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Traveling to Poland

Presented by Erica Tucker

 

As a young anthropology student, Erica Tucker went to study in the ancient Polish city of Poznan. She was curious about life behind the Iron Curtain and wanted to visit her great-grandparents’ homeland. While in Poland, she learned to speak the language and gained a greater appreciation of Polish people, their history, and culture. She arrived at a historic moment, for this was 1989, the year when protests by Lech Walesa’s Solidarity movement led to the first free elections. At the start of her visit, Poland was still under Communist rule and the Solidarity movement that arose in the port city of Gdansk was illegal. By the end of her stay, a newly-elected democratic government led the country—it was a time of tremendous change.

Erica continued her studies, became an expert on Poland, and is now a cultural anthropologist at Stonehill College. Her early research, which focused on Warsaw’s elderly survivors of World War II, led to the publication of Remembering Occupied Warsaw: Polish Narratives of World War II in 2011. Her current research looks at how this same era is commemorated in museums and public rituals.

Professor Tucker has made a number of trips to Poland. Her most recent visit was a faculty-led tour accompanied by professional tour guides. Her fluency in Polish coupled with the large number of English-speaking Poles allowed her to get a good look at contemporary Polish life.

 

The tabbed content box below lists resources and suggestions that might be useful in planning a trip of your own. Enjoy the photo galleries by enlarging them with the “magnifier” and by following the “link” icons to their posts.

Different guidebooks have different strengths and weaknesses. I would definitely check out several and see which appeals to you before you buy one. Here are a few I’ve found helpful:

Lonely Planet: Poland

Not the glitziest of travel guides, it does offer useful information that others leave out, such as seasonal music festivals, playgrounds and hiking trails.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Poland

If you like to take a look at what you’ll be visiting before you get there, this is the book for you! It features lots of illustrations, floor plans, maps, photos and timelines.

Rick Steves’ Eastern Europe

Though only part of this book is devoted to Poland, Rick Steves offers some information on out-of-the-way hotels, hostels and restaurants not found in other books. He never fails to offer his opinion about the value of visiting various sites. He also offers some good suggestions for trip planning.

Warsaw

 

Krakow

 

Gdansk and Tri-city Area

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