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Mar 29, 2016 - Happy Easter Weekend!

Where to begin?!? So much activity and food and celebration... ! Easter is bigger than Christmas in Poland - and in our home growing up, Mama would always make a big deal out of it starting from Holy Thursday through to Easter Monday, but now being here with family, I see why: this was an insane amount of partying and celebration! Good Friday was spent fasting (my lettuce and tomatoes and cucumbers were SO delicious!) and of course, there was church. The Vigil at the Tomb had begun, where volunteer firemen stand guard at the 'tomb of...

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Mar 21, 2016 - What is Siwucha?

I'm staying at my Uncle Gienek's again for a couple of nights. Although I was originally worried about this 'couch-surfing' plan between family members for my first month in Poland, it's actually worked out well having a break in between each place. For example, I cannot do more than one night at Basia's (that outhouse absolutely terrifies me...!) and having exchanges in between Lonka's, Tereska's and Gienek's is nice. I am lucky to have such a loving family but am not used to being so 'close' with everyone 24/7. Ha ha. I'm also not used to...

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Mar 19, 2016 - Beekeeping & cow-milking in Pszczela Wola

I spent a couple of days visiting Ania & her husband Januszek: Ania was mom's best friend in high-school and bee-keeping 'technikum'. And yes for those of you that don't already know, my mom graduated with a 'degree'(? Diploma? Certificate?) in bee-keeping just before she left for Canada! The only bee-keeping school in the world, is here in Pszczela Wola. Ania and mom stayed friends all through these years - they wrote letters & emails to each other religiously right up until mom passed away. Januszek had his stories of mom too, because...

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Mar 5, 2016 - My cousin has a surprise for me!

I am staying at my Ciocia Lonka's house for the most part (my mom's sister) and across the small yard/field from her lives my cousin Tereska (her daughter) & Tereska's husband Andrzej, and their 2 sons. Today, I woke up to a surprise! Ciocia and I went over for breakfast (which I will tell you now is, everyday, an enormous platter of cold-cuts, buns, butter, cheese, salad, bigos, zupa, and sliced tomatoes.... Getting fatter & fatter over here....) but there in the middle of their dining room stood a beautiful TREADMILL! They know my...

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Mar 3, 2016 - Witamy do Polski!

I flew Ryan Air from Dublin, Ireland direct to Lublin, Poland. Ryan Air is one of the 'no frills' airlines that has recently expanded their destinations throughtout Europe. My flight direct to Lublin cost 19€ - flying anywhere in the EU is ridiculously cheap. I wish Canada would adopt this. I've never seen much of my own country only because the flights are so expensive. But: the 'no frills' really means NOTHING. The seats don't recline, there is no in-seat (or any kind of) entertainment, no complimentary water/tea/coffee; nothing. But,...

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Apr 17, 2015 - The March of the Living 2015

Today was the main event, the actual March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau. Before today, I hadn't really had a strong emotional reaction to anything we'd seen while touring in Poland. I'd learned so much about what had happened at these places and now we were here and it wasn't hitting me. But today, I was standing inside of Auschwitz, meeting young Jews from all over the world, everyone wrapped proudly in Israeli flags. Who would have ever thought that 70 years later, Auschwitz would be again filled with Jews, this time by choice...

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Apr 15, 2015 - Day 3

Today was an emotional day while traveling to Majdanek and Kielce. I was amazed of how close the city of Lublin was to the the camp. It is hard to believe that people live so close to the camp and pass by it on a daily basis. The size of the concentration camp was also eye opening and I couldn't believe that I was there. As we entered Majdanek the first thing we saw was the room where selection took place. We walked into the gas chamber and I felt sick. It was difficult to think about the amount of innocent people who unfortunately had...

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