"Suwalki - Off The Beaten Track By Nature" Suwalki by tpal
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My visit to Suwalki was in 1994 and I'm certain much has changed except, of course, for its history. This is a town which has served many masters over the centuries...Russians, Lithuanians, Germans and Poles. When I visited it was a pretty quiet place. It didn't seem like many tourists came there unless they were on their way to Lake Wigry and the National Park about 11km southeast of Suwalki. At the time the Polish currency had not been revalued and I recalled paying 1,000,000 zloty ($40.00 US) for my hotel room...a real high roller!
Still, this was a pretty good place to get a feel for what Poland away from the urban centers was really like. The past was strongly embedded in the psyche of these peoples. The horrors of the holocaust had not escaped them. Further, as of 1994, the promise of the democracy movement was advancing more slowly to this more remote area. It seemed they would struggle proudly a while longer. Certainly by now they have joined the celebration. I wish the people of Suwalki well.
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