This weekend I went to Lodz. If I had a Polish keyboard I would changed three letters in the word and then you could all understand why it's pronounced something like Woodge. But that's not the "Could they have believed" question.
It came to my mind -- the pictures in my blog entry of December 14 showing photos of the Solidarity exhibit that was in Minnesota. I remember those faces of despair looking through the shipyard gate in Gdansk and wondered if they could ever have believed a beach ion a rynek with the Olympics on the TV screen.
Poland holds surprises everywhere -- not the least a beach in a rynek! Come see for yourself!
More about Lodz when I have time. Back to teaching tomorrow morning.