Warsaw – part 1
Warsaw, the capital of Poland, which at one time was called the Paris of the North. It was almost completely destroyed during World War II. In addition, when effectively occupied by the USSR, Stalin ordered the demolition of many buildings in the center of the city to make room for the Palace of Culture. What a horrible, mindless and stupid act!
But this is not a post about the history of Warsaw. I want to tell you something more personal. I came to Warsaw from my home town of Wroclaw in 1997. I thought it would be for a short while, but it is presently 19 years and running! Gosh, how much I disliked it at first…It seemed to me ugly, cold, scarred and too frenzied. In comparison to Wroclaw, where everything revolves around the Old Town which is in the city center, I was not able to understand that the Warsaw Old Town was mostly treated as a tourist attraction, and it is not even located in the city center. The center revolves around the ugly Palace of Culture, and the “Wislostrada” (the express road along the Vistula river) that divides the city into half…
I missed my old life living near the water. If you have ever been to Wroclaw, you know what I mean. A lot of bridges – little bridges and footbridges. I loved walking across them (my high school is located close to the Old Town). Oh, but this is not a post about Wroclaw 😉
The truth is, that I want to tell you that I fell in love with Warsaw thanks to some wonderful people, most of which are Warsaw native-born people. And now when I come back from any journey, I think to myself “finally, home sweet home”. There are a lot of visitors who complain non-stop how awful this city is. Excuse me, so why are you here? Oh, you earn better here 😉
Today’s Warsaw is different than it was 20 years ago, and it makes my heart sing. Today I am showing you the pictures of the old, but rebuilt Warsaw. Pictures were taken by my colleague Robert Bajkowski, a Warsaw native. He knows a lot of amazing stories about Warsaw, and we will tell you about these one day 🙂
I dedicate this post to my best friends and colleagues thanks to whom I have grown roots in Warsaw: Monika GP, Renata W., Joanna Z., Grażyna S., Dorota O., Anna K., and Agnieszka J.
Home is where the heart is, isn’t it?
Photos by Robert Bajkowski
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