Arriving in Poznan

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Poznan Glowny

We got to Poznan on the Warsawa Express from Berlin, where we had arrived the previous day to attend the opening reception of our friend Lisa Fong's exhibition. The trainride went smooth and was uneventful and we arrived at Poznan Glowny at 3:30pm.

I wanted to buy our tickets to Wroclaw in advance so we got in line at one of the ticket desks that sold Regional tickets. Queuing is something you have to learn to deal with in Poland, because, as we found out later, any means is good to get in front of you. When it finally was our turn, I asked the guy if he spoke English. He shook his head and waved us away, but I had come prepared.

1956 Memorial
I had written down what we needed in Polish, so I just showed him the paper. He looked at it and with a lot of sighing and groaning, fed the info into the computer, wrote down the price and then produced our ticket. That was our first victory over the language barrier and railroad bureaucracy. Or so we thought.

We walked out of the train station and concluded it was not a pretty sight to behold. But then most area's around train stations are dumps, wherever you are in the world. We spotted our hotel, the Novotel Poznan Centrum, in the back, a tall concrete and glass building, and figured we might just as well walk there.

The weather was nice, so we set off on a 15 minute walk along a busy road and the bus station, found the underpass to get to the other side of the road and then spent another 15 minutes looking for the entrance of the hotel.

Stary Browar
A sign would have been nice.

Hotel staff spoke English and we checked in without any problems. After freshening up a bit, we left again, anxious to see the city. We left the exploration of the old center for the next day and walked to Plac Mickiewicza with its 1956 memorial and the Imperial Palace across the road. We continued on to the Opera and Teatr Wielki and then took a right on A Fredy and somehow made our way back towards the hotel and Stary Browar, an extremely large shopping mall, which turned out to be right across the street from our hotel.

We had dinner at Pizza Hut, because we were hungry and didn't feel like hunting down some authentic restaurant. We'd do that later. We had promised ourselves we were going to try the local cuisine on this trip, so we were definately going to have Polish at one point. But not today.

After dinner, we walked around some more and then retreated to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

 

novabelgica says:
It seems like a common thing. I've experienced it all over Europe. And we even got into more trouble, but you'll have to wait untill Wroclaw to read about that. :)
Posted on: Aug 21, 2009
klaartje1968 says:
Unbelievable that staff at a trainstation aren't willing to help when you don't speak Polish. EU members, aren't they? Good for you that you prepared everything!
Posted on: Aug 20, 2009
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Poznan Glowny
Poznan Glowny
1956 Memorial
1956 Memorial
Stary Browar
Stary Browar
Teatr Wielki
Teatr Wielki
War Memorial
War Memorial
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