Last Saturday, the school’s social committee organized a trip to Polonezkoy. For me it’s one of the nicer things about teaching abroad… there is a built in community of teachers. This Polish village is about 45 minutes from Istanbul, but you need to hire a bus or car since no public transportation goes there. Not ideal, but workable.
What a lovely day. I was expecting more of a main street vibe, but it was smaller which gave it a quieter feel. There are trails for hiking and biking as well as a Catholic church (which was closed) and a cemetery. From my understanding, this village was established in 1842 and has retained a strong Polish tradition since. Several of us walked around, hiked a bit, and just generally enjoyed being outside, away from the city for a few hours. Oh, and the food. I had the most delicious meal that day. And don’t get me started on the chocolate cake… perfection.
Below are some photos… enjoy! As a side note, it seems that WordPress has changed the way that the photos are displayed. I really don’t like it, but it’s the best I can do for now. I miss the slideshow aspect… not sure why they changed it. Ah well.