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Last Post: 26 Sep 2019
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spiritus   
19 Jul 2011
Travel / Częstochowa - could give me some good info on the place? [14]

I came back from Czestochowa two weeks ago. I usually visit once a year.

There's a restaurant called "Lava Bistro" on the 3rd Aleja (nearest Jasna Gora) where they make home cooked food at very cheap prices.

You choose from a selection of foods and salads then they weigh the food you chose on your plate and then you pay. Simple idea and very cheap ! I paid 28 polish zloty for a plate full of delicious food along with a bottle of coke.
spiritus   
2 Jun 2011
Life / How do you celebrate Easter in Poland? [29]

I really don't like this "sharing of the egg".

Unlike Wigilia, this is rather a messy affair, eating part of an egg and then sharing the other part with someone who still has egg in their mouth...yuck !

It's even worse if the other person happens to have a moustache or beard and pieces of egg get lodged in there !
spiritus   
10 Aug 2010
Genealogy / Displaced Persons Camp / Work camp and concentration camp difference [74]

My mother was at several DP camps after the war including Fallingbostel. She was also at Braunschweig, Barum (where my brother was born), Marienborn and about ten others.

Her memories are fond ones. She recalls how they use to hang a curtain across the room to separate their living quarters from the rest of the barracks and how there would be dances every week with accordionists etc.

She also said the reason they were moved so many times is that the authorities didn't want the refugees to get too comfortable in one place and in a way wanted people to repatriate themselves.

I'd be delighted to hear from anyone with similar experiences.
spiritus   
27 Jul 2010
Travel / Nice restaurants in Warsaw [30]

I plan on going to Fukier this August.

Any reason why it was left off from your list ?
spiritus   
12 Jul 2010
Food / Activia/Danone - why so popular in Poland? [13]

Why is Activia/Danone so popular in Poland ? People drink it like's it's the elixir to eternal youth !

Come to think of it, the only other country I have visited that advertises medicines and health products so vigorously is the United States.
spiritus   
10 Jun 2010
Travel / Pawiak Museum in Warsaw [12]

Thanks Jola.

This isn't meant as a provocative question but are Poles generally indifferent to wartime memorials and museums (perhaps younger Poles) ?
spiritus   
10 Jun 2010
Travel / Best Hotel for 4 nights in Warsaw? [9]

but if you sit outside beware of the beggars hassling you every 5 minutes

I've stayed at the Polonia twice and this hotel has class whilst all the other luxury hotels in Warsaw are glass and steel.

It was the only hotel left standing in Warsaw after the war and Eisenhower stayed there. The place has class coming out of every pore and I love staying there.

I'm a little baffled by Wroclaw Boy's statement as it's not possible to "sit outside" the Polonia as it opens onto the pavement (sidewalk)-perhaps they have an outdoor cafe since I was last there but I don't think there's enough space.
spiritus   
9 Jun 2010
Travel / Pawiak Museum in Warsaw [12]

Places like Mila 18 which was the headquarters of the Jewish ZOB or ulica Grottgera 11 which was the headquarters of the Polish fighters

Sorry but are these examples of buildings that were razed or examples of buildings that survived ?

I'm assuming Pawiak is the original building as it was a Nazi "prison" ?
spiritus   
9 Jun 2010
Travel / Pawiak Museum in Warsaw [12]

thanks guys.

Is the museum on the same site where the prison was located or was the prison building demolished ? Sorry for my ignorance.

I've been to the Uprising Museum and I was very impressed. One small complaint is that my elderly mother struggled to read many of the notes attached to the exhibits due to the "atmospheric" and rather gloomy lighting. A pity that many of the people who actually lived through this era may struggle to fully enjoy the museum but that is only a minor complaint.

I have a real interest in visiting places in Warsaw heavily connected to WW2.
spiritus   
9 Jun 2010
Travel / Pawiak Museum in Warsaw [12]

I'm visiting friends again in Czestochowa this August but want to take a two day trip to Warsaw to visit Aleja Szucha again and Pawiak Museum.

