So, the journey! For me and Polina, this was our first experience of an automobile journey through Europe, and we were very excited and at the same time nervous about it - before we set out on our way, we went through a lot of websites with the endless "do's and don’t's" As it turned out later, if a married Russian couple wants to cross the Byelorussian-Polish border, they only need three things:
1. Their car
2. Their passports with an open Schengen Visa
3. Vehicle registration certificate
That's it! Or, at least, this was the case with us - nobody demanded from us any mythical "international driver's license", or even the national driver's license, for that matter! The rumors about the total search of the car are also strongly exaggerated - the Polish frontier guards only asked us to open the trunk and were content with a cursory inspection (apparently, just to make sure that we were not carrying a third “pasportless” person in the trunk).
At the Byelorussia-Polish checkpoint, we accidentally (what an extraordinary piece of luck!) with Vladimir and Anna Marins (and their charming little daughters) - here we are, in
We made it to the hotel well late into the night - we only had enough strength to check out and fall fast asleep.
The next morning we had breakfast, and then gathered together in the hotel lobby where we were met by Dominika who took us on a guided tour to the nearby city of
In the evening, we were in for a magnificent supper, organized by the "receiving party". Now, I do very well realize that "the evening went on in a warm and friendly atmosphere" is a terrible cliche, but what else can I say if the atmosphere was indeed warm and friendly? It was really great to chat with Rafal and Emil (Supersnow), meet Wojtek and Hieromin (QBL), as well as make new friends. Breaking totally loose, however, was out of the question: the next day was to be the conference.
The conference was organized in the presentation hall, while in the hotel lobby there was a mini-trade show, whose many exhibitors were quite familiar to us from our own "Ski Build Expo": Supersnow (our cordial hosts), Bartholet Machinenbau, MND, QBL, and others. We did not have a stand of our own - but our long-standing partner, and the irreplaceable leader of ISR Magazine Dietrich Kops kindly allowed us to use part of his presentation table to put our catalogues and other promo materials upon. The presentation of Dietrich Kops, in fact, started off the first day of the conference.
The presentations were done mainly in English, while one of the directors of "Supersnow" Emil Zaremba simultaneously translated them into Polish - it was all efficient and effective.
Anton Mizonov's presentation of the expo projects "Moscow Ski&Board Salon" and "Ski Build Expo"
At the end of the first day of the conference, there was yet another gala supper and a party at the club in the basement floor of the hotel.
The next morning we had "free time", and we used it to take our car and go see "
In the afternoon, after we were back from the castle, we took a trip “free economic zone” and had a tour of the new plant of “Supersnow” - fascinating experience! There will be no photos of that part of our tour for obvious reasons - so here you will have to take my word for it.
And, well late into the night, Rafal Topolsky treated us to the farewell supper in the Italian restaurant "Villa Toscana" in the cozy little town of
This is how we ended our formal/informal and friendly/official visit to
Again, we want to say a shouting thank you to our new and old friends:
Some pictures from the road to