An Expat in Warsaw

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The Old Town

Well I've been living in Warsaw for about 6 months.  It\'s hard to sum up all of that at once, but here are my general impressions. 

This city is a lot of different things to me.  It feels small but lively, it\'s exterior is mostly grey and gritty but it has hidden gems and subdued charm.  I like that it\'s real and authentic.  It\'s not very well on the tourist track and what is here is here for Poles and not tourists.  Part of the downtown area was lovingly rebuilt after most of the city was decimated in WWII.  It wasn\'t rebuilt to bring back the toursist, it was rebuilt out of Polish pride and resiliancey.  And you see that every weekend as Poles flock there to stroll with their families stopping for sweet treats or to sit on park benches and watch the world go by.

The Old Town
 

The attitude of the Polish people is everywhere in their architecture.  At night the tallest building in Warsaw, the Palance of Culture and Science given as a \"gift\" from Stalin is lit up in bright purple.  Most Poles hate it as it\'s a reminder of Stalinism; but they won\'t tear it down, they\'ll bathe it in their own light.  And next it a construction project goes on steadily, a Polish made skyscraper that will dwarf the Palace in the skyline.

Every once and a while you come across a building that survived the war.  Bullet holes are visible, nets ring the lower stories to catch falling bricks.  This won\'t be torn down either.   

amazed says:
Spent a few days in Warsaw 5 yrs back for a conference. Enjoyed being a 'total foreigner' not knowing much polish other than basic greetings or thanks, or 'piwo'. Enjoyed walking in the countryside, a walk on aleje jerozolimskie from the palace of culture and science all the way to the river and back. Went for a day in Krakow as well - very memorable - want to do it again..
Posted on: Jun 20, 2012
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The Old Town
The Old Town
The Old Town
The Old Town
Typical street in the downtown are…
Typical street in the downtown ar…
Constitution Square
Constitution Square
Sidewalk cafe
Sidewalk cafe
Constitution Square
Constitution Square
Large intersections have tunnels t…
Large intersections have tunnels …
Palace of Culture and Science.
Palace of Culture and Science.
Lezienki Park..  this park was par…
Lezienki Park.. this park was pa…
Lezienki Park
Lezienki Park
A monument to Chopin. During summe…
A monument to Chopin. During summ…
Lezienki Park
Lezienki Park
All Saints Day.  Its a big holid…
All Saint's Day. It's a big holi…
Graves without decoration are ofte…
Graves without decoration are oft…
Flower stand outside one of the ce…
Flower stand outside one of the c…
The graveyard alight with candles.
The graveyard alight with candles.
Autumn was beautiful this year
Autumn was beautiful this year
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Warsaw has many many formal and i…
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Walking in the parks is a favorit…
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This to me sums up Warsaw... Part…
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An old building that survived the…
Old town, during Independence Day.
Old town, during Independence Day.
Independence Day Parade
Independence Day Parade
Independence Day Parade
Independence Day Parade
Independence Day Parade
Independence Day Parade
Independence Day Parade
Independence Day Parade
Christmas Markets in Old Town
Christmas Markets in Old Town
Christmas Markets in Old Town
Christmas Markets in Old Town
Christmas Markets in Old Town
Christmas Markets in Old Town
Christmas Markets in Old Town
Christmas Markets in Old Town
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Warsaw takes advantage of the lon…
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I didn't even really see this sta…
The park that I run in.
The park that I run in.
The park overlooking urban sprawl
The park overlooking urban sprawl
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This lamppost reminds me of the L…
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