I am already at the half-way point of this trip. I hate how time speeds up when you’re having fun.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Trust me, friends. I am having a blast. This is me frolicing in front of the Summer Palace. (Your mission, if you choose to accept it: use the word “frolic” in a sentance today.)

Polish cafeteria food and more!

More from over here

I stayed up much too late watching the international coverage of the horror in Virginia. I can’t even begin to understand this.

And I feel sort of weird feeling chipper and talking about something else, like my experience here. The shootings were the topic of every conversation last night. While I was working out in the hotel gym, Poles kept staring at the TV screen to catch the latest and walking away shaking their heads.

Maybe by working harder to connect with each other, we can stop the madness.

From Warsaw, With Love

I made it to Poland! And I am having a blast – this is an AMAZING city and country.

Mostly, I have only good news to tell you. But there is one piece of bad news: the Internet connection at my hotel costs $1/minute. Yep. So I’m going to keep this short: the highlights of the last two days.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic After a long and crowded flight and getting lost in the maze they call Heathrow airport, I was very happy to see this sign.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic A brilliant British idea.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic This is Old Town, the part of the Warsaw that dates backs hundreds of years. The Nazis flattened it, but the Poles rebuilt it to look like it did before WWII. New Polish word: lody I ate hazlenut lody (ice cream) in Old Town then wandered around soaking in the city.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Polish is an imposing language.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic These are trash cans. I think.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic After breakfast this morning, I went to the ruins of a castle at Czersk. Not a bad way to start the day.

More later in the week. Tomorrow I get to start working with the kids at the American School!