September 13, 2005


A guy I work with was born in Poland and moved to Sweden when he was 5 years old, just a few months before the shipyard strikes in Gdansk 25 years ago. He grew up in Sweden, but his family would visit their relatives in Poland a couple of times a year. He has a lot of funny stories about life under the communist system. He said his relatives just loved to get plastic bags. You couldn't get them in Poland, and if you had one you kept it for years. People would tape up rips in their bag and carry things around in town. Also, it was impossible to get athletic shoes. Once a year the store in their town would sell cloth 'Adidas'.


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