After failed negotiations with the government, a huge teacher strike began this week in Poland, at the start of the national exam season. With the majority of public schools predicted to strike, it’s the largest industrial action in Poland in over 25 years, since the time of the country’s democratic transition. Solidarity! A middle school... Continue Reading →

Tongue twister?

Smacznego - bon appétit I’m still fairly early in my journey to learn Polish but here I share some observations and basic facts about this curious language. Is it as hard as people say? 'Balaton' lake in Trzebinia. Polish is a Slavic language spoken fluently by around 50 million people worldwide - mostly in Poland... Continue Reading →

Blok by blok

12 million people in Poland live in apartment blocks, mostly built during the communist period of PRL (Polish People’s Republic). How did this come to be, and what is life like for these people? An apartment in Chrzanow I want to dispel myths about Poland as a grey and characterless country. In this blog you... Continue Reading →

Death of a Slavic goddess

I notice the seasons here much more than other places I’ve lived in Europe. The weather varies much more between seasons than I’m used to - cold, snowy winters and hot, bright summers. Also, there are many events connected with seasons, the associated foods and their coming and going. The end of winter is no... Continue Reading →

Polish perspectives

British-Irish-Canadian teacher and entrepreneur based in a small town between Kraków and Katowice, Poland. I share my personal experiences of life here, through photography and short articles about specific themes, events and traditions. These are based on my own perspectives and aren’t intended to represent the views of wider society. All portrait photos with permission... Continue Reading →

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