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Yummy!

The other day, I mentioned that I have a few surprise posts coming up for all of you lovely readers out there….well, here’s the first one!

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We have been able to sample quite a variety of foods, here in Polska, and personally, I have enjoyed every one of them. Here’s a list of some of my favorites:

Pierogis!

Although we’ve only had pierogies once so far, they were extremely delicious…much better than the ones at home. One of the principal reasons for that is probably the fact that these were sweet pierogies. Instead of being filled with meat, potato or cabbage, these were filled with a sweet, ricotta-like cheesey deliciousness.The red sauce you can see is made from strawberries, and was equally delicious. We’re definitely going to have to make these at home sometime.

Next on the list:

Lunch!One of the biggest differences between IMS and IV LO (Monika’s school)  is that IV LO doesn’t really provide lunches. Hence, every day, my super-fantastic-amazing host family packs me a delicious lunch. We’ll start at the bottom. Here we have kanapki, or sanwiches. These particular sandwiches feature cheese, leaves of red basil, and a delightfully cheesy bread.

Next we have Fantasia yogurt. When you peel open the package, you see two compartments. The larger one is filled with seemingly ordinary vanilla yogurt. Actually, I suppose the yogurt is fairly ordinary. But that’s not the point! What makes it special is the additive in the other, smaller compartment! Sometimes this is fruit jelly, sometimes it is cereal pieces, and sometimes (like today) it is teeny-tiny malted milk balls. SO YUMMY.

Finally, at the top of the luncheon pyramid comes the sweet. In today’s example, a Prince Polo bar plays this role. The Prince Polo bar is a rather complex food. It features several sweet wafers, with layers of chocolate (and something else? possibly nutella) in between them. Covering the entire bar is a layer of delicious chocolate. Our group LOVES these bars. But not quite as much as we love….

Ice CreamPolish ice cream is absolutely, indescribably incredible. Richer than any American ice cream, it is extremely affordable and widely available. Our group rarely goes a day without it. And isn’t it pretty? The flavors vary widely…you can find everything from the standard chocolate and vanilla to the more exotic watermelon, coconut, Milky Way and 3-Bit (which is some candy bar that we don’t even have in the States). Polish ice cream reminds one very much of gelato in its richness and consistency…but still, it’s different. It actually beats Yotty’s ice cream. By something like 5 kilometers.

Honorable mention:

Alright, I admit, I have yet to try this Polish delicacy. (In fact, I don’t know actually know what the correct Polish name for it is…) We were on our way to our daily activity today, I saw these in the window of a bakery and I had to take a picture. These little delights very strongly resemble kolatzskis, which are amazing pastries made by my mom and her side of the family.

Well, that’s the first surpise. I hope you enjoyed it! Stay tuned for more…. :)

More ice cream?? I’m very okay with that.

Sonija, our super-fantastic-amazing coordinator met us at the school this morning, and as always, our group walked with her to our next destination. That destination required tickets to enter, but the ticket booth wasn’t open when we got there. Instead, we learned that we suddenly had an extra 40 minutes on our hands! Although we probably could have gone back to the school and waited, we instead unanimously decided to do what every self-respecting American exchange student would have done in our situation — we went down Piotrkowska Street and got ourselves some ice cream. True, it was 10:30 in the morning and we weren’t that hungry…but it’s Polish ice cream! Why would anyone ever turn that down?

Marcus enjoying his coffee, Sonija enjoying her ice cream

After ice cream, we still had some time, so we posed for a group picture:

And then: my camera decided to die. So dead was it, in fact, that the lens wouldn’t even retract back into its hidey-hole. My battery was back at home, in my camera bag, so for a few moments I was at a loss as of what to do. But then, as I was digging through my immense purse trying to find something with which to protect the lens of my unconscious Sony CyberShot, I realized that I had happened to bring along my little tiny Webbie video camera, which also takes photos. So, that was my camera for today. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the cord, so today’s post will be short on photos.

Our first “main” stop today (not counting ice cream :) ) was the Academy of Music. The building was absolutely gorgeous, and made even more beautiful by the many strains of melodies that could be heard echoing from within. Our kind tour guide gave each of us a lanyard emblazoned with the Academy’s logo (which looks like piano keys…so cool!), as well as a CD of music which was composed by the Academy’s founder. We also had the privilege of attending the diploma recital of one of the students of the Academy. The girl was an extremely accomplished violinist, and did an excellent job. (I’d like to note that the piano which accompanied her on one of her pieces was a Steinway — not a Steinway & Sons, but just Steinway. Amanda and I conjectured that possibly it was built before Steinway had any sons along in the business? I don’t know.) It was a lovely time…I only wish that, while we were at the Academy, we (or, should I say, I) would have had time  to play one of the practice pianos. I haven’t practiced in almost two weeks and it’s so strange!

In 1927 , for the sake of the environment, the city of Lodz decided to re-route the rivers of the city. Instead of going over the top of the ground ,they would go underneath it. So, vast tunnel systems were built, mostly of brick, to hold the massive amounts of water. Fairly recently, new tunnels were built, so today we had the chance to tour one of the old ones.

It reminded me a little bit of cave exploring, except that these caves were man-made and underneath the streets of the third-largest city in Poland. Some may have considered it claustrophobic (they were only about 180 cm high, and maybe 150 cm wide), but I had a great time.

Well, that’s about all for today.

Love,

Taylor

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