Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Trip to Europe, September 2015, Warsaw


Poland is trying to catch up with the U.S. in wild capitalism and consumerism. It seems you can buy anything at any time of the day or night. There are advertisements everywhere. It's not pretty. The picture below shows a long wall of bottled water in an Auchan hipermarket. It's a long wall. Hundreds of types of still and carbonated water: lightly carbonated, medium, high; more minerals, fewer minerals; spring, well, deep oligocene well. How can you buy anything here? :-)

The Railway Museum in Warsaw is in dire need of cash to help them restore and maintain some exhibits. Without that, parts of the museum look like a graveyard for old engines and carriages.

Many engines look ok, but they still could use some loving care. It does not help that they are outside, exposed to the elements. Also, the descriptions, for example for this lovely Oka1 from 1931 are only in Polish.

This is a rotary/wedge snowplow made by ZNTK Stargard in 1986. This the rotary end:

And this is the wedge end:

Street art in Warsaw, Wola district.

Not in Warsaw, but taken at the A2 motorway rest stop, when driving to Warsaw -  giant wind turbine parts:

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