Sunday, January 30, 2011

August 2 Warsaw

Well, this is interesting. It came out in conversation that María and
Marek are going somewhere next week. She did not seem at all upset when
I suggested that she must be angry with her neighbors for shutting down her
business. Krzycie seems to be her ready-service overflow person. As the
automobile left the train station area, Marek pointed out the Science and
Culture Building, a gift from the USSR. He called the style “Mongolian
Gothic.” We then arrived at the home of Eric and Krzycie, and their three
daughters, from five to twelve years of age. Veronica, Victoria, and Natalie
(Natalya?) Eric is from Berkeley, and first came to Warsaw in the 1980s
while studying Slavic languages. Judging from the English language
magazines in the house, he probably works for a bank or a multi-national
corporation. Fortune, The Economist, etc. Eric’s father was visiting, with
one day left before he flew home. Jim taught political science at Cal State
Hayward and is now the Vice President for Academics at the community
college in Ridgecrest.

Once the headquarters of the Communist Party of Poland, this is now a bank building!

In the afternoon, they drove us to the center of town. We got maps
and bus passes from the Tourist Information Office inside the train station
lobby. Actually we bought the bus tickets from the newsstand right next to
it. We walked around a bit and had pierogi for dinner. We then headed
back “home” to Truckawiecka Street. Construction detours along Jan
Sobieskaga caused us a bit of consternation, but it all worked out.
The Wilanow Post Office is an older building, but the Roman Catholic parish church (below) was built after the end of the Cold War.

The Fay family getting ready to leave for vacation in Hungary. Eric, Natalie, Victoria,
Krzycie, Veronica, and Krzycie’s sister Jolanta.

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