This is a view of the main town in Aegina from the ferry back to Athens. It is such a beautiful little port, and I so want to get back there for a few days.
The Warsaw Uprising Museum is build inside an old power station with labyrinthine corridors that seem to wind all over the place. Now I know a little about the Ghetto Uprising, but I was completely aware that there was a separate city uprising when the population stood against the retreating Germans and the approaching communists. It was a very interesting and sobering experience.
Underground printing press
The room dedicated to the children was sad, yet interesting how involved children were in the basis survival of the city during world war 2. Children were often used as couriers to pass messages around (a big theme in Milage 18).
“Little Insurrectionist” – Child soldier
There was even a replicator of a Liberator B-24J bomber – you can see the eagle about to grab onto the swastika. The museum is full of interesting multi-media experiences – very modern and well-though out. A far cry from the museum’s of the past.
Liberator B-24J bomber
Bigos is one of my favorite Polish dishes, and it is ridiculously easy to make.
- Shred some cabbage (about 1/2 a cabbage)
- Fry it slowly with some meat (bacon, kielbasa, sausage or whatever)
- Add salt, pepper & some stock (maybe a little white wine if you want)
- Slowly simmer until thick and soft
This Bigos was from a restaurant in Old Town, Warsaw, so it arrived in the bread bowl, but I usually serve it as a side dish to whatever I am eating.
There are two composers that (in my opinion) are the the best ever piano composers. The first is Beethoven (a while ago I visited his grave in Vienna), and the other of course is Frédéric Chopin. Every single piece of music that Chopin wrote contains the piano.
They day we arrived in Warsaw there was a free Chopin concert at the Chopin memorial in the Royal Baths Park in the South of Warsaw, so as soon as we found our apartment we dropped our bags and dashed out to head off to the park.
The concert reminded me a lot of the Kirstenbosch concerts in Cape Town (except this one was free), but there were at least a thousand people sitting on benches and the lawns.
While I don’t know the pianist, he is (at least according to the announcer) one of the top Polish Pianists, and judging by his playing he clearly was! It was amazing to sit for an hour and just relax after a crazy long flight and listen to some Chopin.
These photos are from a long time ago. I was in Malawi in 2008 to run a training course and I managed to get a day to go North to visit the lake. It is a truly beautiful lake to visit, almost completely untouched and completely clean. But it was very hot – especially standing at the side of the lake with the heat reflecting off the sand.
It looks like the perfect place in the evening when it cools down a little, and to enjoy an ice-cold beer while watching the sunset…although I think that the mozzies just might be a bit of a problem, and it is a Malaria area, so maybe it was best to keep my visit to the day.