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I am an Australian born Polish artist and film maker with a deep interest in communism and the state of general living since the changes of the Eastern countries. I intend to travel through to Poland and Germany primarily including Romania and all other locations surrounding. I have many relatives to visit for the first time and would like to go soon before the elders pass on. I am also very keen to participate in the contemporary art scene in Poland and Germany in particular - if anyone has any info or connections please pass on. Many thanks, Dan.

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    Haven't been personally Dan, but we did get a Polish-Australian living in Warsaw to write some travel safety advice for WorldNomads. Hope it helps in a little way.
    http://journals.worldnomads.com/safetyhub/country/171/Poland
    Phil over 7 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
    • Any ideas for those traveler’s using wheelchairs in the contemporary arts community. I rise over the archaic attitudes to visible 'dis' abilities and celebrate all I conquer and experience. Plz list and forward any links known. Daniel Kojta over 7 years ago
    • And please - thank you very much for your first link - much appreciated. Keep in touch. Priority is to connect with contemporary artists in the cultural focus areas of Poland. Thank you. .. Dan. Daniel Kojta over 7 years ago
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    Hi! I'm living in Poland (Cracow) - how can I help U? over 7 years ago

    Answered by Bartłomiej Rak via Site_iconTravellr.com
    • To clarify I am seeking to connect with high end Polski contemporary artists, many thanks for your help - please continue... Dan. (Blue Mountains, NSW Australia). Daniel Kojta over 7 years ago
    • Please write direct to my email - dkojta@hotmail.com. Look forward to your response. Dan. Daniel Kojta over 7 years ago
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    You can skim through this blog from my visit to many cities in Poland...it is one of my favorite places.

    https://thewanderinghousewife.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/poland-in-search-of-family-september-2006/

    Bon voyage! over 7 years ago

    Answered by Janet E. Dore Janet E. Dore via Site_iconTravellr.com
    • Great help - much appreciated for your time. My focus is contemporary art scenes at the high end emerging communities. Please pass on any info or links, with great appreciation - Dan Daniel Kojta over 7 years ago
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    One surprising place is Kalwaria Zebrzydowska south of Cracow. It's a 1 hour bus ride from Cracow, which tends to be full of tourists, but Kalvaria is 100% Polish (means Calvary) and emphasises the very strong connection with the Catholic Church. From there you can visit Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains on the border of the Czech Republic. All places are quite free of the ever present north American tourists. If you want a local stay contact Ryszard Zurek at atesthurt@op.pl. He rents an apartment for Polish people but is a great host. His family is a tragic story of Poland starting with his grandfather losing his life at Katyn, then he has family stories of the Nazis and the Communists which put into perspective the 40 years of Polish trauma in the 20th C. We met him in Iran and he invited us to visit and were so glad to have had the opportunity of seeing the real Poland. Oh yes, and don't forget Auschwitz, or Oświęcim, a must ! Also, you can take Soviet era tours of Cracow - all very kitsch. over 7 years ago

    Answered by Mac Benoy
    • My family has a similar escape account - this life taught so many the value of every moment and those close to you. Family. My grandparents, have secured the roots of our Australian identity. Through their sacrifice we enjoy and often neglect the significance of these times. Please help - Dan Daniel Kojta over 7 years ago
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    As an Australian born Pole visiting family, my cousin showed me many places such as Wroclaw, Katowice, the salt mines of Wielicza (incredible...), Zgorzelec, the Owl Mountains & Krakow. He also dropped me off on the "Communism Tour" in Krakow, which was both Kitsch and actually really educational. Nova Huta was Stalin's showcase city just outside of Krakow.

    Don't forget to read Norman Davies books on Poland to compliment travel books, these provided strong context to the people and country. The villages along the Czech border were very enjoyable also. over 7 years ago

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    In continuation... My main direction is to locate like minded contemporary art practitioners. Please pass on links or ideas here. Great to hear from you and thanks for continuing this journey. Dan. over 7 years ago

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