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Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian » Wroclaw October 14th 2017

This morning we enjoyed a great buffet breakfast at the family owned Hotel Stekl. We then left Bohemian Paradise National Park, heading for Wroclaw in Poland. Wroclaw (pronounced Vrotswaf in Polish, known as Breslau in German) is the largest city in western Poland. The history of the city dates back a thousand years, and its extensive heritage combines almost all religions and cultures of Europe. At various times, it has been part of Poland, Bohemia, Prussia, and Germany. It became part of Poland in 1945, as a result of the border changes after the Second World War. Prior to the war it had been part of Germany. Wrocław is a university city with a student population of over 130,000, having a similar number of university students as Berlin, which is a substantially larger city. In ancient ... read more
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Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian June 17th 2017

Saturday was our final work day… the week sure seemed to go by fast. It was a cloudy, windy, rainy day, but we still managed to get some work done – unloading and stacking wood, shoveling and bagging clay pellets, unloading a truckload of sand for the walkway, laying some pavers, and building rebar cages for the front perimeter wall. We stopped work early to spend some time with the family. We enjoyed a homemade meal of pork cutlets ("schabowy"), boiled potatoes and salad. The family sang some songs in Polish, with one of the kids (David) accompanying them on the guitar, and Bill played his harmonica. The kids shared what they want to do when they get out of school, and what they thought about having international volunteers come to work at their home. We ... read more

Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian June 16th 2017

Friday we were back on the job, doing various jobs such as painting the fence, shoveling sand, laying pavers, bagging clay pellets, and assembling rebar cages. Maciejka and the girls made us a delicious lunch of homemade kielbasa soup and salad with fresh veggies from their next door neighbor. By the time we got back to Wrocław in the evening, the sunny day had turned into rain, but we walked around a bit and enjoyed dinner at a local brewery/restaurant.... read more

Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian » Wroclaw June 14th 2017

Wednesday was our 3rd day of work, and we continued with various projects around the property - digging the walkway and the front perimeter wall, shoveling and bagging clay pellets, painting the fence. At the end of the day, we got to meet the 4 foster kids of our partner family. They attend a school some distance away, and stay there Monday-Wednesday. The family shared a song with us, and we enjoyed spending time with the kids and seeing how the family interacts with such love. In the evening we had a walking tour of Wrocław led by a very knowledgeable young man named Łukasz. We learned that Wrocław has the nickname "Venice of the north" because of it's many canals. The market square is the second largest in Europe, and contains the oldest restaurant in ... read more

Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian June 13th 2017

We continued on with much of the same work today... digging, leveling, painting, and also moved wood and dug ditches for a fence. After work, we stayed around for a special pierogi making class with our homeowner. She taught us how to make several kinds of pierogis - meat, ruskies (potatoes and cottage cheese), and fruit. We had fun making them, and then enjoyed eating them after!... read more

Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian » Wroclaw June 12th 2017

Sunday, June 11 – after breakfast at Hotel Fortuna, we had a walking tour of old town Kraków. We had a very passionate and knowledgeable young guide, Alicja. We started at St. Florian’s Gate (the only remaining gate), where a small part of the adjoining wall still stands, dating back to the 1300s. In the 19th century, the moat was filled in and made into a park - a green ring all around the old city, measuring about 4 km. Kraków has a long and storied history dating back to the 900s. We saw the Rynek Główny (main square), which dates to the 13th century and is the biggest open square in Europe. We saw the remaining tower from the town hall, St. Mary's church, which was built in the 14th century by the people of ... read more

Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian June 12th 2017

We had a great first day on the build site. We are working in Wierzbice, a town about 30 minutes from Wrocław. We met the homeowners, but the kids they foster are gone until Wednesday. The weather was pretty nice, so we worked outside, doing various jobs to make the property more accessible for the kids. For example, we are leveling out the ground, and creating pathways with pavers so they can move around the property more easily in wheelchairs. We are also painting a fence. At lunchtime, our host coordinator, Karolina, gave us a mini Polish lesson, so we have some basic words to use. By the end of the day, our construction manager, Zbyszek, was quite pleased with the amount of work we got done.... read more

Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian » Wroclaw May 20th 2017

Et nous voici en Pologne ! mon 65èm pays... et pour cette année ce n'est pas fini... on en ajoutera encore quelques uns ! (surprise !) Nous entrons donc en Pologne, tout près de la frontière de la Tchequie, sans y passer toutefois, car nous avons déjà eu l'occasion de visiter Prague... La ville que nous visons est Wroclaw (prononcez Vroclav...). Et bien nous en a pris car c'est vraiment une très belle ville que beaucoup de touristes ignorent ! Pour y arriver nous passerons encore en Allemange un tunnel... puis très vite arrive la frontière sans contrôle bien entendu puisque la Pologne fait partie de l'Europe mais n'utilise pas l'euro... qu'on vous accepte tout de même et le calcul est facile car on divise les prix par 4... Nous nous arrêtons au premier parking car ... read more
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Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian January 14th 2017

You may have noticed if you have seen many of my previous blogs that hot weather features in most of them. You may also have noticed that many of my trips take place during the European winter as I head south seeking sunshine and warmth. It should be no surprise then to discover that I had never been skiing before. I love mountains, but the thought of being in them when it was freezing, along with loads of other people in fluorescent clothes, wasn’t too appealing. I have often thought that skiing would be the most difficult sport to explain to aliens (except maybe golf). “You mean you get ferried up the hill, just to slide back down again? And then you repeat that all day?” Even the word “skiing” is a bit sinister. No word ... read more
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Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian » Wroclaw January 6th 2017

Winter travels in Eastern Europe – Dear Friends in Wroclaw, Poland We drove our car 3,300 km from Minsk, Belarus where we are teaching to see the cities, Christmas markets and quiet snow covered countryside of Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic and eastern Germany. We ended our trip in Wroclaw, Poland (pronounced Vrotslav) and spent two nights with good friends Andrey and Ola. Their new apartment is cozy with a great view of the city skyline. (We stayed with them twice when they lived in Vilnius.) They cook good meals and taught us to play a game called Lines that helps people understand how difficult it was to get goods in soviet times. Ola went with us on a Free Walking Tour of the old town. It was freezing! But such a beautiful old town and many ... read more
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