|Those side-long looks|
|The British Liberator|
As you walk into the Warsaw Uprising Museum, the room vibrates with a heartbeat, immediately sucking into the intensity of the events that occurred. The museum is full of visuals (photos, videos), documents (letters, lists, maps) and items (weapons, uniforms, sewer covers) that tell about the revolt in an exciting manner. Riveting objects in the museum include the classical BMW motorcycle with a side car. Each and every person in our group happily sat on it for a photograph (see our Gallery). In the basement was a sewer pipe you can crawl through to experience how kids and smaller adults stealthily made their way under Warsaw to bring messages and supplies to people on other sides of the city – lucky for us, the pipe was unrealistically clean. A fighter plane was suspended from the ceiling with moving shadows to simulate spinning propellers.
|Rauhman, Jonathan, Lovia, and |
distracted Dylan drinking a cup of kawa
|Hey Courtney! Who was Jan Matejko?|
|Jeanette makes a figure come to life (notice the hair)!|
After the Uprising Museum we took a tram downtown to eat lunch on our own. The day was on-and-off rainy and windy, and it was too wet for our planned bike ride, so we went to the National Museum. Courtney presented her research on the painter Jan Matejko.
His most famous painting was gargantuan, spreading from wall to wall and ceiling to floor, showing the victorious Polish battle against German knights. There were elaborate, detailed statues of Jesus and other New Testament scenes (one had actual hair on the characters!), Catholic saints, and other biblical figures. Polish national art includes romanticized pink-cheeked peasants and also more realistic portrayals of the rich and poor.
That evening, we had our Polish pub meal. We had great appetizers! We played bonding games. By then everybody was hangry: that means, hungry and angry because it took so long to get the main course. When playing Telephone, Krystle chose the phrase “when’s the second course?” and the platters of meat finally landed in front of us.