Finishing breakfast in matching Bialystok T-shirts (Thanks Lucy!)
Doesn’t look like this is a civilian border station. Jakub spoke to the soldier who got on his military phone to see if we could pass. On the phone, the commanding officer asked if we were from Belarus. “No. Poland and the United States.” Those were the magic words....in a bad way. We were turned around and directed back to the border crossing we took into Belarus.
Jakub said the last time at that border, the line went 2 kilometers. By 2 pm, we passed through the first of the Belarus stations.
By 3:00, we had advanced to the Polish side. Thanks to the EU status of Jakub and the license plate on the car, we moved quickly and were back in Poland by 3:15 pm.
Marci's required order of a Greek Salad at every restaurant in eastern Europe
Mandatory family shot after meal at restaurant
we arrived at our hotel in Augustow, in Poland’s lake district. We picked this locale since it was close to the ancestral home of Mary Surasky, Marci’s great grandmother and the woman after whom Marci was named. It’s also close to the Lithuanian border where we head tomorrow.
Then we noticed about 40 well-dressed folk...whom we figured were not actually there to welcome us to their fair city.
I lamented to Jakub who told me he had just given the receptionist the same feedback in Polish.
that we were in the parking lot of the restaurant recommended by Lisa Lainer Fagan! We compared the picture on the internet to the restaurant building and they matched. We were excited but decided to walk around the block to see if there were any other possibilities, especially since one Polish woman told us that the old hospital was, in fact, a few hundred yards farther down the street.
(Jakub reports that he used to get them as a child and that they have not, as yet, changed the recipe).
So I thought this was funny... I think I took it too far...ordering a bottle of "unsparkling water." The server must have only heard the last two syllables and some bubbly arrived. "No," I explained, "we wanted the UNsparkling water." She didn't find it funny.
We took the drive back to Augustow where we all sweat a lot more than we slept...