Hey it’s Ari,
This has been my third month in Poland and so far, I have had an amazing experience. I am really enjoying school, and I am learning much about this educational system. However, I have also had time to travel around Poland, and so I want to explain one of the trips I have done this month.
In these months we have had the opportunity to travel quite a lot, we got to see Wrocław, Warsaw, Krakow, Poznań, and discover Gliwice a little more. All these trips have been a little different, either because the city was new to us or because instead of just going the volunteers in Gliwice other volunteers also joined.
However, I want to focus on the trip we made to Wrocław, also known as the city of the gnomes. We went there at the end of September, and we got to visit different parts of the city and go on two Free tours. In both tours, we learned more about the city and the people who live and used to live there, and the history behind all the gnomes.
The History of the gnomes began in the 1980s, when a group called the Orange Alternative started a series of protests against authoritarianism and censorship. This group used absurdist art and images of clowns, elves, and dwarves to fight against the government, on those acts they use to wear an orange hat similar to the one the gnomes wear, and so the images were created.
In 1989 the group disbanded, and Polish Communism deteriorated, because of that an artist of the city decided to create a gnome to make it their tribute, and so he created the first and largest gnome in the city known as “Papa Kransal”.
Nowadays, there are hundreds of gnomes all around the city and each represents either a tradition or a show in the city. Because of that I really recommend going there especially during December since they have a Christmas market known to be amazing.
Finally, if you visit the city, you cannot leave without eating at Konspira, an amazing restaurant located next to the center of the city.
Ari from Catalonia, in Wolno Mi a democratic School in Gliwice
This project is co-founded by European Solidarity Corps