A strange place
Trip Start Sep 12, 2006
100Trip End Sep 08, 2008
Nysa isn't really famous for anything, and after an hour on the bus we soon found out why. Apparently it had once been one of the most important religious centres in Silesia, but it sustained massive damage during the Second World War, and all that remained were a few cathedrals, a strange tower, drab communist style apartment blocks and very sour looking people. We found the rynek within ten minutes, and were a little puzzled by what we saw
Feeling a little peckish, we went into the first restaurant we came across and ordered some lunch and a beer. We weren't expecting to find much in Nysa, so food and beer was our main priority. After an hour or so inside the cosy restaurant we decided to at least see some of the city, so we spent an hour walking around. The main cathedral was the highlight; however the tower next to it was quite odd. Apparently begun in the 15th century, it was never completed, and consequently looked quite odd next to the huge cathedral. We found one quiet little cobblestone side street which made for some nice photos, but on the whole we just wandered around trying to make sense of the place. The post war architecture left a lot to be desired, and we continually walked past the same people. Within an hour we felt as if we knew everyone in the town! If the strangest thing we saw wasn't some old overgrown fortification, it was a Romanian or Bulgarian gypsy woman asking us for a cigarette. In English!
Having felt we'd truly done the place justice, we found a subterranean restaurant and bar in the square, and spent about two hours drinking some more Zywiec. We attracted a number of curious stares from people who probably weren't accustomed to the sound of a foreign language in their small city; however there was nothing we could do but wait until the next train, which incidentally was the last for the day. Although we were far from amazed by the place, it certainly was a change from another quiet Sunday in Opole, and we managed to find more than enough to amuse ourselves!