Bialystok

Last time I went to Vilnius, I decided to make a small trip to Bialystok, Poland. I had never visited Poland before. I decided to go to Bilalystok because it is the biggest closest Polish city to Lithuania. Bilaystok is a transit city in Poland, where people usually drive through when they are traveling in Europe. Bilaystok  is located close to Poland and the Belarus border and it is one of the biggest Orthodox centers in Poland. The city itself is not very big and important tourist destination. To be honest, this city is not that beautiful and there isn’t much to do or see. I visited the city on marathon weekend, so the whole city was crowded. Most of the accommodation places were already sold out or expensive.

Viimane kord Vilniust külastades otsustasin teha väikese reisi Bialystokki. Ma polnud varem Poolas käinud ja kuna Bialystok on Leedule kõige lähem ja suurim, osutus valituks just see linn. Bilaystok on transiitlinn Poolas, kus tihti peatuvad reisijad, kes sõidavad edasi kaugemale Euroopasse. Bialystok asub Valgevene piiril ning on Poola üks suurimaid õigeusu keskusi. Linn ise pole väga tähtis turismisihtkoht. Ausalt öeldes pole see linn väga ilus ja seal pole eriti midagi vaadata ega teha. Mina sattusin linna maratoni nädalavahetusel, seega oli kogu linn rahvast täis, majutusasutused enamuses broneeritud või suhteliselt kallite hindadega.

Local people don’t speak English almost at all, no old nor young people. Not in hotels, restaurants and bars. Because of that the language barrier was significant, for example, our bartender did not understand what I meant when I asked for the “martini” cocktail, and ended up pouring me a cup of the Martini Vermouth (yikes!). There was even a poster on the bar’s wall with many different cocktails and their recipes. Even if we pointed on the cocktail on the poster, the bartender made a wrong one. We were given the wrong time for the breakfast hours in the hotel. There is no Uber service in Bialystok, so in case of needing a taxi you need to call for one by phone.

Kohalikud inimesed ei räägi peaaegu et üldse inglise keelt. Ei vanad ega noored. Ei hotellis ega restoranides baarides. Seoses sellega tekkis mitu korda keelebarjäär, kus teenindajad tegid näiteks valesid kokteile. Baari seinal oli plakat koos erinevate kokteilide retseptidega. Isegi kui näitasime plakatil oleva kokteili peale, tegi teenindaja ikka hoopis mingi muu kokteili. Hotellis öeldi ka vale hommikusöögi aeg. Linnas ei tööta Uberi rakendus, seega tuleb takso tellida vanamoeliselt helistades 😀 IMG_5360IMG_5437IMG_5487IMG_5492IMG_5494IMG_5455IMG_5436IMG_5440IMG_5454IMG_5460IMG_5462Bialystok is located in the greenest area in Poland. There are many different parks inside the city and large forests near the city. There is the Bialowieza National Park what is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Bialystok asub Poola kõige rohelisemas piirkonnas. Linnas on palju erinevaid parke ning linna lähedal suuri metsi ja UNESCO maailmapärandi nimekirja kantud Bialowieza rahvuspark.IMG_5496IMG_5489IMG_5490IMG_5493The graffiti “The Girl watering a tree” what is made by Natalia Raki, is the most popular street art in Bialystok. The little girl, who is watering a tree is wearing Polish national clothes.

Natalia Raki loodud graffiti “Tüdruk puud kastmas” on linna kõige populaarsem graffiti. Väikesel tüdrukul on seljas Poola rahvusriided.IMG_5486The prices in Poland are cheaper than in Estonia. For example two large double hamburgers with water and coca cola cost around eight euros. Two ice-creams with two scoops costed around 80 euro cents from the ice-cream vendor on street.

Poolas on meie jaoks suhteliselt odav. Kaks suurt topelt hamburgerit koos vee ja Coca Colaga maksis umbes kaheksa eurot. Tänavalt jäätisemüüja käest ostetud kaks kahe jäätisepalliga jäätist läks maksma umbes 80 eurosenti.IMG_5432

Most of the shops are closed on Sunday in Poland. There is one big supermarket, which is normally open on Sundays also. We were in Bialystok on International Mother’s day weekend, so even that one grocery story who is normally open on Sundays, was closed because of that. Thank to that I wasn’t able to buy any souvenirs from Poland. Even all the souvenir shops were closed. I find it interesting that everything was closed on the same time where there were so many people visiting the city because of the marathon. I am sure many of them would have bought some souvenirs.

Poola reisides tuleb arvestada sellega, et pühapäeviti on enamus poode kinni. On üks suur toidupoekett, mis on tavaliselt avatud ka pühapäevani. Meie olime Bialystokis emadepäeva nädalavahetusel ning toidupoekett oli andnud kõikidele oma töötajatele vaba päeva ja seega olid absoluutselt KÕIK poed kinni. Me ei saanudki sellepärast omale mälestuseks suveniiri Poolast osta. Mis on tegelikult huvitav, sest samal nädalavahetusel toimus ka suur maraton ja rahvast oli linnas väga palju. Kindlasti oli seal peale meie veel selliseid, kes oleks soovinud  endale mõne suveniiri mälestuseks osta.

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