Last day in Warsaw, first day in Lithuania

*Yes, I’m a week late with this one, sorry*

Thursday June 2, 2016 •Friday June 3, 2016

Today is our last day in Warsaw. We are planning on going to a museum for the majority of the day. The museum was called ‘Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews’. Polin in Hebrew means “rest here”. The museum was very large, and we spent around 3 hours there. At the beginning, we were walked through the old history of Jews and their lives prior to the war. As we walked through the museum, it was as if we were walking through time, and by the end we were learning of the life of Jews post war. We ate at the cafeteria in the museum, and it was quite overpriced and low quality food… not to mention the service was horrible. Overall the museum was very educational, and provided us with a lot of information that we have not heard of yet. The museum just opened a year or so ago, and I’d say they did a very nice job with it. 

After the Polin museum, a majority of the group went to the Jewish uprising museum. I was quite disappointed with this museum. It didn’t seem to be that well put together, and it was very difficult to understand the material. Seeing various old guns was probably the coolest part of the museum. I thought it was a unique museum and it definitely had a lot of interesting aspects to it, but I got a lot more out of the Polin museum. We are leaving Warsaw today and taking an overnight bus to Vilnius, Lithuania. Our bus leaves at 9 pm and should be roughly 8.5-9 hours. It was the most uncomfortable ride I’ve ever had. The bus seats were old and stiff. We arrived to Vilnius around 7am.

 Everyone in the group barely slept and hurt from the ride. We had a full day of activities planned for us, and we knew that it was going to be a very long day. We first went to the hotel to check in, and when we got there, we were told that we couldn’t check in yet. This definitely irritated everyone even more, since we all wanted to change clothes and brush our teeth… The little things really get to you when you’re sleep deprived and cranky.  Our tour today was more of a basic tour of Vilnius. Our guide was very nice, but she didn’t seem too knowledgeable about the topics that we were studying and there to learn about.

 We visited St. Peter and Paul’s church. It was a beautiful church, and probably the most magnificent one that we have seen thus far. The entire church is original, except for the minor maintenance required of the building. The church began construction in 1668 and finished in 1704. The interior alone took 30 years to complete. When she said it took 30 years, I thought she misspoke, but after looking around, I realized that it would have to take such a long time to complete something of this magnitude. 

After the church, we went to Gediminas Tower. We had to take a small rail car to get to the top. The view of the city was gorgeous. 

On our way back to the hotel that afternoon, I stumbled upon a nice painting on the side of a building of Donald Trump kissing Vladimir Putin.

For dinner we ate a Georgian restaurant (the country Georgia, not the state). The menu mainly consisted of various flatbreads with cheese and other ingredients inside. I ordered one with spinach, chicken and cheese inside. We also got two different appetizer flatbreads to split for the table, both were very good. 

I’m hoping to get a good night’s sleep to help make up for last night on the bus. We’re staying at a nicer hotel this time, and there are only 3 of us to a room. The rooms are very hot though, but nothing I can’t manage.


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