Poland needs a bit of polish

15 June – We crossed into Poland mid-afternoon, my 40th country ever. The only obvious sign we’d left Germany was when our Internet stopped working! Poland seemed instantly to be an outwardly poorer country. We arrived at our hotel, the Stacja Nad Kwisa, in Gryfow Slaski, and soon followed Kolejovic street into the nearby town for a look. We are in Lower Silesia, which was part of Germany until 1945. Not only did the place look like it needed a good scrub and several licks of paint, in many places the rendering was peeling off buildings. On one building’s wall, fallen rendering revealed German signage underneath, reminding the passer by of earlier times.


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