Has anyone ever been to the Pawiak Museum as the website isn't great !

Any feedback will be appreciated
spiritus   
15 Apr 2010
News / Kaczynski to be buried at Wawel ?! [289]

Don't insult the spirit of Wawel, it is a sacred place.

Stop jumping up and down and just accept that your opinion and views are not held universally.

When you say the President was elected by the majority of the people do you mean the the majority of the people who actually bothered to vote or do you mean the "majority of the electorate". To be pedantic, if it's the former then the President wasn't elected by the majority of the people-he just got more votes than the other candidate.

If the President didn't want a US state then why was he so receptive to having the US missile shield based on Polish soil ?

I wouldn't normally rise to the bait but I'm on my lunch break and can't think of anything better to do.
spiritus   
15 Apr 2010
News / Kaczynski to be buried at Wawel ?! [289]

Don't insult the spirit of Wawel, it is a sacred place.

I wasn't and besides it's a little late for that now methinks.
spiritus   
15 Apr 2010
News / Kaczynski to be buried at Wawel ?! [289]

spiritus:
Wawel is where Polish kings, queens and heroes are laid to their rest and I find the decision wholly inappropriate

Your thinking is narrow and misguided, Spiritus you ommited to say that the Polish President died whilst President and in the line of duty, he was a President and a hero the majority of people, you comments are just seen meant to stir up trouble, leave it alone and show respect for a elected President, thank you.

Come on Bolek. I respect your opinion because you're entitled to have one AND to express it so please also respect mine.

My "thinking" is simply different to yours, that doesn't make it "narrow and misguided". The President may well have been a "hero" to some of the country but your generalisations are inaccurate as the country is not united in that belief.

Saying the President died whilst in the line of duty is a little dramatic I think. He wasn't the only person to die in that plane crash and the nature of someone's death shouldn't be a criteria for being buried at Wawel. As another poster very eloquently put it, "would LK still be buried at Wawel if he died if a heart attack" ?

I am not trying to stir up trouble, in fact, you're doing that by putting words into my mouth.
spiritus   
14 Apr 2010
News / Kaczynski to be buried at Wawel ?! [289]

Let's behave children.

Getting back to the point......

If protests are planned then I hope to God that this is concluded BEFORE Sunday's funeral otherwise it would be an embarassment for Poland to have the watching world see such a spectacle.
spiritus   
14 Apr 2010
News / Kaczynski to be buried at Wawel ?! [289]

Oh just another thought, were would you bury him if he had died of say a heart attack?

Another good point.
spiritus   
14 Apr 2010
News / Kaczynski to be buried at Wawel ?! [289]

Excellent. More protests are required. I have been lambasted by many of my dear Polish friends for not being emotional enough about this so-called tragedy.

Well I don't believe you should be lambasted for not crying (if that's what you mean) but if you're indifferent about that happened last Saturday then in my opinion that is a little cold.

It wasn't just LK who died on that plane. His wife was well respected and that's before we move onto the military leaders, clergy, relatives of Katyn victims, stewardesses and pilots.

ADSad,

Thankyou for condensing what I was trying to say into only two sentences. You've nailed it better than I did.

James86 and others, I think you're missing the point somewhat. It's not about whether LK was respected or not. There will never be a consensus so it's pointless arguing. In fact, it should be in bad taste to argue that point now but unfortunately the decision to bury him at Wawel is going to sadly spark that very debate and as ADSAD put it "It's very sad they didn't let us mourn almost 100 victims in peace."

I'm in the UK and this decision is like having Gordon Brown buried at Westminster Abbey !
spiritus   
14 Apr 2010
News / Kaczynski to be buried at Wawel ?! [289]

By saying LK shouldn't be buried at Wawel isn't a sleight on his character.

99.99 % of Poles shouldn't be buried at Wawel which makes it all the more astonishing that LK and his wife will be.

