Half a kilo of strawberries (181)
Hello dear reader, do you want to know how I ended up eating half a kilo of strawberries by myself? In today’s post I’ll tell you about it and some other experiences in Kostrzyn nad Odrą, while the adventure in Poland continues.
30/06/2023, Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland 🇵🇱
Everything starts with a good breakfast
Today has been a very calm but also a very productive day. I started with a wonderful breakfast: the hotel I’m staying in has a bar and a bakery downstairs. The breakfast is included and served in there. I can say that is as good as the ones I have during my creative breakfasts in Berlin.
In fact, for a moment I thought about bringing my drawing stuff and spending a few hours doing some art. Actually, I missed yesterday’s weekly meeting because I was here. However, for the sake of art and friendship N., T. and M. met in Friedrischain even though I wasn’t present, well done guys!
In any case, this morning I thought about drawing but didn’t do it. The deadline for submitting the article I mentioned yesterday is very close, so I concentrated on that instead of the drawing. It was a good choice: I wrote for a couple of hours and then left my hotel around 12.
But, as I still felt like drawing, I went for a walk to get to know Kostrzyn a bit better and with my sketchbook at hand. I headed west, as if I would be going back to Germany. As I was crossing one of the branches of the Oder, I saw two fishermen on the river bank.
I immediately stood up and started to draw them. They stood very still (as all fishermen usually do when fishing) and thanks to that I drew them calmly. However, when I wanted to take a picture of the drawing and the scene, one of them caught something. He quickly got up to catch his prey and right after both of them started to prepare their things to leave the place. So, as you can see in the photo, I never got the same picture again
I also knew that in Kostrzyn there is a big flea market. That was actually my destination point. After leaving the fishermen I walked a little further and found it on my left. I won’t say that what I found was super interesting. I was expecting to see more handicrafts or “local” stuff. But what I found was mostly cigarettes, industrial clothes and shoes, and a few places to eat.
I read some reviews about the market before I went, and they were pretty accurate: half of the stalls are empty, and there are hardly any people (especially compared to the markets I do). It seems that the pandemic had a big impact and the market has never recovered since then.
In any case, I bought some very fresh and juicy strawberries, a T-shirt and decided to have lunch there. Before the food arrived, I took my sketchbook and made another quick drawing of the market. Once I had my food, I ate very slowly, reading (again) Jules Verne’s “A Trip to the Moon”. By the moment I’m writing these lines, all strawberries are gone 😜
But tell me dear reader…
What makes a strawberry more attractive: red or green?
Have you read any of Verne’s books?
Good evening 🍓🌝
These daily posts written during 2023 are part of a collection aimed to celebrate my 10th year’s anniversary in Europe. I write these posts to share things that happened since 2010 when I was in Argentina, a small story during my travels in Europe, details of those moments of my life that brought me until here… You can check the full collection here.