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Our Easter in Poland

Śmigus dyngus It’s Lany Poniedziałek (Wet Monday) otherwise known as śmigus dyngus in Poland, and our Easter break is coming to an end. What is śmigus dyngus you ask? Well, it is a Polish tradition, taking place on Easter…

Life in Poland

You think you know somebody

Can you be friends with someone who thinks you’re simple? That’s what I’m asking myself today. Conversation with a teacher friend, the short version: Friend: You’re wrong, but I forgive you because you’re not Polish. Chriiiisss, you couldn’t possibly…

Life in Poland

Cleaning house czyli dobra zmiana

Things are changing here in Poland after the latest elections, most notably in recent days, journalists of public television and radio are losing their jobs. In a nutshell, the ruling party (called PiS, the Law and Justice party) believes…

Life in Poland

What is my motivation?

I have always achieved my goals through motivation and a strong will. Okay, okay, there are plenty of goals I have made in my life and not achieved, but lack of will and motivation wasn’t the cause. Now I am…

Life in Poland

Welcome to Hel

I’ve been warned all my life that I’d wind up in hell. Who knew it was such a beautiful place. The sand is a lovely white color. The water is clear. The weather changes from minute to minute, but…

Life in Poland

Independence and Bubbles

Here in Poland, our little Polish/American (or American/Polish if you wish) family celebrated July 4th czyli American Independence Day. It was a blast. Truth be told, my sister is famous for her legendary 4th of July parties. Three years…

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Our kids don’t have everything

Our kids don’t have everything. By our choice. I had pretty much everything as a child. I did grow up in America after all. My husband a child of PRL had adventures, not toys. Years ago we bought a…

Life in Poland

Half naked

Poland has a new President, well, President-Elect until he’s actually sworn in. President-Elect Andrzej Duda won out over current President Bronisław Komorowski. Duda is strongly supported by the conservative right and won overwhelmingly in the eastern side of Poland.…