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How Poles Remember September 11th Attacks Posted by on Sep 11, 2017

It has been 16 years since the attacks which killed 2, 752 people, destroyed the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon on September 11th  2001. At the time of the attack I was living in Warsaw, Poland. I was renting an apartment with my friends from college. I remember coming back from my classes to…

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Religion in Poland Posted by on Sep 6, 2017

In past centuries, when Poland was still a kingdom, the Polish gentry had the motto: “God, Honor, Fatherland”/”Bóg, Honor, Ojczyzna”, where God was always in the leading position as religion is said to have remained an important element of Polish consciousness and identity. When talking about Poland, “religion” often means “Catholicism”. About 87% of Poles…

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Exactly how many dwarves are there in Wrocław? Posted by on Aug 31, 2017

All of you who visited the beautiful Polish city, Wrocław, this is not a big news. One of Wrocław’s most popular, memorable and iconic attractions is not a cathedral, not a castle or monument, but a legion of little people: Gnomes, dwarves or ‘krasnale’, to be precise. In Wrocław’s city center these merry munchkins are simply…

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What is new in Poland’s education system? Posted by on Aug 27, 2017

Despite the protests of teachers, parents, and local authorities, the Polish government decided to reverse the education reform (reforma edukacji) of 1999, bringing Polish schools back to a two-level education system. According to Minister Anna Zalewska structural changes are the remedy to all the problems the education system is facing. Her critics – groups of…

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Where to find the best pierogi in Poland? Posted by on Aug 20, 2017

Pierogi is Poland’s national dish and enjoyed year around by all ages. Pierogi have been made in Poland since the 13th century. However, claims have been staked by the Poles, Romanians, Russians, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, and Slovaks. Some suggest that the original form came from China through Italy during the Marco Polo expeditions.  Others suggest that…

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