Oliver is…

He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man

…done with Oliwa

When I discovered there was an area between Gdansk and Sopot that was pronounced pretty much like my name, it seemed obvious I should go there.

Going here wasn’t a purely vanity trip, although that was a large part of it. On trusty old TripAdvisor, the cathedral in Oliwa is listed as the third best thing to do in Gdansk, so really most people who go to northern Poland should want to see Oliwa.


The cathedral itself wasn’t amazing, I wasn’t there at the right time for the supposedly spectacular organ playing, but the park between the station and the cathedral was a lovely surprise and I spent a long time wandering through there.


Of course, not everything makes sense in Oliwa.


Of course, if there’s one thing Oliwa loves it’s animals, so there’s one obvious thing to do: DO ZOO.


The zoo is a fair walk from centre of the city and after the glamour of the cathedral it takes in sights such as banners for escorts and buildings like these.


That was more than made up for when I arrived and saw that the zoo contained not only dinosaurs but also coats. I didn’t actually manage to find either exhibit.

Overall, Oliwa was a fun place to go and probably would be whatever your name is, but I probably liked it a little bit more for that stupid, stupid reason.


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5 Responses

  1. Oliver says:

    I announced “WHAT THE F—” at a very loud volume when I spotted the title. I thought we were over 😥

  2. Oliver says:

    I think that your trip to Oliwa was clearly the most sophisticated of your namesake tour!

  3. Oliver says:

    I salute your valour and intrepid adventures… blah blah moustaches.

  4. Dave says:

    What’s with all the clones? Is that what happens if someone tries to comment before I get there?

    ‘Coat’s’ has an apostrophe, so you might actually have seen Coat’s without knowing it belonged to him/her.

    • Oliver says:

      It’s what happens if I get bored waiting for you.

      While I’m abroad I try to ignore what the apostrophe is meant for, it makes reading a lot easier in general. Actually, I probably don’t need the ‘while I’m abroad’ bit.

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