Communist Crazy in Nowa Huta
Trip Start Sep 23, 2009
8Trip End Sep 30, 2009
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We were picked up at 9am by our cheerful "Crazy Guide" in a East German built Trabant. It was awesome. For one of the worst cars ever built, it was great. Made of figure glass and sellotape, it would have bounced off rather than crashed. We headed to Nowa Huta, a town that was once on the outskirts of Krakow, but is now a suburb.
The History of the place: Krakow wasn't too happy with the Communists. Being home to Universities, Cathedrals, Royal Castles etc, the local population didn't really agree with Communism
The actual town is real interesting to learn about. The huge open boulevards? Designed to allow parades to happen....or for easy access for Tanks if need be. Each building was designed to have one entrance, which could easily be blocked off if need be. On the top of each building was room for snipers...and spies. Good eh?
We also went to a local church. This Church was built during the Communist era - I believe the only one to do so. The Communist Government couldn't really stop the population, especially when Pope John Paul II (a local lad) visited the area. So they built it from anything they could - stones, rocks, local wood etc. The roof looks like the Ark. Very cool.
Sixty years later it's home to 300,000 people. After dark it's a little scary to wonder around, but in the early morning sun it looked nice. Our guide (I've forgotten his name) took us to his local milk bar later too - easier to figure out what you want with someone who can read the language! He also let us jump on the Trabant. It was indeed very bouncy.
For more information on Nowa Huta then look here: Wikitravel It really is interesting. Honest.