Photos from Run-down Glogow Station

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Photos from Run-down Glogow Station

glogow station poland

 glogow station poland

 

Enter Glogow Station

My intention is not to shed a bad light on Poland or make fun of the country or even suggest that this is a typical situation. I really do love traveling in Poland. After all, I’ve introduced Warsaw to you, told you why you should get to Wroclaw now, and photographed historic working class housing. I’ve even given you 12 Things to do in Krakow and 9 Reasons to go to Poland. With this post I just wanted to illustrate that sometimes there’s beauty in decay.
 
Much of Poland has come a long way in the last 25 years. Historic cities have been restored, the economy has recovered, and neighboring countries like Ukraine look to Poland as a success story. But certain towns and areas of the country still do have a dilapidated nature to them, especially rail yards and stations. It’s as if only vandals have been in charge of their maintenance since the end of the Communist era.
 
Enter Glogow station. It seemed as if I got off into some post-Communist hell–with broken windows, litter, empty beer bottles, and a stark industrial landscape. I had never intended to come here. When I got off at Glogow, I had entirely no idea where I was. This was a problem. I had boarded what I though was the correct train in Wroclaw, in one of those same-track, two trains going in opposite direction situations. I picked the wrong train. I didn’t find out until two hours later, just before stepping off onto the platform at Glogow.
 
I was so far in the wrong direction that I failed to make it to my intended destination that night–Brno, Czech Republic. I was disappointed, but instead of sulking, I just decided to shoot. Here’s what I came up with:
 

Photos from Run-down Glogow Station Poland

Glogow Station Poland
 
Glogow Station Poland
 
Glogow Station Poland
 
Glogow Station Poland
 
Glogow Station Poland
 
Glogow Station Poland
 
Glogow Station Poland
 
Glogow Station Poland
 

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 15 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine GoMadNomad.com. He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Google +, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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