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Archive for February, 2009

Global Economic Crisis Posted by on Feb 27, 2009

I didn’t really want to write about the global economic crisis, because I’m sure you all get enough of that from your normal media outlets. It seems these days it’s all crisis all the time. But people from near and far have been asking me just how bad (or good) it is in Poland right…

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Problems with Priests (in plural) Posted by on Feb 24, 2009

What is it that I am reading about Polish priests wanting to marry and have families? This is the BBC article in English, but I have seen this story reported in the Polish media as well. A controversial topic, no doubt about it. But since I happen to know two Polish priests (we met while…

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Nobody Knows Anything Posted by on Feb 21, 2009

Yesterday (Friday) morning we were slowly making our way towards Port Lotniczy im. Lecha Wałęsy aka the airport in Gdańsk. Slowly, because whenever we were there early and on time, my flight was always late. So, no need to hurry. When we got closer to the airport we could see that something was not right…

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Tłusty Czwartek – Fat Thursday Posted by on Feb 19, 2009

Today is what seems to be one of the most popular and beloved Polish traditions – Tłusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday). There were lines of people in front of every cake shop and bakery that I passed today in Trójmiasto. Everybody was patiently waiting for their share of pączki. Personally, I’m not a pączki fan. Myself…

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Polish Music – Perfect Posted by on Feb 16, 2009

I think it was one of the Michaels who suggested that we should talk about our favorite music. Naturally, I assume he meant Polish music. Hmmm… favorite Polish music… I do have to admit to owning two disco polo CDs, but they’re not exactly what I would call my favorite. So what is? Well, I…

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Święto Zakochanych Posted by on Feb 14, 2009

Judging from the media and advertising you’d almost believe that Walentynki (St. Valentine’s Day) is a long-standing Polish tradition. It is not. When I was a high school student in the ancient days of… oh well, let’s say, the late 80s (yes, I know, I am dating myself here) nobody ever heard about Święto Zakochanych…

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Pleasantly Surprised with City Hall in Gdańsk Posted by on Feb 12, 2009

I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised with the speed and efficiency of Polish governmental offices. With the exception, perhaps, of Urząd Skarbowy (Tax Office), but then again, you can’t expect too much from the Taxman. They’re only fast if THEY want something from you, right? But all the other offices I’ve dealt…

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