• Kraków,  Poland

    Life in Kraków, Poland

    The Place: Kraków, Poland “…lights pierced through what I soon realised was a haze of smog hanging above the streets… the rugged faces that had peered curiously at me while I passed them in the countryside were replaced by eyes locked in a staring contest with the pale blue glow of a phone screen peaking out above air-filtration masks. But… the trepidations from my first impressions soon began to melt away.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Marika Kasprzak, 23, Student “…we’ll see what new days will come in the future. I used to have…

  • Dąbrówka Dolna,  Poland

    Returning to Poland After 18 Years

    The Place: Dąbrówka Dolna (Western Polish Countryside) “There’s something ethereal and mysterious about travelling in rural Poland at this time of year… it’s the glimmers of candlelight shining between the trees… the total isolation I felt at Buffalo Ranch; the shroud of silence that enveloped me at nightfall, and nothing but pale light from the moon spilling across fields and flames dancing on stages of wax that give you clues to your surroundings.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Janus Wrzosek, 61, Farmer “I left the country in 1981 before the martial law started, and lived in…

  • Poland,  Wrocław

    Poland’s Identity Crisis

    The Place: Wrocław, Poland “Beside the imposing blandness of concrete apartment blocks that blend into the sky on a dull day, brazen Germanic architecture carves out slices of the city for itself. Wrocław is a city of contradiction, and a reflection of what truly happens when East meets West.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Kajtek Grzelka, 20, Pharmacy Student “I was born in Nowa Sól, a small city in Western Poland, and went to primary and secondary school there. I went to high school in Zielona Góra, which is a little larger and is in the…

  • Nowa Sól,  Poland

    Culture in Western Poland

    The Place: Nowa Sól, Poland “…Nowa Sól represents the changing face of Poland. It’s population is determined to make tomorrow better than today, a sentiment that oozes from numerous construction projects, new entertainment venues, and activities for youths that have sprung up over the last decade.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Grzegorz Miniach (Greg), 39, Team Leader at AB Foods “I grew up in Poland, near the place we are now… ‘Nowa Zabno’, which means something like ‘New Frog Village’… I studied civil engineering. I started a job in manufacturing and moved around this area a…

  • Germany,  Rauen

    Growing up in the G.D.R.

    The Place: Rauen, Germany   “Rauen’s wounds have healed, and only the scars remain; the long-abandoned mine shafts that puncture the hillsides and remain a hazard to anyone straying too far from the marked paths, serving as a reminder that an ‘old village’ does not necessarily mean unchanging one.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Petra (Pit), 46, Educator for Children and the Mentally Handicapped   “I was born in the Harz mountains in the Eastern part of Germany… I finished school in 1988, and afterwards I was allowed to go to extended secondary school,…

  • Berlin

    The Ups and Downs of life in Berlin

    The Place: Berlin, Germany “There are problems that come with such a size…Berlin, in a sense, feels as though it may topple under its own weight; but while it stands it remains a hotbed of diversity, culture and attractions waiting to be discovered.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Claudia Herper, 33, Receptionist I was born in Berlin, and I grew up here. I took a bachelor’s in biotechnology, and moved to Münster in Western Germany for 4 years to do a masters in molecular biomedicine. I’m half-Polish, half-German; my father comes from West Germany…

  • Germany,  Lenzen

    Nature, food and more – Heiko (Lenzen, GER)

    The Place: Lenzen, Germany “Nestled a stones-throw away from the banks of the Elbe, Lenzen is a gentle reminder of civilisation when you’re travelling through the most sparsely populated part of Germany, and has about it an air of tranquillity; a sense of refuge in an unspoiled stretch of German countryside.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Heiko Berg, 37, Visitor Centre Vice-Manager   I have lived here for about five years. I’m quite happy about that, you can see this wonderful nature; this is my workplace. I moved from Berlin, but I originally come…

  • Germany,  Hamburg

    Martina & Jorg in Hamburg, Germany

      The Place: Hamburg, Germany It’s easy to fall in love with Hamburg. For those not usually a fan of big cities, this one may offer a solution. Before you have time to feel claustrophobic, or walled in by the hustle and bustle around you, you’ll stumble across one of the many canals that carve paths between buildings. Or perhaps you’ll find yourself on a lakeshore in the city centre, watching sailboats glide through the water. The abundance of water is calming, and you’ll feel like your in some city-countryside hybrid as you explore the waterways and the banks of the famous Elbe river that cuts right through the heart…

  • Copenhagen,  Denmark

    Torben & Dorthe in Copenhagen, Denmark

    The Place: Copenhagen, Denmark  There aren’t many places where you can stroll through cobbled streets with Marijauna plants rising from cracks at the roadside. Copenhagen is one of those places. For such a small country, it delivers a big dose of charm. With districts so distinct from one another you can feel like you’re in a different city altogether after just a short cycle in the most bike-friendly city on the planet, you’re spoiled for choice. Of course, the hallmarks of the city like Nyhaven’s rainbow of houses are an absolute must, but it’s the lesser-known areas that make Copenhagen what it is. None stands out more than Christiana Freetown, a…

  • Gothenburg,  Sweden

    Kåre Lindqvist in Gothenburg, Sweden

    The Place: Gothenburg, Sweden A city cloaked in a rich history, oozing with the vibrance of bright red rooftops, manicured parks, and cafe-lined streets; Gothenburg is what you might call a ‘hidden’ gem. After spending just a day there, you’ll realise it’s a city full of quirks, whether it’s the fact that no one wears white caps because “that’s what the tram conductors wear”, or the strange prevalence of greek statues, like Poseiden in the photo, which play an important part in Gothenburg culture. Take a stroll through their most popular park, Slotskoggen, and you’ll find it doubles as a free zoo, with enclosures for penguins, otters, and more found in…