Wednesday, March 28, 2012
They had planned quite a lot of party games for the after party but did not have time to do all of them. This meant that they had a bag full of panty hoses left, which they gave to my colleagues. Two of my colleagues then put these on their heads, and had a kind of tug of war. The first one to have his panty hose pulled off his head loses. Weird game...
Strangely enough, the bride stayed in our bar the whole night, at least until 7 A.M. when I left. The groom also showed up at around 4 A.M., so they at least spent their wedding night together... but why spend it in a magic bar!?
Labels: Japanese customs
|The best time to get a flat tire is perhaps not when you are on your way to catch a plane from Europe to Japan...|
|Team work = one guy changing the tire, three guys watching, and one guy taking pictures.|
|The only thing close to where we got our flat tire was a place selling Swedish made gardening machines.|
|I had a traditional soup based on sour rye, ham, and mushrooms. Very good.|
|The restaurant interior was very nice.|
|I also had the recommended local specialty: a duck filled with apples. The white things are steamed bread.|
|A toilet in Poland with toilet paper that you can find in Sweden too!|
|It was already spring in Poland, though we still get lots of snow in Sapporo (that is by the way much farther south than Poland is).|
|The strange knobs on the ground to the right of this tree are parts of the roots of the tree.|
|We saw some frogs mating.|
|My professor thinks all trees in Europe looks like this, and wondered why. We were told the ball shaped things are a parasite that lives in some trees (and I have never seen something like this in Sweden, so not "all trees in Europe").|
Here are some pictures from a castle in the village of Kórnik that is now a museum.
|There was an extra charge if you wanted to take pictures (doubling the price).|
|You had to wear slippers on top of your shoes so as not to wear out the floor.|
There were lots of armors and weapons, which I like. I used to do historical (European) fencing when I lived in Sweden and we would sometimes visit places with collections like this:
Someone living in the castle was apparently a collector of exotic weapons, so there were also daggers from Asia.
|I bought two or three daggers like the one on the right when I was in India, though the ones I bought were in very bad conditions.|
|I want a hat like this.|
|I want braces like the one in the center of the picture.|
Thursday, March 22, 2012
|Conveniently located garbage bin|
In Poznan, there are of course garbage bins everywhere, so you do not have to carry all your garbage all the way home with you.
We asked around at the meeting for a good pizza place and the local people told us that "da Luigi" is a good pizza restaurant close to where we are staying. We went there but it was full. My colleague went inside to ask when they expected to have seats for us, but they said they were fully booked for the entire evening...
We found another pizza place around the corner which seemed nice, so we went there instead. I ordered a pizza with salami and some banana juice (the weirdest drink I could see on the menu). The banana juice was not very good, but the pizza was very nice.
Today I bought a post card to send to my parents. I asked for a stamp that would cover sending the card to Sweden and then one of the women in the information center where I bought the card asked if I was Swedish. She gave me a brochure on Poznan written in Swedish. Very good Swedish, but not Swedish a native speaker would use, so it is probably written by a Pole with good knowledge of Swedish.
As it turned out, it would actually have been cheaper to bring the card back to Japan and send it to Sweden from over there. Despite the Japanese yen now being very very strong. Japanese postage is ridiculously cheap.
|My (barely liquid) drink|
|The same, but with some whipped cream on top...|