Anna Kucewicz

June 28, 2017
For Polish Navy Day Today – a bit of Morse Code …./.-/…./.-

Since 1928, the 28 June has been known as the Święto Marynarki Wojennej (Polish Navy Day). Although Morse Code is no longer used as an international standard for maritime distress,...

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June 21, 2017
Five reasons to celebrate Midsummer’s Night

Although the longest day of the year (the solstice) is today, 21 June, the tradition in medieval England and ongoing in Poland is for midsummer celebrations on Noc Świętojańska (St...

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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 Culture.pl...

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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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