Tag Archives: life in Poland

Different Internal Thermometers

The other day I was leaving home at around 10:30 in the morning. The temperature was 0 celsius. The building I live in has a kind of semi-enclosed courtyard and on one of the balconies I saw a neighbor that … Continue reading

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Socialism and Social Relations

I’ve been thinking about grocery shopping experiences lately, especially how they’ve changed in Poland since the communist period. I only spent a couple of months in the People’s Republic (and in a privileged position of a foreigner at that). I … Continue reading

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Among the Mutants

For general health reasons I try to walk for an hour or so as many days as I can manage. I get tired of the same surroundings so I go to different parts of the city. These walks brought home … Continue reading

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A Glimpse of Greatness… and Some Politician

An odd survival from Poland’s communist period is the milk bar (bar mleczny). Partly to counter widespread food shortages in stores, a larger workplace would have its  own cafeterias (stołówka) where employees would have at least one filling meal a … Continue reading

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Working While Ukrainian

On my way back home in the Warsaw Central Railroad Station I went into a convenience store to buy a sandwich and coke for the train only to find some lady (mid to late 50s maybe early 60s) having a … Continue reading

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Warsaw, a Place on a Map

I just spent a couple of days in Warsaw for the first time in a few years (not counting some less than full days I’ve spent going to or coming from somewhere else). I’ll have a few more posts on … Continue reading

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Hell is Exams…

Polish universities are fixated upon the results of exams to an absolutely terrifying degree. This is partly because the entire system is results (grades, diplomas etc) oriented rather than process (learning as a never-ending process) oriented. This is made worse … Continue reading

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May Holiday Marathon

This year Easter was relatively late for Roman Catholics which normally wouldn’t be interesting, but this year began a long surreal period because not much more than a week later began the May holiday marathon. May 1 (aka Święto Pracy) … Continue reading

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Revealing Society….

Tragedy doesn’t create character, as the old saying goes, it reveals it. A couple of weeks ago Paweł Adamowicz the mayor of Gdańsk was stabbed while appearing on stage at a charity event and died the next day. A terrible … Continue reading

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Weird Old Guys

Was walking around with a friend who brightened up seeing a bar that was offering grzane wino (mulled wine). “I was there with friends from work, they had Chartreuse, let’s go in and see!” he said. I followed suspecting nothing. … Continue reading

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