Zapiekanka, Polish “Fast food”
Eating the Zapiekanka on this day bike trip. I couldn’t get Google Maps to show exactly what we did, but it is on a very interesting long thin peninsula in the Baltic Sea in North Poland. I show the whole bay, because it stretches from the bit of Russia on the Baltic all the way towards Germany. We took a ferry from Gdynia to the tip of the peninsula to a little town called “Hel” (pronounced Hell: No joke, the bus that goes there is number 666 – nice to see a town with a sense of humor!). We then rode down the peninsula, very flat, and hit the mainland, where there were no roads in some areas and really big sand dunes, made for some tough going, back to Reda. 80 k all told, but on old bikes, and with museum and lunch stops along the way, made for a full, nice day.
An old warship, one of a number of interesting ships on the huge Gdynia pier.
After Poland, CHINA
Adding some geography into the lesson – I really enjoyed that. Notice the projection they use in China – China is more or less central, just like in the United States the US and Europe are more central.
The “Nest” – site of the Beijing Olympics. Enjoyed the Chinese New Year staying in a “hutong” (little alleyway neighborhoods typical of Beijing). The hutong are really nice, great for meandering walks on cold winter nights.
You never know 3: I was on a Chinese (Zhejiang Province) cooking show, and then later, on this variety show presenting the dish I learned to make. An interesting experience all round, both to work with a real Chinese Chef a little, and to see how a TV show is made behind the scenes. The guy on stage was a dead ringer for PSY, and the dancers and him did a perfect version of Gangnam Style.
At “Chinawood” – apparently the largest Recording Studio complex in the world. This street decoration was really amazing.
A little archery in “Chinawood”
By my school – my favorite “meat on a stick” guy – snacks on the way home.
And back across the Pacific to the Americas
I work for a group that brings in volunteers to work either on the Caribbean side with turtles and jaguars, or the Pacific side in a disadvantaged school in a fishing village on a peninsula (we go there by a short boat ride, the isthmus is mangrove swamp so the village functions like an island). We organize the program, and the volunteers have a chance to learn about Costa Rica, teach English, we built a paved play area for the school, things like that.
We helped the village organize a bodyboarding championship to raise some money and their visibility in the local area. It was a big success. Here, the winner after his last run being carried out of the water.
The little ones use whatever they can find to join in.