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Travel excerpt

After a morning of opera houses in Bayreuth, I am now in Poland for the first time.

Entering Poland via motorway was anticlimactic. I had my passport out, read to show. I was only faintly worried that they would turn me away at the border to lack of mud flaps on the car, which my guidebook insisted were necessary. I was looking forward to another passport stamp....

But Poland has joined the Schengen area, so the only thing that happened was that the line of traffic slowed down for a few minutes, single-file. And then a new, wide-open, concrete motorway stretched before the car for miles on end.

Eventually there was traffic - bad drivers, tailgating at high speeds, an overturned vehicle, trucks overtaking on uphill slopes where they are not allowed to. Miles of pine forest and distant hills. It rained throughout Germany, but in Poland, the sun came out, and it is finally dry again.

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littleowl
Sep. 10th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
Oh nice.
I'd like to get over there sometime to visit Kwidzyn which is where a part of my mom's family is from.
aquitaineq
Sep. 10th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
Cool! I STILL haven't been to Poland! I need to visit my ancestral homeland hehe.
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