Spring has come, and it’s gone again

It's May, almost halfway through the year and it's freezing cold, raining heavily and just generally miserable.  Normally by now it's getting warm and I can wear shorts all the time, but not this year for some reason. In Poland we have two public holidays at the start of May, on 1st & 3rd, which... Continue Reading →

Polish tales – Wojtek the Soldier Bear

I wanted to write about one of my favourite Polish stories, of Wojtek the bear.  It's a true story and is actually pretty well known, but just in case you haven't heard I'll provide my own overview and some links to more detailed information. Poland has a really interesting history and I can highly recommend... Continue Reading →

Recommended blog!

So I got a pretty awesome email the other day from someone who had come across my site and had included it in their recommended blogs for Poland.  They also said some really nice things about my photos! I was really overcome with appreciation and proud to be included, it's not something I expected or... Continue Reading →

Home renovations in Poland!

So it's been a while since I posted any updates, not because the smog killed me, but mostly because I've been doing some renovations on my house. Back in 2014 my wife & I bought a house in Bochnia, which you can read more about here.  It's a 100 year old miner's cottage, because Bochnia... Continue Reading →

Kraków – Dying to Breathe

There is currently a lot of discussion in the Krakow area about the levels of smog and pollution, actually it affects Malopolska and much of the rest of Poland as well.  It tends to happen most winters, but it's definitely getting worse each year. Grzegorz Bednarczyk/Flickr Many Poles are used to burning wood & coal... Continue Reading →

Winter has arrived in Krakow

It's been extremely cold this past week, with temperatures reaching down to -20C and lower.  We also had quite a bit of snow in the week before, so that's still around but is slowly starting to melt. This has been the coldest winter since my first year here, and I've had to shovel a ton... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017!!!

A quick video of the fireworks over Krakow during the 2016/2017 New Year celebrations, taken from a drone.  Pretty brave flying that during the fireworks, could have ended up becoming one! But a very interesting perspective though.Krakow goes big on New Year's Eve, all the bars are packed, with many being reserved or ticket only,... Continue Reading →

Christmas Spirit in Poland

Christmas has come and gone already and it involved a ton of food, quite a bit of drink and plenty of time with the family. Christmas is a time for family in Poland and over the 3 day weekend, we were visiting a member of family each day.  Of course, each visit means eating a... Continue Reading →

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