An Apartment in Warsaw

jonquil323 By jonquil323, 8th Sep 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/r_metyeg/
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After booking a flight for 9 days in Warsaw, I wondered where we would stay.

Online Rental to the Rescue

My wife likes to visit hotel lobbies and use their gym facilities when she lives nearby. She doesn't like staying in a hotel room where she has to go out for every little thing. We are both self-employed, so we have lots of flexibility in travel arrangements. More than once we drove to the airport and bought tickets according to what was available at the time. We enjoyed those trips, which were short, as much as planned, researched travel. This time we chose Warsaw, partly because my wife's father lived there before the Russian occupation in 1939. He spent the war years in Siberia, and made his way to Israel in 1950. This time I found a banner for airbnb.com on the travel agency website. I clicked on it and right away I found more apartments than I could imagine. For any price, all over the city. It was hard to make a decision. My wife suggested getting to the city first and letting fate decide for us. I stopped looking. To be honest, I hadn't found the ideal apartment for both of us. I liked the idea of living with someone, but my wife wanted our own place. Before stopping the search, I checked the calendars for a few places. All of September, the month of our trip, was vacant, time after time. Can so many people have spare apartments, fully equipped, without tenants? It seemed strange. About a week passed, and then we came together and realized that the prospect of arriving in a new city without a place to stay made us uneasy. I resumed the search. Within minutes I found the perfect apartment, in the center, fully equipped kitchen, real bed, big new TV, and wifi. I joined airbnb very smoothly, through my facebook account. An hour later we had an apartment owned by an English speaking Pole from a family with a tree in Yad Va'Shem (the holocaust memorial) in Jerusalem. It was better than a travel agent.
Part II will discuss the actual time spent in Warsaw.

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Capital Cities, Tourism

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I grew up in Long Island, studied English at McGill in Montreal, and soon afterwards moved to Israel where I have lived on kibbutz for over 30 years.

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