Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Poland Rediscovered: Krakow, Auschwitz, and Warsaw

World traveler Rick Steves takes a tour of Poland. He starts in Krakow and ends up in Warsaw. One thing i didn't like about this video is it doesn't visit one of the most history-rich cities in Poland, Lublin.

Se la vie and oh well! This is still a good video that touches on the history and modern life and what it's like to live in Poland. Steves begins in Krakow and touches on the history of when the Mongols took over Krakow. He goes on to explain what happened after World War 2.

Krakow essentially escaped WWII "unscathed," according to Steves. This is partially true and partially untrue. WWII was such a catastrophe and Poland was the capital of concentration camps therefore it is near impossible for me to imagine any city in Poland escaping the tarnish and destruction of World War 2.

Steves continues to explore what the Gothic art impact was in Poland, considering it's influence is quite heavy. i especially enjoy the scenes in the summer time, as Poland is known for it's bitter winters but it's beautiful weather in the summer time often goes over looked.

All in all, i'm happy to see Poland's bright side high lighted, as we have such a deeper history than simply being the capital of concentration camps during World War 2. While it is important to note and focus on this fact, there is also so much more to Polish culture and her people!

It was also good that Steves touched on the historic King Kazimierz whom my middle name comes from. He was a king of the people and even founded a university known as Jagiellonian University, located in Krakow, a fact that was left out of this video.

While i am not a fan of nationalism on any level, i am proud of where i come from and my rich heritage. While i have an identity that is separate from national pride, being Polish is something i cherish and i connect with my people on that level because we have been through so much throughout history

Cheers to Poland and Our Beautiful People!

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