Monday, August 20, 2012

Small Observances

It's gotten warm again.  The high today was about 90°F, which is OK in the air-conditioned office, but the apartment is quite warm.  The train was also above-average heat today.

As the faithful readers of this blog have likely figured out, during the week my life is pretty routine.  I'm fairly used to the pattern of getting on the train, going to work, and coming back.  Laurel, with more free time, was able to do more fun exploring and picture-taking.  This is not to say I'm not enjoying things, but rather that I have less large observations to share with you.  Instead, here are several smaller ones:

  • I still enjoy hearing the hejnal from my open apartment window each hour.  For those of you that may have missed it, here's what that is (not my video):

  • There is a ton of pork here, but not a lot of beef.  This is true in steaks, sausages, and deli meat.
  • Almost any beer is made drinkable with the addition of some raspberry juice.
  • Chocolate chip cookies (especially warm ones) are unknown in Poland.  Yes, Subway sells them, but that doesn't mean people buy them.
  • Waffles (gofry) are served as a dessert here, and are awesome with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
  • Kebabs (we would call them gyros) are amazing and need to come to the US.  It's like a really cheap version of Chipotle, but in Mediterranean style.


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