It’s been a great few days here in Poznan. The hostel I’m staying at, Blooms, is one of the nicest hostels I’ve been in. The staff are friendly, the rooms are really clean and its only £6.50 a night including breakfast. I met two guys from Finland here on Sunday so I have been busy getting drunk with them and exploring the city. Hence the lack of blog posts.
Some of the UEFA cup games were held here so up until last week the city was packed with football fans, so the locals have had good practice at speaking English, especially from all the Irish fans here. There is still a lot going on. There’s a massive outdoor fan zone where you can play games, get drunk and watch concerts for free. It’s a great atmosphere in the town and there’s no shortage of places to go. We met some locals and they took us out for dinner and to the pubs and clubs, even some karaoke. Yesterday we went to the water park and it’s got 14 different styles of sauna.
It’s a lot more modern here than I thought and I’m glad I’m travelling through this country. Sure there’s the odd thing falling apart, or pointless empty building but I like that, I think it gives the place some character. The people are friendly and the food here is really cheap compared to Britain or Germany. You can eat out in a restaurant and get a beer and a big meal for £6. Or you can do what I did and eat kebabs for three days.
So today I leave Poznan and head for Wroclaw in the South. I’m meeting Matti and Niko there from Finland for some more mayhem so I’m looking forward to it. It’s 110 miles away but I think I’ll be taking 2 days this time. The roads are generally a good surface here so it should be physically quite a comfortable cycle if not mentally. Maybe on the back roads to avoid the crazy drivers. And definitely no cycling at night.