Boredom might well be the single most underappreciated state of being in the human existence. The state of not knowing what to do with the day, and being totally OK with that fact. Thus has been my past week, post exams. A week of recuperation that is sorely needed after the grueling ordeal that is mid terms. It went well though, and now I can enjoy my vacation.
As stated, the first couple of days have consisted of me just lazing about without a care, but that does get old after a while. Thankfully, I am packing the bags and going for a bit of a trip, because I am getting a visitor. My lovely sister is coming over to Poland for a week, to see how I have it over here. It will be interesting for her I am sure, Olsztyn has changed quite a bit since she was here last in the spring of 2012. I mean, back then what we relied on for shopping experience was Alfa Centrum, that says a lot in itself.
First stop is Gdansk though. I am revisiting a hostel that I liked the last time I was here. It is a hostel with a bike theme, perhaps something a summer visit will take more use of. Wintertime and bike riding are not particularly suited for each other.
I arrived in Gdansk a couple of hours early, jumped on the train in Olsztyn and 2hrs later here I was. Since I wouldn’t be going to Sweden this break, the next best thing would have to do: IKEA. It might well be the first IKEA outside of Sweden I have visited, and now this might only be in Gdansk, but I never realized how Swedish IKEA really is. I step in, and all of a sudden a feeling of lagom embraces me. Almost wanted to have a fika pause mid-shopping. Of course this would have been totally possible since there is the IKEA food court inside, but I managed to restrain myself.
I suppose that was to be expected though, all the Swedish food and ambiance and everything, but what surprised me most was the interior decorations of the rooms. Take the bookshelves for instance, instead of being filled with Polish literature there were such things as Grönköpings Veckoblad in there. I was quite surprised to say the least. Anywho, I found what I needed (obviously, I mean, it is IKEA after all) and left with a good dose of Sweden that ought to last me a couple more months.