Old Habits Die Hard

I have a shitload of work to do and have been drinking all kinds of caffeinated drinks for days so I probably shouldn’t be surprised that this combination of work overload and sleep deprivation finally managed to awake my wanderlust. Which means I’m even more miserable because I don’t have time to leave my apartment for more than an hour a day. And that’s just not enough!

Today I finally caved and went for a longer walk (which reminded me so much of my midnight walks in London and Tokyo!). It was either that or going to sleep and I have too much work to even think about sleeping for next 36 hours.

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After this power walk I feel less like a caged animal and more like a human. And it’s a good feeling.

I was rather pleasantly surprised by the weather: there was no icing and temperature was around ten degrees Celsius which is quite hot for December in Poland. I recorded the video below just four days ago:

▲ This is how Polish usually winter looks like. ▼ I’m not gonna complain about it yet, but I hope in about a week or so there’ll be more snow. At least that much:

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photo taken by my mum a week ago

BTW, anyone recognizes what I was listening to while recording the snow? How about a small hint? 😉

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It’s snowing there, too!

Poland is beautiful, too

As some of you know, 10 days ago I spent 4 days hiking in the mountains with my best friend, M. I had been a bit reluctant to go there because of the weather forecasts (= rain, rain, and more rain + temperature around zero promising heavy icing) but fortunately, even terrible dreams about being left stranded on some unknown mountain didn’t cause me to change my plans (I’m actually a bit surprised that I had nightmares like that* – that was probably the first time my subconscious tried to mess with me before journey). Which was great because the weather once again proved to be unpredictable:

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This is a 360-degree photo but I don’t know how to post it properly. You can see M. sitting on a railing and my shadow in the corner 🙂

It was probably the best time to visit these mountains: trees and grassy trains in the lower parts of the mountains already brightly colored, crystal clear air due to low (but not too low) temperature, sky so blue that everything looked surreal…

… and snow in the higher parts of the mountains (Winter is Coming)!

Of course I couldn’t resist bringing two jelly drinks from my diminishing supplies of Japanese goodies…

… not to mention taking a shadow-selfie and a shoes-selfie:

I’m pretty sure that I have too many shoes-selfies presenting the same shoes. Well, shadow-selfies show the same shadow, so…

Anyway, this was probably my last overnight trip this year and I feel a bit restless knowing that. But I’ve already got plans for January, February, March, and April/May, so it’s probably time to start saving money and building stamina. And focusing on my studies (I keep forgetting about that).


*My mind should know that when it comes to the mountains, I’m more afraid of ice: several years ago I slipped on ice while descending a rather steep slope and I split my head which was really painful and scary – and a bit humiliating because I did it while trying to shake off a group of loud teenagers and they all saw it. I was young and stupid and didn’t call emergency services (the bravado of youth!), deciding to finish the trail on my own with a makeshift dressing I made using my scarf. The story (obviously) has a happy ending as I reached my destination on my (bloody) own, but have been scared of walking on ice ever since.

“Worry before all worries in the world, and enjoy after all enjoyments in the world”

It’s not raining so I’m in the middle of my sunny-day-plan: visiting Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens.

The leaflet is free. Water is not and turned out to be something sweet, definitely not water.

According to the leaflet (one on the photo above)  I got at the entrance, Korakuen is derived from a Chinese text Gakuyo-ki by Fan-Zhongyan, and means Worry before all worries in the world, and enjoy after all enjoyments in the world. 

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Scarecrow guarding fields

The place is very peaceful and yet, full of life: you can hear and see lots of different birds, there are also many various insects. The garden must look stunning in the fall (maples, maples everywhere!).

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Admission fee is 300 yen, so quite cheap for a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and Special Historic Site (titles given under the Cultural Assets Preservation Act).