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My girlfriend Kaija had never been to Polen and this was once again one of my very spontaneous moves. I was sitting and checking airfares and there it was - a very cheap flight from Copenhagen to Warsaw - a quick look at hotels.com and here it was - a trip to Warsaw.
Kaija was home in Estonia for Christmas and I was home with my family in Copenhagen. Kaija had a very quick visit to Tartu, and she was already back the 26th. 27th we were packed and ready to take our things to Warsaw.
Everything went really smooth to Warsaw - it was very quiet everywhere. The airport in Warsaw is not that big but it was efficient - we got a hold of a Taxi - and we didn't get cheated that much.
Since the flight tickets were very cheap I had booked us in on a very reasonable price at the Mariott - which is something I rarely do - but it was really off season, so I think they were quiet happy just to have somebody there. The main reason that I booked us there was that they had a pool and we both really needed to relax. The first thing we got in our hand when we arrived at the reception was a note stating that the pool was out of order! But it is a nice hotel and they booked us in a room high up (32nd floor) in the building so we had a great view - overlooking the central station and the Palace of Culture and Science - a russian donation to the Polish people way back in the 50's.
The Palace of Culture and Science (nicknamed Stalin's Rocket) was build on land generated by demolishing the total of 8 streets, that were the heart of Warsaw "capitalist city" until 1939. The building was constructed between 1952 - 1955. The Palac Kultury contains the Congress Hall, theatres, cinema and a lot more. One the other side there was even a skating rink. The building has its charm I think - and it is at the same time a very ugly building - but it reminds my of something from an early Batman comic book.