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Staff Trip to Warsaw 2008


 An intrepid group of Kilmarnock Academy staff, partners, siblings and  friends, travelled to Warsaw on Friday 25 January to broaden their  horizons and cement Scottish/Polish relations in the only way they  know how enjoying themselves.

 The party of sixteen travelled from Prestwick courtesy of Whizz Air  airlines, arriving in Warsaw late on Friday night. Driving in taxis through  the streets of Warsaw at 110km/h in a 50km/h zone was an exciting  introduction to the city.

 On Saturday morning we headed for the Old Town , an amazing replica  of the original town which was entirely destroyed by the Nazis during  World War II. Its streets are lined with old houses, bars and  restaurants, and interesting shops. On the main square, the rynek ,  the Warsaw Museum traces the history of the town from Neolithic  times through to the present day. The exhibition on the Warsaw  Uprising was particularly moving. To the north of the Old Town , the  Marie Curie Museum was also of interest, at least to those of the  group with an intellectual bent.

 Between us we notched up many of the sights of Warsaw , enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and the interesting contrast between the Old

Town , the more recent renovations and the relics of the communist era.

In the evening we repaired to a restaurant once frequented by Chopin himself. The group enjoyed a Polish party night and truly entered into the spirit of the evening. The food was excellent, we sampled, in very small doses obviously, the vodka and we danced the night away. The music was somewhat reminiscent of the Eurovision Song Contest but no matter you can dance the slosh to anything. From the birdie song to Greek music, it was a truly international evening. Our rendering of Auld Lang Syne was warmly welcomed by our new Polish friends, to whom we donated our heather and tartan lapel badges, worn in honour of Robert Burns.

On Sunday we managed to see more of the sights before a slightly more sedate taxi ride back to the airport. From the departure lounge we watched a light snow flurry develop into a blizzard. In minutes, snow was lying thickly on the runway and our departure was delayed for twenty minutes to allow the plane to be de-iced. There is no truth in the rumour that certain staff members were hoping for an airport shut down.

Report by Carole Ford