||[Jul. 22nd, 2019|11:08 pm]
So, in the centre of Katowice, right in the middle of the pavement, there is an artificial creek entirely packed in granite, about five meters wide and maybe twenty cm deep, with waterfalls-like steps, and on the banks there are palm-trees in pots, and chaise lounge-type chairs, with concrete base and wood covering, so that you half-lying half-sitting in them.
And I'm sitting in one of these chairs right now, under a palm-tree, listening to creek gurgling and using free wi-fi.
So that's how great Katowitce is.
The weather was nice today, something like 24C, sometimes sunny sometimes not. But tomorrow cold and rains are expected.
I went through the city, from one end to the other, it is pretty small. Looks better than Plovdiv, there are large magnificient "imperial" buildings here and there, both old and modern, so it doesn't look too provincial.
In fact at some points it reminds German cities or even Helsinki.
But still there are signs of 80's and 90's here and there, especially outside of the city center.
But it is noticeable they are trying to keep up with the time. This is definitely better than what's going on in Plovdiv.
And Poland is noticeably richer than Bulgaria.
Many fountains, everything is relatively clean, houses are not falling apart (well, most of them), the roads are OK, there are even bicycle lines here and there etc.
And there is a cafe chain "Zabka" (which means "toad"), and why I am talking about it is because these Zabka cafes are everywhere, in the city center you will meet Zabka every three hundred meters, literally. Unbelievable.
And there is a fountain toad in the city center.
Seems Poles like toads very much for some reason, they are everywhere - cafes, fountains, toys, pictures.
Well, anyway, Katowice doesn't seem that bad after all.
As for the Greeks, met them already three times here.
The strange thing is Poland looks not that bad, even provincial Katowice in some places looks better than Athens, and still Greece is richer country and Poles come to work in Greece, not vice versa. There is even a Polish church in the center of Athens.
And yes, I've already found a leaflet offering help in finding job for Ukrainians lol. It is in Ukrainian by the way and I understood it completely lol.