An Expat in Warsaw
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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 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.