I'd rather see Lech Walesa be buried there (when he's dead of course) as at least he was a Polish and international icon in his day.
spiritus   
13 Apr 2010
News / Kaczynski to be buried at Wawel ?! [289]

Their only claim to fame was dying in a calamatous plane crash probably caused by Kaczynski himself. Infact most Poles didnt even vote for Kaczynski !

Come on guys.

It isn't Kaczynski's fault that he's being buried at Wawel-he obviously didn't request it. His brother has a lot to answer for and his first major decision since the crash doesn't bode well for the future. A dignified retreat from politics would have won him much more respect but it appears he may try to cash in on the sympathy vote.

The decision to bury them at Wawel is an awful one in my opinion. It simply wasn't necessary. People wouldn't have batted an eyelid if Powadzki was the chosen location so whoever agreed to this has made a decision that did NOT need to be made and in turn made it very controversial.

Now instead of Poland being able to mourn it's loss it will stir up people's political and personal feelings against the Kaczynskis.

How sad.
spiritus   
13 Apr 2010
News / Kaczynski to be buried at Wawel ?! [289]

Although my heart goes out to the families of the dead the decision to bury Kaczynski and his wife at Wawel in Krakow is a bad one.

Wawel is where Polish kings, queens and heroes are laid to their rest and I find the decision wholly inappropriate.

Surely Powadzki in Warsaw would have been the perfect choice, the city where he lived, in a cemetery full of national patriots.

I fear the goodwill and sentiment may start to disappear with this poor decision.
spiritus   
9 Mar 2010
History / The Gustloff - one of the worst maritime disasters that seemed to never have happened [66]

Anyone heard of the Gustloff ?

A german ship that left the port of Gdynia in WW2 containing German refugees and wounded soldiers.

It was sunk by a Russian boat with over 9000, NINE THOUSAND fatalities (many of them children).

Perhaps the reason why many people haven't heard of it is because Germany was the enemy and so any loss of German life carried little sympathy but 9,000 is a lot of people !
spiritus   
2 Sep 2009
Law / What can I do with 250000$? [33]

It's a pity a serious post can't be met with serious replies.

If you're looking at targeting corporate clients then it sounds like you already have a rough idea what you may like to do.

Otherwise, compare the US and UK markets and see what is missing in Poland......mail order catalogues etc
spiritus   
12 Jun 2009
UK, Ireland / Cheap calls to Poland from the UK [133]

Be careful BT haven't excluded that particular tel no as a "banned tel no". Use it once and then check your phone bill to see if you have been charged.

There are several telephone companies offering calls at 1 per minute to Poland. There was one offering calls at 0.05p a minute but I think that has been blocked now.

Another option is Skype. For around £ 4.00 a month you can call any landline in Poland free of charge using your broadband connection.
spiritus   
18 Mar 2009
Travel / Seven Secret Wonders of Poland [17]

maybe the word 'secret' is the key and they put on the list only less known things

Exactly, although only secret in so much as Western tourists are concerned. In my opinion Wieliczka is well known outside out Poland whereas Kosciuszko Mound is well known amongst Poles but not so much with people from outside the country
spiritus   
17 Mar 2009
Travel / Seven Secret Wonders of Poland [17]

maybe the word 'secret' is the key and they put on the list only less known things

I will openly confess that the website ilovepoland.co.uk is my own and crafted by my own fair hands (which is why the design of it is pretty crap !).

You're right McCoy. I wanted to compile a list of less well known attractions in Poland (even Elblag was pushing it a little).

Wieliczka is VERY well know and so didn't make the list.

To the mods-I hope I was ok posting a link to one of my own sites ?
spiritus   
22 Feb 2009
Travel / Weird and wonderful sights in Poland [30]

Reality can be so much more boring than fantasy.

Can we not delete Kowalski's post in order to allow the "fantasy theorists" to thrive ?

:) :)