A Ray of Sunshine

The sun finally broke through the clouds today. I have never appreciated a simple ray of sunshine as much as I have in Warsaw. Never!

Spring is technically here, though it hasn’t quite “sprung” yet. A few crocuses are peeking out here and there, but the temperatures were still in the 30s today. Still, any time I can see blue sky, I know it’s time to bundle up and get out with my camera.

Some people say that Warsaw is beautiful. After tours in Prague and Vienna, I think it’s understandable why I can’t go quite that far. I think Warsaw is very interesting, with flashes of beauty—or at least eye-catching weirdness—to be seen everywhere. This is especially apparent when one is out and about on foot, as I usually am.

I try to carry my pocket Canon with me in my purse all the time. Lately I’ve been posting to Instagram daily. It’s so easy to exist in that expat bubble! I may not understand much of what is going on around me, but staying alert to photo ops is an important way that I connect to my local environment.

Today I hopped a tram up to Skaryszewski Park (and no, I can’t pronounce that!) Here’s a few photos taken on the way, and in the park.

Brilliant blue sky and a restored old building in the centrum.
Brilliant blue sky and a restored old building in the centrum.

A monument to Soviet soldiers in the park.
A monument to Soviet soldiers in the park.
Soaking up the sunshine on the lakefront.
Soaking up sunshine on the lakefront.
Joyful statue in the park.
Joyful statue in the park.
Young and old alike on the lakefront path.
Young and old alike on the lakefront path.
When I'm really old, I'm getting me some Nordic walking sticks. Apparently, with these, you never have to stop walking!
When I’m really old, I’m getting me some Nordic walking sticks. Apparently, with these things, you never have to stop walking!
A monument to Polish victims of the 9-11 attacks in New York.
A monument to Polish victims of the 9-11 attacks.
It's a good thing I like "ruin porn." Taken from a bridge over the Vistula river.
It’s a good thing I like “ruin porn.” Taken from a bridge over the Vistula river.
I just liked this shot.
I just liked this shot.
1950s (I am pretty sure) coffee shop by a train station.
1950s coffee shop by the Powisle train station. Very Jetsons.
European advertising can be fairly creepy. Palace of Culture reflected in the window.
European advertising can be pretty creepy. Palace of Culture reflected in the window.
Duvets hanging out to air. Everyone's doing spring cleaning in Warsaw this week for Easter.
Duvets hanging out to air. Everyone’s spring cleaning in Warsaw for Easter.
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