• Poland,  Przemyśl

    Religion & Communism in Przemyśl

    The Place: Przemyśl, Poland “…tiles clung precariously to snow-dusted rooftops and cracked window frames released a flurry of flaking paint with a strong gust of wind… The sad fact is that a wilting local economy combined with a rich history means that there are simply too many historical sites in the town for the council to invest in the maintenance of them all. So, for now, residents can only watch as time takes it’s toll, second by second; death by a thousand cuts.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Maciej Orzechowski, 43, Genealogist “I look…

  • Podlipie,  Poland

    The Changing Face of Poland

    The Place: Podlipie, Poland “Somewhere in Poland, just beyond the reach of Silesia, a strip of houses cuts across a hillside; an island surrounded by a patchwork ocean of farmland. Its not famous for anything and it’s not on the way to anywhere. Unless you took a wrong turn, you didn’t come here by accident. The city of Katowice has shrunk to a dot on the horizon, and cluttered suburbs have morphed into rolling hills.”   Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Wojtek Hasior, 34, Health and Safety Specialist “Before I met my wife, Dorota, I…

  • 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…