Monday, June 24, 2013

Big book festival and more.

Last weekend Warsaw had a whole series of events all for different reasons one of which was to celebrate the big book festival. Which is an initiative to get people reading again, after recent surveys in Poland have been less than exciting suggestion that last year more than 60% of people did not read a single book in either paper or electronic form. There are ideas to change this such as here and events like this are trying to get people more into books. As you may see on here I read regularly and I am a slow reader so there really is no reason at all not to read. It is a great way to get your brain flowing, creative and to increase your word base.... well maybe not mine.

So on this weekend, first we cruised through Jazdow, a park that houses a small palace and the only Michelin star restaurant in Warsaw, Atelier Amaro.the market there and the displays seemed interesting but it was about 110% hipster and after I heard someone call after their dog with the name "Sushi" I thought it was best we head off.

We headed down Agrykola and then along the river on the West bank and down on the East.

Street Art going up.

People enjoying the sun on a bar/boat on the Wisla/Vistula.

Take a balloon ride over the Vistula with these guys for only 40PLN (but we'd rather spend that on a burger)

The burger we had at Barn Burger... yum! They have great, not overly cheap, but great burgers.

There there was the big book festival, they were planning to have a record of the most people reading in one place at one time. So you needed to register yourself, and your book.

Our "little" Lithuanian friend Viola came along to be part of it.

Oh selfies with mum, how cute.

Let the reading commence

Keep hydrated though.

Everyone is enjoying books...

Hey, that's cheating! Read your own book.

There was plenty of people snapping away while we read, I returned the favour

A big group of school kids got the numbers up

You needed sunglasses if you wanted to read out there.
Overall it was a great initiative and I hope that the media associated with it got it some good publicity.

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