Saturday, March 21, 2009

Collection Adam

The missionary "uniform" can become very tedious after a couple of years of wearing the same two suits and white shirts everyday. So to add some color to their ensembles, the Elders like to make a visit to
Collection Adam
to buy ties!
Mr. Adam produces and ships ties all over the world, but he loves the LDS missionaries and allows us to come right into the factory where he sells these beautiful ties at a fabulous price.

So ocassionally, on "P-day" we all head
south for a shopping trip.

Some missionaries have spent thousands of zlotys on kravats and have their own
"Collection Adam"
hanging in their closets.

We must confess to having added to Dean's tie collection too.

Mr. Adam appreciates the business so much
that he has even created special
white ties for use in the temple and embossed the
Warsaw, Poland Mission
name on the inside of the tie.

This pink and navy one is my personal favorite---
Dean thought it was a bit "much"
at first, but he humors me by wearing it any way.
What do you think?

Monday, March 9, 2009

5 Things to Love

As we approach the last few months of our mission,
I naturally start to reflect on this lovely
country and the many things that I've learned to
appreciate about it.
Today, I will share just 5 things
that I love and enjoy about Poland.

#1 Food presentation is elegant!
It doesn't matter how expensive the restaurant is
or isn't,
they take great pride in the way the food is presented on the plate.
You always feel like you are in the royal dining room---
much attention is paid to details
as you can see from these pictures.
The chefs are creative and each plate is a work of art.

#2 Flowers.
Perhaps because the skies are so often gray
and the buildings are drab,
the Polish people love their flowers.
All year long you will find these kiosks
set up with flowers for sale to brighten the landscape.
They are really quite cheap too!
A bouquet of nine daffodils only cost me 13 zlotys,
that's about $3.50.

We often bring some home to cheer up
our little apartment.

#3 Castles.
Imagination and fairy tales come to life
when you see the moat, the ramparts and the towers
of an ancient castle.
Your mind can't help but be transported back
hundreds of years to a different time and you wonder
what it might have been like to live in the age of knights and ladies.
We don't have anything like these at home.

#4 Cheese.
Europe has sooooooooooo many different kinds of cheeses.
It's actually a bit overwhelming to try and pick
one out when you go to the store. They're delicious.
You just want to grab a baguette, some fruit and
cheese and go and sit by the river and soak
up the scrumptious flavors and feel very European.

#5 Sunsets. Need I say more?