This is summer?
Trip Start May 31, 2005
89Trip End Dec 25, 2005
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Gdansk is another great city. It's got beatiful architecture, but most defintely less of a tourist infrastructure. I have seen about three other people with backpacks. Have yet to meet another American. Although there was an Irish guy at the hostel this morning who apparently has been there for a few weeks who told a story of a rude american at the hostel last week (although from the story he was the rude one), and went farther to say that a lot of people don't like americans. I was laughing inside because he had no idea he was sitting right next to an american, because I hadn't said a word. People do know english though, and I find it interesting time and time again to see a Polish person or a german person or a french person conversing with one another in english because it's the only language they both know. It's also widely amusing to hear an american tell a person of the country that we are in 'how it is' in america. More than half the time I would completely disagree with what the american had just said.
Whenever one finds out that I am from America, 95% of the time the next question is , 'What do you think of Bush?'. It's amazing how often I'm asked that question. American politics are such an important topic in everyone else's lives around the world, more often than not, the people are more aware of what is going on than I am.
Last night I was just wandering around the city, and it turns out there was some International festival going on from what I gather. There's stands selling food (Kielbasa, Pieroges, Bigos, etc.) and beer, beer and beer. It will be 10am and I'll see people walking the streets with their families and a beer in thier hands. There are also platforms setup where bands play. Last night I watched a guy with a mohawk (I can't remember the last time I saw someone with a true, full out mohawk) stand next to a kid on his dads shoulder, stand next to an elderly couple all listen and dance to a band singing polish rock music with occasional english words thrown in. Let me tell you - that is something you don't get to experience in Reston.