Twarda 6: One of the Jewish parts of Warsaw

Imagine that all you see are skyscrapers, modern buildings, luxurious hotels, expensive cars and just across the road you end up in a quiet place full of religion and history. It is actually possible in Warsaw. Today I will show you a little bit of Jewish culture that still exists in Warsaw, yet – it is of course not as lively as it was many years ago.

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SDK – unusual building full of culture

Everyone knows the famous Palace of Culture and Science which is located just next to the Central Train Station in Warsaw. But many people do not know that in Poland there are many smaller places that are made for the people from the certain districts. They are called “domy kultury” which can be literally translated as “the houses of culture” but they are small cultural centers. One of these is Służewski Dom Kultury and it is somehow special and worth visiting.

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The banks of Wisła river

The biggest river in Poland is called Wisła (some people might refer to it as Vistula as well since it’s an English name of it). It goes from the South to the North of the country. It also goes through Warsaw and in the summer it becomes one of the central spots of the city.

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Can libraries attract tourists? BUW can!

This weekend was rather calm for me, yet not quiet – NATO summit that took place in Warsaw made the people dissapear, but the city was full of police, security and helicopters flying above my block. Fortunately, it all ended on Saturday, so I could spend some time in empty Warsaw on Sunday. I decided to go to Wisła river’s area and one building that is very, very special.

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Warsaw’s shopping: Hala Mirowska

Our times are marked with glass skyscrapers and modern shopping centers where all you can find is the same and the same stores, filled with not-so-high quality products and full of people who are not buying, but they are just looking. One of the places that has some history and you can still buy some nice products there is Hala Mirowska, located just 3 tram stops from Warsaw’s Central Station.

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Polish railways anyone?

I spent my weekend at my home town of Suwałki and I chose to travel by trains this time. It seemed to be the most convenient as it was a Friday afternoon and the buses are much less comfortable if they are crowded. Was it a wise decision? What were the conditions like? You can read in the post below.

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