Sunday, June 30, 2013

Castles #Rich People Problems

I love big, old castles - they make me feel like a princess. Luckily, there are a lot of these in Europe too!

Wawel Castle - located near Krakow's Main Square. Completed in the 13th century and expanded to an even larger castle in the 14th century. Oh, and "W" is pronounced like "V" so this castle's name isn't as weird as most English speakers would think. Wiki/Wawel_Castle
There was a torrential downpour right after we took this picture. Luckily, we were at the Beer Garden under a tent with a gutter system

Saturday, June 29, 2013

You Can Find Me at the Club

 "Tonight we’re going har har-har ha-ha-hard
Just like the world is our our-our our-our-ours
We’re tearin’ it apart part-part pa-pa-part
You know we’re superstars, we are who we are!
We’re dancing like we’re dum dum-dum dum-dum-dumb
Our bodies go num num-num num-num-numb
We’ll be forever youn youn-youn youn-youn-young
You know we’re superstars, we are who we are!"
-KE$HA from song "We R Who We R"






This was the theme of last weekend when G and I decided to go out to Tantric in the Main Square. We got there around 11:30pm, which is earlier than most people (note: there's no closing time at most bars and clubs here - they close when the last person leaves usually). There were 2 huge groups of locals in front of us who were denied at the entrance because they "were at capacity." Fortunately, we looked like Americans and got right in!

At capacity, they were not...
Oh see, there's 1 other guy here besides us.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Polish Churches - Just Like a Prayer

I love seeing big, old churches. Luckily, there are A LOT of them all over Europe. Here are my highlights so far:

Saint Mary's Basilica - located in Krakow's Main Square. Completed in year 1347.Wiki/St Mary's Basilica


Saints Peter and Paul Church - located near Krakow's Main Square. Completed in year 1619. Wiki/St Peter Paul


There will be more pics to come. I'll continue to update this post!

Best,
Paula

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kazimierz - My 5 Faves

Both Schindler's List and The Pianist were partly filmed in this Jewish Ghetto (everyone's seen Schindler's List, but please watch The Pianist if you have not yet!). Traditionally a Jewish neighborhood from 14th century until the Holocaust, you can walk around and just sense how much history is here.  Some highlights of my trip here are :

1. Old buildings & brick roads -Kazimierz was officially founded in the 14th century but settlers lived there as early as the 5th century Wiki/Kazimierz. Everything has so much character!

Monday, June 24, 2013

What Is Vacation?


"Not all those who wonder are lost"
-J.R.R. Tolkian

What is the definition of vacation if you don't have a "job?" Maybe it's a fancy way of saying you're just bumming around in a different location than your permanent home.

What is a vacation if you do have a job? It's probably the 2 weeks out of the year to visit family or go to the beach.

Even though my dreams are coming into realization, I'm not quite at the level of excitement I expected. After the 1st day of sitting in the Main Square, being in another country for what I consider an extended period of time feels surreal. It's like I'm 4th Dimension Paula!

Some of my feelings include, but are not limited to:
-Anxiety
-Zoning out
-Denial
-Overall feeling of being lost and feeling uncomfortable

I think most of these feelings are derived from experiencing something new. Never have I left all I know for a new experience. And change is uncomfortable.

For now, my perscription will be to ENJOY EACH MOMENT! Take some time to drink wine, eat food, have conversation and soak it all in!

At what point in life have you decided to enjoy every moment?

Best,
Paula

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Wedding Traditions - Breaking the Norm

Have you ever wondered why we do what we do? Is it because of family or cultural traditions?
As G & me ate Pizza Cyklop, his favorite hangout before moving to the U.S. and saw this lovely bride and her groom walk in,  along with a photographer, and sit down on the patio.

I asked him what was going on - it was dinnertime on Thursday which isn't a typical "after wedding" time or day. He informed me that it's typical in Poland to take your official wedding pictures a couple days AFTER the wedding, not like in America where pics are typically taken in between the ceremony and reception.

What a beautiful idea.

Not only do you get to spend more time with your guests, you don't have to rush through pics that are costing you a fortune!

Is this something you wished was done at your wedding? Or is it crazy?

Best,
Paula

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Krakow Main Square - My 5 Faves

After many months of looking at the webcam of Krakow Main square while my boyfriend reminisces about growing up and spending time there,  I finally saw it up close and personal. Being that it is the largest main square in all of Europe, it is quite a sight to see!
So far, my favorite things about this place are:
1. Old buildings that were turned into shopping experiences. Pasaz 13 was super cool shopping center right in the main square!

















Monday, June 17, 2013

The Journey of A Thousand Miles

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." -Lao-tzu,a Chinese philosopher

Starting a new journey brings out many emotions: excitement, happiness, anxiety, panic, acceptance. I've been through all as a I prepare to change course in life - a 2 month vacation in Europe and then a relocation to Northern Cal this fall. I am fortunate enough to have this opportunity to turn this dream I've always had into reality partly because of my boyfriend - our vacation and the relocation - and for me being in the right place at the right time (and saved the right amount of money). And now, after going through all of those emotions that past 6 weeks in full circle, as well as a series of going away parties, EXCITEMENT is back on again!





We plan on visiting - any suggestions on what to do?
Krakow, Poland (my boo's hometown)

Bologna, Italy Where we'll have some good eatin'


Florence, Italy Home of Michelangelo's David and some sweet leather goods shopping

Rome, Italy Known for NOT being built in a day

Siena, Italy Our closest stop near Tuscany - I look forward to eating and drinking here

Malaga, Spain One of the oldest cities in the world, Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas hail from here

Valencia, Spain The city that created paella, I will look forward to eating and drinking here!

Seville, Spain Lots of Flamenco dancing and extremely HOT weather in July

After the travel journey, I start a new career journey - which is mostly unknown. Most people ensure that I will find my way to something, and I agree. Has anyone else stepped out in faith on a new journey?

As for whatever may come, I must quote another philosopher (street):
"I ain't worried 'bout nothing!"
-French Montana


Best,
Paula