Things I did for the first time this week: Travel to California Present on a panel at a conference Wear a two piece bathing suit The last two items weren’t all that traumatic and San Diego—still the only city I’ve visited in California–is just lovely. I’m here for a conference but I’ve had bits and […]

I went to Nowa Huta to gawk at a dreary communist dystopia and found myself in a Renaissance ideal city.  Oh man, I just love when this happens, the travel surprise.  In fact, not including that time we traveled to Ghent and accidentally encountered a blackface Christmas celebration have I ever had my expectations so […]

When it comes to looking at altarpieces, I consider myself a professional.  I have so much experience, I could teach a class. Hmmm, how about it?  Let’s have a quick class, right this minute. How to View a Famous Altarpiece by the Wife of Bath Show up early and buy a ticket to see your […]

We ended up in Lublin because we missed our bus to Sandomierz.  We woke up early in Zamość because HOB was having coughing fits and, though the guy at our hostel had explained how to get to the bus station by local bus, we decided to walk instead and enjoy one final stroll through the glorious […]

HOB started and ended our Polish trip in Warsaw, sleeping at the same hostel both times.  Though we’re used to being the oldest people at the hostel, this time we were really old since the other hostel guests were kids (apparently on field trips) pre-teen or younger. HOB did not share his beer with the […]

The region in Southern Poland called Małopolska has several UNESCO listed wooden churches. These churches are scattered through six different villages which aren’t reachable by public transportation and, since HOB and I don’t drive, we were in quite a pickle.  I mean, it’s not like I would ever want to miss out on a UNESCO church […]

Normally our go-to travel meals are picnics and street food.  While our Polish picnics were delightful, the street food was…..well, I wouldn’t eat it.  I know, that’s totally out of character (one of my adorable qualities is that I’m not a picky eater). The ubiquitous street food of Poland is the Zapiekanka: a piece of […]

Imagine it’s the early 1600’s, you live in Poland and pilgrimages to the Holy Land are all the rage.  Oh man, do you ever want to go to Jerusalem.  But it’s not going to happen: you don’t have the money, your health is poor, and your boss won’t give you enough vacation time.  Hey, don’t […]

By the time we got to Wrocław, a college town in the western side of the country, we were full on loving Poland. Usually we make up a local name for HOB: in Poland he was Józef Burlequeski.  I decided I also needed a Polish name, so I was Pani Slutski. Well anyway, Józef Burlequeski and I were […]

Just kidding: Krakow is a fun zone all around, especially for students.  The night we arrived the street in front of our apartment was shut down for a rollerblading party.   When not rollerblading these lucky students are busy snacking. Belgian fries from food trucks are a big hit.  And whoa, ice cream (lody in […]