So I will get to all of that and the ANHM review along with Rome/Naples/Maiori/Pompei posts are coming. First though I'm going to talk about my second visit to Poland and some business travel stuff.
We stayed at the new Marriott Courtyard Hotel, also the site of our event. Great hotel and I'd highly recommend it for business travel or possibly weekend getaway - depending on what you are after. Its perfect if you plan to spend most of your time out and about, but need a good safe base and had one of the most comfortable beds I've ever half-slept on (a reference to my crippling insomnia, not the hotel, the fact I actually did get a couple hours sleep is testament to it's cosiness). The staff were pretty helpful, but I didn't have to deal with them much as we were booking via our local office etc.
I loved the style, something very Mad Men inspired about the furniture and the breakfast buffet was excellent. If you are looking for a high-end getaway it's nice, but not the kind of place with a lot of onsite facilities like spa/salon stuff or a swimming pool though I'm sure you could find all that stuff somewhere in either Gdynia, Sopot or Gdansk. Business travellers are clearly their market. However it is very close to the beach and good bars if you are there in summer.
- The people aka my colleagues! we have a great team there
- Weather - more decisive here, the jacket you decide on in the AM will likely make sense in the PM as opposed to Scotland where it might be a different season in the next 15 minutes. Also the autumn trees are gorgeous
- Seafood (just the food in general)
- The view of the Baltic Sea
- Shopping! Rivera shopping mall is hard to beat.
Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia are three cities in a row connected by rail and road. People from Gdynia will go out in Gdynia or Sopot, while people from Gdansk will go to Gdansk and Sopot (I'm not sure about people from Sopot but I think they hit up all three cities!). There is a (mostly) friendly rivalry between them.
So on to food - all the meals I had were amazing! Gdynia food is on point.
While travelling around Italy Rockin' Roy and I took minimal stuff in our backpacks because we were adventuring. For work trips however I'm a check-in roller suitcase girl! I've found I much prefer to have multiple clothing options as well as hair & make-up fixin's. Work trip means professional outfits but also something for dinner, something for exploring the local area at the weekend/evenings and something to workout in/swim in. And with that comes multiple shoe pairs...
Also if I'm away from home and staying in a hotel I like to have stuff like books, hot water bottle, tea, my own hair towel etc. Backpacking with Roy is different because we stay in rented apartments and he basically is my home so I don't need much else to feel comfortable. Also I really don't bother with make-up and stuff for holidays, because our holidays tend to be do-all-the-stuff holidays rather than a be-little-bit-glamourous-holidays.
So I took for my head - davines mousse & salt spray, boots straighteners, a bunch of body shop/benefit make-up.
For my feet - sketcher trainers, clarks closed toe sandles, red suede roll-up ballet shoes. For my body - clothes!
Week's wardrobe -
- Seasalt chambray skirt (out of stock - similar)
- 2 x breton style tops (1 x navy, 1 x red) from H&M and Gap I think
- Miss Selfridge Striped pencil skirt (out of stock - similar)
- 2 x Boohoo peplum tops
- Lindy Bop dotty dress (out of stock - Polka dot dresses here)
- Lady Voluptuous Flamingo dress (out of stock - Phoebe dresses here)
- Monochrome skater dress from Next (no longer in stock but vaguely geometric/houndstoothy!? I honestly can't find anything similar online, but non-iron skater dresses in general are good for business trips)
- Gym gear (All Karrimor)
- Gap hoodie
- Peplum Boohoo jacket
- The basics - black trousers, grey T, black T, shortie PJs (I have never in my life been cold sleeping in a hotel - I'm always roasting regardless of the weather) tights, undies etc! Grey marl wrap scarf (H&M)