Where do the travels lead to ?
my name is Jolanta and I am from Gdansk - the city which is over 1000 years old - famous of independence - where the IIWW started and solidarity was born - where socialism in Eastern Europe collapsed - where 2 Polish Presidents where from.
Due to the ex-political system (socialism) it was very difficult to travel abroad from the Eastern Block. Simply whenever there was a slight risk, that a person would like to stay abroad and not to go back to Poland, the government didn’t issue a passport, so we - inhabitants of Polish land - couldn't travel.
I remember the old system - socialism, when my mother after queuing several hours in front of a shop could get only 2 kg of meat per month or one bar of chocolate, when buying a toilet paper or cotton woolen for women was a really enormous thing and we had to queue several times to buy some spare goods for another month, when I was dreaming about eating oranges and mandarines but the only fruit we could get at Christmas was grapefruit… I still don’t like it….
I was 15 when the system has changed. The Polish nation had to get used to the new reality - democracy, the value of money, time and modern technology.
In age of 18 I left my country for the first time and I went to Paris.
During my first trip abroad I understood how important is to know another language and how big freedom it can give me. From that moment I started learning English and dreaming about trips far away from home...
So far I have visited 18 countries in Europe, north America, Asia and Australia and I am still hungry for visiting more... In the past I traveled alone, mostly because people I knew preferred to spend money on different things than traveling... and from a perspective of time, I see that it helped me in meeting many interesting people.