Making Mates And Feeling At Residence In Stunning Poznan, Poland – Bicycle Touring Professional

by jpc_touring-bicycle

Two weeks was not sufficient time. I’ve been to Poznan, Poland a number of instances earlier than, however I had no thought I’d make so many pals right here throughout my brief two weeks within the metropolis. I actually love this place and the folks that I’ve met right here.

For the final two weeks I’ve been staying on this spacious studio condo within the Jezyce district of Poznan, Poland. I rented the place on and have shortly turn out to be pals with not solely the proprietor of the condo, but in addition her boyfriend, brother and varied different pals.

Co-Motion pangea inside a kitchen

Poznan Poland AirBNB D6 studio apartment

Poznan Poland studio apartment bathroom


Throughout my time in Poznan I made a number of journeys to the Bigfoot Espresso Store to go to with my American pal, Erik Witsoe, who not solely runs the place, however can also be an incredible photographer and is capturing Poznan in a novel means by his work at Erik Witsoe Pictures.

Customers gather inside the tiny Bigfoot Coffee Shop in Poznan, Poland

I additionally spent about 8 days throughout my brief two weeks in Poznan taking table-tennis classes from Wieslaw Witek. Wieslaw doesn’t know any English… and I do know just a few phrases in Polish, so our classes collectively are fairly attention-grabbing, however I’ve discovered loads from our classes collectively… and had quite a lot of enjoyable as nicely.


When Karolina (the lady I’m renting my condo from) discovered that I like desk tennis, she knowledgeable me that her pal Lukasz had a ping-pong desk within the basement of his condo constructing, so she invited me over one night time to play along with her, Lukasz and her boyfriend, Marek. I ended up going to play with Lukasz by myself two further instances.

Flight Club ping-pong battle

I additionally went on plenty of bike rides whereas I used to be in Poznan. Once I visited Poznan for the primary time greater than a 12 months in the past, the primary place I went for a motorcycle experience was within the close by forests… and these forests are nonetheless one in all my favourite locations in all of Poznan.

Darren Alff of Bicycle Touring Pro - Poznan I love You

I even managed to go on a motorcycle experience with my pal Pawel, who I met the final 12 months winter once I was in Poznan… and he invited his pal Daga (the lead singer for the Polish music group, Dagadana, to go on a motorcycle experience with us). We cycled out to a distant lake, ate some ice cream, and stood on the pier because the solar set over the bushes and lake within the distance.

Daga from the Polish music group, Dagadana

After making pals with Karolina, Marek, Lukasz and Lukasz’s girlfriend Marzena, I used to be invited to 2 separate dinners with the {couples}. At these dinners I used to be additionally launched to Karolina’s brother (who can also be named Lukasz) and his girlfriend, Anna. Karolina and Marek cooked up a bunch of meals and all of us consumed it out on the couple’s out of doors backyard patio.

karolina cooking meat in her kitchen

Lukasz from Poznan Poland

Marzena from Poznan, Poland

Marek cooking at the barbeque

meat and veggies on a bbq

Karolina from Poznan, Poland

Polish party food

friends eating dinner on an outdoor patio

Right here’s a photograph of me (on the left) and Wieslaw Witek (my Polish table-tennis teacher (on the best)). The photograph was taken on our final day of coaching collectively… and I’m bending my knees in an try and decrease myself right down to his degree.


Darren Alff cycling through the trees in Poznan, Poland

Throughout my final week in Poznan, I met up with my pal Ariadna (who runs the style weblog Assist, I Have Nothing To Put on) and we ate smoothies collectively, went to lunch at a vegan restaurant, after which went on an extended bike experience collectively out to Lake Strzeszynskie.

Vegan food from restaurant in Poznan, Poland

Whereas in Poznan, I additionally shot a video for the web site right here at The video is my try at answering your questions concerning the lately re-published Bicycle Touring Blueprint and the Final Bike Tour Coaching Course.

Self Portrait of Darren Alff om Poznan Poland


Poznan Poland Lake Rusalka during summer swimmers sunbathers

Throughout my final day in Poznan, I awoke tremendous early and rode across the metropolis on my fully-loaded bicycle whereas Erik (from the Bigfoot Espresso Store) took images of me. Then I returned to my studio condo, packed up my issues and ready to hit the highway. Later within the night, I met up with Ariadna once more and she or he interviewed me for a college task after which we walked again to her condo on a darkish Sunday night.

For the subsequent 6+ months, my bicycle can be my residence. I’ll cycle out of Poznan and proceed using north by Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland earlier than touring to Eire in mid-August and persevering with to the UK and Taiwan after that.

Keep tuned for extra photograph, tales and movies from the highway as I slowly pedal my means by bicycle by dozens of nations all all over the world. You should definitely observe the journey on Fb, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and Instagram.




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