Who knows?

A lot of people are understandably saying that one of the hardest elements of the current situation are related to uncertainty and change both in our private and professional lives. ‘How will the restrictions evolve and when?’ ‘Will there be long-term changes in society?’ ‘Will my job return to how it was’?  Forest in southeastern... Continue Reading →

A poet

Poland is a country of great literary achievement and poetry is no exception. One of the country's most celebrated poets is Wisława Szymborska (1923 - 2012), born in the west near Poznan. When World War II broke out, like many teenagers she continued her studies in secret, in unofficial classes organised by Polish teachers known... Continue Reading →

Lockdown

As Poland's fourth city, Wroclaw has an urban population of around 600,000, a large student community and residents from all over the world. It also welcomes over five million tourists each year, of which more than a million come from abroad. They come to visit the city's stunning architecture, riverside bars and restaurants, opera, art scene,... Continue Reading →

Riverside stroll

We are probably faced with too many words and figures at the moment: statistics, updates, opinions and debates. So this post just takes some photos from one of the limited (but good) options available to me at the moment - a quiet walk alongside the riverside in Wrocław, southwest Poland, where I now live. More... Continue Reading →

Morsowanie – swim like a walrus

“Help me crack the ice with this log so we can climb in” Not the most promising start to a recent trip to a local lake, into which I climbed - by choice - one frosty morning, with a more enthusiastic and determined friend. I did openly question said friendship and the person’s mental state... Continue Reading →

Forest

Poland: a land of only factories, high rise blocks and mines? Think again. Almost 30% of Poland is covered by forested areas, a figure that has increased steadily since 1950. It’s well spread across the country too, with huge and rich areas in every region, from the coastline on the Baltic Sea, to the southern... Continue Reading →

Pride and prejudice?

Roaring football fans on the way to a Saturday afternoon game drowned out a more hidden group that was also travelling into central Krakow on 18 May. Continuing a 15 year tradition, the annual “Marsz równości” (Equality March, hosted by Queerowy Maj) was about to begin. Krakow is situated in the Małopolska (Lesser Poland) region,... Continue Reading →

Katowice

Speaking about Katowice (‘Kato’ to some younger locals) to Poles - particularly those from outside the Silesia region - is usually met with groans and even blushes of embarrassment. At first glance it can appear quite a grey and gloomy place, with no shortage of concrete towers and communist-era architecture, factory chimneys, mineshafts and multi-lane... Continue Reading →

Anty Jude?

I hope to challenge stereotypes about Poland, but equally I want to avoid ‘sugar coating’ the image of a country that has controversies like any other. A beautiful Jewish grave in Chrzanów It’s worth saying upfront that I don’t believe that l Poland is any more dangerous for people of different races or religions than... Continue Reading →

Peak

Tatry on the Polish-Slovak border “Poland has mountains?” This reaction that I got from several people to some of my recent photos inspired this post. Poland is certainly not the flat and uniform country some imagine and here I want to show you some of the magic and legend that are so central to Polish... Continue Reading →

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