Poland

Pickle and the (Polish) City

A melting pot? A salad bowl? We are perfectly familiar with all those expressions that are so frequently used to describe a rich mixture of people of different origin sharing the same place that can be wonderfully called home. Can Poland be a pot in which you can join other […]

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The story of Carnations and Tights

Here in Poland the International Women’s Day is more commonly celebrated than in many of its neighbouring Western countries. And although nowadays roses are the more elegant gift, Poles seemingly have a thing with carnations… and tights! We asked a Polish guestwriter, Żaneta Piętak to shed some light on this special […]

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Polish Heroines: Irena Sendler

On October 19, 1965 a tree was planted at the entrance to the Avenue of the Righteous in Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. The plaque bore the name: Irena Sendler. For the next 34 years this remained the only public recogni-tion for one of […]

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Polish Culture: Independence Day

Poland’s Independence Day – commemorating the country’s regained inde-pendence on 11th November 1918 after 123 years of partitions and rule by Russia, Prussia and Austria – is one of the most important national holidays in Poland. The state holiday was formally introduced in 1937, but soon after it was banned […]

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Polish Culture: All Saints Day

I think that everybody who lives as an expat somewhere in the world has a day in a year he really would like to be back home. For some it might be Halloween, Carnival, Koningsdag or Holi. For me it was always All Saint’s Day. The first of November is […]

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Polish Heroines: Helena Rubinstein

Krakow never disappoints those who have a keen ear for its tales and an inquisitive eye for its lesser-known sites. Take a walk down Szeroka Street in the heart of Kazimierz and stop for a minute at #12 amid the leisurely crowds of tourists, diners and passers-by. Do you hear […]

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