After a day of exploring Warsaw I don’t feel qualified to make generalizations of the city, country, or people. Blanket statements are dangerous anyhow and I’m always wrong in the end. So I’ll stick to observations and draw ‘loose’ conclusions.
Warsaw has an interesting mix of architecture that poignantly reflects its somewhat devastating history. In WWII most of the old city was destroyed by the Nazis. On the heels of destruction came communism and its repetitive and non-redeeming drab block buildings. Even though I’m unclear on most of Warsaw history the architecture speaks for itself. Today modern buildings are creating a new skyline and future for Poland. And the old city (destroyed in WWII) has been rebuilt with precision detail. The resurrection of the old city impresses but you sense the loss of history. It’s almost too clean and sturdily built. Walking through the streets of the old city almost feels like you’re in an elaborate reconstructed model of an old town. Which is true…the new/old beauty serves as a tender reminder of the past.