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Traveling in Poland

I’ve recently been reading about Goral music in Southern Poland, and it’s been sparking an interest in a trip to Poland soon (Zakopane and Krakow). Anyone travel there frequently? And yes, I know about the anti-LGBT zones, and the racists. I’m only going to experience the culture, listen to music, try the cuisine, etc, not hook up.

by Anonymousreply 19January 15, 2022 7:08 PM

Get the fuck out of there. I am of Polish decent and that region is NOT LGBT friendly. This is the country that has “LGBT FREE ZONES”. I’ll never go back not even to visit family.

by Anonymousreply 1January 14, 2022 3:31 PM

Not sure what it's like now with the pandemic, but if you have time to visit Wrocław, do it. Lovely city, very lively with some excellent bars.

by Anonymousreply 2January 14, 2022 3:35 PM

Again, I’m just traveling through and observing, no hooking up or cruising. I would probably travel with a Polish friend who is a straight female.

by Anonymousreply 3January 14, 2022 3:40 PM

Having a guide is a great idea. My roomie travels to Poland once a year. They visit historic sites, and soak up the culture. They also get dental work done, as the cost of flying half way around the planet is still cheaper than those heinous American dentists. Pierogi and crowns for everyone!!!

by Anonymousreply 4January 14, 2022 3:51 PM

[[quote]They also get dental work done, as the cost of flying half way around the planet is still cheaper than those heinous American dentists.

As my grandmother used to say, "You get what you pay for."

by Anonymousreply 5January 14, 2022 4:11 PM

I wouldn’t get dental work done there, from what I understand, the water isn’t the best quality. I know people who have ended up with mouth infections from just drinking Eastern European water.

by Anonymousreply 6January 14, 2022 4:22 PM

Inherently, endemicaly bigoted people. Filled with religious superstition, which is all that keeps their homicidal urges in check.

by Anonymousreply 7January 14, 2022 4:25 PM

I’m R4. Thanks for the heads up.

by Anonymousreply 8January 14, 2022 5:50 PM

Brush up on your Polish jokes. They love them there, especially the dock workers.

by Anonymousreply 9January 14, 2022 5:53 PM

So no one has been there or knows anything about the culture? Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 10January 14, 2022 7:43 PM

Very cultured people, great artists and musicians there, very good universities, the young women are very pretty, the young men, well, I could never see past their homophobia and religiosity. And Poles are NOT stupid. That's an American myth unknown in Europe.

by Anonymousreply 11January 14, 2022 11:53 PM

My wife and I went to Krakow many years ago and loved it. But it was many, many years ago before the country devolved into fascism. We didn’t experience any hostility, but so much has changed since then.

We stayed at the Pod Rosza (sp). It was a great location, the room was very nice and the breakfast Buffett was exceptional. I have no idea if it still exists or what it is like now if it does.

The central square is charming. The food was uniformly good. (I like beets, cabbage and schmaltz; if you don’t like to spread chicken fat on your bread you might disagree) The vodka was plentiful.

We did the typical tourist excursions to the salt mine and Auschwitz. My wife’s mother’s family were largely gas chambered at the latter so it was like visiting a family grave site in a way. The new Polish suburbs came right up to camp, which was… odd.

by Anonymousreply 12January 15, 2022 1:32 AM

Krakow is a beautiful city , one of the best in Europe. Poland has the misfortune of being in the middle of the three greediest empires: Germany, Russia and Austria and has paid the price …

by Anonymousreply 13January 15, 2022 3:26 AM

I visited Poland 2 years ago. Krakow is truly a magical city. There is an intimacy to it that made it a feel familiar. It's steeped in history. I arrived by train from Warsaw and wish that I had planned more time in Krakow. Only spent a day in the mountains of Zakopane but the geography is superb. It has an enchanted feel to it. Was there with my partner and didn't feel any anti gay sentiment. We shared a bed in the hotel and felt no animosity from the staff. The country may be leaning right but so is the US and much of Europe. My impressions of the Poles were surprisingly positive. On the whole, the Poles seem more refined and polite than the people I'm surrounded by in PA/NJ. Food was great.

by Anonymousreply 14January 15, 2022 4:18 AM

Malbork is fantastic of course, but not exactly Polish culture. POznan is the cradle of Polish culture, along with Lichen Stary and the charming Gniezno.

by Anonymousreply 15January 15, 2022 5:49 AM

Lichen Stary

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by Anonymousreply 16January 15, 2022 5:55 AM

OP is a fake. There's only one reason anyone goes to Poland. Hot guys!

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by Anonymousreply 17January 15, 2022 5:57 AM

Vicious Jew hating/murdering scum, the lotta'em.

by Anonymousreply 18January 15, 2022 5:59 AM

The hotel seems to still be there.

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by Anonymousreply 19January 15, 2022 7:08 PM
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