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  • Okay, I landed in Poland. It's time for me to see my father

  • My first time ever in Poland with my dad

  • Let's see how this is gonna go. I think we gonna have a good time

  • Damn b**** I'm stylin

  • (Music)

  • (polish)

  • S: It's good to see you dad

  • (Music)

  • Let me remember this forever.. having my first beer with my dad

  • Cheers!

  • D: Good stuff S: Good stuff

  • Hey, so here's something different. I'm in Poland right now.

  • Couple months ago

  • I was on a call with my dad and

  • he told me that he was gonna be visiting Poland so he could see some of his family and after Martina's father passed away

  • she told me that I should really go because this is a chance that I might not get again in the future

  • I've never been to Poland with my dad and now that he's getting older

  • I'm not sure how many more chances I'm gonna get

  • This is gonna be a chance for me to connect with my roots in a way that I've never been able to do before

  • I'm visiting my father's hometown inock

  • I know nothing about it. I know nothing about the family that we're gonna meet there

  • but I'm hoping that I could go there and

  • talk to them and hear their stories and in the process learn a little bit about myself as well and at the same time

  • this is something that is really making my dad really happy, so I'm..

  • thrilled to be able to do this and I hope you like the video that I show you today

  • My dad already met his cousin

  • (polish)

  • OH WOW! Hello! What a big boy!

  • Oh, you're a big boy. Oh yeah

  • This is my family. Let's go

  • My dad really wants me to eat cow stomach soup. It's a very polish thing to do

  • D: Fantastic S: Okay

  • Oh, yeah

  • This is great!

  • Cow stomach

  • D: I told you!

  • This is my chance

  • To pet a big boy

  • Oh yeah

  • Oh yeah, how you doing big boy? Oh, yeah. Look at you, you big old doggy..

  • Oh Yeah, look at that big ol' hand

  • Wow

  • You see this big dog I want a big boy like this

  • Fortunately, he's a Polish dog. So he doesn't understand English

  • So I could say this safely

  • very bad smell

  • Yes, you are. Very smelly boy. Yes

  • *heavy breathing*

  • *Simon howling with big smelly dog*

  • You sweet boy. Oh, you sweet boy. This is my video of Poland from now on. No more family. Just doggie

  • When they finally pried me away from Max we drove over to Andrzej's just

  • beautiful beautiful house, and that's where we're gonna meet a surprise relative

  • Andrzej told my dad that he'd have to guess who this person was

  • Because they haven't seen or spoken with each other in nearly 40 years

  • more of this amazing men story in just a bit

  • Well, that was a hell of a night for me last night and one that I'm not gonna forget

  • ..probably forever

  • Last night was a very different experience for me because I don't speak Polish as well as I speak English and I found myself

  • last night, really

  • Stumbling. I'd want to be able to convey something but there're words that just don't know. Now, I would lose my momentum and I'd get frustrated

  • And I actually had to apologize because of I said

  • You know in English

  • I'm usually a lot faster and I'm actually funny in English

  • Sometimes not all the time, but sometimes and I couldn't really convey that

  • So a lot of last night I spent listening. I got to hear a lot of other people stories

  • I got to hear a lot of stories from my dad

  • That I never heard before and just sitting back and listening for the nights

  • I felt something real special

  • Because I saw the way that my dad was able to

  • talk to everybody the way that he could tell his stories the way that he got everybody to laugh and the way that he really

  • controlled the crowd in some ways in ways that I really haven't seen him do

  • ..in English and I felt really proud, you know felt really

  • Just real nice to see my dad in that light

  • Dad, you're real cool, dude, and I wish that I could hear you speak more Polish more often in crowds like this

  • But while I'm here and while I have your attention allow me to introduce you to some of the family members

  • That I never knew I had

  • starting with

  • I don't know how this cuts gonna go. But let's hope it turns out all right

  • So if I understand this correctly

  • This guy is my dad's uncle but thirty years younger than my dad because I think

  • He was born when his dad was sixty

  • By the way, if you're 60 and still having kids it's time for you to get snipped. All right, just... just leave your poor wife alone.

