Ok, it's kind of a lame title
You need places where you feel at home to feel at home. In Poland, I fell in love with Galeria Krakowska - 270 specialty shops, cafés, and restaurants in 600,000 sq ft across three floors. Underneath is the main railway station, plus adjoining bus station. You get the hustle and bustle of any busy train station sandwiched under some serious shopping. The perfect place to people watch.
I saw travelers (weary and sleepy), shoppers (a chipper lot), and heard many languages being spoken. My fellow travelers comforted me; in Krakow for a visa, I was neither here nor there - not here for work, but not a tourist, either.
On the spacious third floor I frequented Green Caffe Nero. Near the end of my two week stay I was able to order in Polish and even understand that they were out of the hot coco mix! Was great fun to sit and people watch, read my Bible, and practice interpreting (from Russian to English and vice versa; this kept me occupied quite well).
My time in Krakow was good, but also stark and lonely; however, God reached out to me in my loneliness and when I flew out for Kyiv, I left warmed and elated: there'd been a spiritual battle going on, and I ran to him crying and he won.
Krakow left me with a lot to think about, and I've got lots more I'd like to write about it... and Ukraine, as well. I'd love to hear any comments or questions :)
(This trip was in late September, 2018-mid October)