Heritage

August 24, 2018
Museum of Emigracja, Gdynia, to go or not to go?

It’s a bit like emigrating yourself, as this new museum is placed right on the water’s edge in the renovated Dworzec Morski (Maritime Station), one of the most imposing buildings...

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August 6, 2018
Obóz harcerski, heaven on earth!

For the last few days I’ve been sweltering in incessant Northamptonshire sunshine on an obóz harcerski (scout camp). It's been my 30th obóz at least, a tally I find hard...

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June 29, 2018
Jagody, truskawki and Polish nature

Reading posts about pierogi with truskawki (strawberries) or jagody (bilberries)and other delights such as fruit soups posted recently, I have been savouring the wonders of summer produce and  how somehow...

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June 15, 2018
From Russia with love – the samovar and how Poles took their tea

"To Moscow, to Moscow" said the sisters who languished at home, bored of their country life in Chekhov's "Three Sisters". The long days of June do seem to go on...

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May 18, 2018
18 May: The day I ignored Prince Harry

As Royal Wedding fervour reaches fever pitch, the young couple will be spending their last night apart. Prince Harry may for a moment, reflect on some of his previous relationships,...

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May 3, 2018
What are your favourite things?

It's a lovely sunny day and it's the Third of  May, the day the Polish Constitution was born in 1791. It's a national celebration so in Poland no one is...

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May 2, 2018
2 May: What is your identity? Where is your home?

All of us with Polish heritage have in common a unique set of chances of birth. Not for us the comfort of our grandparents living in the same town of...

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March 29, 2018
Święcone – What to put in your Polish Easter basket

It's time to hunt out the basket for the annual Święcone (Easter basket blessing). This tradition dates back many centuries when priests would go round homes blessing all the Easter...

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March 9, 2018
How Polish Post just isn’t like Lent

My mother told me she was going to polish church this week to get a real feeing of Polish Lent, which made me think about how the whole period of...

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March 2, 2018
Kuligi (sleigh rides) a sign of defiance?

I know we're already two weeks into Lent but with the Beast from the East and Storm Emma hitting the UK with blasts of snow up to half a metre...

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