And so it comes to a close.
Saturday was our last day in Poland, and Dave and Sandy, our partners and guides, made sure it was a memorable last day. We left early from Ostróda and took a bus back to Warsaw. Most of us slept on the bus after staying up late on Friday with the Polish students. A couple of us, though, had a few interesting conversations. I ended up using the Wi-Fi provided on the bus to have a conversation with a Polish man traveling home from Gdańsk. I had to use my iPod Touch and Google Translate, and surprisingly, it worked! I personally felt overjoyed that, this time, I had found a way to get past the language barrier. Drew Neuenschwander also had an interesting conversation with royaly! (No wonder he was the last one off the bus.) He and his neighbor had fun talking about philosophy, ethics, and other topics. But it was only at the end that the woman revealed she was royalty.
After that we dropped our luggage at the Hotel and had fun gallivanting around Old Town Warsaw.
We went to the old Palace near Chopin’s memorial garden. (Gardens are a big thing in Warsaw, apparently.) Then we went to the really old part of Old Town, where all the friendly tourist traps were. We saw the President’s Palace (akin to The White House) another palace, and a few old churches. Musicians and people dressed in costumes lined the streets.
We came to the main square and had a little time to buy last minute souvenirs for our friends back home( or for ourselves, as was most often the case.) Street vendors lined the Square with paintings, carvings, and many other things. I was impressed by everything available.
Finally, we took a walking tour, led by Dave and Sandy, of the Ghetto wall, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and back to the Square. We almost ended the evening by eating a multi-course Polish meal at a restaurant. However, the group made plans throughout the day for other activities.
The Hunger Games came out in theaters this weekend in Poland. We weren’t able to see it before we left, the group (minus Mike and Ann) went to the local movie theater and got tickets for it, almost at the last second! It was strange to watch a movie in English with Polish subtitles. But the movie was very well done. Finally, all of us exhausted after our trip, we came back here to America by way of Warsaw, Dusseldorf, Chicago and Indianapolis.
Our international journey during Spring Break is over. But the effects are continuing to show themselves in our lives. We have made new friends, both in Poland, and on the team. We have grown. We have loved.
I’m excited to see what God has next for us.
Now, for the last time, our Prayer Requests:
- Recovery from jet lag
- Joy in our hearts
- Continuing Ministry of Dave and Sandy Hatfield
To God Be the Glory,