Route : Gdynia – Wloclawek – Gdynia
Kms : 500 kms
Summary of event :
a) Old town in Gdansk
b) Sunset from a boat (with lots of drinks)
c) VW event at Wloclawek
5 June Gdynia After a good home cooked breakfast, brewed coffee and a good shower at Daniel’s and Barbara’s home, we had to go back to reality … WORKSHOP… The plan was to come back and stay another night with Daniel where he will take us around the city. But we were in the workshop the whole day and Udhaya cooked rice with chicken/pork curry from the balance meat that we bought for the event. I had 2 servings as the last that Udhaya cooked curry was early May in Irkurst for Alisher and Anna. Pawel took Terence and Stephen to Pepowo as Stephen’s engine needed to be fixed (he has been running with the spare engine since Novosibirsk, Russia). They came back with SIM cards for us ZT35 for 10gigs and since 1 June there is no more roaming for countries in EU but Poland mobile providers will have this effective 15 June. They also came back with Bob! Bob bought a VW Transporter from Holland (It was getting too hard to ship or drive his T2 and its now parked in Malaysia) and will be joining us in our journey to Germany. Bob, his wife Riga and mate George was with us in China with a hired car and driver. It was getting dark and Silves was still at work. Even Pawel was changing the black oil for nana and flying ace. We all then decided to sleep in the workshop’s car park. The workshop has a toilet and a decent shower but it shuts when the door to the workshop shuts. Our cars are parked outside the workshop in a compound/parking lot with other transport companies.
6 June Gdynia Got up at 9am and it was scorching hot… I had a shower at the workshop and since we have data, I was busy with my blog. Haven’t been updating since 18th May and lots of photos to sort out between Udhaya’s and my phone. Udhaya cooked curry Meehun with Polish sausage for lunch.. It started raining at 2pm and from 25 degrees , it changed to 5 degrees. Looks like I am not missing the Sydney extreme weather (I know Melbourne is worst, but Sydney is close). Jarek , a friend of Pawell who was at Karwia over the weekend, dropped by to check on us. Bob and I went to his house as Bob was buying a pair of seats for his T3. He was too kind to buy meat and vodka and BBQ it over at the workshop for dinner with us. With us being in the workshop sleeping in the vehicles and cooking, its the place to be with everyone just dropping by esp. those that we met from the event who are all from this town.
7 June Gdynia Silves, the mechanic of the workshop ( and our landlord too as we have been putting up the nights here), was so kind to buy us loaves of bread and his wife Sylvia baked a cake for us too. He has been too kind to let us use his space and often is showing me a little bit more about Poland in his computer. Daniel dropped by at lunch time to check on us and he even brought us traditional Polish soup for lunch. He also said that he will take us out this evening. The boys have been busy with their cars as Silves is busy with other cars. Christmas came early for Cliften as spare parts that was ordered arrived today where he had the biggest share. Michal, Pawell’s cousin who has been dropping by very often to check on us, took us to his home for us to do our laundry and to have a shower. Bob, Udhaya and I went with Michal and we met his beautiful family incl Renata his wife who designs clothes! She was wearing the same fabric and design with her 10mths old baby Cornelia. She even offered us gnocchi and sauerkraut which we couldn’t say No. It was delicious. Later at 6pm, Daniel came as promised and the 5 of us jumped into his VW Transporter. We went to pick up Barbara and his driver so that he can drink. We were drinking wine and beer in the van like a bunch of teenagers. Everyone I have met so far have zero level alcohol tolerance and will not drive if they had even a sip of alcohol, but they are pretty lax with talking on the mobile phone. They wanted to show us Gdsank which is the next town to Gdynia and its an old historic city with beautiful architecture and its a ship yard. At times, the city it feels like Venice. Pablo from the event came to join us too after work. We walked around the city and I noted that we were the only tourist who had local friends hanging out with us! And then we met Peter, Pawell’s business partner who had a speed boat and we went for the ride of our life with the sunset in the horizon. We were also drinking and having so much fun. Its sweet wine that I was drinking and it did hit me a bit later as I was basically wasted. We went to have a bite at a local joint and had more drinks. It was too much of drinks and one member from our team puked on the way back., I am not mentioning names… We got back close to 1am and Silves and Pawel were still working on the vehicles. Pawel is helping us with the repairs so that we can get it done quick and also the fact that Silves is busy. This seems to be the longest write up for a day…
8 June Gdynia Got up at 10.30am and didn’t feel as bad as the Saturday in Karwia. Today I had a good big breakfast 4 slices of bread with 3 eggs. I got the time today to edit and clean up the photos and continue with my blog. We had a few visitors today including Michal and Jarek. We went to Michal’s mate Tomek and Buli who are mechanics close by to see if we can service Nana to save time as Silves is busy (you get the message by now that he is busy) . They were so accomodating and were so happy to see us and we took photos with them. I had a shower in the workshop even after being offered a home shower by everyone who dropped by to say hi. Pawel’s mum cooked lunch for us i.e. mince meat wrapped in cabbage like a roll with gravy and you eat it with bread. Sylvester, Pawel and the boys worked through the night to get the cars fixed and serviced.Udhaya was busy cleaning the carburettor and gave the engine a good wash. I sat in the workshop with them while they worked. Went to bed at 2am and they will still working through.
