Poland is one of the largest countries in Europe so driving around the country might not be an option for the short term tourist. Just a ferry ride away from Sweden or Denmark, Poland is Germany‘s neighbor to the East. Next door to the Baltic countries Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Poland has been under the influence of both Baltic, East, Central and North Europeans.
A country old enough to have a turbulent history coming in and out of existence several times, Poland has given the world a lot and continues to do so. Scientists, athletes, artists and a whole lot of emigrants significantly enhancing the culture of the countries they migrated to. As in any country in Europe getting one ethnical identity wrong could get in you serious trouble, so one would do well to know a bit about Poland before setting foot in the country.
Polish language is Slavic and as such Indo-European in origin and yet distant enough and difficult enough to make learning it a big challenge. So trying to learn more than a few words it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. There are several beautiful cities in Poland as well as gorgeous landscapes and the people are very friendly and helpful.
OVERRATED (Be warned!): -Poland is larger that most people think -Polish language is fairly difficult with pronunciation a mystery for foreigners -Although having a sea side and resorts, the sea is rather cold and windy -Poland is a very Catholic country so conversation with locals on religious subjects must be threaded with care -The old soviet mentality still lingers somewhat in various areas of society
UNDERRATED (Cool unknown facts): -Polish people are friendly and helpful. -The major cities are old enough to still have centuries old buildings despite all the wars, bombing and destruction -There are beaches in the north of the country! -Countryside is amazing and a treasure for landscape photographers -Polish food. Way underrated! -Poland is in general a safe country and somewhat cheaper than many Western Europe countries
Have you been to Poland? What’s your impression of it?
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