A guerra e o papa

Trip Start Aug 08, 2006
Trip End Oct 08, 2006

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Ok, the impression I got from my fleeting visit to Warszawa was this: everything here is somehow related to the (former) pope or the war, and everyone speaks fluent Portuguese. Of course, at least one part of this sentence should be wrong... :) That is because Karolina, my host, surprised me with her Portuguese skills. Of course I knew she could speak it, but not so well (or maybe I should, as she just returned from a trip to Brazil).
After we finally managed to find each other at the bus station, she was my guide in the city for an excellent one and a half days. Of course that is too short a time, but then again she was my main reason for coming to Warszawa (everyone just said it was not a very interesting city, and time was scarce), being a Portuguese speaker, a psychology student and also having many common interests with me.
As I said, some shadow of the war still seems to linger over the city, as it was almost completely destroyed then - most of the old buildings are actually rebuilt, and everywhere you can see something being restored. There was even an exhibition in some plaza of videos about Polish people that fled to Brazil during the war - very funny to hear so much Portuguese in the heart of Poland. And then there is the tomb of the unknown soldier, dedicated to all the victims of the war, that is taken very seriously, having even a permanent guard.
Having heard so many lukewarm reactions to the city, I ended up liking it. But let's see when I get to Krakow.
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