Be aware of distractions in crowds!
Every day at noon crowds gather in the Old Market Square to watch the goats ram heads on top of the city hall. It's a Poznan tradition, you really must check it out. But be careful! While you (and 99% of the others) are looking up, it's an opportune time to get pick-pocketed. Hold your purses and bags close to you and don't have loose items in your pockets.
The same warning applies to watching street performers. Though it's really exciting to see a man throwing flaming objects or spinning on his head or simply standing like a statue, be aware of his friends who are sneaking through the crowd and taking advantage of the distracted tourists.
Closed restaurants at Easter
Although we knew that Poland is a very Catholic country, we were quite surprised that all Polish restaurants and even many other places were closed at the Easter weekend.
The choice was limited to a very small number of international restaurants at the Stary Rynek (Old Market Square).
What surprised me the most, was the fact that even Mc Donalds was closed on Easter Sunday. So if you are travelling to Poznan over Easter, just be prepared that you will have very limited options to dine.
- Budget Travel
Get them away!
During expectation in an automobile jam in Poznan there was the following incident. The Polish youth earns on a highway by washing windows of cars standing in jams.
Usually they approach to the car and ask the permission to wash a frontal window. If the permission is received, within one minute they wash a window and receive quite deserved money. There are no objections against it.
However local guys behaved in another way. A local fellow without our permission washed our windshield when we stopped in front of a traffic light in a jam. As I had not had time to prevent this service which was imposed to me, I was going to pay off. However I did not have Polish fine money. The guy insisted on payment nevertheless. Several guys surrounded our car, not allowing it to get under way and loudly swearing.
This situation was very unpleasant. We had to get under way rudely, despite of their dissatisfied cries. Beware of such guys! Get them away!
- Road Trip
Poznan - "the damned jam"
European highway E30 connects Moscow and Amsterdam. It is the shortest way from Russia to Western Europe and on the contrary - from Western Europe to Russia. The highway crosses Poland and passes through Poznan. It is possible to imagine the importance of this highway and its congestion by lorries. Its extent is more than 2500 kilometers.
However till 2006 the most unpleasant part of this highway was a part which was passing through Poznan. The road was narrowed up to one strip in each side. Six railway crossings and twelve traffic lights! It was awful. Poznan was the narrowest "neck" of E30. Since 1999 we passed Poznan in both directions two times every year. There were years when we jammed there during two hours. Therefore we named Poznan "the damned jam".
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In the market in Poznan I was told that The market I went in was run by the Russian Mafia. Which I think was partly true. There wasn't any guns or missiles there but just counter fit DVDs CDs and other junk.
Train Station at Night
Ok like everywhere else in the world you have train stations, you have to be careful. Center and Eastren Europe are not different. Actually for what I saw they're pretty much worse than the ones from west. Be careful. Watch your bags. Watch out for Neo-Nazi guys, usualy they are really big jerks that can mess with you the hard way.
This may sound like a strange warning, but it is genuine,and at the time, was hazardous.
I was driving a friend back to Army Barracks in Gniezno. A 20 minute drive from Poznan. It was torrential rain at the time, and we hit a stretch of road that was literally COVERED with frogs. They were two or three deep and piggybacking and leapfrogging across the road.
I can't bear to kill anything, and to proceed would have meant a frog massacre, so we pulled to the side of the road and just watched and listened to this spectacle. It was truly amazing. Within half an hour the rain had subsided and the frogs has gone their way and we could proceed.
But did my friend's sergeant believe why he was late back to barracks? Did he hell!
Polish roads have a lot of wildlife on them, including large animals like deer, so drive carefully. Dogs in country towns also appear to have little or no road sense, and a favourite game for them is to chase cars.
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