Love, Sex & Revolution in Wroclaw
Venice may be for lovers, but it turns out Wroclaw has the key to romance. Couples searching for eternal love need not look further than the Tumski Bridge, which connects Ostrow Tumski and Wyspa Piaskowa. All you need to do is buy a padlock, color it with your initials, hook it to a steel barrier on the bridge and toss your key into the bottom of the Odra River. You are locked lovers forever after. Easy peasy.
If you are just looking for a good ole fashion steamy travel romp, Wroclaw’s got that covered too. You can grab a can of Black Sex Energy in most grocery stores. We’re not quite sure if it’s labeled black because you turn dark and sadistic after drinking its contents, or it’s just their favorite color. We leave it to you to discover. Isn’t that the fun of travel anyway?
Wroclaw has a rampant gnome population proliferating like wildfire. You’ll spot around 180 of them throughout the city in public parks, doorways, street corners, alleyways and in local shops. The gnomes were born during the 1980’s as an anti-establishment symbol created by the "Orange Alternative" movement – an underground protest movement against the communist regime, which used absurdity and nonsense to stage peaceful, yet subversive protests.
The gnomes were originally a graffiti calling card, but in the early 2000’s statuettes were commissioned to celebrate the history of the Orange Alternative. Local artists began producing the gnomes, which were publicly planted around town, and shortly after, businesses began displaying the iconic munchkins as a sign of Wroclaw pride. If you find yourself on a geocaching gnome hunt in Wroclaw and are hankering for some helpful hints, check out this website: www.krasnale.pl.
Below is a graffiti reference to George Orwell’s infamous communist pig, Napoleon, in his 1945 novel Animal Farm.
If you are not securing eternal love, having sex or gnome hunting in Wroclaw, there is always a good reason to start a revolution.
Written by Nora Walsh, Photography by Sarah York Rubin