The long road to Warsaw.

Poznan Travel Blog

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Our hotel in Berlin.

     We left Berlin this morning and I was very sad to be leaving. There is soooo much to see and Berlin and I will definitely need to return here someday to continue my explorations. We had ben warned that the level of highway systems were not the same in Poland as in Germany...translation there aren't many highways, lol.  Today was also going to be our first border crossing and I had it in my head that I wanted it to be more than just a thank you and continue to drive through, well, evidently I jinxed us. We knew we were getting close to the border when we started to see the lorries lined up along the side of the road. I swear it was like 5 or 6 miles before we even got to the border and it was a total standstill for the trucks. Once again my big mouth "damn it would suck to be in one of those trucks" which I would regret saying when one of the trucks that I noticed lined up ended up getting through border patrol before we did :) Anyway, we got closer and there were several buses ahead of us I didn't really care I had the mp3 player and a book neither of which I would need due to the fact that  a little drama was playing out right outside the bus.

WELCOME TO POLAND.
  There was a  guy in the next lane that was evidently known to the soldiers as they pulled the car to the side and proceeded to have him and the passenger take EVERYTHING out of it. It just looked like it was groceries but I mean tons of groceries. There had to be several hundred euros worth of detergent, food, beverages etc. The guy was throwing things, yelling at the soldiers, throwing more things we were all  amazed by the site. The best was when the guy went over to his 12 packs of pepsi and took all the lids off every bottle that was in the garbage all the while staring at the soldiers. I guess he wanted to make sure that they couldn't drink it. I kinda felt bad for the guy, but then I figured he evidently did something to get into that situation, a little later (when we were standing around outside for 2 hours while they checked the passports) we had talked to some folks who said that he was evidently know to the patrol and either had drugs in the car or some other contraband or the car was stolen.
The border crossing.
They didn't detain him because he was milling around with the rest of us talking furiously on his cell phone, but the car did get taken away. Well, like I said 2 hours later we got our passports back and were off again towards Warsaw, I guess this goes to prove careful what you wish for cause you just may get an adventureous border crossing, lol. It definitely made the day longer as we were on the bus from 7am to 730pm but I still think I would have been disappointed with a wave thru.   

     We stopped for lunch in a beautiful little Polish town, Poznan and I had wonderful mushroom soup with moldy..yes moldy bread. Really you just scrape the mold off right???? I also had NON gas water or niengazwada I'm sure that's not how you spell it but the most important thing was the nie NO GAS!!! Sweet.

Waiting for our passports.
I also learned Dziekuje which is thank you, which I must have said 1,000 times after I learned NO GAS water, lol. Since we were in Poland for the next 4 days it was a great relief to know that I would be carbonated water free for 4 whole days. I know this may seem like a trivial matter, but I drink alot of water and alot of carbonation is not good in my system :)

     We got into Warsaw around 7:30pm had dinner and headed to bed, it's amazing how exhausted one gets sitting on a bus for 12 1/2 hours lol.

festerwretch says:
Poland is part of the Schengen agreement now, so there is no border control betweeen Poland & Germany anymore. I crossed into Germany from Poland the day before Poland joined Schengen & I guess to get a last hurrah, the German guards thoroughly searched our car - going so far as to get the serial number from the engine & call it in to make sure it hadn't been reported stolen.

My longest border crossing so far has been from Poland to Ukraine, that was about 4 hours.
Posted on: Apr 27, 2008
Aditu says:
I really would have been disappointed if we had just blasted thru to tell you the truth, plus we had the "entertainment" of the guy next to us throwing a temper tantrum when he had to unpack his car so it was kinda cool, lol.
Posted on: Jan 09, 2008
markinldn says:
The waiting time used to be even worse, once I spent 8 hrs (well my record time) but this should be sorted sooner or later as there isn't going to be passport control point at all.
Posted on: Jan 08, 2008
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Our hotel in Berlin.
Our hotel in Berlin.
WELCOME TO POLAND.
WELCOME TO POLAND.
The border crossing.
The border crossing.
Waiting for our passports.
Waiting for our passports.
The Polish countryside.
The Polish countryside.
A beautiful cemetary.
A beautiful cemetary.
Charming Poznan.
Charming Poznan.
Poznan, Poland.
Poznan, Poland.
Poznan
Poznan
Poznan, Poland.
Poznan, Poland.
Poznan, Poland.
Poznan, Poland.
And more.
And more.
Grafitti Polish style.
Grafitti Polish style.
A cool lake.
A cool lake.
Poznan
photo by: EmyG