Linguistic Lapses?

As I’ve noted previously, my spoken and written Polish is, at best, extremely limited (I might drop “extremely” when describing my reading skills). I did, however, study Russian for 3 years at university, and the two are linguistically similar, although Polish is a West Slavic language, while Russian is an East Slavic Language. What exactly […]

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Recipes: Tighten Your Barszcz Belt!

I love beets in all forms – soups, salads, sandwiches, or even just straight up, raw. “Barszcz” is the Polish spelling of the popular Eastern European soup more commonly spelled “borscht” in English. There are as many different types of borscht as there are regions where it is prepared, but it all Eastern European cultures […]

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Q&A, Part 2

This is a continuation of my previous post, Q&A, Part 1, in which I answered questions that people usually ask when they hear that I will be spending the next year or so pursuing my MA in Central and Eastern European Studies at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. The remaining questions are: “Why Poland?” “Why […]

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Q&A, Part 1

When people first hear of my plans to do my MA in Poland, I usually get a barrage of questions: “Are you Polish?” “Do you speak Polish? “Why Poland?” “Why are you getting an MA?” And, the clincher, “What do you plan to do with your life?” The first few questions can be answered by […]

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iPhone-tastic

If I could subtitle this, it would be “Why I hate AT&T”. I happen to be the owner of an iPhone 3GS purchased at a Best Buy in the United States. Like all iPhones sold in the United States, it came locked to AT&T. I love my iPhone enough that I am willing to tolerate […]

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