Tag Archives: life in Poland

Poland’s Missing Other

This has me thinking a bit more about the Other. Of course all people’s have multiple others that exist at different levels of abstraction. When I said that Poland’s Others are Russia and Germany (usually in that order though sometimes … Continue reading

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Liking Food I Don’t Like

One of the odder meals in Poland comes from the Catholic tradition of not eating meat on Fridays. Along with the boiled or mashed potatoes there are a couple of hard boiled eggs. Then a sauce flavored with a lot … Continue reading

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What if they had an International Women’s Day and Nobody Cared?

Yesterday was International Women’s Day…. In the communist period it was an compulsory big deal in Poland but after escaping the Soviet sphere it pretty rapidly lost relevance. People thought of it mostly as a Soviet imposition and while it’s … Continue reading

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My Life as an Illegal Alien, pt 1

Twice in my long stay in Poland my residence was not….. entirely….. legal. The first time was in the early 1990’s. It was my third visit and first after the entry visa requirement for Americans had been lifted and I … Continue reading

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Unsafe at Polish Speeds

One of the weirder things about Poland is that many (or maybe most) people have little sense about just how dangerous driving (and by extension other forms of travel) can be. Also, many (or maybe most) people have no realistic … Continue reading

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Clash of Uncivilizations in Poland

On New Years Eve in the small town of Ełk  in Northwestern Poland (60,000 inhabitants) a 21 year old young man named Daniel, who’d been questioned by police four times in 2016 for petty crimes, tried to steal a couple … Continue reading

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Borderline, Feels Like I’m Gonna Lose My Mind

I strongly disagree with this. Especially the idea that: “There is no fundamental principle of the universe that compels us to erect man-made divisions of geography” It may not be a principle of the universe, but it is a principle … Continue reading

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