Archives: April2014

  • Ten Things I Learned While Visiting Warsaw

    1. Young Polish women still wear panty hose. The girls are beautiful, but they insist on wearing grandma-like nude stockings with everything – even shorts. 2. Warsaw’s a clean city, but young Warsavians don’t have respect for the historical buildings – they put graffiti all over them. 3. The Tom Selleck mustache (aka – the modified Lech Walesa) is still widely worn – without irony. 4. Vodka is considered a breakfast food. 5. The Cocomo Go-Go Club is NOT the [...]

  • Warsaw Day 7: Souvenirs and Hot Beers

    Slept like shit last night. I thought I was over the jet lag but it came back again with a vengeance, preventing me from even thinking of sleeping until 1am. I lay there for an hour, my brain was racing, I got up, I read and played games trying to tire myself out, then resorted to slamming a pillow over my face at 3 am, hoping to convince my stream of consciousness to shut the hell up. I woke up [...]

  • Warsaw Day 6 – Walking, walking, walking

    My hope was to get up early and cram in as much sight-seeing as possible, but sleep deficit caught up to me and I slept late. I feel fortunate not to have been woken up by a pushy cleaning lady – apparently, this hotel has issues with cleaning ladies not taking “get out” for an answer. One of the journalists on this trip told us a woman barged into his room while he was sleeping and proceeded to fill his [...]

  • Warsaw Day 5 – Never, under any circumstances, ever stop eating.

    The weather forecast said it’d be sunny and 64 degrees today. The weather forecast lied. This was a bummer because before going back to the venue to witness the climax of the World of Tanks Grand Finals, the press and some Wargaming people hopped on buses for a whirlwind city tour. The ride around the city might have been nice but for the constant amplified sound of the tour guide’s voice competing with two rows of German guys behind me [...]

  • Warsaw Day 4 – Baby Tanks and Bigos

    Day two of the Grand Finals and I was prepared to head out first for the tank museum tour. I walked to the Kinotek (which amazingly, is inside this humongous Soviet building) to catch the tour bus but I’d gotten my signals crossed. I’d showed up for the wrong tour (too early). As a consolation for getting thrown off the bus, I did get to see a kid dressed like a gangsta wearing a t-shirt that said “Straight Slavic Flavour” [...]

  • Warsaw Day 3 – 50 Cent and Wargaming go head to head

    Well it’s finally here – the first day of the World of Tanks Grand Finals. Today at breakfast, I had the courage to try the stuff in the bottles. Turns out, it’s flavored vodka, which I guess Polish people drink with breakfast because (as a girl at the buffet told me) “it’s not that strong.” (it’s 30 proof) Fortified by booze, I walked from the hotel, across town to the venue (a cinema attached to a giant modern mall. I [...]

  • Warsaw Day 2.5 – Rain and Warsaw Rising

    It’s hard to throw an actual day on this, since my sense of time’s all messed up after losing a day traveling. I was very surprised to learn today is Thursday. As I feared, I woke up at 2 am last night and was wide awake. I had a killer headache and had to employ the best headache remedy I know: hot peppermint tea and a mindless social game. I finally got tired enough again to go back to bed, [...]

  • Warsaw by way of Amsterdam

    I’m sitting in the Amsterdam airport waiting to catch my plane to Warsaw, fighting to stay awake by sipping a Starbucks coffee I ruined by dumping a crap-ton of horrible fake creamer into it. There are so many things I love about Europe, but when it comes to half-and-half, the EU really needs to get with the program. After 24 hours awake I’m starting to experience that kind of crazy euphoria that only comes from staying up far too long. [...]