Zamość, Poland

I had the pleasure to visit Zamosc two times –  in July 2011 and again in March 2012, so I have a good memory of the town. Actually I was in Poland because of an Youth in Action project, and my visit was part of the program that our Polish hosts had prepared for us. That is way, when we headed Zamosc, I had no idea where I was going. It turned out that the town is located in the southeast, near the border with Ukraine. Thanks to its unique architecture and over 400-year history Zamosc is past of the list of UNESCO. But let me stop here with the boring facts before to begin to sound like Wikipedia.

Actually Zamosc is a pretty small town, especially for a country with the size of Poland…

The first stop of our visit was the central square and the Town hall. Inside, we met some of the local politicians and some representatives of youth NGOs. It turned out that the Polish young people are much more involved in public life and politics than we are here. They organize concerts, educational workshops, street performances and all sorts of other cultural events. Or so we were assured by the hosts. We didn’t had the opportunity to experience the life in Zamosc personally, because we were visiting the town for only few hours. But these few hours were enough  to appreciate the beauty of the town. Colorful buildings catch the eye immediately, and in that sunny day in July, when we walked around the town, the streets seemed even more picturesque. The summer in Poland is not that warm as it is in Bulgaria, but we were lucky to be there in one of the warmest days in the month. And while the rest of the group chose to drink a beer in a nice cafe on the center square, me and my friend Aylin, a fellow-traveller, we decided to take a walk and to enjoy the architecture. Random street took us to a large monument of a horseman. We quickly took some amateur (tourist) photos  and decided to ask a stranger about the story of the horsman.

We started a conversation with a man passing near by. It turned out to be a young educated man who was speaking a good English. Something that not everyone in Poland can do, since, as they explained to us later, in school they learn German as a foreign language. The man politely explained that we are standing in front of the founder of Zamocz – Jan Zamoyski . We asked about other attractions in the region. He frankly admited that the town is small and there is not really that much to see. He recommended the local restaurants. “You should try the pizza, they call Zamocz  Padua of the North”, he said. We talked a little bit more – it turned out that his brother was in Varna (Bulgarian city on Black sea) . He said that he was envious because the wheather in Bulgaria is fine for sun baths on the beach. He advised us to visit Krakow – something that we should do next time in Poland. The man was in a hurry for work, so we continued walking. We didn’t try the pizza, but instead, we saw preserved ancient fort and a cathedral, a synagogue and a Franciscan monastery. I should say here that the buildings are quite old but they are very well maintained.

I must admit that the town had a charm, but I can stay there no more than few days. Actually, in March when I visited the town again, I chose to sit in some Irish pub with Aylin for a beer. I guess one walk around Zamocz is enough. Unfortunately we didn’t had the chance to see the Polish nature, and I think that Poland has much to offer – endless fields of gold, green forests and deep rivers.

By Neli

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