Anna Kucewicz

June 13, 2017
Kraków: streets to beat the stress

While Kraków is overflowing with beautiful, historic buildings to visit, on my latest trip (in between renewing insurances, resolving bank card problems and finding a new bin for the bathroom),...

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June 9, 2017
9 June – a day to be young and nothing more

Today is the day when young people in the UK took to politics with 50% more voting than in the last three General Elections. It brings to my mind the

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June 1, 2017
Polish mothers refuse to be stumped

Many years ago I visited the UNESCO-protected Puszcza Białowieska (Białowieża Forest) in eastern Poland with a group of scouts.  It was the most serene experience: the raw beauty and hush of...

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May 25, 2017
Plumbing problems abroad resolved – or are they?

So. Following a 'plumbing impasse' at my little flat in Krakow, it all went quiet for a while. As you will remember there were a million and one issues that had...

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May 23, 2017
And my poppies have bloomed – on such a day of sadness

May 23rd, and my poppies have finally started to bloom. Not too late to remember those fallen at Monte Cassino, and yet right on the day after the worst tragedy...

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May 18, 2017
They really DID believe… Monte Cassino, 18 May

Of the many accounts I’ve read about the Battle of Monte Cassino, these words hit me hard. They were recorded by someone who sat with the surviving soldiers many years...

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May 17, 2017
And the winner of the “Are My Roots Showing” competition is…

Well the competition was stiff, with some really good entries such as „snieging" which was purportedly coined by a wędrownik (explorer scout) in the 80's,  „hooverować" and „wyrzucić do baku" -...

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May 15, 2017
Citizenship – that is the question!

If like me, you’ve been thinking of acquiring Polish citizenship (or confirming the possession of it which is the legal term), and Brexit has made you think seriously about taking...

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May 10, 2017
Polish Heritage Day helps people find their roots

Imagine never knowing where your father is buried, anything about your grandparents’ lives or family history. It is a common experience for those whose families have been uprooted by conflict,...

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May 10, 2017
word of the week – Pejzaż

Pejzaż -  landscape, cityscape I first came across this word from a Czerwone Gitary song, recorded in 1972, though I only discovered it in the late 90's - "czarno-biały pejzaż...

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