Ticket to Ride

June 27 was a crazy day for me. Most importantly, I made my way to the Polish Consulate in New York City. Here is a look at how I went from Syracuse to New York City to Pennsylvania in 24 hours!

12:50am: I arrive at the Syracuse Regional Transportation center. After asking a worker there which gate my bus will be at, I discover that the Megabus actually picks up outside, in front of the building. Kind of weird, but I head out front regardless. My bus is due at 1:35am.

1:35am: No sign of a bus yet (ugh), but I pass the time by talking to two friendly women that are also taking the bus to NYC. At this point I’m crossing my fingers for a electrical plug to charge my phone and a window seat.

1:50am: The bus finally arrives. Now I am oh so ready to go to sleep until we arrive. As the bus pulls up, I see that it is filled to the brim and is weirdly a double-decker bus. I quickly find a seat (unfortunately not a window seat, boo), plug in my phone (but there are electrical plugs, yay!) and get ready to knock out for the ride.

Next, the bus driver gets on the intercom to announce that we will be stopping at the next exit to take a 30 minute rest stop (seriously?). We finally get moving again at 2:30am.

Megabus - view from my seat
Megabus – the exciting view from my seat

5:00am: I’ve been able to catch an hour or two of sleep. The Megabus is incredibly uncomfortable. All I want is a foot rest (take note, Megabus workers). We stop again for another rest break. I’m starting to get anxious as I check my phone’s gps and realize we’re still 2.5 hours away from the city. At this rate we won’t be there until ~7:45am (as opposed to the advertised 6:35am arrival time). Thankfully, my appointment at the consulate is not until 8:30am. Continue reading “Ticket to Ride”

A Taste of Polska

As it turns out, I got my first taste of Poland sooner than I thought!

Yesterday morning I received a text message from my cousin Kathy asking if I wanted to go to the Polish Festival in Downtown Syracuse. I was thrilled for the opportunity to try some Polish food and get a feel for the Polish community in Syracuse.

After scoping out the festival, we (Kathy, Paul, Cecilia, Kurt and I) decided on a place to eat. After considering our options, we settled on Eva’s Polish Restaurant. It was clearly a crowd favorite, based on the line.

Eva's Polish Restaurant
Eva’s Polish Restaurant

The long line allowed me plenty of time to decide on which Polish delicacy I wanted. After careful deliberation, I decided on the Kielbasa sandwich. Continue reading “A Taste of Polska”

81 Days!

Only 81 short days until I leave on a jet planeWhile that may sound like a long time to some people, I feel as if I have a thousand and three things I need to accomplish before I go. Perhaps most importantly, I need to successfully get a National Visa in order to stay in Poland for 3 months. 

In addition to being a lot of confusing paperwork, the Polish Consulate requires its visa applicants to go to the Consulate in person to apply. Therefore, I will be taking a quick jaunt down to New York City next week! And as of right now it seems like it will be quite an interesting jaunt.

Google Image pic of the Polish Consulate.                  Hopefully I'll get a better picture next week!
Google Image pic of the Polish Consulate.                                                                     Hopefully I’ll get a better picture next week!

My journey will begin just after midnight Thursday night Friday morning, when I leave for Syracuse’s Regional Transportation Center (a short 10 minute car ride from campus).  At approximately 1:35AM I will depart from the lovely city of Syracuse for good ol’ NYC.

Pending a smooth bus ride down south, I hope to arrive in NYC at 6:35AM. Upon arrival, my goal is to immediately find sustenance in the form of coffee, unhealthy breakfast food, and free WiFi. My appointment at the Consulate is set for the bright and early time of 8:30AM.

I’m currently crossing my fingers that the Polish Consulate determines that I’m not a serious threat to their beautiful country quickly so that I can explore NYC a little bit before I pass out from exhaustion. Thankfully my roommate is heading back to Syracuse the same weekend I’m in New York City so when I tire of urban exploring I can take a short (to my knowledge) train to her home to either leave for Syracuse that night or the following morning.

While next weekend sounds incredibly exhausting and probably possibly stressful, I’m truly looking forward to seeing New York City and getting my first taste of Poland (hey, it may not be a big piece of Poland, but it’s still technically Poland).

 

I can’t wait to let you know how my NYC adventure goes!

Much love,

KCO