Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Trip to Europe, September 2015, Biskupin, Gdynia

About 2700 years ago there was an Iron Age village in Biskupin. Now there is an open air archeological museum and a fair once a year. During the fair, you can take a boat ride, watch mock-up sword fights, watch folk dances, shoot an arrow from a bow, see how food, rope, pottery was made, and more.

Did I mention that I like trains? This is the Pendolino ED250, which can travel up to 250 km/h. It only travels up to 200 km/h in Poland currently, pending track upgrades.

This Pendolino took me from Warsaw to Tri-City: Gdynia, Sopot, Gdańsk.

The restaurant carriage in ED250.

Two ED250 in Gdynia.

And one more in Gdańsk.

Street art in Gdynia.

In Gdynia I visited the Emigration Museum located in a former passenger terminal for ocean going ships. The museum is full of fascinating stories. You can learn about the extreme poverty in Polish Galicia in the 19th century which was driving people to go to America, and about the poverty and lack of freedom in communist Poland in the 20th century, which was driving people to escape to the West.

A bit of Polish history - elected kings? sounds like Star Wars doesn't it?

The poor of Galicia were emigrating en masse in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Emigration of Polish Jews.

A meat shop in 1980s with hardly any meat.

Increasing numbers of illegal emigrants.

Everybody tried to get out, even air force pilots.
This is a picture of Zygmunt Gościniak who successfully escaped in 1956 to Bornholm with his MIG-15 bis.

Next, Gdańsk...

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