Friday, February 21, 2020

Arrival in Warsaw

Yesterday late afternoon we arrived in Warsaw. When we picked up the rental car we were given a fancy Mercedes instead of the budget choice we had arranged. This is normally wonderful, but... We got the keys in the airport terminal and headed down to an attendant-less dark garage. It took us 20 minutes to find out how to change seat position and controls and acquire the bare minimum car knowledge required to drive. Not easy amongst all the buttons, switches and digital displays. Even the steering wheel is on the wrong side of the car. Easiest of all was putting on our fancy magnetic phage or fail magnetic door sign.

By now it was probably 6 p.m. and we headed into Warsaw City, ( to find the hotel we had booked through the airline. The navigation took us to an obscure set of buildings in the city, none of which looked anything even remotely like a hotel. The phone number we had had an answering machine in Polish, and the friendly local people trying to help us were also unable to find it. we tried a few nearby addresses and drove aimlessly for about an hour looking everywhere before we decided that this city was too much for our tired brains. The reason we had a City hotel was so we could have a few hours in the historic Old City before driving to Wroclaw in the morning. We headed off West at about 8 p.m.

Amazingly the highway here has 140 km per hour speed limit and so in no time we were clear of the City and stopped at a roadside McDonald's. There we used our phone to book a nearby Hotel.

The nearest one, 2 km away spoke English and we booked a room there. Due to the 8 lane motorway we had to drive 30kms around to get there but that was no problem. The hotel was palatial, complete  with white marble stairs but no elevator. We happily carried our heavy suitcases to the second floor and crashed out exhausted.

The day before in Amsterdam I had to cough up blood (freaking out supermarket staff and everybody around me) so I have to make sure I do my meds/therapy/exercise seriously and not cut any corners. Can't wait to go into a pharmacy today and see what they've got for phages

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