Once again June came and went away, leaving behind the first excitement of summer. For me June has always meant one thing – it is time to visit my parents, who are unlucky to live close enough for me to bother them twice a year. And a visit to my parents means a visit to Poland and the wonderful countryside by the Baltic sea.
Every year I pick the end of June for a very simple reason – it is strawberry season in Poland then, which means that after a day spent walking in the sun on the seaside I get to indulge myself with fresh strawberries picked from the field a few minutes away from my parents’ house. I am a real strawberry addict, I am afraid, and I have never found anything quite as delicious as Polish strawberries in June. That is a definite recommendation.
But there are few more fantastic things about spending late June by the Baltic sea. The weather is usually gorgeous, although hot days do mean nights full of tempests on occasion. Strolling down the beach is by far the only thing I truly enjoy in weather like that; and the Polish beaches are quite different to those found in France or Spain. The Baltic sea is a harsh sea, an unforgiving one, true, yet it can be a more beautiful and powerful experience for it.
Tricity is host to a great many social events too. It is a true land of culture; a place where any odd cafe hosts music nights and any odd weekend is a time for an art festival. The most popular event would, of course, be the Open’er Festival, by far the biggest such event in this part of Europe, but there are plenty of design, film or theatre festivals to look forward too.
And the best thing about my parents’ place? Just how close one can be to nature. Not only spending one’s time by the sea, no, the countless forests and fields offer just as much. Every evening there is a nightingale concerto, calming and reassuring, and every night brings a new adventure under a true sea of stars.
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