Public speaking

Trip Start Sep 03, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Poland  , Central Poland,
Saturday, September 24, 2011

I really like Poland! It is a beautiful country and the people are very friendly. when I arrived in Poznan I found me a hostel and got on the Internet to check my email and there was a message from Couch Surfing saying there was going to be a meeting at The Viking Pub so I went and met some really cool people. I am surfing at Ola's house right now and she is going to let me stay a couple of nights. Her mother and sister are in the kitchen cooking me lunch right now as I type. They are so sweet. Ola is a high school English teacher here in Poznan and she asked me to visit with her class about my travels and about the USA and about the school systems in the USA. I went and spoke to two of her classes yesterday and it went really well! Being the big public speaker I am not, I was a little nervous about doing this but it was awesome! The students were very friendly and had a lot of great questions. Ola was very surprised at how the students felt so at ease with talking to me.

The night before I went around downtown at The Old Market square full of great restaurants, pubs and clubs. I was recommended a few so I wanted to check them out first. When I walked in to The Dragon it was silent but there were people dancing everywhere and just jamming out! It took me a second to realize they were all dancing to the music coming from their headphones. I was blown away with this, it was actually pretty funny. The DJ operates 3 different stations for the headphones so you hear people singing out loud which is very loud because they have headphones on and they are all randomly singing different songs. There were a few people sitting at the bar with no headphones on but they were not really talking either. I decided real quick this was not the place for me so I went to Bee Jays which was packed with people and music.
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Nanci Boyd on

I have just recently heard of the silent dance clubs and actually had seen a picture of it and thought " how strange is that?"

"cousin" on

There was a 'silent disco' in Lubbock last night. However, I opted out. I didn't see the point of paying money to look like an idiot. Are you going to be able to make it to Oktoberfest? I think it continues for a couple more weeks.

Alexis Boyd on

Oh my gosh that's so awesome that you spoke at a high school! The club Dragon thing sounds crazy!! That's crackin me up! I would've liked to see you jammin out singing loudly with some headphones on at a club. I miss you! Looking forward to our next facetime chat!

Nicole DeSimone on

This is my favorite post so far...well maybe except for the one about you getting locked in the kitchen. I'm really glad to hear you had a good experience in Poland because it always sounded so beautiful but once when I showed an interest in traveling there, a Polish roommate of mine said that they do not take kindly to American tourists...even though her Polish grandmother was always very very hospitable...i remember she made us cookies with espresso flavored icing on them. And that is so awesome that you got to go talk to the kids in school, what a great experience!

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