My church has three services on Sunday, one starting at 4:30 PM. After the late afternoon service there is a soup supper. I don't usually stay for that, but did one time in early January because I had a volunteer activity to complete after the soup supper. My church has more than 1000 members so it is not possible to know everyone, particularly since people make a habit about which service they choose.
I sat down to eat soup by a man I'd never met before. He asked if I was retired and I told him yes, but rather was trying to be a fulltime volunteer. When I told him about teaching English in Poland, he began asking me questions about that. He said he was reading a book with the thesis that the three best educational systems in the world are found in Finland, South Korea, and Poland. He said, "How could this happen in Poland when it is an undeveloped country?" Well, I quickly told him Poland is NOT an undeveloped country.
I find technology is being implemented is wonderful ways in Poland, so I'm going to describe my hotel. Puro Hotels are found in Poznan, Krakow, Wroclaw, and Gdansk. I picked a reservation with Puro because its location was close to the rynek and because it had an in-house restaurant.
The key is needed to operate the elevator -- many have been in elevators (lifts in British English and windy in Polish) that need a key, but this one is easy. Just swipe it. No trying to figure out what slot to put it in or whether to leave it there and so forth. And obviously it opens the room door too. The key is also needed to operate the electricity within the room.
The bathroom is wonderful.
The rectangular shape shown in the picture above is the drain. I always look for the drain after an experience in Berlin. I was in the shower, water running, when I looked down and thought, "There is no drain in this shower." Then I noticed an almost imperceptible space between the tile edge of the shower floor and the wall of the shower and that's where the water drained. Another time in Krakow I nearly flooded the bathroom. I thought the drain was plugged. I reported this to reception and they told me the construction was wrong in the room and the housekeeping has to clean up the water every time! So shower drains are on my mind!
The ground floor has the restaurant and then common seating areas with an outdoor garden to one side.
The Citizen M chain, stay at the in Schiphol all the time, that began in the Netherlands is much like the Puro Hotels -- but related to can you find this in the United States -- yes, Citizen M now has a hotel in Times Square.
I had great fun yesterday afternoon using Google Translate on the Ipad while watching Polish television, What's that word -- zip through Google Translate and there it is is.
When thinking about making a reservation for the hotel I of course read reviews and found one where customers complained that they were too old to use the Ipad -- they reported their age as being in their 30s! Well my kids are almost out of their 30s and I can figure this out and I think using technology this way is awesome.