Classrooms and Barrooms: An American in Poland by David J. Jackson
By David J. Jackson
In Classrooms and Barrooms, David J. Jackson recounts his studies in the course of a semester-long Fulbright Fellowship in Poland the place he taught sessions on the college point and realized extra approximately Poland and himself than he anticipated. From the trepidation linked to studying he was once assigned to coach in a urban thought of through so much to be a nasty wilderness to assembly American and varnish colleagues for the 1st time, Jackson's concerns vanished as he speedy discovered to simply accept the demanding situations Poland provided. midway via his time in Poland he stumbled right into a bar populated with an ever-changing forged of eccentric locals who welcomed him into their global. every one stopover at led him to a different revelation approximately Polish historical past and tradition. Alternating between hilarious, somber, and uplifting, Jackson's reviews within the study rooms and barrooms of Poland target either to notify and entertain.
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I am looking forward to hearing this,” he said and put the disc in a duffle bag he kept behind the bar. S. and they had all reacted favorably too. S. had liked the most. He seemed very pleased, which was cool because I wasn’t sure he’d have wanted me to disseminate his recording. Then he disappeared through the kitchen behind the bar for about twenty minutes and his girlfriend Ania took over. I drank two beers while he was gone. When he returned he gave me a cigar. S. cents, but he wasn’t asking me to pay for it.
Then we reached a dock, with several aluminum rowboats moored to it. Yes, a dock. Part of the complex has flooded, and evidently the climax of the tour involves cramming too many people into each boat and paddling down a very narrow tunnel. I don’t know why I agreed to get into the boat. Smarter people (Dis)Orientation 23 than I stayed at the dock saying, “No thanks. ” How wise they were. The first several hundred feet of the boat ride were the worst. One passenger seated at the rear of the boat was given a small paddle to control direction.
Well, we had lands in the east—in Ukraine, Belarus,” he said. “Those lands were called the Kresy. ” Poland, of course, had lost those lands after World War II. In exchange they’d received lands to the west, from Germany. For example, all of the Poles were moved out of Lwow in Ukraine, and all the Germans were moved out of Breslau. The cities were then renamed Lviv and Wrocław, respectively. 40 Chapter Seven “Polish history is very fascinating,” I said. “It really is,” he agreed, before a recently arrived patron who had been listening to us interrupted.