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Song of the Streets

First day in Poland still and on my own now, I got off at the wrong station – Polytechnika instead of Centrum – so I stopped a cop or two and asked them the way to the Palace of Culture and Science and in case I’d got it wrong by a few other names too.

The reaction surprised me – they spoke some English but hadn’t the faintest idea which way to go – “we are new here”. They had just been appointed for a short period from another part of the country. Well, I quite like going wrong in places I don’t know – there is always the opportunity for serendipity – my favourite word. If we are travelling any distance as a family in the UK we often set off not knowing exactly where we are going, where we are going to sleep or camp and frequently by roads that meander off the main routes. We have so many adventures. A bit like Sasa’s lake picture!

I really liked the light here and the cut through into the street beyond – curiously it made me think of an American street scene – or perhaps others can see why too. It really makes me think of the novels of Theodore Sturgeon – a slightly alternative reality – which of course for me this is – it would also be alternative, but more subtly so (but perhaps not subtle in places) to any returning Pole who had been out of the country for a decade or more, say in Russia or somewhere to the east/south east.

I had fun exploring this area before resuming my dusk time, three hour meander to meet Jerzy in the Old Town. I just really liked the colours here. The next few images are from this walk.

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Additional Photos by Kev Ryan (KevRyan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1784 W: 193 N: 5128] (22956)
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