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All Saints in Poland

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in All posts, Poland | 0 comments

While in some countries people are all dressed up to celebrate Halloween, Poland is getting ready to commemorate Wszystkich Świętych (All Saints) on November the 1st. It is a huge catholic event, when masses of people flock to visit the deceased at their graves. Without costumes but carrying znicze, zapałki i zmiotki (cemetery lights, matches and brushes). The graves and tombs are carefully cleaned and decorated. In one day, Polish cemeteries turn into a magic place, adorned by countless candle lights, flowers and wreaths. When the sun sets, the effect is one of walking through a sea of flames and colours. Beautiful and eerie. Most people also take care of neglected neighbouring graves and put up a candle, so as to remember the souls of the deceased. It stems from the ancient Slavic pagan custom of Dziady (Forefathers Day),...

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Great inventions – Celebrating with donuts

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in All posts, Poland | 0 comments

Humankind has the obscure yet pleasing habit of inventing grand festivities to make room for big family reunions, massive food orgies, irresponsible amounts of alcohol intake.  Many days were selected to have a good time and party. The Catholic Church invented Christmas (adapting to pagan celebrations), mothers day was brought about by Miss Jarvis (not a mother herself but a loving daughter installing the tradition to cherish mums), medieval rituals of courtly love created Valentine’s celebrations based on the legend of Saint Valentine and… …industry is busy selling chocolates, candy, presents and mass produced greeting cards. Today, dear reader, I had the honour of celebrating Tłusty Czwartek, that is Fat Thursday. Proclaiming the last Thursday before Lent, Poles and Germans share the tradition of feasting big. Yet in Germany this day is marked more by a ‘fiesta’ than a...

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Digital_ia festival @ 13muz, Elefunk and Pani Pawlosky

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in All posts, Poland | 0 comments

Szczecin is spreading its cultural wings, creating more platforms for the young and talented, drawing the crowds with unique exhibitions and events. One place dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art is 13 muz (the 13 muses), a gorgeous building that has housed endless cultural venues and recently opened a hip club in its souterrain, called Elefunk.   13 muz  made room for the digital_ia bio_kinetic_tech_art festival for four days from the 25.-27.01.2013 – to present the concept of digital art. And I was curious to see what was going on. Let me show you: Interactive junior space. Kids (and adults pretending to be kids) could form and play with digital images.   Inside the box by Bartosz Wojcicki. Interactive installation allowing you to create kaleidoscopic mirror images.   Digital sound. Various cool concerts playing seductive electro-pop on the...

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Free Blues and Black Meadow

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in All posts, Poland | 0 comments

Blogging has been going slow lately and Szczecin is to blame. A smallish Polish town close to the German border. Suffering from major cultural competition from adjacent Berlin on the German side and striving Poznan in the country, Szczecin is steadily forming its own artistic footprint. Sandwiched in between major hangovers and chronic lack of sleep, I am going to give you a glimpse of what awaits once you enter the town where I was born and which I left at a wee age of three years, coming back drawn by the magic of nostalgia. Szczecin is giving birth to new cafés, restaurants and clubs. Its beautiful centre with old buildings resembling old Parisian houses lining huge avenues is going through a revival of redecoration and restoration. In the midst of established places you will come across new locations...

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My Polish Christmas

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in All posts, Poland | 1 comment

In between happy family commitments and jolly friend visits, I feel bad for seriously neglecting my blog. Tomek and I have been enjoying Poland at its best, which is Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. I hope you did the same. I am consoling myself with the thought that you were all suffering from Christmas-cake-induced-comas or simply didn’t have time for silly blogs. Getting ready for Christmas Eve is a major ado. Poland is largely catholic and it is the event of the year. It mainly involves cleaning the house (very thoroughly), preparing Polish Christmas dishes, wrapping presents, putting on your best dress and visiting churches that have traditional nativity cribs on display. I am a new age kid and consequently love the frenzy Christmas creates, the decorated windows, the hazardous armies of candles, the glitter and glamour of Christmas...

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Pole and Hungarian cousins be…

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in All posts, Poland | 0 comments

I really like Budapest. The atmosphere, the architecture, the night life, the cultural opulence and especially, the historical sights and events, which Hungary shares with Poland. The two states apparently enjoy a traditional close friendship since the middle ages. I did my homework on the topic, more thoroughly than I would ever do at school, which I am going to share with you – making up for countless occasions of particular classmates sharing their homework with me. Those dry historic relations, amazingly didn’t put me to sleep. I am growing up! As far back, as the 13th century, Polish and Hungarian noble houses intermarried with each other. The countries shared the same king, Poland’s Władysław III of Varna, and jointly fought the Turks in the 15th century. In the 16th century, Poland elected one of its greatest kings, Stefan...

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Make the world a better place

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in All posts, Poland, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

That’s a though one. I recommend the yes men movement (theyesmen.org) and stop eating meat for big change – here’s for beginners: As for small improvements on the planet, we have had a chance and used it as we witnessed two drunk and loud men smashing a window and breaking into a car. Yes, we are in Poland, in our hometown Szczecin :) I am so not proud of Poland’s image reduced to car thieves and alcoholics but there you go. Anyway, we called the police while the two drunks were still engaged into nonsense actions, such as throwing stuff out of the car, then trying to break off the car door. Undercover police would finally catch them with the help of a trained dog, who sniffed them out. I love dogs! They are the real heroes. In the...

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Valentine’s little pleasures

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in All posts, Poland, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

Sweet, lush and color themed (opt for pink and red ) is how a Valentine’s treat should be. We had raspberry sorbet with fresh raspberries and strawberries on top with decorative Oreo cookies and Hawaiian cocktail parasols. The food industry is heavenly interested to keep up Valentine’s tradition and treats us with Valentine’s themed wrappings and all kinds of other adorable kitsch:) Our berries came in heart shaped plastic boxes with pictures of a Valentine’s couple showing how to eat the berries. Well, we had ours like this:   Look at those calorie voluptuous babies. What a sight!   Word of wisdom: Berries deceive with looks during wintertime but taste reveals the truth – next time we will go for cake , stick to the season and wait for summer :)   After having sold our flat in Cologne/Germany...

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The last supper

Posted by on Feb 4, 2012 in All posts, Poland | 0 comments

Preparing to leave and start our life as perpetual travelers means leaving family and with that all those home-made delicious meals previously taken for granted. The closer we approach departure day, the more we indulge in traditional Polish cuisine. Mum in law does her best to treat us in our hometown Szczecin. We are spoiled with piernik, nalesniki z nadzieniem, zupa z lanymy kluskami, rosol, the famous and sour zupa ogorkowa, then we always have different kinds of surowka as a side dish and to drink we of course have refreshing woda z syropem malinowym or hot herbata. All tastes delicious in those cold winter days as we approach the -20°C mark!   Salatka ziemniaczana is potato salad. Every family has their own recipe. I love the sweet concoction of water and raspberry syrup.   Different kinds of surowka...

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