While selecting the participants of Study Tours To Poland, the organisers pay attention to the fact that the young people’s visit to a given city should be their first time. Our group spent most of the time in Warsaw. It was time to go out of the town and get to know the capital of Poland.
We started with a lecture on the political system in Poland, prepared for us by a friend from our editorial team – Paweł Charkiewicz. After that we went to the Centre for Contemporary Art, where the members of Akademia Ruchu (Academy of Motion), a group founded in the 70s, told us about their artistic activity in the Polish People’s Republic, plying us with tea, coffee and Italian wine.
Then we went for a walk around Warsaw, spun tales about complicated history of the city and made infinite comparisons: “Buses in Warsaw are always on time. In Kyiv there’s no schedule, and the drivers sometimes forget to close the door and people fall out of a bus”, Taras from Ukraine entertained us with his terrifying observations. In front of the Presidential Palace, one of the participants asked a question whether Bronislaw Komorowski has a helicopter. Yulia from Ukraine affirmed that Viktor Yanukovych has at least one. Fyodor from St Petersburg added that so does Vladimir Putin, however, it’s more than one – he has around twenty of them. We ended a few-hour walk at Zlote Tarasy shopping centre. Capitalist Warsaw is worth knowing too! Especially as the whole group went to Sarnaki, Podlasie, to breathe fresh air the next day.
Study Tours to Poland was launched in 2004 and is part of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s “Region in Transition – RITA” Program, conducted since 2000 by the Education for Democracy Foundation. The Jan Nowak-Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe from Wrocław has been the STP coordinator since 2007. The “Borussia” Foundation from Olsztyn coordinates STP for students. The study visit from 17 to 29 April 2012 is conducted by Common Europe Foundation, the parent foundation of our portal Eastbook.eu.
Translated by Marta Lityńska