Poland - well, what can I say? It is a wonderful country; flat, gently rolling countryside perfect for cycling,dotted with small villages ... but what has struck us most of all, is the the people themselves. We have been shown such kindness and generosity on so many occasions. After a cold wet day we arrived at a small campsite just inside the Polish border at Giby.
the guy played guitar and sang.
In Stzabin, after an even colder and wetter day wa stayed at an Agrotoutistik hostel rather than camp. There the old lady, who owned the place, proudly showed us her visitor's book - of previous cycle tourists and others who had enjoyed her hospitality.
Down the road, four guys in a little garage, spent over an hour trying to weld my broken pannier rack, eventually succeeding by making a new bracket. 'How much'? I asked ... but they would accept no payment!
Two days later still with very hot weather and the sun beating down, we got to the village of Wierzbrno and couldn't find anywhere to put the tent up. I asked a young woman and her father, if we could stay in their garden. 'Of course ... that is no problem ...'
And so it has gone on ... the Polish people have made this journey very special for us both.
At the moment we are in Kazimiertz Dolmy, beside the Vistula river, just south of Warsaw. It is a beautiful old village, but I fear it will soon become very 'touristy' once word gets around ... so DON'T tell anybody!
A few days after leaving Kasimeirtz, we again found ourselves with nowhere to camp. Yet again, the first house I asked at invited us to set up our tent in their garden, ... and then to have a barbecue with them ... and then spend the rest of the evening inside the house with them having ice cream ... and of course, lots of vodka. Magda, the family's daughter was only visiting. She lives and works in Krakow - so, we have also been invited to go and stay with her for a few days when we arrive!!