Pierogies in Poland

Hallo Fruende! I still can’t believe my time in Berlin is winding down, but here’s a little recap of the past week. At work, I began a project in order to optimize our warehouse space for our inventory. In order to strategize this planning, I have begun to compile our weekly sales and forecast this data for a 3-4 week span of time.  Using the projected volume per unit as well as the costs for each square meter of space, I will be able to determine if we can find a solution to optimize our space in the warehouse. Essentially, the goal is to determine if the companies should continue using an Amazon warehouse or move elsewhere and save the difference in costs. I’m excited to continue with this project and propose my findings to the logistics supervisor.

We also had another company meeting this past week, along with our company lunch. After lunch was the company presentation outlining our performance across the boards for each company. During the summer months, more people are outside and spending time on vacation and less people are shopping online. For an e-commerce company this can be difficult, so it’s beneficial to have these weekly meetings to strategize new approaches.

Other than work, I could describe last week with one word: pierogies. I went out with one of my colleagues to tak tak – polish deli in Mitte for lunch one day. I figured I could compare Berlin’s take on the pierogi to the real thing in Poland. I have always had pierogies with potato and cheese growing up when my grandma would make them, so I was quite surprised when they also had spinach, meat, and even sweet pierogies. I tried a few of the varieties, and my favorite was by far the classic pierogi ruskie.

After work on Thursday, we took a bus to Kraków, Poland. The ride was a long 9 hours across many bumpy Poland roadways, but we eventually arrived at around 5am in the morning. It was a quite rainy morning when we arrived, but I was just happy to be there. After getting the keys for our Airbnb, we found our apartment and slept for a few more hours before exploring the city.

We started our day with a light lunch in the neighborhood we were staying in, between the Old Town and Kazimierz. Afterwards, we walked to Wawel Castle, which was only a short walk into town. We didn’t have to use public transportation at all during our time in Kraków. It was super convenient to have everything within walking distance. We walked about 20 miles for the entirety of the weekend—according to my health app at least. 😀 We did a tour of the state rooms in the castle, as well as the art exhibit they had displayed. The castle had a beautiful exterior and the surrounding gardens were very pretty.CF5D53E1-2B24-456E-B268-67326072B893.JPGRodakS5RodakS3After our royal tour, we treated ourselves to some unicorn ice cream in the Old Jewish Quarter, Kazmierz. I tried the raspberry, and it was so fruity and delicious. We walked across the Vistula River to the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art. There was a lot of interesting pieces, and even some from the one and only, Andy Warhol.

We walked around the neighborhood and found the church of St. Joseph, which had very pretty architecture. As the sun was setting, we decided it was time to eat after a long day. We went to a restaurant called Marchewka z Groszkiem in Kasmierz. I had their pierogies, and they were super yummy. Definitely one of the highlights of my trip. 🙂 RodakS4

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Kraków is a very historical city, and not too far from the city center is the Auschwitz concentration camp. On Saturday morning, we traveled outside of the city for a tour of Auschwitz I and Auschwiz-II Birkenau. The experience was very eye-opening, and quite sad. I learned a lot of history about the tragic lives of many European Jews.

After a pretty sad day, the other Pitt students and I thought we would do something to bring up our spirits, so we ended the night with dinner and the orchestra. There was a show being held in the Church of Saints Peter and Paul. We enjoyed listening to the classical music, and afterwards indulged in a Paçzki! This is a polish donut that comes in a variety of flavors and fillings. I once made these donuts at home for a school heritage project, and I was excited to try the authentic version in Poland. Sugary and sweet—a delicious end to the night. RodakS4Sunday morning we prepared to depart Poland and enjoyed a yummy breakfast to fill us up for the long bus ride back to Berlin. We visited a local bakery for some snacks for the ride, and enjoyed the sunshine in the park before we left for the bus station. Kraków was a really nice trip, and now I’m back in Berlin enjoying my last two weeks before my final trip back to the States. Time flies.