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Backpacking in Poland: One Night in The Countryside Village of Rywałd, Pomerania

By Jsbdsl @jonnyblair
Backpacking in Poland: One Night in The Countryside Village of Rywałd, Pomerania

Backpacking in Poland: One Night in The Countryside Village of Rywałd, Pomerania

Ask me if I had heard of the village of Rywałd last week and I’d have said no way, where is it? But the travel lifestyle is an odd, unpredictable one so I ended up here. Rywałd has a population of around 603, and for one night 604 as a nonchalant Northern Irish backpacker arrived in “town”! This was another obscure night from my journeys while based in the unknown town of Starogard Gdański.

In the trendy Projekt PRL with Jacek

In the trendy Projekt PRL with Jacek

I arrived by bus from Gdańsk and you might already have read about my top 20 sights in Starogard Gdański, and my stay in the lovely Hotel Noclegi Rekord. As well as touring Starogard Gdański, I met up with two local lads to show me around – Jacek and Bartek. Jacek runs his own business here and had time to meet for a coffee in central Starogard Gdański – we met in the trendy Klubokawiarnia Szafa (Wardrobe Cafe) for a coffee.

Coffee in the trendy Klubokawiarnia Szafa

Coffee in the trendy Klubokawiarnia Szafa

Coffee in the trendy Klubokawiarnia Szafa

Coffee in the trendy Klubokawiarnia Szafa

As well as having a beer in the socialist themed Projekt PRL (one of the best bars in Starogard Gdański), we got a carryout and headed by car to Jacek’s place here in Rywałd.

The drive to Rywałd

The drive to Rywałd

The drive to Rywałd

The drive to Rywałd

I was able to speak some Polish to Jacek, his girlfriend Renia and Bartek. I got a full tour of their awesome country house in a quiet street opposite the forest. The sun went down, we had some beer, some snacks and we chatted.

Evening view from the front of Jacek's place in Rywałd.

Evening view from the front of Jacek’s place in Rywałd.

Evening view from the front of Jacek's place in Rywałd.

Evening view from the front of Jacek’s place in Rywałd.

It was great to meet Jacek, Renia and Bartek here in this tranquil village. My whole travel lifestyle has been too barmy and this was another moment. I have needed some friends and new people in my life recently to help get me through some hard times. I made some mistakes this year and it took the tranquility of Starogard Gdański and Rywałd to give me a sense of freedom and short term happiness again.

Playing pool with Jacek and Bartek

Playing pool with Jacek and Bartek

Snacks and drinks at Jacek's place in Rywałd.

Snacks and drinks at Jacek’s place in Rywałd.

Pool table at Jacek's place.

Pool table at Jacek’s place.

I wrote some poems here in this town as well and Bartek, Jacek and I talked politics. When I told them Poland was easily in my top 5 countries in Europe, they didn’t believe me. I hope now they will.

With Jacek and Bartek in Rywałd

With Jacek and Bartek in Rywałd

As for adventure, as well as learning Polish in Gdańsk and touring Gdynia, Sopot and Leba, I am heading to Tczew and Pelplin in Poland soon for more adventures. Stay tuned to my social media and follow my journey!
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Thansk to Jacek, Renia and Bartek for a great time in little Rywałd!!

Here are some videos from Rywałd:

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