The last time I had a subpar meal in Europe, some bandits knocked me on the head and nearly robbed me of the memory. After tonight's disappointing dinner, I roamed the streets of Warsaw with wallet in hand, whistling Yankee Doodle hoping for a similar conclusion.
The menu said "Mushroom soup and roast duck with raspberry-stuffed tomatoes" but the biggest draw in their pitch was the exclusion of accurate adjectives. The soup resembled mushroom in that it was, in fact, brown. The consistency was what I imagine a pneumonia patient swallows with each gurgling breath. Based on the amount of fat on the duck, I'd guess they'd fed it the mushroom soup shortly before it was strangled that morning, a fate I would have welcomed had I not eagerly anticipated countering this culinary damage with some ice cream once the wait staff released me. Each bite, despite extensive chewing refused to separate into pieces small enough to comfortably swallow, and at the end more remained in my napkin than in my belly.
The croix de guerre was that I had to choke down this swill while listening to Rod Stewart belt out "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" No, Rod, no I do not, but I'll make you a deal - if you'll take me away from this horrible meal, I will introduce you to someone who does. No matter the cost.
Fortunately, the evening was not a total loss. I did manage to capture some Videos of Poland which I think you'll enjoy. Here they are.
Old Town right before sunset. Lots of humans and birds:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INK8VE_p ... ature=plcp
The sign reads "My God, and where is my. Pride?"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rb1KTzy ... ature=plcp
And Finally... FIRE!!!
My pants don't smell like sunshine anymore.