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Archive for February, 2014

Zapraszamy na ostatki! Posted by on Feb 28, 2014

The raucous annual revelry of Carnival in Brazil and Mardi Gras in New Orleans are legendary and widely imitated. However, lesser-known celebrations have taken place for generations in other parts of the world, particularly in those countries where Christian traditions have made the 40 days before Easter a time of extreme sacrifice and solemnity. The…

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Tłusty czwartek – what’s so special about Fat Thursday in Poland? Posted by on Feb 27, 2014

As in other Catholic countries that celebrate the last day before the fasting season of Lent begins, Poland has its own version of the French Mardis Gras (Fat Tuesday), known locally as Tłusty Czwartek, or Fat Thursday. With Lent forbidding sweets and treats, Fat Thursday is a similar celebration of gluttonous indulgence as in other…

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Visiting Malbork! Posted by on Feb 20, 2014

From Gdansk’s main rail station, Malbork is only 60km, 60 minutes away! If you’ve been in Gdańsk for longer than 2 days, set aside a few hours and make the short trip to this splendid edifice. There are many magnificent historical buildings in Gdańsk, but in Malbork you can see history in isolation. It’s just…

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Fresh, crispy bread…yum!!! Posted by on Feb 18, 2014

One of the things I really miss about Poland is the crispy, fresh baked bread (chrupiący, świeży chleb)! I have to be honest – I have never tasted toast style bread until moving to USA. All I ate in Poland was freshly baked, still warm bread, nice fresh rolls…I wish I would have a bakery…

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Walentynki!!!! Posted by on Feb 14, 2014

For most people, the perfect idea of romance is spending some quality time with their sweetheart in a nice, scenic place. You can experience this in reality if you have any plans of celebrating your Valentine’s Day in Poland. In Poland Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, just like almost everywhere! It is…

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Typing in Polish…how hard is it? Posted by on Feb 10, 2014

I don’t think I wrote a blog about typing in Polish before…It seems like it is not too hard, but for these of you who don’t know about it yet, it may be helpful. I only use Mac, so I will give you instructions how to do it on a mac. Here are the steps…

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Would you share a magazine/newspaper on a train with a stranger? Posted by on Feb 7, 2014

Polish InterCity and EuroCity trains still often have compartments – with six seats in the first class and eight in second. That means spending two, three or six hours cooped up in a relatively confined space with a few total strangers. In such circumstances it is not uncommon for people to have a few magazines and…

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