Now the spring is really in full swing and the temperatures are regularly soaring into the late 20′s, it’s time for the good people of Poz slip the shorts and shades on and get all active in the sunshine. And what better place to do that than Park Cytadela…
I’ve mentioned the Cytadela on here before, in the context of the 1st November’s All Souls’ Day and it’s important miltary past. For history buffs there’s a whole world of fascinating stuff to lose yourself in there – bunkers, underground tunnels, great escapers, tanks, guns, planes and the like.
Now I understand that reliving the world of war may not be your bag but fear not, Cytadela is also the best place in the city to go and soak up some rays. It’s also where active people of all shapes and sizes go to practise their chosen sports and hobbies…
Most importantly, Cytadela is the home of Poznań Cricket Club That’s right, there’s a cricket club in Poznań. Ok, so not in the traditional sense of a club, with members, a committee, a pavilion etc actually just a group of expats, myself included, with some cricket gear who’ve been taking advantage of the flat, wide open spaces and getting their cricket fix in for well over a decade.
One of the joys of playing at the Cytadela is seeing the bemused looks of the locals as they watch us pratting around with bat, ball and stumps. To be fair though, cricket is just one of many sports and activities that go on there.
Just yesterday there was a group of tournament frisby players doing some training. Now you may think that a frisby is just for chucking around on a beach with the kids, but they’ve actually made a sport out of it. There were also some medical students running off their barbecue picnic with a few American football moves.
Over the years I’ve seen people knocking golf balls around, reenacting medieval sword fights, practising tai-chi and capoeira, along with the ever-present cyclists, joggers, skateboarders and rollerbladers. On any given weekend day you’ll see a real mixed bag of activities going on. And if our cricket club is anything to go by, nobody minds a curious stranger introducing themselves and getting involved.
So if you’re at a loose end on a sunny weekend afternoon, get yourself down to Cytadela and enjoy some park life!