Family Portrait

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Being back in Poland means spending time with family I haven’t seen in a while and remembering the good old times from when I was a carefree child. When I left to the U.S. with my parents and sister, I realized how wonderful it was to sit by the big table with lots of family members and celebrate someone’s birthday, nameday, anniversaries. The house was then full of laughter, loud music, heated discussions and the kitchen was busy with aunts preparing food and baking delicious goods. Obviously, the party was never short of vodka, because which Polish household would run out of it? In the U.S. we had no one. The closest family was in Canada, where we would spend Christmas once in a blue moon. All those memories come back especially when I spend time with my cousins, aunts, grandparents and close friends here, in my hometown. A few days ago, my two cousins and I finally reunited in this squad and we decided to recreate a photo from 25 years ago when we were happy, silly kids. It was a lot of fun and it felt great to be able to talk and laugh like we did before. How cool is it?!

 

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TriCity, Poland

I spent last weekend with my high school girlfriends in TriCity, where they currently live. TriCity is a metropolitan area connecting three cities – Gdynia, Gdansk and Sopot, which are situated adjacent to one other on the coast of Northern Poland by the Baltic Sea. The first city, Gdynia, is known for being the most important and busiest seaport (Port of Gdynia) which was built in the early XXth century. The next in line, Sopot, is a small seaside city and spa resort. This popular summertime destination is known for the longest wooden pier in Europe (511.5m) which is a popular tourist attraction and a venue for entertainment events. The last is Gdansk, a city of a thousand year history charms with its narrow cobbled streets of the Main Town, monster red-brick churches, and grand, elegantly slender and colorful buildings. You can sip on coffee in characterful cafes, shop for amber jewelry and visit intriguing museums. TriCity is a a two hour car ride from my hometown, Slupsk and because I have a family in Gdansk, I often came here as a child. A walk along Dluga Street in Gdansk’s Old Town was a must, and it never got old. Strolling along the familiar streets made me feel like at home.It felt amazing to be here again and observe the changes that happened over the years. I would definitely recommend TriCity as a place worth visiting in Poland. Enjoy the photos!

Old Town in Gdansk with its colorful buildings.
  The view of Gdansk from the tower of St. Mary’s Church, the oldest brick church in the world (XII c.)Motlawa River and Gdansk Eye.

 With my high school girlfriends after a night out in Sopot.
Sunrise in Sopot.   

  Gdynia, decided to go on a crazy ride!

Home is where the Heart is, or the other way around

I spent 2/3 of my life in Poland and 1/3 in the U.S. My biggest struggle after living abroad for such a long time is…where is my home? My immediate family lives in the States but we have a house in Poland that my parents build over the past few years. Although I never lived in it, it feels like home. It’s an oasis. It’s a place where I reset, recharge and forget about everything. There is nothing better right now than waking up in the morning and eating handpicked raspberries from the garden and drinking coffee on a terrace. Nothing better than lying in a hammock under the shade of trees on a sunny day. And nothing better than watching falling stars on a beautiful night on a clear, non polluted sky.

My heart will always be in Poland…