I knew of other teachers on the same flight to Georgia, thanks to the Greenheart facebook page for teachers. We got in contact with each other and planned to visit Warsaw during our 12 hour layover. Despite the jet lag and sub-freezing temperatures that day, it sure beat waiting in the airport terminal all day.
The little bit of Warsaw we got to see was really incredible. We first took a taxi to the Hard Rock Cafe, where someone was supposed to meet us. Those plans fell through so we just got a map and directions to Old Town and walked all over. Our group did very well on short time and money, eating cheap yet delicious kebabs and taking in the sights of Old Town. I was thinking the whole time I can’t wait to come back and spend more time in this country.
On the way back, we thought we’d save a few zloty by taking the bus. I took a picture of our lovely group waiting at the stop, and minutes later the bus pulled up. There was a mad rush to get on, and as I was boarding I saw the elderly, well dressed man behind me reach his hand into my purse. I grabbed his wrist, shoved him off the bus and yelled at him, even though he didn’t understand. He yelled back at me in Polish, and I felt bad about roughing up an old man in front of all these people… until I realized minutes later my camera was gone from my pocket.
Now I can’t be sure what happened, but sometime between taking that picture and this altercation it disappeared. I was supremely disappointed in myself for having my camera so easily accessible, and at this old man for even trying to get into my purse. I learned the lesson the hard way of having to always keep things as far out of reach from bad people as possible.
I got a new camera today in Tbilisi – this is the first picture I took, a great view of the city from our hotel. I can’t wait to fill this memory card with pictures of Georgia!