The countryside way of life retains much from the old days. Its backwardness may startle you. What can startle even more is that Polish countryside is turning into a major area for rural vacations. It has an enormous potential for a return to the very basics: thousands of people come to learn to bake bread, milk a cow or to take a rest at a quiet lake. If you prefer activities, go skiing, horse-riding, canoeing, surfing or mountaineering. There are wild berries, mushrooms, narrow-gauge railways, and easy-to-spot animals. And things so are cheap to buy!