Monthly Archives: March 2015

Liminal Lublin

“Liminal,” according to the online Free Dictionary, is “intermediate between two states, conditions, or regions; transitional or indeterminate.” This is a perfect reflection for me of the lovely little town of Lublin in southeastern Poland. Over its history it has … Continue reading

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Kraków (KRA-koof) rocks

I’d heard for many years that I should see Krakow “soon, before it’s ruined.” Well, maybe I got there in time, or maybe I didn’t, but I’m here to say Krakow is not ruined and it will (inshallah) never be. … Continue reading

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The Crows of Majdanek (The Fifth Poland)

There is, of course, a fifth Poland, and that is Jewish Poland, past and present. The past saw Poland homing the largest number of Jews in Europe, some three million or so, roughly ten percent of the estimated pre-war population … Continue reading

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Time out of mind…

Okay, this is MY blog, I can do what I want, right? So I’m going to write a blog entry OUT OF CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER.  Now this really offends my personal sense of story and sequence, but viewed in the light … Continue reading

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Wroclaw Part II

One of the things that is pretty mind-boggling in Wroclaw (and many, many other cities in Europe as well) is just how destroyed it was (and they were) after World War II. Poland was occupied by Germany, so it felt … Continue reading

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One..two..three..say “VRAHTS-wahv!” (Wroclaw)

Polish is not yet among the language I count on for much at all. I’m doing a damn fine job of “Hello!” and “Thank you!” but little else. That did not deter my delightful tour guide in the slightest this … Continue reading

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Planes, trains, and buses

One of the things I love about travel is, well, the travel, the actual getting on and off of a variety of transportation devices. There’s such a sense of excitement and anticipation in the build-up to the moment when it … Continue reading

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