Poland

Dhruv Menon, Period 6, 4/28/15

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Climate

The climate in Poland is relatively cold in the winter and warm in the summer. The climate is greatly influenced by oceanic, cold polar, and sub-tropical air currents. The winters can bring a lot of cold weather and can go well under zero. Summers are usually dry and warm. The average rainfall is 500-700 mm for a year. The best time to go to Poland is definitely spring or summer.

Culture

Polish is the official language of Poland. Polish is the second most spoken Slavic language and is second to Russian. Poles celebrate many common holidays such as Christmas and Easter and their own holidays like Symngus Dingus, Name day and Womens day. Poles celebrate common holidays like Christmas in their own ways. Days before Christmas they scrub their houses clean on the inside and the outside. They also believe that the wind and climate on Christmas will affect the next year's climate. For Easter, polish women stop baking bread a week before Easter in fear that the rest of the bread made all year will go bad. On Easter Monday Poles celebrate a holiday called Symngus Dingus.

Sightseeing

The three must see places in Poland are Auschwitz-Birkenau, The Main Market Square, and the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

  1. Auschwitz-Birkenau - Visiting this Nazi concentration camp turned museum is an experience words cannot describe. This huge memorial of World War II has been visited by more than 25 million people.
  2. The Main Market Square - The Main Market Square is the largest medieval town square, dating back to the 13th century. The square, located in Krakow, is surrounded by medieval townhouses, historic buildings, palaces, and churches. the Square is dominated by the cloth hall, which was rebuilt in 1555 in the Renaissance style.
  3. The Wieliczka Salt Mine - Located on the outskirts of Krakow this salt mine is considered to be one of the oldest companies in the world. Salt has been mined from this location continuously since the 13th century. The site has an underground city with a chapel that is said to have the best acoustics in all of Europe

Poland Today

The currency used in Poland is called the Polish złoty which is equal to .27 USD. The government of Poland is considered a semi-presidential government where a prime minister is the head of government of a multi-party system and the president is the head of state. The president is then the supreme head of the armed forces and the supreme representative of the Republic of Poland. The prime minister and the deputy prime ministers are appointed by the President. The current president of Poland is Bronisław Komorowski and the current Prime Minister is Ewa Kopacz. Poland's economy is the 42nd freest economy according to the 2015 index. Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. The GDP is currently $817.5 billion. The unemployment rate is 10.4% and the inflation rate is .9%. The exports that Poland earned in 2013 was $171.12 billion.

Makowiec

Makowiec is a famous delicacy from Poland. It is a yeast cake stuffed with poppy and usually has raisins, almonds, or walnuts. The loaf is then decorated with icing or usually orange peel. In distant times this dessert was prepared for Easter and Christmas. In the Christian belief the poppy seed is considered to be a sign of good harvest and fertility. Later Slavs and Poles believed that eating Makowiec brought good luck.

Transportation and Hotel Prices

Poland is a geographically large country so to visit it you must plan every day to pack in all the wonders of this great country. For a one week stay, May 11th to May 18th, a roundtrip ticket would cost $749 on AirBerlin with one stop in Berlin. The full time would be 11 hours and 45 minutes both ways including the layover in Berlin. a 15 minute drive from the Warsaw airport will bring you to the 5 star hotel, Intercontinental Warsaw. A soaring landmark in the Warsaw skyline, this Warsaw hotel is located in the financial district opposite the Palace of Culture and Science. It has a remarkable view and is walking distance from the memorable Old Town. 3 days in this hotel will cost $271. After visiting Warsaw on the 14th of May a 3 hour drive will bring you to Krakow where you will stay at The Sheraton Krakow Hotel. 4 days in this hotel will cost $198. From there you will drive back to the Warsaw to take the plane back to Chicago.

So in total the plane and hotel prices will add up to $1,218.

Itinerary

Warsaw

  • Day 1 - Palace of Culture and Science
  • Day 2 - Copernicus Science Centre
  • Day 3 - Fryderyk Chopin Museum

Kraków

  • Day 4 - Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • Day 5 - Main Square
  • Day 6 - Wawel Castle
  • Day 7 - Kraków Cloth Hall

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