The Polish are generally a warm, friendly and very accomodating people. This is one of the reasons why I truly enjoyed my short stay in Warsaw.
I spent an entire Sunday exploring the city watching and taking photos of people as they made the most out of the weekend's final day. I even had the opportunity to hang-out with one of the locals!
Yes, just one.
I’m shy kase.
I think he talked to me first.
Anyway, more on that after the photos.
After about 12 hours of sightseeing, I finally sat down and stretched my tired, sore legs on one of these nice benches at Rynek Starego Miasta, the marketplace at the center of the historical Old Town called Stare Miasto
All of a sudden an old man sat next to me.
Old man: “Hello.”
Garando: “Oh! Hi.”
Old man: “Would you care to play chess?”
Garando: “Uhhh… sure, why not?”
Old man: “For a moment, I shall arrange chess board.”
Old man: “Ok, it is set. You know, I played chess in London!”
Garando: “Nice... I played chess in elementary.”
Old man: “Where?”
Garando: “uh.. 3rd grade?”
Old man: “Anyway, let us make game more interesting, yes? 20 zloty!”
I knew I shouldn’t have mentioned “elementary”. Now he knows I suck in chess… big time.
Garando: “20 zloty?! That’s a bit too high isn’t it? I only have…”
Old man: “Ok, 10 zloty! Good for cigarette, yes?”
He asked me "heads or tails", tossed a coin, and as expected, I lost. And this is why I never bother with the lottery.
He gets to make the first move... and so the battle for the 10 zloty began!
To be continued…
(more photos here)
read part 2
Yikes! How do these little horse things move again?