Bachelor Travel’s Thoughts on Warsaw
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In a nutshell…I wouldn’t go again.
I stepped out of Warszawa Centralna with high hopes for the city.
Having just left Kyiv, the bustling capital of Ukraine, I was hoping for the same chaos and fun in Poland’s capitol. I also hoped for the added bonus of the modernity and cleanliness of Poland.
I’m sorry to say that I was left disappointed.
As I made the walk from the train station to the Intercontinental Hotel, I couldn’t help but notice simply how quiet the whole city was. It was suppose to be a bustling downtown metropolis. A city of 1.7 million people, and yet it was eerily quiet.
I was greeted by the friendly clerks at the Intercontinental and given my room keys. Upgraded to a deluxe room with a nice view of the city.
I walked to the Old Town area, and while there were more people out, it was nothing compared to what I had experienced in Kraków just a few months ago.
For whatever reason, Warsaw is just a weird place. Not a place I’d care to go back to unless I have to transit through there.
It’s just that it doesn’t quite seem to know what it wants to be.
A place like New York City serves millions of tourist a year, but deep down everybody knows that it’s one of the world’s centers for trade and commerce.
A place like Kraków knows that it’s strengths lie in tourism.
A place like Kyiv knows it’s not a tourist destination.
And yet, Warsaw doesn’t seem to have a clue. It’s full of modern, beautiful buildings that would significantly an economic powerhouse, but yet has none of the “hustle” you see in a place like New York City.
At the same time, it’s got a small Old Town area which seems that it was mostly just thrown onto the edge of the city, because a Polish city wouldn’t be complete without a main square and old town.
It was also a culture shock coming from Kyiv. English was being spoken everywhere. At some points I heard more Spanish than I did Polish. And this saddens me. Seeing places overrun by moronic tourists of the West.
Poland will always have a special place in my heart because Wroclaw was the first city I ever visited in Europe. But if I were to judge Poland off of Warsaw, I would be horribly disappointed.
It seems my ventures and heart continue to pull me towards the East, far away from any Western cultural norms.
A place to escape. A place to grow and prosper.
To challenge myself to become the best man I can be.
Kyiv, I’ll see you soon.
PS: Stay tuned for a review of the Intercontinental Warsaw, and the Polish Jewish Museum.