After soaking in the tub for I don’t know how long and coming out lazily, nicely refreshed and absolutely famished, we went looking for dinner.
Gdańsk is a beautiful and old city with such a friendly and carefree flair, with a population of about 455 830. It is the region’s calling card because of the two defining events that started here – the World War II and the Solidarity Movement.
Of course when travelling, we always try to find places to experience the local cuisine. We found one with ease and looking at the menu, we knew we have made the right choice. When we stepped inside we immediately saw that it was an upmarket restaurant with opulent decor but still laid back. Luckily we had dressed decently enough so that wherever we end up we are not denied entry because of the dress code. We ate things I couldn’t even pronounce…but they were explained in English so we knew what we were eating. Food was really delicious, the vibe cosy and relaxed with the opera singer entertaining us for the evening. I even drank their local beer just for the fun of it. In fact, I would say this restaurant is a trip on it’s own.
Then came the tricky part – to tip or not to tip? Coming from two different places that are such opposites when it comes to tipping amongst other things, it always leaves me confused. In South Africa tipping is commonly practised and is expected, whilst in Finland such thing is generally not done. We had forgotten to find out about this earlier on, but luckily we had a guide book with us about basic courtesy. We quickly read whilst we ordered another round of drinks, and we found a warning, to be careful about saying “thank you” when paying the bill because it’s commonly interpreted as “keep the change”. OK, so it is optional but after such great food and enjoyment, we happily paid the tip.
It is safe to walk at night on the streets, petty crime like pick-pocketing is common but the hotel staff had assured us that it’s safe.
So, we explored the city a bit after dinner but not much really as we‘ve arrived late and bit tired. But we managed to see the beautiful old buildings, churches, etc in the evening and the next day before we left for the next destination – Warszawa.