This summer I participated in a conference in Poznan Poland. Originally it was going to be in Istanbul. After the second bombing they moved it to Poland, at the time it seemed that they were just wimping out, but as time went on things really spun out of control in Turkey, including the attempted military coup and a ban on travels for academics, not exactly the type of environment for a large conference of academics. I'm a bit of a tight wad so I decided to take the bus. A penny saved is a penny earned. The trip took much longer than the google map prediction, about 22 hours or so. I had an hour layover in Vilnius as I switched buses. The more direct route would have taken me through Kaunas but the main stop was Vilnius. There were also stops in Pärnu, Riga, and Warsaw so it took a bit longer than a car. As you can see Poznan is on the other side of Poland, so it was quite the trip.
The city of Poznan is fantastically beautiful. I was surprised at how nice and beautiful the city is. I looked up online that they also have an awesome water park and an I-max. I didn't make it to either of those but if we ever find our family in Western Poland we will definitely stop by Poznan again.
They have an incredibly beautiful town square.
In short it was a great conference, I was excited to get home. My bottom hurt a bit from sitting so much and I was happy to sleep in a bed but now I can check one item off my bucket list because come on, who doesn't have a 23 hour bus trip to Poland on their list??