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    Posted May 29, 2014 by
    Darekski
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    Chicago, Illinois
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    The best things about Poland

    Sights and Smells

     
    I recently celebrated Christmas with my family in Wroclaw, Poland. By family I mean the family I never see because my parents immigrated from Poland in the 1970s. Besides a few Aunts and Uncles I have never really met the whole family. Needless to say I welcomed with open arms and endless vodka shots.

    Here are a few things that I considerd the best of Poland:
    1. The smells, there was a consistent smell of a burning log fire. This is mostly like to due to the tradition of smoking delicious meats, fish, and cheeses.
    2. Transportation, the country roads through Poland are beautiful. Winding roads with trees lined on either side. They are dangerous but most were former trail heads built for a time when cars didnt exist. I also enjoyed a train ride from Wroclaw to Krakow on a 1950/1960s era train. Much of it was through old forest.
    3. Good people, The people in Poland were generally eager to help me with my direction. Always interested in my story and how I had a connection to Poland. They take pride in their history, from architecture to Pope John Paul II. They are a hard working people who believe you get out of life what you put into.

    Tips/Advice:
    Always finish the piece of cake a elder woman gives you.

    Rules for drinking vodka; Cheers someone by making eye contact. The clinking of the glasses is unnecessary. If someone sitting next to you pours the drinks, you are required to pour the next round.

    Check out some of the old cathedrals that survived WWII. Wroclaw and Krakow have some amazing ones.

    My list can go on forever, but those are a few things that stood out to me, a first generation Pole from Chicago.

    Best,

    Derek
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