Gdańsk is a beautiful old port city on the Baltic sea and I have always wanted to go when I was living in Poland, but never had the chance. I knew from my Polish history course that Gdańsk was the birthplace of the Solidarity movement, led by Lech Wałęsa, a local electrician, that eventually resulted in independence for Poland from Communist rule. Reflecting on Poland’s turbulent past and going through the Road to Freedom museum and seeing the Monument to the Shipyard Workers (Solidarity Monument) that was erected in honor of the shipyard workers who died in December of 1970, during one of the first strikes in the city, made me feel proud to have Polish roots.