Poland has not been a particularly happy place in the last few centuries. Due to its geographic location, it has been a stomping ground for European armies bent on invading Asia, Asian armies marching into Europe, middle eastern armies looking to expand their empires. In the 20th Century alone, it was reinvented and carved out of the western part of the Russian Empire in the aftermath of WWI, then invaded by Germany, then invaded by the Soviets.
Things have been better there in the last couple of decades, but money is still tight, and conditions are rough.
So it was with some surprise when I received an email, written in Esperanto, from a friend who lives there asking, “We keep hearing about the American economy in the news. Are you okay? Do you need help?”
It hurts to laugh, sometimes.