Food is something that brings the world together. Each culture has its own traditions and favorite foods. As a self proclaimed foodie, I was so excited to try cuisines in the countries they originated in. During my travels, I have discovered and will undoubtedly continue to discover culinary treasures around the globe. I am honored to share with you, My Elephant Tribe, the amazing meals I have enjoyed throughout the world.
Day 99: Poland
The birthday wishes just keep coming. I am so grateful for all of the amazing people in my life that have taken the time out of their days to wish me a happy birthday. I have been blessed over the years and have spent some birthdays in some pretty amazing places. I turned 20 in El Salvador, 22 in Guatemala, last year I turned 28 in Northern California and received my first surprise party ever and this year I am in Poland. I couldn’t ask for more.
After checking and responding to all of my birthday messages and texts, I started thinking about my list of things I want to accomplish before I’m 30. Where did I want to start? Weight loss is an ongoing journey I have already begun. I’m currently traveling the world. I am working so hard to get this blog launched so I can start making it profitable. I am reconnecting with Elizabeth and creating plans to reconnect with others once I’m back in the US. I am living my best life so that I can inspire others. Unfortunately, I cannot control the Cubs winning the World Series. Which leaves me falling in love and starting a YouTube channel. In this moment, there isn’t much I can do about falling in love. No offense to Polish guys, but they aren’t exactly my type. So, I am left with starting a YouTube Channel. I have decided that I will start a vlogging channel once my website is launched. In the meantime, I will continue to write and come up with amazing ideas for the vlog.
Once my life was in order I realized that tomorrow will 100 days since we started this journey. One hundred days seems like so many, yet I feel like I just left yesterday. So many amazing things have happened in that time and so many things are still to come.
Today’s amazing things were on the emotional side. Since I was in Warsaw, I had to check out all of the World War II and Holocaust Memorials. I started with Pawiak Prison. I have never heard of it, but it was listed as one of the best Holocaust/World War II museums in Warsaw. Pawiak Prison was a war prison that housed inmates as young as 1 1/2 years old and served as a prison for inmates to be transferred to concentration camps during German occupation. The Nazis destroyed most of the prison, but what still remains, was turned into a museum depicting the history of the prison and the living conditions for its prisoners. I could not help but feel emotional.
Afterwards, I decided I need a little emotional break before heading to the Holocaust Memorial. So, I found a cute little park and walked through it, admiring the trees and flowers surrounding me. Once I collected myself, I headed to the Memorial.
This was really where the water works began. Reading the history and significance of the place I was standing within what used to be the Warsaw Ghetto, as well as the stories of survivors and their families, made me an emotional mess. I believe that anyone that finds themselves in Warsaw should got to the Holocaust Memorial. Most of the survivors are gone. We get to continue telling their stories and keep their legacies alive. There are already people out there that deny the Holocaust ever happened. It definitely did.
With puffy red eyes, I headed into the POLIN: History of Polish Jews museum once I finished reading the displays at the Memorial. I am the furthest thing from a history buff. In fact, I didn’t do so well in history class in high school. However, I found the history of Jews in Poland quite fascinating. I learned so much that I never knew before. As I traveled through the years I began getting emotional again. There is so much hate in the world. When is it enough? As someone who loves with their whole heart and sees the beauty in most people, I fail to understand how people can hate others just because they are different. Isn’t it our differences that make us special? Isn’t diversity what creates different experiences and learning?