Vignettes from a morning walk 3

Plac Unii City Shopping

I hate to say this, but I, non-shopper extraordinaire, had a wonderful time walking round the geometry and destabilising reflections of the Unii Lubelskeij shopping complex, not for the first time. Oh, and I have to confess that I did buy something. I spent 1.99zł (70 cents in Australian dollars at the current exchange rate) on a thin notebook to use as I launch into an effort to pick up a bit of Polish.

Symbole Mokotowa 

In the last week, information panels have been springing up in my neighbourhood celebrating icons of Mokotów. This one marks the spot where the post-war Kino Moskwa stood, the eleventh cinema in Warsaw: it was going to be called the Evening cinema, but ended up being called the Moscow cinema. It was after all 1950. The screenings on opening night were a film about a Polish communist and a soviet feature film called “They have a homeland”. The theatre held 1200 (or maybe 2000), and had luxury padded chairs and marble columns. If you look closely at the old photo you’ll see the theatre lion, who is now standing beside its mate on a marble base in front of the replacement buildings, the only remnants of the Kino Moskwa.

(This information comes to you courtesy of my notebook for mastering Polish, a little bit of knowledge of Polish vocabulary and grammar, the iSpeak Polish app, and an old facility in making translation leaps based on instinct, a skill honed in the Latin classrooms of my youth.)

Fresh vegetables on the doorstep

For a woman who lives 25 kms from her shopping town in Australia, there is luxury in being able to whizz downstairs and top up the supply of fresh vegetables or fruit from a stall just over the road – our apartment is in the rather dingy looking block in the background – and from a small shop, tempting with purple and yellow this morning, half a block away.

I rounded off my morning’s stroll by making an appointment for a haircut on Monday, and returned home feeling disproportionately triumphant. After all, it’s not as if I conducted this transaction in Polish. Next time.

About morselsandscraps

A retired Australian who spends a lot of time in Warsaw, and blogs as a way of life.
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32 Responses to Vignettes from a morning walk 3

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    A fine morning’s excursion, and what fun you had in the mall – all those angles; the light play. I felt my fingers twitching for the camera too.


  2. Paula says:

    How did they make this cauliflower yellow? 🙂


  3. Sue says:

    You certainly had some fun in the shopping mall – all those angles and reflections! And so few people….


  4. pommepal says:

    Is it very early Meg? Is that why hardly any people are in your photos. Or do you just bide your time till every one is out of shot?


  5. Sonel says:

    You are so right about the geometry and reflections Meg! Even I would have enjoyed it there and you took stunning shots!

    Those lion statues are gorgeous and what a beautiful theatre as well.

    Those veggies look so delicious and you are very lucky indeed to have all those fresh fruits and veggies on your doorstep. I can see you had a lovely time and thanks for sharing. I also enjoyed. 😀 ♥


  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    The third photo with the young man is really disorientating, i can’t get my head around it, but I like it! The architecture of shopping malls is great for photos, like you, I can do without shopping. I was very brave in a restaurant last week, I don’t eat meat, only some fish and the only veggie option was a couscous with cauliflower crumbs in it. I can’t stand caulie, but ate it anyway. I’m a bit like the twins really 🙂

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    • Cauliflower crumbs?? I love menu language. Did you enjoy them at all? You’d be at home here. I wouldn’t turn a hair when you said “Yuck”.

      I find glass floors disorienting too: I spend a lot of time clutching balustrades. I’m proud of that young man. I saw him coming and got him in my sights ready for his appearance through the doors.

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  7. Suzanne says:

    I reallylike these photos and the way your new environment is inspiring them. They are so different in both composition and effect from your Australian photos.


  8. Heyjude says:

    I ❤ cauliflower, but never seen a yellow one before and I'd like to try the purple one too. I suspect they both taste just like cauliflower. I know what you mean about having the market on your doorstep, I miss that ability to just wander out the door and decide what we are having for dinner. You asked me what I missed about Ludlow. It occurred to me after I replied that I also miss the church bells.


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