Friendship Estate



We took a ride a while ago to visit this part of the city, called the Friendship Estate. It's a 1950s gem of architecture, put here for people who were working on building the Palace of Culture and Science, the most recognized building in modern Warsaw. The Palace itself was a gift from the Soviets and the estate came together with it. There's been a political game going on around the Palace for decades, some say it should be demolished as it reminds people of the Soviet regime in Poland (we have people here who would erase history just because it doesn't sound so good), others reasonably state that too many offices and insututions of culture and science like theathers and museums are located within it to remove it (because where would they go?) and also the Palace is a visual symbol of Warsaw, an understandable sign that everybody recognizes --and usually well liked. Regardless of all this fuss, the Friendship Estate seems to be outside of this banter, even though it was built in the 'bad' era and for 'wrong' people. It's currently occupied by students of many of Warsaw's universities and thousands of private tennants.

a dress I made (remixed here), bag c/o Sammydress, sweater (sold out, more yellow sweaters), Travel The World pin, vintage jacket, old boots, thrifted scarf


We wandered in the sudden cold, quite mesmerised by the small alleys and the colorful wooden houses with their small collumns by the entrances and warmly lit interiors. Truly a sight to see. The way it looks in the photos is a bit eerie, due to the weather, much more so than it really was. I hope to come back here in Spring, when it's not as dreadfully cold and all the lawns and trees get green to accompany the overall cheerful vibe of this place. I doubt we were able to capture it, but it was really lovely and made us happy. It had a movie set quality to it. Really magical.

I'm wearing a dress I made (remixed here), bag c/o Sammydress, sweater (sold out, more yellow sweaters), Travel The World pin, vintage jacket, old boots, thrifted scarf.

Photos by Bartek.


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