In an early 1990s article, the Polish climber Voytek Kurtyka explained what he called "the Polish Syndrome."
"Despite poverty and limited freedom, climbers were overtaken by a tremendous inspiration to overcome all barriers. The Himalaya offered an exciting escape from the drab system and grey stability of home, and a rare opportunity for creative communication with the outside world."
Sorry Lukasz, maybe this is taken out of context but this reads like -
I am so poor, I might as well go and climb the Himalayas !