“Have you been shopping in Poland yet?”
I’ve been asked this question with the emphasis on yet. Apparently it is something everyone does during their time here, just like getting a speeding ticket or eating schnitzel.
Finally, I got my chance! I headed to Bolaslawiec, Poland with two friends to buy some pottery. Of course we didn’t have to drive 8 hours just for pottery, but this is the motherland so the selection is amazing and so are the prices!
There are many shops all around town. Some are big, well-organized showrooms.
Others are smaller but required a little more digging.
Others are right next to the factory where the pottery is handmade.
This one was really off the beaten path. We parked next to this shed which was filled with clay and pottery molds. The store was a room off of a barn, and they were closed but they came to help us when we rang the bell. They did not speak any English but we had no problem making a transaction.
Seeing this in the parking lot is a sign that it is going to be quite crowded inside!
All around the town there are giant pottery pieces like these.
As far as the rest of the Polish scenery, it was pretty gloomy and chilly.
The air smelled like fireworks because coal is used for heat. That also probably contributed to the grey skies – pollution.
We stayed at the Elim Christian Center. This mission is housed in a 450 year old palace. The dedicated staff here work to make life better for area residents by providing food, clothing, work (they make adorable nativity sets!), and other services to those in need.
It would be awesome if we could come back here with a group from the Chapel and partner with Elim to do a service project – perhaps with a bit of free time to do some shopping, just to support the local economy, of course.
And what did I buy? I won’t do a full reveal since some of these things will be gifts, but here is a sneak peak.