Happy Mother’s Day – Dzień Matki!

One of the perks of living in Poland is that I get to celebrate Mother's Day twice in one month!  In Poland Mother's Day or as they say here in Poland Dzien Matki is always celebrated today the 26th of May no matter what day of the week it lands on unlike in the US where it is always the 2nd Sunday in May. On the American version of Mother's Day last week I was completely spoiled not only by my 2 Read more [...]
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Kayaking the Brda River

Last Saturday a friend of mine coordinated a kayaking trip down the canal and river that goes through Bydgoszcz.  I grew up canoeing so I was in complete heaven when she offered. Our first house here in Bydgoszcz was right next to the canal and always talked about kayaking in it but we just never did.  My husband was out town for business but luckily I found a friend that would be a partner for Read more [...]
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Where did April go?

I have gotten several emails and Facebook posts asking if I am still here.....well, I am!  I mentioned a few months ago that I started working as an English teacher here in town.   At first it started as just a fun couple of hours and now several months later now a lot more hours than I ever imagined(hence the reason for my lack of blogging).  I am LOVING every minute of teaching.  I also have Read more [...]
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Is that a Goose?

It is the time of year here in Bydgoszcz where a lot of restaurants serve a lot of goose dishes and I love goose, so I am in heaven now when we eat out.  The other weekend there was a festival just outside of town that was all about goose, I was so there! The girls and I along with a friend and her daughter we head down there to check it out.  It was absolutely worth the 40 minute drive to it. It Read more [...]
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What a Month

YES, I am still alive!!  I can't believe it has been over a month since I have posted anything on the blog. Well this past month has been completely crazy in our house..... Lots of Scouting activities HOMEWORK, HOMEWORK and MORE HOMEWORK A few birthday parties organized 3 Halloween parties helping organize a Literacy week for the girls school working on Christmas Read more [...]
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Walnuts and More Walnuts

One thing I have started doing more now that I live in Poland compared to living anywhere else in the world...if I can pick it, I will do something with it.  I have done apples, plums and now walnuts!! Polish people tend to live off of nature, if it is edible they cook, bake or can with it .  I am truly blessed to have some GREAT Polish friends who have shown me these Polish traditions. The other Read more [...]
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And So It Starts….

Can life get any crazier?  How do you know school is back in session for your kids? When you say good-bye to... sleepovers going to bed at 23:30 waking up whenever stress free mornings afternoons to myself to do whatever I want to do only having to fill the tank in the van once a month Saturday to do some traveling or better yet sleep in!! Hello to... going to be bed at 20:30 06:15 Read more [...]
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Men’s World Volleyball Championship

Where have I been over the last week? Watching this... I have been talking about this tournament for several weeks and it was finally here!!  The girls and I were beyond excited that 5 of the days of the tournament were being held right here in Bydgoszcz.  So, last Thursday we headed out to watch the Iran vs. Argentina game. Now inside the sports Read more [...]
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Last Day of Summer

Last week we had lots of fun with the girls as it was the end of summer before they start getting knee-deep in books. One of the days we went to my friends summer house which is about 15 minutes from my house with a few other friends. With 12 kids it was bound to be fun and crazy afternoon and evening! I can't believe summer is already over and the Read more [...]
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Here We Come Sokrates

What a day yesterday was!  Why?  School officially started for "A" & "E" who are going into 2nd and 4th grade. This year once again they are going to Sokrates International Primary School here in Bydgoszcz.  We absolutely enjoyed last year and so we had no hesitation signing them up again this year.   I am excited to announce that 3 other friends of ours as well have moved their kids to this Read more [...]
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Eating Like a Local

In every town all of the world there is spot where the "locals" eat that you won't find in any travel guide.  When we travel VERY rarely will you find us eating on the main streets of the city but on the small side streets.  Why? Because the prices are usually cheaper and the food is more authentic.   If it is restaurant where all the locals go eat then you know it is good! Well last week I finally Read more [...]
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Boleslawiec Polish Pottery Festival Day 2

Yesterday's blog post I show you how fabulous last Saturday was for me in Boleslawiec, Poland during their annual Polish Pottery Festival.  Well Sunday was just as fabulous! It was another fun day and my feet were so sore from all the walking but it was totally worth it. Boleslawiec Polish Pottery Festival day 2... So Read more [...]
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Boleslawiec Polish Pottery Festival Day 1

Oh I have no words for how AWESOME my weekend was!  I went with another friend to the annual Polish Pottery Festival in Boleslawiec, Poland.  This festival is 5 days of ceramics, concerts, parades, exhibits, handi-crafts, antique market and a carnival. We went first thing Saturday morning and came home Sunday evening.  I had never been to this before so I was totally excited for this weekend!  I Read more [...]
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Time to Visit…Borowski Glass Studio

