My beau and I recently visited szczecin, Poland. It is located in the Northwest region of the country on the Oder river and is a very important and old seaport. It was my first-time in Poland (minus a 5 minute trip across the border just to say I had been in Poland). I cannot say that I was blown away, but it was a nice and inexpensive place to spend the night. I would imagine that it is also much nicer to see when the grass is green, the flowers are bloom and the leaves are on the trees – although that can be said of many places.
I was, however, really intent on eating real “live” Polish pierogies. The were quite good, but nothing like the boiled and then fried in butter with onions pierogies that what I was accustomed to eating in New York. Instead, the first batch that we ate at the first brewery (I also made it a point to try a variety of Polish beers) were made with a yeast dough and baked. I ordered the 3 cheese version with a cranberry dip. My other half order ones that were meat-filled. Neither of us were overjoyed. I was also not very impressed by the meat platter that I ordered and would not recommend it to anyone else. The beer was also nothing remarkable. I drank the Pilsener and he had the Hefeweizen. All together for 3 beers, a meat platter, a goulash soup and 2 plates of pierogies, cost about 25 Euros. Not bad, but not someplace we would go again – even if it is pretty cheap.
We wanted to see some music, so we grabbed a taxi to the Free Blues Club (it is not actually free). We paid $10 Euro each for entrance and drinks were strong and cheap. The music was fantastic and the night would have been really great had we not touched on a subject that is best broached while sober.
The following day we walked the tourist route through the city and saw a whole bunch of historically relevant buildings and monuments. They weren’t anything to write home about, but nice to see nonetheless.
After that, we went for a tour of an army bunker from World War II. The propaganda was cool to see and there were some very interesting pictures. I had a hard time being in the bunker for only a few hours. I cannot imagine having to live there. So thankful that I must not (two cheers for peace!).
After our walk, we decided that we needed to warm-up, so we stopped for lunch in the other brewery in Stettin. This one was very good. I had borscht for the first time and we both ordered pierogies (again). These were boiled and then covered with melted butter and bacon. The beer was a bit dark (i.e. tasted like coffee) for my taste, but my travel companion enjoyed it.
We ended the trip by walking through a park filled with very old and beautiful trees and visiting the auto museum which was extremely cool. In fact, albeit its small size, the museum was one of the coolest I have seen in a longtime and it only cost about 2€ to get in.
All in all, it was a nice weekend trip. I do not think that we will be going back, but it was nice to have the time together and see/taste/hear new things. Looking forward to the next adventure, though!