  • Ahh, what a great story loved it

  • S: Which one; the third, fourth? D: In the middle

  • Yeah

  • Sh*t

  • In the first part of the video I was with my dad inock

  • and I got to see his side of the family that I never got to meet before

  • But today I'm inotokłos

  • And I'm visiting my auntie Zuza who's on my mom's side of the family and 20 years ago when I visited

  • Poland and I was here for I think I was I think it was a month that I was here

  • this is where I spent all my time

  • and it's... it's great to be back. It's great to see my aunt still doing well.. her husband

  • her kid and now

  • now my cousin has two of their own kids and it's weird because they've seen my YouTube videos and I'm kind of embarrassed

  • But the point is I get to play with doggies and that's the most important part of this trip

  • I get to play with lots of doggies. Come here. You beautiful doggy you yes, you are

  • I can't tell you how happy I am to play with all of these nice doggies

  • When I visited my aunt last I couldn't actually eat any of her food because I had my braces done and

  • today was the first day that I could try her home cooking. This is tomato salad with breaded chicken

  • potatoes and dill and homemade pickles. I loved it. I spent most of my time that night eating and talking and

  • drinking so my camera operation skills were no good a couple hours in

  • But we talked to midnight and then my father and I woke up the next morning and went to a very special place in Warsaw

  • So right now with my father in the National Park here, it's called Łazienki ..which if my polish serves me correctly

  • It can mean toilets. That's not the point. The point is..

  • back in May of 1977

  • My father went on his first date with my mother here three weeks later. They..

  • submitted their papers to get married

  • It's interesting that when Martina and I started dating within one month

  • We bought our wedding rings and we wore them on our pinky fingers because we knew that we were gonna get married

  • What's more important is I really like

  • watching my father

  • feel nostalgic walk around and look at his past and have his memories of my mom

  • It's a really sweet f*cking wholesome feeling

  • and I'm loving it. Just loving it.

  • Yeah, I'm finished my father and I spent the rest of that day walking around Warsaw

  • after I saw where he went on a date with my mom I

  • Took him to the pierogi shop that Martina I ate at six years ago when we did our European tour

  • I loved it because I ordered the same pierogies from that time and I remember them the same way

  • And I'm glad that my dad liked it. What do you think?

  • D: It's good stuff S: Good stuff

  • Then we split some blueberry pierogies, which I don't really remember having often as a kid

  • But I remember my dad telling me how much he remembers them when he was a young child

  • Is it how you remember it? D: Yeah, this is it

  • S: This is it! D: Absolutely!

  • I'm 70 years younger

  • S: Oh yeah ..when your mom used to make these yes?

  • D: My mom would make at least once a month this kind of stuff

  • S: Blueberries?

  • D: Blueberries sometimes, strawberries.. any kind S: What was your favourite kind?

  • D: I prefered blueberries S: Ahh.. good

  • After that we went to the Zamek which is big gorgeous

  • Museum in Warsaw's old town with really huge vaulted ceilings and a really distinct feeling

  • my father, interestingly

  • has never been

  • The Zamek was reduced to rubble in World War 2 and when he lived in Warsaw it was still in ruins

  • This was the first time that he actually got to go and enjoy it after it was fully restored

  • We also got to see a lot of Polish art and I had a really enjoyable time sharing some fun history facts with him

  • such as: (Simon to his dad) Did, you know a history lesson also back in the day

  • this was a sign of respect for people instead of saying hello, you just wave your elbow

  • Yeah, so you are being very respectful right now.. to get it. It's a good style..

  • You see, back in the day in Poland women just used to like to hang with their ****** out

  • So that was the eh.. that's the fashion that they did back then

  • FYI

  • (Accordion Music)

  • And now my trip comes to an end my father and I had five full days in Poland

  • I learned about new family new people that I could call my own and

  • More importantly for me..

  • I learned a lot about my father and I think he learned a lot about me as well

  • for example:

  • (shouting) DAD!

  • D: Yes? S: What are you thinking about my hat?

  • D: I hate it!

  • You see..

  • I learned that I got my awesome sense of fashion from my mother. Thanks mom!

  • Next time I'm gonna shoot a video with you

  • S: (voiceover) Hi Simon, this is your cousin Magda and for some reason, you forgot to film my intro

  • but I understand, we were so wrapped up in great conversation

  • Hi Simon! This is your other cousin Monica who you don't even have any video of

  • you just have this one picture of me closing my eyes.

  • At least you got some good videos of my doggies

  • D: You know who I am! I don't have to introduce myself! *laughter*

  • (Music)

  • So that's it for this week's video if you wanna see more footage of doggies

  • Yes you do cuz they're really good ones! Click on this video right here

  • And if you wanna learn more about Mr. Stawski and my family.. we got a few videos with them

  • They're all really fun, wholesome videos. Check them out right here as well.

Okay, I landed in Poland. It's time for me to see my father

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Warsaw, Poland - Finding Family

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    Summer posted on 2021/06/18
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