9 June Gdynia Udhaya came to bed when it was getting bright at 3am, and we got up at 9am as it was sunny and hot! Silves brought us cakes and bread from his friend’s bakery for breakfast! Sylvia and her youngest daughter Zosia dropped by and she is the cutest girl I have met so far. she has the bluest eyes and the cutest dimple and she is just so friendly. She loved Nana and didn’t want to leave Nana after she got comfortable in the car. Sylvia said that Zosha has more car toys than dolls.I did some washing as it was good weather to dry clothes ( we hang the clothes on the cars instead of opening a clothes line and make the place like a caravan park. and Michael dropped by to bring the clippers as Udhaya wanted to trim his hair and beard. The engines are still not in the busses yet as they have been fixing the spare parts and assembling it since yesterday. Cliften’s and Terence had to drop their engines as there were parts being replaced. Udhaya found a vacuum cleaner in the workshop to vacuum the car as not been vacuumed since Malaysia. He has been cleaning up Nana the whole day. There is a 3 days weekend VW event that starts today at a town 250kms away at Wloclawek. We were suppose to convoy with Daniel and gang (all 4 of them incl Pable and Kinga was getting there with Pablo’s black beetle called Gruby (fat in Polish). At this stage, we don’t know when we will be leaving as Clif’s and Terence bus are still being repaired. Terence engine was fixed back in his bus but after a while oil was leaking and it was decided that we will leave tomorrow morning for the event without Puch and Flying Ace. I was really looking forward to catch up with Daniel and gang. Instead we were lucky enough to have Jared and Ewa over for dinner in workshop; they will be sleeping over too tonight as both will be having a few drinks.
10 June Gydnia – Wloclawek (250kms) Nana had a few more final checks to be done and we went to Pawel’s parents place for breakfast. What a breakfast as it was like in a hotel with generous spread and all the finer details with the dishes incl garnishes that his mum carved and decorated. It was a very cosy and lovely place and we were very fortunate to have met his parents. She even baked a delicious cheese cake which I did not hesitate to have 5 servings! We got back 2 hours later at 10am and Nana was still being worked on. He works in his own time and he does take time but he is the best so far for our type of cars. He even owned VW classic cars in his younger days. Finally at 12.30pm, we left for the event Jarek and Ewa (with Mikowai and their dog Nudie) and arrived 3 hours later. This event is bigger than the one in Karwia and you get VW classic car owners from all over Poland. I am amazed by the number of events for VW classic cars as they have it every week. We met some of the same group of people from Karwia and they were kind off shocked to see us still in Poland. We met Gruby and her passengers! They were auctioning for charity and Bob bought a VW photo frame for Z270 (its expensive but its for charity). They also had other games like knotting a rope and wood cutting (I am sure there is a better name for this). They had a group of folk singers/dancers from the mountains of Zakopane who was performing. The whole night then was just drinks, music, food, bonfire and more drinks. We went to bed at 3am while the party was still going.
11 June Wloclawek – Gdynia (250kms) I promised Ewa that I will take Nudie for a walk (she is a 3 years old Newfoundland and boy can she pull me. I did practice walking her with Mikowai yesterday in preparation for today’s walk). I made plans with Bob last night for 7am start for a walk. I was still asleep when Bob came knocking at our window at 8am but decided to still go. We went for a 30mins walk in the woods. I miss having early morning starts (back home, even in weekends, I am usually up by 6am) as you have the whole day to plan and do whatever. We had some traditional Polish zupa (soup) from the event’s alfresco cafe (It was Z5 and comes with a roll). We also tried semi smelly cheese fresh from the mountains and it was delicious. We finally left at 3pm and made plans to stop over at Pablo’s family summer house half way along our journey back. Gruby had a flat tyre on the way back and Jarek managed to supervise and fix this situation. This summer house this place but it was 2mins walk to the lake and it was a nice cottage with an outdoor BBQ and a vegetable patch. We met Pablo’s dad who looked more like an older brother and we had BBQ polish sausages and salad. The sausages here are very tasty but they are not good for you (unless you buy it directly from source or a deli). They are very salty as salt is used to increase its water content, to reduce the amount of meat that they use. We went to the lake, Pable and Udhaya did kayaking, the boys played volleyball but there were many mossies around. We left close to 8pm and because it only gets dark like at 9.30pm, it didn’t feel too late. It took another 1.5 hours to get back to Gdynia and we were heading to Mechelinki which is 20kms north of Gdynia. We were going to park on a cliff facing the Baltic Sea and at night you could see Norway and Sweden. Jarek came close to midnight and some other few mates and we drank vodka (I only had 1 shot) and were keeping ourselves warm over a bonfire.