Those Crazy Poles

This morning we leave Poland for our route home:  Warsaw to Frankfurt with a 10 hour stopover before heading off again.  So it’s gonna be a long boring couple of days.  Frankfurt Airport is horrible.  It’s massive.  But the signage and maps are totally unable to explain where you are and where you want to be going at any particular one time and there doesn’t seem to be any discernible rhyme or reason to layout.  Even when you ask the staff where things are they can’t explain properly.  One guy said he had been working there for 15 years and still had no idea how to get around!

I’ve talked and talked and talked for the last couple of weeks about all sorts of stuff and probably bored you half to death.  But believe it or not there are some things about Poland I may not have mentioned (ugh!) and given we’re (I’m) sitting here with not much else to do during our layover, here goes:

  • Poland (allegedly) boasts the most winners of the “World’s Strongest Man” title.
  • Poles who became household names include Antoni Patek (cofounder of watchmakers Patek Philippe & Co), Max Factor (the father of modern cosmetics) and the four Warner brothers (found of Warner Bros.)
  • Winston Churchill observed that Poland was the only country which never collaborated with the Nazis in any form and no Polish units fought alongside the German army.
  • The word ‘vitamins’ was coined in 1912 by Polish biochemist Casimir Funk.
  • ‘Esperanto’ was a Polish invention.

Anyway, its time to board our next flight and by now you know that no trip is complete without a couple of days in Singapore – don’t you roll your eyes at me!