Francesco MORABITO: Warsaw, a city that stole my heart

Warsaw, a city that stole my heart

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Francesco MORABITO

Italian YouTuber and content creator, founder of the popular Italian channel "FraMora", lives in Warsaw, originally from Turin.

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The Poles are a great nation of proud people, eager to act and amaze the world. I am convinced that Poland will continue to develop in the years to come. I see my future in Warsaw, a city that bears witness to the extraordinary soul of this country,’ writes Francesco MORABITO, a popular Italian YouTuber who fights stereotypes about Poland on social media.

.I visited Warsaw for the first time in 2014 during a holiday with friends and fell in love with it at first sight. Although I had already had the opportunity to travel and visit other cities, some of them perhaps more famous and fascinating, none of them evoked such deep emotions in me as Warsaw. I promised myself that one day I would live here.

Over the next few years, I visited Poland several times, discovering different places and opening my heart more and more to its history and culture. As a result, I started looking for a job in Warsaw immediately after graduating, and finally, at the beginning of 2020, I made the decision to move permanently to the city that had stolen my heart many years earlier.

The love at first sight I felt for Poland, and for Warsaw in particular, turned out to be real and lasting. At first I thought that I would just gain some life experience here and then return to Italy, but today it seems impossible to leave this country because it would be like taking a step backward and giving up part of my identity.

The beauty of life in Warsaw

.The first thing that struck me about Warsaw was the high quality of life. Warsaw is indeed an extremely clean and tidy city, with the possibility of paying by card everywhere and a variety of restaurants to suit all tastes and dietary requirements. The public transport system is impeccable, making it easy to get around. A strong point is safety; at no time, day or night, did I ever feel unsafe. These aspects may seem obvious, but unfortunately, they are not so in many other countries, such as Italy.

But what makes Warsaw truly unique and special is its modernity. I don’t think there is another city in Europe that has achieved the same level of innovation and progress. The city is constantly evolving, and the working environment is young and dynamic. You can meet people from all over the world and take part in all kinds of events, both at work and in your free time. Prices in Warsaw are affordable compared to other European capitals, making the lifestyle even more attractive.

The FraMora channel to overcome prejudice

.Even today, many Italians ask me in disbelief: 'You live in Poland! What are you doing in such an underdeveloped country? Besides, it’s Poles who come to Italy, not Italians to Poland! And why Warsaw? Why did you come to this grey, post-communist city instead of London, Paris or Barcelona?’

But when they come and see with their own eyes what Poland looks like and what Warsaw looks like, my sceptical relatives or friends change their minds. They are amazed by Warsaw’s skyline and the modernity and cleanliness of the city.

In order to fight these Italian prejudices, I decided to create a YouTube channel called 'FraMora’, where I share my experiences from all over the world, with a special focus on Poland and Warsaw. I am happy that through my videos I have been able to change the minds of many people by showing them how modern and fascinating Poland is.

I already know that many people have planned trips to Poland after watching my films and have thanked me in private messages. It’s very satisfying for me to know that I’m helping to change people’s perceptions of Poland around the world. Sometimes I even think that I deserve a public thank-you from the Polish Minister of Tourism!

National pride that moves

.Interestingly, the prejudices about Poland often come from the Poles themselves. Every time I meet a new Pole, I am struck by the incredulity with which he asks: 'Why did you decide to come here from beautiful Italy?’

People born in Poland are often unaware of how good life is in this country. I always tell them: 'Italy is the most beautiful country in the world, but only for holidays. Poland is a thousand times better for living.’

It is often said that Poles are cold people, but this is only a superficial impression: if you manage to enter their world and make contact with them, you will discover good and kind people. The difficult history they have faced has created a united, proud and resilient community. Their passion and love for their country is infectious and inspires me and many others to take full advantage of what Poland has to offer. I encourage anyone who wishes to visit Poland to study its history, as this is the only way to fully understand its cultural richness.

As an Italian, I am used to people looking out for their own interests with no concern for the common good. But it is the Polish dedication and national pride that move me, and I am convinced that this is one of the main factors that has contributed to the country’s impressive development in recent years.

The Poles are a great nation of proud people, eager to act and amaze the world. I am convinced that Poland will continue to develop in the years to come. I see my future in Warsaw, a city that bears witness to the extraordinary soul of this country.

It has been years since I decided that Warsaw would be my home. Its history made me fall in love with it, but it was its modernity that made me decide to stay. Poland is a country that deserves to be known and appreciated for its history, culture, and strong spirit. I am happy to be part of this wonderful adventure, and I am convinced that Poland will continue to surprise and inspire the world.

Francesco Morabito

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