Walking thru the Weirdness

For various (non-calamtious) health reasons I’ve been making a point of walking for about an hour a day. Since I get bored walking in the same place every day one of the things I’ve been doing is getting on a random bus or streetcar, get off at a random stop and walk around a while. I thought it might be nice to take pictures (from my phone) and post some here some times.

One of the things I like about living in Poland is the weird mix of architecture, a lot of the most fun comes from the communist period. In addition to the better known brutalist or pseudo-gothic styles a fair amount of communist architecture is endearingly weird, a style I call communist eccentric.

arena

Buildings can never have too many ruffles…

This is an indoor sporting and entertainment arena, called, with typical communist anti-flair “Arena”, completed in 1974 and still going strong….ish. There are periodic calls to tear it down and build something bigger or in better taste, but I’ve always been fond of it. It’s in  a big park with limited parking (though reasonably good public transport connections) so that might have something to do with it.

One thing I don’t understand is why the slanting supports that surround it aren’t constantly in use by skateboarders or extreme bikers..

arena slide

C’mon, this is just made for skateboards!

There’s no real barrier and the sign at the bottom “no entry” (literally “entry prohibited”) has never stopped anybody from anything in this country. I’ve heard of people climbing up and getting on the roof but I’ve never seen (or heard of) people using the impressive potential ramps.

 

 

 

 

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