Warsawa

Greetings from Warsawa (or "Warsaw" for the rest of you)!  We had a (mostly) pleasant trip by train from Sosnowiec to Warsaw in the morning.  The "mostly pleasant" is because one of our team members got sick on the trip.  When we got in, Betty Orr took her to our hotel, and they rejoined us later in the day. 

Most of the group went to the Warsaw Uprising museum in the early afternoon.  The museum recounts the experience of the people of Warsaw under Nazi occupation.  Towards the end of the war, the people were expecting to be liberated by the Russian army, and they rose up against the occupying German forces.  The uprising was brutally supressed, and by the end, 85% of the city was destroyed.  After the Uprising, the Russian army (which had sat across the Vistula River for three days) entered the city and declaired victory.

While everyone else was at the Uprising Museum, Dr. E. (who has been to the Uprising Museum before) went to the brand new Chopin museum.  Then we all met at a very cosmopolitan shopping mall, and split up to explore things for a bit before eating pizza in our hotel for dinner. 

Today, we are traveling to the University where Dr. E. has taught on several occassions.  The plan is for Dr. E. to give a lecture, and for our students and UKSW students to interact with each other.  After lunch, we will tour Old Town and have some free time before turning in for the night - so we can get to the airport in time for our early morning flight.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Dr. E. & the rest of the Poland team

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