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Polish Christmas Traditions

December in Polish Christian practice is the time of ADVENT. The Latin meaning of adventus is “coming” and it refers to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. In my childhood, the rough time of the Communist 70s/80s, it was indeed a time of intense, expectant waiting for the time of […]

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IWAK Book Club Book Review – The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter

In October IWAK Book Club met to discuss this fascinating memoir. Our discussion was led by our Indian friend Payal Mahajan, who has kindly written this excellent book review. IWAK Book Club is a great place to socialise and chat about many interesting topics. We look forward to welcoming any […]

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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 the year that they would really like to be back home. For some it might be Halloween, Carnival, Koningsdag or Holi. For me it was always All Saints’ Day. The first of November […]

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The University Children’s Hospital: IWAK Gala Fundraising Goal

Anybody whose child has ever required a stay in the hospital has undergone enormous stress. It is heart-breaking to watch your little one suffer. The suffering is only compounded by being torn away from familiar surroundings and having the whole family’s routines disrupted as one parent joins the sick child […]

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Spotlight on the Committee – Interview with Leonie Mueller

What’s your story? I was born in South Africa and spent an idyllic childhood in many cities there. After completing Nursing Studies, I went to England, via Israel, where I hoped to study further. I got side-tracked, in a good way, working for an international non-profit organisation and met my […]

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Spotlight on the Committee – Interview with Anna Mey

What’s your story? I am a Polish-Australian who was born in Warsaw, grew up in Australia, and ended up in Kraków. I am a writer, translator and proofreader, a dancer and a traveller. I am also a mother of two, a wife of one, who loves reading, dancing, meeting new […]

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The Local Experience: Sweden

The the country of ABBA, IKEA, H&M, Pippi Longstocking, Lingonberries and so much more! In this article I will let you in on some facts about Sweden that you might not know about, some of the reasons why I miss my country, and what to look for if you plan a trip there that […]

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The Local Experience: Belgium

Belgium is a tiny country packed full of sights. We are known for our many beautiful cities and countryside, fashion, diamonds, delicious food,… You can read all about the touristic highlights of our country online (they are all really worth a visit!), but I’d love to tell you some of […]

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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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