Putting Faces to Places: Warsaw

"It is hard to play music on the streets, but not too hard if you love it."


I was only in Warsaw for a rainy evening following Krakow. But as the rain cleared, I walked about town, soaking in the main street and it's views. Soon, my darling friend and I heard the strains of accordion music and found this man, beautifully playing some traditional music. 

After we listened to a song or two, we approached him and talked briefly. He is from eastern Ukraine, but now lives in Poland. When we asked how long he had been playing the accordion he laughed a little and I wondered if he understood the question. Then he told us that he had been playing for over 40 years. 

Eventually, he very politely asked if he could continue playing, and we stepped back to listen.