A Vacation in Poland

Grayson Greinke Period 6 Poland

A Trip To Poland

Imagine your dream vacation. You are standing on a hill overlooking the countryside. A scent of animals and fresh green grass wanders to your nose. Behind you is where the comfortable cabin is. Inside there is a fresh hot meal awaiting your return. That sounds a lot like the countryside in Poland.

Fun Facts

Food, Sports, Sites, Museums, Yearly Celebratory Events

Poles eat breakfast around the same time we do, but they have a second breakfast at around 10 A.M. Their lunch is expected at around 3 P.M. They have a light dinner the same time we do. They consider lunch as their main meal. Some things they have are pierogi which are dumplings, uszka which is a type of ravioli, bigos which is sausage and mushrooms and pickled cabbage, and schnitzel which is breaded cutlets. If you are always hungry, that is a reason to come. The famous sport in Poland is soccer, and Poland is pretty good at it. Poles like to watch local teams play on television. They also participate in other sports including track and field, cycling, table tennis, skiing, ski jumping, basketball, and volleyball. If you like sports, this is a place you might want to travel to. Another thing Poland has are sites to see. You got the Wilanow Palace in Warsaw, the Green Gate in Gdansk, the Golden Gate in Gdansk, the Frederic Chopin Monument in the Lazienkowski located in Warsaw, and the Wawel Castle in Krakow. Day things Poles like to do are kayaking, cycling, and doing other things at home such as cards, television, DVD videos, and reading. Events and holidays Poles celebrate are New Years Eve, Easter, Whit Monday, Labor Day, the Third of May holiday, Corpus Christi, Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Christmas, All Saints' Day, and Independence Day. Poles have interesting lives and food, while they have some of the same activities and holidays we have.

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Wilanow Palace

The gardens at Wilanow Palace in Warsaw, Poland.

The Safe Government

Poland is a Republic which means that Poland has a Constitution that people follow. The long name of Poland is The Republic of Poland. The current head of the government Prime Minister Donald Tusk, and the Chief of State. The Constitution of Poland is based on The U.S. Constitution. Having a Republic means that the power of the leaders is with people who can vote for who they want to lead the government. They are basically a democracy.

Religions

Poles have a freedom of religion like us. They get to choose what religion they believe in. This pie chart shows the main religions Poland has.
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The main religions in Poland are Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, and the rest are Other and Unspecified.

Languages in Poland

People who live in Poland call themselves Poles. Poles speak the official language in Poland, Polish. Polish originates from the Latin alphabet, though it is spoken through Slavic tongue. Polish was not written down until the 16th century, where the ruling class used it. Today, most Poles speak Polish, but some have learned English. Other ethnic groups might speak their own languages. To say hi in Poland, you say Czesc. To say thank you, you say Dziekuje. To say goodbye, you say Do Widzenia.

Cool Currency

The currency in Poland is called zloty (PLN). Poles use it the same way we use American dollars, like to buy items and sell items. Instead of paper money, they use coins made out of nickel, sort of like our quarters. Each coin has the worth written on it as a regular number, for example the one zloty coin has a 1 on it with zloty under it. The exchange rate for if you are trading U.S. money for zlotys, it is about 1 dollar for 2.96 zlotys.

Take A Trip To Poland

You must take a trip to Poland. They have beautiful parks and palaces. There are many other sites to see and foods to eat that I did not mention. People there are nice and friendly, so you would not be an outsider. As they say in Poland, Do Widzenia.

Citations

Website/Information Citations

"Poland." The World Factbook 2009. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2009. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pl.html#top. Jan. 26, 2013


"Poland."CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest,2012. Web. Jan. 26, 2013.


Pfeiffer, Christine. Poland. New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1991.


Photo Citations

Rantes. Autumn in Wrocław. Digital image. Flickr. N.p., 15 Sept. 2009. Web. 26 Jan. 2013. http://www.flickr.com/photos/41836833@N06/3952633251/.


A Polish Family Meal. Digital image. USA.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2013. http://www.mainstreetmail.com/engine/images/megan/0715/kielbasa.jpg.


Flag of Poland. Digital image. CIA World Factbook. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2013. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/flags/flagtemplate_pl.html.


Wilanow Palace. Digital image. CIA World Factbook. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2013. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/photo_gallery/pl/photo_gallery_B1_pl_6.html.