘Feta’

Wyspa Spichrzów

Wyspa Spichrzów

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Embracing Space

As a slightly errant frequenter of my local church I came across this medley of shapes and structures in amongst the congregation with ceramic craters and what looked like overgrown fruit shells spewn over floor tombstones on one side and the gutted roots of a magnificent tree and a ceramic naked woman’s bosom on the other. Not something you come across every day in church.

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the real deal

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Irish and Spaniards having a ball, together, in Gdansk

Irish and Spanish fans singing together in Gdansk

Irish and Spanish fans singing together in Gdansk

mixed fan zone

mixed fan zone

I cycled into Gdansk today under a very overcast sky not expecting to see too much action in the streets in this foreboding weather, but I heard them before I could see them. What’s more, they were singing together, the Irish and the Spaniards, and I am still not too sure what language they were singing in, though it certainly wasn’t Polish. Never mind that, they were having fun and those of us who live in Gdansk were more than happy to be able to experience this atmosphere.

Here are a few pictures of the scenes I saw today. I expect it will get hotter as the day goes by, in spirit at least. Personally I plan to go and watch the match tonight in our nearest bar, which just happens to be the Spanish tapas bar I reviewed in my recent Gdansk restaurants post. It might feel a bit like walking into the lion’s den, but I’ll get my husband to wear some Spanish colours and I’ll make sure the flag I paint on myself is not quite as prominent as this one I wore the other day as we cycled to Sopot.

Irish flag daubed on my neck

Irish flag daubed on my neck

a corrida?

a corrida in the main street of Gdansk?

Spaniards enjoying themselves

Spaniards enjoying themselves

an Irish father and son

an Irish father and son

at last, a full Irish flag

at last, a full Irish flag

I must say there were more Spaniards around than Irish, but then maybe the bulk of the Irish were in Sopot, where a friend of mine told me he saw them skinny dipping, while drinking, in the Baltic this morning not long after dawn!

I also saw a number of people selling tickets, the price I heard was a thousand euro for four tickets but that was probably negotiable…

Ah well, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed watching the match while sipping some cerveza and snacking on patatas bravas!

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Gdansk eateries: Where the bleazers should we eat?

herring, vodka and beer... bliss!

herring, vodka and beer… bliss!

scrumptious pizza

scrumptious pizza

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Gdansk and some important European football championship…

I’ve lived in Gdansk for over twenty years now so I figure it’s about time I promoted the place. It is, after all, one of the venues for the EURO 2012.

Neptune playing football

Neptune playing football

Is that a football there?

Feta week, Gdansk

‘Feta’ week, Gdansk

Gdansk, Old Town main street

Gdansk, Old Town

The statue of Neptune with the football was in fact on display for only one day, as an April Fool joke on 1 April (Yup, those grumpy looking Poles do have a sense of humour!…) The real statue from the famous historical Neptune fountain was being renovated and it has now been restored to its full glory as can be seen here

Gdansk marina

Gdansk marina

Leba

Leba, gorgeous beaches 100 kms from Gdansk

Baltic Arena

Baltic Arena

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Getting lost in local forest

How, you might ask, is it possible to get lost in a forest you go nordic walking in on a regular basis? Well, you can, it seems… Again.

It happened to us a few weeks ago too. This time, we got lost for even longer; an hour and a half amble turned into three hours before we reached „terra cognita“ so to speak. Yes, instead of making a note of every conspicuous patch of moss we passed by, we chatted.

These forests cover an area of 6000 hectares (about 15 thousand acres) and constitute part of the larger Tricity National Park which borders Gdansk.

Lessons learnt? Next time, arm yourself with a bar of something sweet and a smartphone with a gps which has been activated.
Will we be going again? You bet.

Oliwa forest

Oliwa forest


Ala, happily unconscious that we were about to lose our way.

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the road, at last!

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amphibians and reptiles

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