"'Krokowa not Kracow'" Krokowa by Ekaterinburg
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Krokowa is a village near the Baltic coast, about an hour north-west of Gdansk. It's not a big place and apart from Germany, not very many people outside of Poland would have heard of it. In 2004 some students from this village enrolled in one of my English classes and once they managed to establish that it was 'Krokowa not Krakow' they systematically painted a picture that was hard to resist. Over two years I saw hundreds of photos on their laptop: beaches and forests; castles and amber; pristine snowfalls and psychedelic sunsets. These young men did a fine job and indeed should be employed by the Polish Department of Tourism. In July 2006 I came to check it out for myself and found a little corner of Baltic paradise.
That is the story of how I came to stay in this large yellow castle surrounded by a moat, right at the heart of Krokowa. Next to the castle are the regional museum and the church; in front is a lake and across the road in a green area is a little cluster of buildings which house the local shop, pharmacy, restaurant and bank. Five minutes away you can be deep in the forest or in open countryside. Ten minutes will take you to the beach at Debki and the ozone-laden Baltic breezes. There are loads of interesting places to visit in this area if you enjoy sightseeing but if you need to chill out then go no further. After a week in Krokowa, this extremely hyper person reached a state of relaxation bordering on euphoric. Believe me, I can give no higher recommendation.
When I arrived in Krokowa I discovered the full extent of its importance in the ongoing processs of reconciliation between Poland and Germany. Pomerania, where Krokowa is situated has seen its borders move many times and has been alternately Prussian, German and Polish. After World War 11 German inhabitants, were expelled from Pomerania. Now major efforts are being made to heal the wounds of the past and Krokowa, once divided by the Polish-German border, is playing an important part in this mediation.
This is discussed in more detail in the 'Local Customs' section of this page
In this page I am taking the liberty of including Debki as well. They are of course seperate places, a few km apart but as Krokowa's nearest beach and somewhere I went every day during my stay, these two places inevitably became an extension of each other to me. The photo shows a group of musicians in local costume on Saturday afternoon in Debki. They just appeared out of nowhere and carried on out of sight, playing and singing. I think they were going to a mass which is held on Saturday evening outside a tiny wooden church at the end of the village by the bus stop.
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