i sense that too, though for me traveling in a foreign land is already exciting. i'll research the northern route towards the Baltic. thanks glitch. i only met a handful of Poles, very friendly and left with me a positive impression. then, last Thursday, i took a taxi, actually Uber and the driver grew up in Poland, he had a VStrom in his hometown. he told me to go south of Krakow for excellent riding. i will get to that next. looks very interesting and i can easily be steered towards north. thanks hans.