Warsaw Stock Exchange
Trip Start Jun 17, 2009
27Trip End Jul 18, 2009
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Warsawa Centrum Hotel
Hello everyone, it is now Tuesday night, Warsaw time, which is 6 hours ahead of the U.S. east coast time. We arrived back in Warsaw yesterday afternoon after about a 5-hour bus ride from Gdansk, the port city in the north of Poland. Gdansk was a great time, especially all that I learned about Solidarity, the labor union for the shipyard workers, which ultimately resulted in the downfall of the communist regime in Poland, and ultimately, the end of the Soviet Union.
This morning our Fulbright group walked a few blocks from the hotel to the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE). It was a really cool place, all trades are done electronically, and the WSE is one of the busiest and most productive stock markets in all of central and Eastern Europe
After the school visit, we went back to the Warsaw Stock Exchange for lunch (where we have eaten lunch each day in Warsaw), and we then went to the Fulbright office for an afternoon lecture by a professor from Warsaw University on the impact of Polish culture in the media. Poland is a very complicated country that when one speaks of it, you can't talk about its future without mentioning its past.
We are all packed up and ready to leave for Krakow on Wednesday morning at 7 am Warsaw time. Krakow is the home of Pope John Paul II and we will be based there and in surrounding cities until we return to Warsaw on July 15th. Stay tuned, will keep you posted on our journey.