Poland welcomed me with a nice and warm weather. While I had visited Krakow and a few towns right across the Czech border, this was my first time in Warsaw.
Surrounded by a language that resembles my own, I was in my element from the beginning.
The city was very much alive and filled with tourists and travelers as much as locals, yet it felt peaceful for no one was in rush.
After checking in into my hostel, I started to walk around to figure out my surroundings. Unprepared as usual, I walked left and right as I wished, looking up interesting buildings and structures that caught my eyes as I went.
When entering the old town, one cannot miss the Royal Castle, proudly dominating the Krakowskie Przedmieście.
I walked past it straight to the very colorful and adorable Old Town Market Place with the Mermaid of Warsaw dominating it since 2000. There are several legends about the mermaid.
Warsaw certainly does not feel like a big city, let alone a capital.
What I appreciate the most about it is the big park in walking distance from the city — Royal Bath Park. Walking from the city center, it is very easy to get to. On the way I passed the Chopin Statue, where you can not only enjoy the nature, sit and relax, but also listen to some of his compositions.
The weather was amazing, with slight breeze balancing out the fall sun rays to the very perfect temperature. With the leaves changing during this season, the park was full of colors, falling leaves and just such a relaxing mood that I nearly forgot I am only steps away from the center of Warsaw.
I have a high appreciation for a city balancing out the business of the BETON jungle with greens, nature, trees and space that allows people to take a break when needed.
Warsaw has it all.