The photos above show a 200 year old painting and a less than 50 year old building. Strolling through Warsaw you get the feeling of a very old, medieval town. Not so. It’s all been rebuilt with as exacting detail as possible, from paintings and first-person recollections.
So is the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen Danish? No, she’s actually the twin sister of the polish mermaid. Here’s the legend of Syrena https://syrenadancers.com/about/legend-of-the-warsaw-mermaid/
We had a post-chat with our guide about the WHY of the Polish reputation, butt of jokes, no respect. With a shrug of her shoulders, Sabrina told us the country has been continually invaded. They’ve never won a war. Children are taught to be loyal to Poland. Life is hard, yet the sense of family and community is vital, strong, and at the heart of Polish life.
They are a strong people. Unwavering. Brave. Extraordinarily hard-working.
Should I admit to having mentally dismissed Poland in the past as a place I had no need to visit? Ok, guilty.
Travel changes people, and this short visit had shifted me totally!