I know it may seem hard to believe there are other things to do in Boleslawiec beside Polish pottery shopping!! This is the unique and VERY interesting glass studio, Borowski which is just outside of town really near Andy's & Andar's . So if you are an art collector and you happen to be in the Boleslawiec area, this is totally worth a stop Read more [...]
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Time to Visit…WR Outlet Store in Boleslawiec

WR Ceramika is yet another pottery place in Boleslawiec, Poland.  Yes, there are still a few more we have yet to explore. WR has 2 stores in Boleslawiec, the main store located just down the block from Andy's.  The outlet one is next to Trycz. This is not a huge store but stills has a nice selection to choose from. They are open Monday through Saturday Read more [...]
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Time to Visit…Ceramika Trycz, Boleslawiec, Poland

Yes, this is yet another blog post on yet another Polish pottery store in Boleslawiec, Poland.  Why yet another one?  Because in 4 days(not that I am counting) is the Boleslawiec annual Polish Pottery Festival!!  I have had lots of comments and emails from people asking about a few the stores I have yet to blog about so this would be the perfect time to tell you all about them if you are lucky enough Read more [...]
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Time to Eat in Boleslawiec Poland

After a long day of shopping for Polish pottery it is time for a good Polish food.  In Boleslawiec there is an AMAZING restaurant that you need to stop and try Polish food if you go there. Opalkowa Chata needs to be on your places to stop at when in Boleslawiec just like all the pottery shops. Yes, I have eaten at my share of Polish restaurants throughout Poland this one is high on my favorite Read more [...]
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A Visit to…Ceramika Artystyczna, Boleslawiec, Poland

Hi my name is Kelley and I am a Polish pottery addict!  I am not going to lie...I LOVE Polish pottery.  I fell in love with it even before moving here to Poland. One of the stores that is always on the top of my priority list when I go to Boleslawiec is Ceramika Artystyczna.  Why?  They have AMAZING patterns as well as prices. I have been to this factory store several times before and I don't Read more [...]
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Time to Cook…Apple & Bacon Smalec

I mentioned last week we have been using as many apples as my family can eat without getting sick of them.  One of ways we used some apples was with making...smalac. If you eat at a restaurant that serves typical Polish food you will more than likely served this when you sit down at a table for no charge, kind of like a free appetizer.  In the old days this was called "the rich mans butter" as Read more [...]
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An Apple a Day

How many apple's can my family use in a week?  In the past 3 days we have gone through 12 kilograms (26.5 pounds).  Yes, you read that right!  We are in apple heaven here in our house. Why so many apples?  It is apple season and so they are on sale anywhere from 1.79 zloty(57 cents) to 3.50 zloty ($1.11) a kilogram.  The cheap prices are not the main reason why I using this many apples Read more [...]
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Trickline, Slackline or Highline

I know this is really late but in May we went to watch something called a "Trickline," "Highline" or some call it "Slackline" competition.  Whatever you want to call it...it is AWESOME! This all happened the first weekend in May here in Bydgoszcz(yes it happened that long ago!).  This line is not that high off the ground but still requires lots of balance and some major inner core muscle strength. Read more [...]
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Dirty Carrots and Cheese

On the first Sunday of the month for 4 hours there is a farmers market type event here in town at a local nightclub.  A friend has been telling me about these for a while and that I really need to go to one.  Unfortunately they are on Sunday's from 11:00 - 15:00 right when we are in church and Sunday's we try not to shop.  But last Sunday we were on holiday so we decided to do a very quick peek Read more [...]
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Red Bull Air Race in Gdynia

Last Sunday we went back to one of my favorite areas of Poland...the Gdansk/Sopot/Gdynia area.  Yes, the wonderful beaches they have up there is just one of the reasons why we love going up there.  We went up there for the main purpose to drop my husband off at the airport.  Since we were up there already the girls and I decided to head to the beach and watch the Red Bull Air Race in Gdynia.  There Read more [...]
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Ristorante del Mercato

The other day I went to another "till we meet again" dinner.  This time it was one of my dearest friends that I have made here in Poland.  Her husband works with mine and they are from Slovakia.  When we first met 2.5 years ago one of the first things she said was "sorry, my English is not so good."  I can proudly say that over the last 2.5 years of getting in lots of trouble together...going on Read more [...]
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Tomato Rut

Yet another perk of us moving last summer into this new house is that we are able to have a nice little container garden in the front part of our house.  When we were living in the US we always had a garden with lots of vegetables and fruit because stuff you grow yourself is always so much better. Last summer we were too new to this house so we did not plant anything but this year we did mushrooms, Read more [...]
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