50 things to improve your life

#48 – A walking tour with a local

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Getting to know a city is best done by foot. Taking the time to slow down and stroll brings in a fresh perspective. While in Gdansk, Edward and I hired a war veteran and holocaust survivor to show us his city. Our guide must have been 85 years old, his command of the English language was impressive, but it was his passion for all things Polish that impressed us the most. Deeply religious, our Stan raced from street corner to hidden market; from church to promenade while making sure we stayed ahead of a tour bus that would have destroyed our experience. As a result, we felt like Gdansk was our personal playground.

Serendipity is sometimes key to a fulfilling urban exploration, but having your own private guide opens up more hidden doors into the soul of a city. And, Poland is filled with cities with secrets to tell.

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