Poland has been through intense changes for the past 25 years. It is now much like other Western countries, yet not quite globalized. Considered a borderland between the West and East of Europe, Poland is a great place for learning about social inequality, poverty, socioeconomic exclusion, social migration, cultural diversity, tension, and tolerance.
The old ways of life can still be seen in this society and nowhere as clearly as in the northeastern Podlasie region, whose capital is Bialystok.
Bialystok is also a terrific place to spend the summer. Situated among green forests and lush lakes and close to many historic places, it offers attractions for the outdoor-minded and the culture buffs.
See Bialystok for yourself:
Panorama of Bialystok: http://www.panorama.bialostocka.pl/
Panoramic tours of Bialystok: http://www.panorama.bialostocka.pl/wycieczka/
A bird’s eye view of the Branicki Palace, one of Bialystok’s popular tourist attractions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qzgQsCMOUw&feature=player_embedded