Reunited and it Feels so Good

Day 98: Poland

I slept in this morning.  I decided I deserved it.  Yesterday was my birthday, and it was such a long day.  When I woke up I was overwhelmed by the continued birthday love I received over night!   When I finally decided to get ready, I got all dolled up for dinner with one of my favorite people, Elizabeth.  I’ve known Elizabeth since we were 20 or 21.  She started out as our cleaning lady and has become someone I call my friend.  She is from Poland and was going to be here over my birthday, so she texted me asking me to join her.  So, I did.  I hadn’t seen her in quite awhile and a lot has changed since the last time.

On my way to dinner I got a lot of stares.  I stood out like a sore thumb.  I was a bit dressed up compared to others on the street.  However, I didn’t care.  I felt beautiful and I was going to rock my dress and booties.   

I arrived at the same time as Elizabeth and her friends.  We went to an amazing restaurant called Ed Red.  I had duck for the first time and it was amazing and melted in my mouth.  The only thing that would have made dinner better was my friend Arkadiusz.  I’ve known Arkadiusz for almost 2 years.  If you’ve read my ‘How it Began’ you read about Arkadiusz and how he told me I needed to jump.  Well, last summer I got a message from him asking me if I knew a girl named Ela.  At first, I wasn’t sure.  However, I quickly realized that Ela was Elizabeth.  Shortly after that text the two of them started dating and its been almost a year.  They are definitely an example of #relationshipgoals and I wish he had been able to join us in Poland.

I had to settle for a FaceTime call with him during dinner.  I cannot wait to be in the same place with both.  Hopefully, soon.  After dinner, we took our obligatory selfie for the Gram and went on our ways.  We will be meeting back up in Elizabeth’s hometown in a few days.

On my way back to my apartment I stopped at the drugstore for a few items (mainly gummy bears).  It was interesting because I was approached by someone asking me a question in Polish.  This is the first country that I have passed as native.  It took me a moment to realize that this person thought I spoke Polish.  I know that sounds weird, but I’ve just spent almost 4 months in Latin American and Asian countries where I am unable to pass as native.  When I told Brian, his response was that the woman wasn’t so far off.  We are of Polish descent. 

I decided to call it a night after I got back to my apartment.  I made a few phone calls and watched a movie before going to bed.

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