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Changing Times in Poland and in the World

My 7-year old daughter knows what a CD, VCR or DVD is. She knows how to play computer games, since she was four years old. However, she was very surprised when I told her that I did not have any of these when I was her age in Poland. Even her dad who was growing up in the US did not have access to such items since they were not there, yet!

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Against a Crimson Sky by James Conroyd Martin - Book Review

Historical fiction is my favorite genre-both for intriguing reading and for bringing a personal dimension to events that are usually portrayed in a dry, factual way. James Conroyd Martin's book, Against a Crimson Sky, is the best of all possible worlds: a well-plotted, well-written, fascinating account of a strong and unique heroine. The setting in Poland is the piece de resistance: my ancestors, while not of the nobility (minor or otherwise), were Polish, and Martin's book brings to life a time and place that has been difficult for me to imagine.

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Typical School day of a Polish Child in 2006 and 30 years ago

The school year begins in Poland on September 1st. My 10 years old son is a 4th grade pupil this year. His usual day begins at around 7 am when he wakes up. Dresses up and goes downstairs to have his breakfast. Which he usually has with his two years older brother. He likes the most a plain version of corn flakes with cold milk plus bread, butter and some cured meat. His older brother likes the honey flavored corn flakes with warm milk, hates cured meat and eats bread, butter and all kinds of cheese and cheese spreads. They leave home at around 7.50 am, their two dogs accompany them to the little gate in the back of the garden. Sometimes one of the dogs jumps over the fence and accompanies the boys almost to the school-yard gate!

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Typical School Day in Poland 30 years ago

Thirty years ago we had eight classes of elementary education szkola podstawowa, followed by 4-6 classes of secondary education.

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Poles in Winter Olympic Games - Torino 2006

I did not even plan to write about Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy in 2006 because I did not believe that we are going to have anybody winning the medal, but we did not only one but two more medals and it two different sport disciplines! Poles always had a stronger team in summer Olympic games compared to winter. We were lucky enough to win two medals in last winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City. But this was thanks to one person, our national hero, ski jumper Adam Malysz and everybody expected this. In these Olympic games we did not have a black horse to bet to.

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