Winter Wonderland: Sopot Reunion

Day 14/15
December 17th/18th, 2018

Today was a long awaited one for our family. When we left on this trip, Graham had stayed behind with Reuben to attend his primary school graduation in Australia. They had flown to Berlin, before setting off overland to meet us here in Poland. We also moved to our Sopot apartment today, our main base on this trip, where our house swapping family would meet us before they flew to our home in Australia. We had been chatting online to this Polish family for about two years and were looking forward to finally meeting them.

Sopot is a seaside town in Eastern Pomerania, on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Poland. It was once the site of a 7th-century Slavonic (Pomeranian) stronghold and a trading outpost for communities up the Vistula river and those north across the Baltic Sea. It appeared as Sopoth in historical text in 1283 and it’s name derived from the murmur of running water, in Slavic, Šepot It’s upmarket population is about 40,000 and it is a popular summer holiday destination. In combination with the nearby cities of Gdynia and Gdańsk, it forms the so-called “Tri-City”. Sopot is known for its health spas, sandy beach and its long wooden pier that extends into the Bay of Gdańsk.

We got up early, packed and said goodbye to our generous host family, before riding with Kris to two schools – the large local one and a smaller one to drop their children. Then we were dropped at the station and commuted to Sopot train station to lock up our bags. We walked down the main street to the famous “wonky house” for a hot chocolate and waited…
(This would be the first of many visits to this cafe, during our life in Sopot).

The Krzywy Domek (Crooked House) is one of Sopot’s famous icons and is a great spot to just relax. It was designed by Szotyńscy & Zaleski, who were inspired by the fairytale illustrations and drawings of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg. It houses a chain cafe store that serves huge mugs of hot drink and tasty treats, plus there is free wifi…

After a ping from Graham, we rushed back to the train station and the Sabretoothed Chickens were reunited! It was wonderful to be together again. We chilled in a cafe, and were picked up by our house swap host family for dinner and bed.

This morning, Reuben was “too tired” to walk with us, so slept in. We set off to explore, experiencing awe at our first glimpses of the Baltic Sea and fallen snow on the beach.

Later, our hosts kindly took us to their school nativity play at the local international school, featuring their talented boy and girl. Then everyone (except Reuben and Prunella) enjoyed the apartment’s sauna room, followed by dinner + chill + bed.

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