Pleasantly surprised by Gdansk

Gdansk was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-!! I have to admit I didn’t have too high hopes about the city and I really don’t know why. I think it’s because I just don’t see myself going to Poland because I barely know anything about Poland! Which is awful, there is really no excuse for being ignorant about the world around me and it’s something I try to work on every single day of my life.

Back to Gdansk, Gdansk was huge! It’s almost the same size as Helsinki!! The houses were stunning in the old town. All of them were colorful and had a special kind of architecture. Gdansk was also cheap (compared to Finland!), the food was tasty and the people we came in contact with were friendly.

I have 2 things to complain about though.

I couldn’t find any fresh milk to put in my coffee, not sure if I looked in the wrong places or if milk just isn’t a thing in Poland? I was offered some powdered milk though, not really the same as fresh milk.

We also had a terrible experience at a restaurant on our last night eating out. I have worked as a waitress and most of my friends have similar experiences so we really knew how much the restaurant was in the wrong. We decided to be nice and tip the waiter anyway, because we had literally been in his shoes. But he proceeded to yell at us because he thought he deserved more than the 10% tip we gave him. By then we all just decided to leave and conclude it being the worst restaurant experience any of us had ever had.

Being a tour guide

Today I got to experience something totally new for me, being a tour guide! I have to confess I was a bit nervous in the beginning, especially when the buss drove away and I was standing with a group of strangers on the street… Luckily I had a classmate with me so I didn’t have to do it alone.


We showed them around Turku by foot and gave some background information about important landmarks. Let me just tell you this, there is SO much more you need to know than just the information and route!

  1. What do you do with people who walk slower than snails??? Are you supposed to chase them? Do you have to stop and wait every 100 meters??
  2. What about cranky people who don’t enjoy the tour? When you’re showing amazing views and they refuse to smile and just huff and look at their watch. Ouch.
  3. What do you do when people ask you weird questions that you really don’t know the answer to? There is always going to be that one question you can’t answer!
  4. Counting how many people are part of the group is a great idea, and do it in the beginning! Wondering if someone got left behind sucks.

Those were just 4 of the many things we were thinking about after our tour was over. I bet experienced guides have a few tips and tricks, but being a total rookie we sure didn’t know!