Firesun 1 | 8 31 Mar 2011 #1Greetings All,I don't know if this is the right place to post this but I've been online trying to find answers to some of my questions and hopefully here, someone can help me out.This summer '11, I'm planning another holiday and after visiting London/Rome/Paris etc... so many times, I thought I'd switch it up a bit a visit a country that I've always been very interested in and that's Poland. I'm going to several places: Istanbul and Berlin however in each of those cities, I'll have friends there who're locals and can show me around. For the Poland leg of my trip, I will be alone but every time I mention to someone that I want to visit Poland, I'm flooded with every reason not to and it all goes back to either racism or homophobia or both. A little about me: I'm 36 years old from Harlem NY. I'm 6'2, 235lb ex collegiate football player. I'm a big guy but I'm not intimidating (I don't think (lol) and when people meet me for the first time, after the first two minutes the first thing they say is "you're nothing but a big ole teddy bear." I'm educated, successful and have worked hard to carve out a very nice life for myself. I'm always looking to do different things and have ALWAYS had this "thing" with Poland...even my last two boyfriends here in NYC were Polish. I have no idea how that happened, it just did. I'm giving you all of this information for you to have a frame of reference of where I'm coming from.Ok, let's get to it.If I'm walking around Warsaw and I don't know the language and I don't know where I'm going, am I going to be harassed/robbed? If I walk in or out of a gay bar, will I be harassed/robbed? Moreover, will I get the feeling that i'm not wanted in the country for whatever reason? That's actually my biggest fear. I can take care of myself psychically but I don't want to feel like some freak or alien by simply walking around trying to enjoy my holiday in a different country. I can go anywhere in the world and I want to go to Poland. I've been blessed to have lived and have traveled all over the world and I can honestly say, I've never experienced any negativity like that. I firmly believe the energy you put out is the energy you get in return so I'm not holding this country to a different standard of any other place, I simply just don't know. My buddies who're all over: Germany, Norway, UK, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Australia, Brazil and all of my Euro friends and co-workers here tell me: "don't go there, they beat blacks and gays and they'll take your ipad and rob you and **** blah blah blah" and they're all European so I would think they would know more than me. Now listen, i'm not naive and I know there are rotten apples wherever you go and I know there are places where being black or gay may not be the best place to be (In the South of my own Country) but overall I just want to know, will I be safe in Poland/Warsaw?