Heritage

March 15, 2019
Spring clean like a Pole

In Poland it’s difficult to consider Lent and preparations for Wielkanoc (Easter), without also thinking of the annual 'spring clean' at home. The aim is indeed for your house to gleam with...

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March 4, 2019
Poles’ own version of Valentines – Kaziuki

Valentine’s Day has long gone and the shops are no longer awash with red and pink paraphernalia. But did you know that originally, it was the ‘Kaziuki’ tradition which popularised...

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December 21, 2018
5 ways to make your Christmas truly Polish

One: Moments of stillness In the hustle and bustle of pre-Christmas preparations we don't have a minute to spare. This can sometimes spill over into the season itself. So remember...

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December 4, 2018
Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus – will he come to you?

When the cold wind bites and the rain patters on the window, listen carefully for a gentle knock on the door. If you open it even just a crack, the bajka...

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October 12, 2018
6 things you never knew about John Paul II

Pope John Paul II was chosen as the first Polish Pope on 16 October 1978. It was for Poles I suspect, the greatest surprise of our whole lives. I barely remember...

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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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