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7 Things You Can Strike Off Your Bucket List by Visiting Poland

Poland is the perfect Eastern European destination. Cheap flights there and a low cost of living means that for many people, spending a long weekend here is probably cheaper than it would have been at home! There are also cool vacation rentals, which means a place to stay is not a huge problem. However, you’re on holiday, so you don’t want to do the same things that you could at home, right? In this article, we’ll take a look at 7 things you can strike off your bucket list by visiting Poland. If you do even just one of these activities, you’ll make unforgettable memories of your trip to this […]

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All Saints’ Day in Poland | How Poles Celebrate the 1st of November

If you decide to visit any cemetery in Poland at the beginning of November, you will surely be taken aback by seeing that it is fully lit with thousands of candles and decorated with tons of flowers of all kinds (but mostly the Chrysanthemums). This is all because of the All Saints’ Day, a Polish tradition during which Poles from all over the country travel to their home cities to visit the graves of their deceased relatives. In Poland, the celebration takes place under the name of Wszystkich Świętych, which literally means All Saints. It is also quite common to hear people refer to this day as Dzień Zmarłych or […]

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Summer in Warsaw | Things You Can Do Only in Summer

The weather in Poland tends to get extreme. +35 Celsius degrees in summer, minus 25 Celsius degrees in winter… sounds pretty normal and usual to any Polish person. Summer in Poland holds one great advantage for all travelers: the days are veeery long, which means more time to discover the wonders of the country during the daylight hours. Also, Polish cities tend to make the most of it and offer a great variety of attractions like open-air cinemas, breakfast markets, beach volleyball tournaments, etc. Of course, there are plenty of things you can do during the winter season in Poland as well (oh, my beloved skiing!), but there are tons […]

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A Drunk’s Brief History of Polish Vodka

“Just drink it,” my friend Rafal said, “it’s just water.” I took a sip from the water bottle and immediately spit it out. “Dude that’s not water, it’s vodka!” I exclaimed. “Well, technically, vodka does mean ‘small water’, so I wasn’t lying”, he quipped. Almost everyone who drinks vodka has a love-hate relationship with it; most of us will say we hate how much we love it. Vodka is responsible for a lot of Polish national pride, a good chunk of Poland’s export economy, and that annoying kid that lives down the street whose parents hate each other. But there’s more to love about vodka outside of the imaginary superpowers […]

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Fat Thursday in Poland – Tłusty Czwartek Tradition

Did you know how Polish people celebrate the last Thursday of February? They eat heaps of doughnuts! Yes, that’s true, Poles love their doughnuts 😉 It is not only a traditional Catholic Christian feast marking the last Thursday before Lent but is also associated with the celebration of Carnival! Fat Thursday is a literal translation of the name Tłusty Czwartek which can give you an outlook on how this day looks like 😉 People are getting out of their homes and work seeking for those delicious pączki. By the way, if you reading this while in Poland you also have to take part in the hunt 😉 When wandering around town, you will find […]

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Chocolate Railway Model in Warsaw

Pictures from Marcin Brzomiński. Do you love chocolate and travelling? We have the best mix of those two this coming month! Museum Station (Stacja Muzeum), in cooperation with the chocolate company E. Wedel, prepared for visitors a model railway – made almost totally out of chocolate! The creator is one of the most famous confectioners Janusz Profus! The mock-up was built with approx. 500 kg of chocolate and occupies an area of approx. 12 square meters. The total track length is approx. 30 meters. On the model, you can see mountains, forests, a railway tunnel, roundhouse workshop, crossovers, cars and more. The most important element of the model is a […]

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5 Reasons Why The Polish Language is So Hard

  “We have his birthday party on Saturday. Do you want to come?,” asked the mother of my 7-year-old student. I’d long heard and was soon about to experience that learning the Polish language was a really difficult task, especially for native English speakers. But I’d also heard that Poles always appreciate it when you try to speak it. So being the people pleaser that I am, I loaded up Google Translate, typed in “Yes. I am excited,” and gave it my best shot. “Tak. Jestem podniecony.” I replied with a smile. There are only a few looks of horrified expressions in this world that can tell you you’ve just […]

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The 10 Best Craft Beer Bars in Warsaw

Poland has become the latest area in the world to see the powder-keg of the craft beer revolution explode in recent years. Warsaw has particularly welcomed the barrage of barrel aged ales and lagers with open arms. The city boasts over a whopping 25 craft beer bars within its borders and isn’t shy when it comes to showing off the craft of the country at its craft beer festival held every spring and fall. But don’t just take our word for it. Pour into some of the bars listed below when you visit Warsaw with a guided craft beer tour and get all the foamy goodness you can drink! With […]

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10 Ways Warsaw Will Completely Surprise You

One year ago, I made an incredibly spontaneous decision to move from my picturesque, movie-worthy, Los Angeles beach city of Palos Verdes, California to the unknown, “borderline-Eastern European ” (as we Americans think) city of Warsaw, Poland. Life was decent in good old, sunny Los Angeles: I was your typical, very basic California girl. I woke up at 5am every morning to work out, went to work, and ended my day with a swim or yoga. A natural-born foodie and craft beer & wine lover, I checked out the latest and greatest spots all over LA on the reg. Life was decent, not much to complain about: but I was […]

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8 Reasons to Spend New Year’s in Poland

Ahhhh… New Year’s Eve. The final evening to what has either been an incredible and fabulous OR dreadful and awful year. Oh and the promise of what 2020 can bring; the anticipation! As a decently well-traveled, Los Angeles native, now-living-in-Europe, social butterfly, I annually endure the age-old question: “Oh my God… how can I top last year’s NYE?” Never fear friends, I have the answer and it lies in the Central European country of Poland! Here’s 8 reasons why you absolutely have to spend your NYE in Poland! Krakow Old Town. Photo by: Hans Kool 1) The Poles Know How To Party As an American, I really thought I knew […]

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