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    I think I just ruined my Uber rating lol. The driver stopped at arrivals at de Gaulle and I was at departures.

    He spoke Chinese and French. We had a phone call and when it became obvious it wasnít going to be solved over the phone, he walked to us. Then we couldnít get out of the pickups are because de Gaulle charges you to pick someone up. So I had to hand over my credit card to pay for that.

    Oh well.

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    Wow. Poland is really trying to be modern and awesome.

    Theyíre kinda succeeding too.

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    Wow. Poland is really trying to be modern and awesome.

    Theyíre kinda succeeding too.
    and???

    how?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mookie1995 View Post
    and???

    how?

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    The longer I'm here, the more it feels staged. Obviously that's not the case, but everything seems different. Young and attractive people everywhere, dressed nicer than most of the other cities and countries we've visited. I guess I just didn't understand the city I was staying in. I'm also very used to staying in smaller cities because that's where manufacturing plants often get placed. So there were probably some preconceptions that come with that as well. The drive in was interesting because it was almost all single lane roads to get from the airport. Five or ten minutes on the highway, 20 minutes on the small roads that wound through the outskirts of the city. Again, that didn't help.

    Aside from that, there was some interesting stories told last night over a very nice dinner. One of my colleagues said when the Germans were forced out of the town, it was often that a truck showed up and people were told, "You have two hours to pack anything you can and you're leaving." When his grandparents were given a house, the previous inhabitants' dinner was still on the table.

    I also got a sense there is still quite a bit of pain associated with WWII, even among the younger generations. As we walked through the city center, we were told of how the locals tried to turn the town from a Polish town to a German town as Hitler's army advanced. They would cover over plates that were on the church walls eulogizing the dead dignitaries that lied below. They're still trying to restore the heritage that was scrubbed from the city 75+ years ago. There is also still some resentment that Lufthansa calls Wroclaw "Breslau" in their flight plans and radio calls.

    Our hosts also explained the city is going through a transition. Where in many smaller European towns, the city center is actually the center of activity for all generations. Everyone walks down to the city square and has dinner or attend other activities. But they are slowly becoming decentralized. Where the popular locales are trending more and more outside of the city center.

    It's actually a very fascinating city that's a real treat to walk through at night. There are houses and apartments from the 17th century that sandwich apartments built in the 1950s. The older, ornate buildings are actually pretty shocking to see next to their sterile, poured concrete neighbors.
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    Argentina is still ****ed about the Falklands, Atlanta is still ****ed about Sherman's march, Israel and Palestine are still ****ed about events from 1500 years ago. I guess I'm not surprised that Pols are still ****ed about WW2.
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    If you think they still have issues with Germany, try asking them how they feel about Russia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    If you think they still have issues with Germany, try asking them how they feel about Russia.
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    So did the Germans. Friggní poles shoulda been enjoying Marshall plan cheese and spam.... but nooooooooooooooooooooo

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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    One of my colleagues said when the Germans were forced out of the town, it was often that a truck showed up and people were told, "You have two hours to pack anything you can and you're leaving." When his grandparents were given a house, the previous inhabitants' dinner was still on the table.
    The Czechs did that to the Germans after WW2, too. And they're so frickin adorable they still feel bad about it and actually voted to pay those Germans reparations under Havel.

    Unfortunately their government is now controlled by the same rightwing wheezebags that blight almost every Central and Eastern European county.
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    I wish I had made a point of studying the history of the areas that were so critical to the start of WWI, from the Bulgaria and the Balkans up to to Germany and Austria-Hungary. Wonderfully complex politically and culturally and some beautiful country. Want to travel that part of the world some day. Only plans now are Metigoshe, NoDak--a close second.

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    I wish I had made a point of studying the history of the areas that were so critical to the start of WWI, from the Bulgaria and the Balkans up to to Germany and Austria-Hungary. Wonderfully complex politically and culturally and some beautiful country. Want to travel that part of the world some day. Only plans now are Metigoshe, NoDak--a close second.
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    Thx.

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    My flight to Amsterdam tonight got cancelled and KLM rebooked my entire trip to Scotland. Instead of getting in at 850 AM Iím getting in at 1:30 PM.

    When I got the notification it was cancelled, I also got a notification that thy auto-rebooked me. Fine. I saw they had space on a flight that would get me there at 10 AM. I get up to the counter and those mother ****ers tell me that I canít rebook because I rebooked my flight. I asked them if I could pay the difference for another flight and they said no.

    Iím going to miss my distillery tour and now I basically have enough time to check into my hotel and leave the following morning

    Iím already pretty upset and this threw me into rage mode. I was polite but Iím pretty sure I almost had a stroke during the interaction. Iím out so much money because of this.

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    Air France and KLM can eat a bag of dicks.

    Iíve never had as bad of an experience dealing with an airline like this. Beyond the f-ckery they pulled yesterday, today at the check in counter, they decided to have five agents get up and leave all at the same time when I got to the front leaving just the sky priority line open. It took 45 minutes to check in in a five-minute line. Plus their stupid automatic checkin lines are useless. You still need to talk to someone at the counter. Whatís the point
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    Air France and KLM can eat a bag of dicks.

    I’ve never had as bad of an experience dealing with an airline like this. Beyond the f-ckery they pulled yesterday, today at the check in counter, they decided to have five agents get up and leave all at the same time when I got to the front leaving just the sky priority line open. It took 45 minutes to check in in a five-minute line. Plus their stupid automatic checkin lines are useless. You still need to talk to someone at the counter. What’s the point
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    Maybe. I wasnít aware.

    But then again, our workís travel service had been sending out all sorts of notices with various strikes. Trains, metros, busses. Wouldnít surprise me if the airline workers were striking. Every city but Wrocław, Munich, and Ach have had strikes for transportation workers.
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    Isn't AF threatening a strike right now?
    Maybe. I know French ATC is, which could play a role.

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    Now weíre boarded and just got delayed 25 minutes because of fog.

    Thank god I signed up for Spotify premium before this trip and downloaded about 2 gigs of music. Because Iím about ready to cut someone.

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    Now weíre boarded and just got delayed 25 minutes because of fog.

    Thank god I signed up for Spotify premium before this trip and downloaded about 2 gigs of music. Because Iím about ready to cut someone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Now weíre boarded and just got delayed 25 minutes because of fog.

    Thank god I signed up for Spotify premium before this trip and downloaded about 2 gigs of music. Because Iím about ready to cut someone.
    Sorry dude. Iíve been through there a million times with virtually zero issues

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