On the 5th of July I left Warsaw to start my summer holiday in the UK with my parents and brother. However rather than flying as we did when we lived in Saudi Arabia in previous years, because we are now living in Warsaw, we decided to drive. The first day of driving was from Warsaw to Berlin which is just under 600 km or just over 360 miles. Poznan was roughly halfway so was used as a lunch stop before crossing into Germany where the roads got… worse. The best road of the whole drive (including the UK) was the highway in Poland from Warsaw to the German border (though it did have quite a few tolls). The next day was my visit to Tierpark Berlin. The Berlin public transport system was very good so I had no problem getting there for opening time. My parents and brother dropped me off and picked me up so they saw the black bears (which can be seen without going into the zoo) and decided that was enough animals for them for the summer so left me to go around the zoo by myself. Tierpark Berlin really needs two days to see everything (as many of you will know) but my parents were fairly reluctant to start with to give me a full day in each of the Zoo and Tierpark so I would have to see as much as possible in one day at each. I’ll probably visit Berlin again in the next few years before I leave Poland so I should be able to see any of the bits I miss in a future visit but TeaLovingDave had kindly given me lots of advice of how to make the most the time I had, so I think I saw as much as I could in one day. After Tierpark Berlin was a day visiting the Zoo and the Aquarium, followed by a drive to Walsrode (Germany), then visiting the Weltvogelpark, then a drive to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), then a visit to Artis, then a drive to Bruges (Belgium) where we only stopped for only one night before driving to Calais and taking the channel tunnel (where we went back in time ) the next morning.