Day 34- Travel to Warsaw, Poland

Today we woke up, got some hotel breakfast, and headed back to the bus station! We got some Subway to have for our lunches and got on the 8.5 hour bus to Warsaw! 

After two movies, lunch, a nap, and reading a book, we made it! We got off the bus only to get on a commuter train for another half hour to get to old town where our AirBnB is! 

After settling in, we headed back out and walked 20 minutes-ish to the train station. Since we couldn't buy our tickets online for some reason, we went to the station to purchase our tickets to get to Berlin on Wednesday. Unfortunately, this was way more of an experience than it should have been. So far, we have had very little problem with communicating with people! In situations where we need to speak with someone they have been able to speak English and the only situations we have been in where they don't, we didn't really need to actually talk to them. The biggest example of this is at the grocery store. They say hi in their language, I say hello back, they say cash or card and if I need a bag in their language I reply in English. This works because we basically both know what the other is saying since that interaction is so common. However, buying a train ticket to a specific place at a specific time takes a little more communication. After frustrating two Polish ladies at the train station, both at the ticket counter and customer service, we found a woman who spoke enough English to get us our tickets.

We were slightly surprised that most people working at the international train station in a major city didn't speak English, especially when people working at a hole in the wall restaurant in Lithuania did! It is interesting, but it would make our trip too easy if we could just speak our own language with everyone! We've noticed, however, that it seems like older people are a lot less likely to speak English. Which makes sense since younger people are probably more associated with American and English speaking culture.  

Anyway, after successfully getting our way to Germany, we headed back to our AirBnB and are planning for tomorrow!