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I went to Poland, it was awesome.

Discussion in 'Chill Out Forum:' started by Paul Murray, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member


    Got back from a uni trip to Poland yesterday. It was amazing.


    Read about it here if you're interested: So I went to Poland - Paul Murray, Graphic Designer

    Anyone else been?

    I managed to get to see Auschwitz which was an incredible if uncomfortable experience.

    We also visited a couple of Polish graphic design studios who were producing some great work (I'll probably have a blog post about this up at some point in the near future).

    And yes, Comic Sans and Papyrus were used a lot in signage there too!
  2. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Well-Known Member

    Hahaha. :icon_thumbdown:

    I've always wanted to go to Poland, got a friend who lives there and I've always wanted to get out there.

    I bet Auschwitz was an excellent experience? Shocking and chilling I bet, but totally one of those things that would have to be done when you're there.
  3. squeezee

    squeezee Member

    I've been to Krakow several times, a great city, I'd recommend it to anyone. Auschwitz was OK - it was Birkenau that I found disturbing, the shear scale of it. The salt mines were brilliant, a cathedral carved out of rock salt! :icon_biggrin:
  4. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Well-Known Member

    I thought Birkenau and Auschwitz were the same thing?
  5. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    They are, Birkenau is the 2nd main area of the camp where the train would arrive carrying Jewish prisoners.
  6. squeezee

    squeezee Member

    Auschwitz 1 was the 'nice' camp that they showed to the Red Cross, it's where all the medical experiments were carried out, it houses the museum, banks of shoes, cases, hair etc. Auschwitz 2 was Birkenau, basically a railway siding with some chimneys at the end, that was the 'not nice' camp. Auschwitz 3 was a factory complex for slave labour, I'm not sure that it has survived.
    Nice & not nice are relative terms.
    I found that I hadn't taken many photos when there, it does that to you.
  7. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    Yeah, I felt a bit strange taking pictures at times. It's important to remember the place though. That's why it's still standing, as a reminder of what happened.

    Everybody seems to find something different there that triggers an emotional response; for one of my friends it was one picture out of hundreds on a wall that had a flower placed beside it, obviously by a relative of the person pictured, for her sister it was seeing the piles of suitcases that once owned prisoners most prized belongings.

    For me it was actually peering through a hole in a cell door and seeing what a Nazi soldier would have seen, having my nose touching where his would have. That freaked me out a little.
  8. squeezee

    squeezee Member

    I was taken to a dinner party (Polish style) in the evening, i was asked 'where had I been today?' I answered 'Auschwitz' and the old guy said, 'Yes, I was there...1942, I think' :icon_crying:
  9. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    Wow, that's heavy... :(
  10. Minuteman Press

    Minuteman Press Moderator

    Poland is fascinating. Been over a number of times - Czestochowa is also well worth visiting and is near Krakow.

    We have a family house 20km from the Polish border (in Czech Republic) - so when over often shop in Poland. We were caught in Poland during the terrible floods a few years ago. When Poland was preparing for EU membership that was tough for the people - lots of poverty, big price rises; we saw some tough sights and suffering.
  11. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Well-Known Member

    I might have to organise a trip out there to be honest. I don't think they do flights from Newcastle anymore though.

    Definitely think I want to experience it once.
  12. squeezee

    squeezee Member

    He was great, the Krakow brigade had started to march to Warsaw when the Germans invaded, got about 60 miles before being overrun. They spent the rest of the war moving between camps, the Germans didn't get their hands dirty.
    I also visited Czestochowa, we drove across Poland in a Fiat Polski 500, there were horse-drawn haycarts on the motorways, cows grazing on the verges, the place was wall-to-wall pilgrims, difficult to walk down the avenues. Our friend disappeared and reappeared driving the Fiat through the crowd, a priest came and blessed the car, splashed it with holy water, pocketed 10,000 zloty (~50p), splashed us with holy water and disappeared. They're mad.
  13. taklamakan

    taklamakan New Member

    I am from Poland. Regards!

    ARRIVALS Well-Known Member

    Those pictures look amazing, Paul. I've been to the battlefields in France/Belgium, now I want to go to Poland.
  15. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    Cheers, it's a great place, though when you head out of the touristy areas you really see just how poor some people are.

    How were the battlefields?

    ARRIVALS Well-Known Member

    They were cool. I visited The Sommes, and all the war memorials. The Sommes was unreal. All the trenches and tunnels were still there, just covered in trees and things now.
  17. printbar

    printbar Active Member

    Poland is a beautiful country. Personally I couldn't deal with any of the camps when I visited (my uncle was in Dachau, which obviously has no impact on me personally at all, but which does make it a bit freaky), but the rest of the country was gorgeous.

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