Volume 5: Poland

From Berlin, I decided to make a quick trek over to Poland for a couple of nights (five hours by bus). It was an easy decision because to my good fortune, I had a few friends studying abroad in Wroclaw (good luck pronouncing it correctly). A quick booking with Polski bus and the Corner Hostel and I was off to the land of po.

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When I arrived at the bus terminal, I wasn’t sure what to expect other than what I had heard. No English, cold, and cheap. Luckily my friend Jenny, a polish-Canadian I had met while in Barcelona, was kind enough to send me a list of places to visit and some insight on the culture. To add, another friend Deanna (a resident back when I was a resident assistant at the university) steered me with step-by-step instructions to my place downtown.

To note, it’s an excellent idea to learn a couple of polish words as with any culture. Like I was warned, a lot of the polish did not know English. Secondly, they cram onto the trams. As coordinated as I want to believe I am, I felt like I was fighting through a defensive line with a 75-liter bag strapped to my back. I don’t have the Internet at this moment to know the spelling but I can spell out the phonetics: Sha-pashum (aka excuse me). Slur it enough and you’ll blend right in.

Another observation I made making my way through town were the styles. A good number of them were dressed… 90’s. It was like a movie from the 80’s depicting what the future would be and they dressed accordingly. It was a good throwback moment with rat-tails and mohawks.

The next few days I spent experiencing Poland were incredible. It was cold, so I bought my new inexpensive coat from a store called Pull&Bear. I went to the top of one of the many churches in the city and viewed the variety of architectural styles influencing the historical area. I wanted to experience the urban night culture and went to a “4 zł” bar, which is beer and shots at the cost of one euro (Poland is on their own currency). I went to a disco with a group of polish college students and danced to the American beat. I tried a dish called “Tatar” which came out as raw meat with an egg cracked on top and survived. And to top off the adventure, I made some new friends including Jeff, a 70-yr-old Irishman I shared coffee with who flew to Poland because his new tablet didn’t work. Cheers!

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Jeremiah 29:11


With the amount of traveling recently, it’s been difficult to find the time to write/post/edit video – catching up as the time becomes available.

Cordray has arrived and Jay has joined in as well. Posts to follow!


About Levi

Rooted from the pacific northwest, undergraduate student in Colorado

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