Every now and then we all need a break. The best way to rest and forget about everyday issues is to go somewhere far from home. The farther we go the smaller our problems seem to be. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to take a few weeks off and fly to another continent. However, already just a weekend spent on recharging batteries can do wonders.
What if we combine a short holiday with practicing mindfulness? It is not just a meditation, but trying to be present in the moment and live life more consciously. It helps to be more focused and ignore distractions. Such holidays, although short, will stay in your memories much longer. I found a perfect place where you can spend a weekend being present here and now.
Bay of Gdańsk is located in the south-east part of a Baltic Sea in Poland. There are 3 major cities located there: Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot, frequently called Tricity. Visiting the Old Town in Gdańsk is a wonderful idea if you only have a chance. But let’s leave now the hustle and bustle of this touristic destination and go for a more peaceful alternative.
Since all the cities are combined into one big metropolis, it is very easy to commute between them. They are also connected by the beach, so it is possible to walk from one to another along the sea. You can take a “3 pier walk” starting in Brzeźno, then going to Sopot and finishing in Orłowo. It is around 10 km long. You can choose to walk on the beach or on the path that leads in parallel in the forest and serves also as a biking route.
When walking on a beach take your shoes off! The sand at the Baltic Sea is very fine and soft. Feel its structure with your skin. It is a great massage and also a natural scrub for your feet. Water is usually not very warm but you can get used to it. Let the waves wash your legs. Be cautious with jellyfish though. If you look carefully you may find some treasures like shells, stones or even small pieces of amber. Look at the seagulls, how they fly, sing and catch fish. Their singing creates a very unique atmosphere.
Fisherman boats bring a lot of colour to the rather pastel landscape and remind about the history of the region.
Finish each day with a marvelous sunset on the beach. You can admire it also from the top of the lighthouse in Sopot for a better perspective. Alternatively, walk along the pier and stay in one of the restaurants for a nice fresh fish.
What are your ideas on how to spend time by the sea? Do you like its cold and calm version or do you prefer lively and hot beaches? Let me know in the comments.