SRAS student Eric Nesbitt studied with the
Security and Society in the Information Age program in Warsaw, Poland, hosted at Collegium Civitas. Below are some of his favorite photos of memories of his time spent abroad.
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The Monument to the Heroes of Warsaw statue lit up by the setting sun in October. The statue is located at the intersection of Nowy Przejazd and Aleja Solidarności; and commemorates all those who died in the city in 1939 -1945. I took this picture at rush hour as many Varsovians were commuting home and loved the way the sun framed the statue!
The heart of the Old Town district in Warsaw. The Royal Castle in the background, King Sigismund’s pillar to the left, and Varsovians out for a Sunday stroll. This is one of my favorite places in the city! Often there are street vendors, performers, and people out and about; which creates a great atmosphere.
Chmielna street on a Sunday evening in Warsaw. I took this picture on my way back to my apartment building, and had to capture this moment! Chmielna street has all different kinds of stores, restaurants, and bars. A buzz could be felt in the air as Varsovians enjoyed their Sunday evening.
I took this picture at Łazienki park in November while on study abroad. To the right is the massive statue of the great Polish composer, Frederic Chopin. In the summer, Warsaw hosts free Chopin concerts in this park. A piano is rolled out next to the statue, and the lawn is packed with Poles. A must do if visiting Warsaw in the summer!
The view out the window from my apartment hallway. The Palace of Culture and Science (where I had classes) towers over the other skyscrapers around the city center. The variation in building design seen throughout Warsaw is truly fascinating. Modern skyscrapers, communist block housing, and the charming Old Town architecture all blend together in the Phoenix City.
I took this picture from the viewing terrace located on the 30th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science. The price was 15 PLN ($4) and is well worth it for the best view of Warsaw! The circular building is Zloty Tarasey, a large mall in the city center and the ‘sail’ apartment building to the right.
Polish Independence Day (November 11th) was a memorable day in Warsaw. Amidst all the commotion that was going on that day, I managed to grab this quiet photo of two Polish citizens, each holding the Polish flag, in front of the Palace of Culture and Science. Seeing how Poles celebrate their Independence Day was a special event I was grateful to experience.
This picture was taken from the small balcony of my apartment. Being on the 13th floor gave me the perfect view for the fireworks that were launched down at the Vistula River on Independence Day. The show lasted about 20 minutes and ended with a thunderous finale. The National Stadium (right, back) was displaying “Happy Independence Day” on the outside in red and white lettering.
My friends and I at one of our favorite restaurants in Warsaw, called Zapiecek. They offer a wide variety of delicious traditional Polish cuisine. We went out for a Christmas dinner, hence all the red. Being away from home for the holidays was tough, but we were all experiencing the same feeling, and this brought us closer together.
Łazienki park lit up with lights on an afternoon stroll in December. This slopped street cuts through Łazienki park, and in the winter is decorated with beautiful lights. The lights serve as a great way to brighten the area, since the sun was setting at around 3:45pm on those days. Łazienki park stands as my favorite park in Warsaw; expansive, historical, and beautiful!
The neon sign of Warsaw, outside the entrance of the Palace of Culture and Science after a heavy evening rain. I finished up my classes that night, and was met with this stunning scene as I exited the palace. Neon signs were a vibrant part of the Communist era in Warsaw, and it is cool to still see them glowing today. The distant Coca-cola sign above my apartment building was my favorite neon sign in Warsaw!
The setting sun while on a walk inside Łazienki park in January. Seeing the sun in Warsaw in the winter is a rare commodity (usually every two days/week) and my friend and I took the opportunity to go for a long stroll through Łazienki park. The park is so big, that you can easily forget that you are in a city of 1.7 million people.
The Palace of Culture and Science reflecting in a pool of water after a heavy rain in Warsaw. Each night, the palace is lit up in a different color, and sometimes a special color for a certain holiday. Tonight was bright blue, which made it reflect perfectly in the puddle outside the entrance.
The last night in Warsaw. This picture was the last picture I took while in Warsaw on study abroad. My close friends and I went out to dinner at our favorite restaurant, then walked through the Old Town, and up the Vistula River to the mermaid statue. As we were about to duck into the metro and head back to my apartment to grab my luggage and head off to the airport; I turned around and took this picture. The mermaid statue illuminated by lights; a great way to remember this city!