"Walesa, sport events and snooker" Top 5 Page for this destination Gdansk Off The Beaten Path Tip by matcrazy1

Gdansk Off The Beaten Path: 118 reviews and 390 photos

by matcrazy1

Driving from downtown Gdansk to Olivia district I stopped by this huge concrete sports facility opposite the Przymorze commuter train station. I wanted to see what the place of the first convention of the Solidarity Trade Union looks like. The buiding (Hala Oliwia) and parking lots around were decorated by Solidarity flags as I was there a few days before the 18th convention of the union. Hmm... I was disappointed. There was nothing special there.

Oh, well, I've found Snooker Club Oliver (Klub Bilardowy Oliver) where a few teen truants were busy practicing snooker and talking loudly (because of loud music) about their nasty school teachers (quite common subject worldwide, right?). They complained that the club was open at 10 am insted of 8 am. about. It might be a perfect place for them.

For me it's the place where Lech Walesa was chosen the first President of the Solidarity Trade Union in October 1980, the world's largest trade union soon later and the only, the most powerful anti-communist social movement in the Soviet bloc. Well, the building cries for renovation.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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