Wednesday, 2 April 2008

winter v spring v winter

We made a trip to the Baltic sea the other week. It was still winter then. This is the only time I like the Polish sea-side. Mainly because it is not inflated by plastic pink floaties, sardine-like conditions of orange-tanned bodies segregated by their “parawany” (cloth and stick structures resembling wind breakers to keep in as much heat as possible), and the condensed amount of urine that is released by hordes of ‘swimming enthusiasts’ who battle for a spare piece of water to waddle in. In contrast, the winter time by the sea is calm, peopleless and somehow charming. We walked for ages and skidded stones on the flat, calm water. Turns out my mum is quite the skimmer (or ‘duck’ chucker – as it is called in Polish). She also shrieks like a 12 year old when she’s kicking arse. I think her record was 12 skims. Then we ate smoked herring. Then my dad bought 2 kilos of fresh herrings to take home to smoke himself.

Baltic sea with the Jaskies

This is a 'kutra' - old fishing boat. I got told off for taking photos of the fishermen.
Turns out there is some illegal labour going on there. And the boys are on the dole.
Social security workers have already come around sniffing.
Fraudulent buggers.

Then we went skiing. In spring. It was sunny but there was still plenty of snow. The conditions were rad. We ate sweaty fried Slovak cheese and drank a lot of their beer. Then we found out from the ski hire dude that Michal’s surname means “pot/weed” in Slovak.

Strbskie Pleso, Slovakia - High Tatras

And now it really is spring and I even had bare feet and my slip on shoes. But then the temperature fell by about 8 degrees and I was left looking like a 'tard on the street wondering whether the Biedronka at Nowy Sacz sold any cheap socks.

Most importantly though, I had to post something. It’s been a month. And people are announcing their engagements in the comments section! I am thrilled for the lucky Libby and Hugh couple. Because they both rule. Congratulations!


Anonymous said...

creating dynasties we are.

as a ruler i would appoint your dad as PM and we would smoke everything that ever lived and be very happy.

im smoking some piggy bits over a campfire this weekend - and roasting sausages the way you taight me, with a stick and a pocket knife!!


kukus said...

id love to be in poland in winter! the tug boat looks quite picturesque just like scenes i saw from edinburugh on 60mins (story on kazi roctwo) im thinking of going for a few days in early august... glad to hear that cocia and wojek are keeping it real with the glee! cant wait to see them too!

Dana said...

Sooo good to see you back on line! It was simply boring without your posts and comments. Keep up good work, Justyna!

Justyna said...

Thanks guys!

Hugh: how did the stick 'n sizzle go?

Kukuś: yeah you better come. Because it would be heaps good.

Dana: Glad you stuck through! Hopefully no more lapses...

Anonymous said...

The boat on the photo is not "kutra".It is just a fishing boat.If it were a bigger, it should be called "kuter"-comes from "cutter" in English.

Anonymous said...

The boat on the photo is not "kutra".It is just a fishing boat.If it were a bigger, it should be called "kuter"-comes from "cutter" in English.

Justyna said...

I always make the same mistake turning "kuter" into "kutra". Somehow my mind sees the word as a feminine form. Thanks for the correction!