About me..

I am an American who just happened to move to Bydgoszcz, Poland.  I have been married for the last 22 years to an AMAZING guy who has moved us to 5 different countries in 9 different houses.  In November 2011 my husband retired from US Air Force and got a new job that brought us to here.  I have been blessed with 4 kids between the ages of 7 and 21. With…..

  • living in a foreign country that speaks very little English and I speak no a little(2 years later) Polish,
  • doing a home based education to a high school student,
  • having a son going to university living with a full time job(2 years later)back in the US,
  • loving to bake and cook but having no some access to my American groceries anymore (2 years later I have found my Polish substitute for almost everything!),
  • loving to travel,
  •  trying to keep up with 2 kids
  •  trying to keep up with my husband who travels because of his job

It is NEVER A DULL DAY INPOLAND, for me!

101 Responses to About me..

  1. Rafał says:

    Welcome to Bydgoszcz! Have a nice stay!

    • Rafel,

      So far I am enjoying it here! One question, what is your favorite restaurant to eat at?

      • Rafał says:

        Hi,

        I have a three places where I like to eat at (besides my mother’s house, of course :-) ).

        1) My favorite restaurant is Baalbek at Magdziński str. (ul. Magdzińskiego 1b) with its “Szysz-tauk z serem” (chicken, rice or fries, tomato, cheese, salad, and garlic sauce, all in Turkish style – I really love it and it is cheap, too – about USD 7,00). There are also Baalbek restaurants at other locations (Focus, Galeria Pomorska), but this one is the best.

        2) I’m also a big fan of a steak with garlic sauce at Zbyszko (see in Google: ‘Karczma Zbyszko, Prądocin’). Of course, you need to reserve one-day-after to not meet in person with anyone (because of the strong smell of garlic :-) ), but I think it’s a quite small price to pay for really amazing dish.

        3) And my third favorite meal is a Vietnamese five flavor chicken at the restaurant at Chocimska street. The restaurant itself looks like a garage or a third-world barrack and (additionally) the neighborhood is not good but the food is pretty fantastic and very cheap. I’ve ate probably about 500 chickens there (sorry, chickens!), because I was working nearby a few years ago and it was a prime lunch location for me and my work colleagues.

        You can also try some ‘trendy/fancy’ restaurants like Sowa (ul. Mostowa 4), Słoneczny Młyn (http://www.sloneczny.eu/en/restauracja.htm) or Bohema (http://www.hotelbohema.pl/english.html), but I have never eaten at these restaurants (I’m allergic to pretentious waiters and overpriced drinks, but probably you can easily communicate in English with the stuff).

        And when it comes to beer, I propose to take the bus #80 (southbound) to the airport, and 2,5 hours later you can drink the best beer in the world, for example a London Pride in London or Guiness in Dublin. Highly recommended!

        Sorry for my English, I did my best :-)

        Rafał

        • Rafel,

          we have never eaten at some of the other Baalbek location but not the main so we have been told to eat there by others so I guess I will have to try it out. We haven’t heard of the other places but they are on our to-do list now!!

          AND your english is GREAT!!!

          Thanks,
          Kelley

      • Dave H. says:

        If and when you get to Devils Lake, I would suggest Herrmann’s fine dining. If not that, then I guess it would be Micky Dee,s. Just kidding. Am enjoying your blog. I’m sure it takes a little work.

      • Dosia says:

        Visited Bydgoszcz once and found 2 great reataurants:)
        If you like Indian food, you will be happy to visit Ru Ba Ru, owner is very friendly and speaks English. They use all original ingredients and their cooks are imported from Tibet. I highly recommend.
        Another one is Katarynka – again great food and atmosphere.
        Both are in the old town quarter :)
        Hope you and your family will enjoy :)

    • Lisa says:

      Hey the Elders in Warsaw (Landon and Vernon) tell me that I really must meet you. We just moved from LA 4 weeks ago and plan to live in Poland (Warsaw) for 6 years or so. I’ve been perusing your blog and enjoying it. Perhaps if you are in Warsaw we could meet? Or maybe we could email. I’d love to ask a few questions and I’m already excited to explore your blog.

      Nice to meet you via the web. :)
      Lisa

      • Hey Lisa!!!

        Tell those 2 guys “Hi” from me!! My oldest will be there on Saturday/Sunday actually for the YSA conference and I know we will be there in June for the big conference. Yes, please shoot me an email with your questions.

        Can’t wait to meet you in person!

  2. Lois B says:

    I’m glad to find your blog. I think we have a lot in common. My husband is retired Air Force and we’re in Poznan. Let me know if you’re in POZ sometime; I’d love to get together.

  3. Becca says:

    I’m an American college student who recently lived in Podkowa Lesna (near Warszawa) for 10 months, teaching English and working at a preschool, and I had a great time. I miss it a lot. Enjoy Bydgoszcz, and remember, the winter won’t last forever! It will just make spring and summer that much more beautiful.

  4. Kristina Williams says:

    Hi! We currently live in the NL and love to travel. I would love to hear more about exciting destinations in Poland. I think I will wait for warmer weather though :)

    • Well if you were here yesterday it was almost short weather but then when I woke up this morning it was snowing but now it is completely melted. So if you want till May or later it will be much better. We are going back to NL in April for a visit and can’t wait!!!!

  5. Cindi says:

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  6. Kim McKinney says:

    I am also a military wife….hubby just retired from US Army. Moved stateside in Sept from Germany. We have spent most of our 24 years in Europe and wish to go back. Searching daily for openings anywhere in Europe. You are living our dream! If you know of any leads or could give us any advise on the job front would greatly appreciate!

    Keep enjoying that lovely place!
    Kim

  7. Jessica says:

    Glad to have stumbled upon your site. I found out that my family will by moving to Bydgoszcz this coming year. I have a super-similar situation as you, it seems, and I am going to have to International School/Homeschool my two sons, ages 5 & 7 for a few years. I’d love to get any advice you have about homeschooling resources, other school & extracurricular resources, along with any tips you might be so kind as to share. I’d deeply appreciate any advice.

    Warm Regards!

  8. Hermit Forall says:

    Sorry about this, but I couldn’t find the comment section on your Ebates giveaway, so I’m posting my response here. I couldn’t do without my microwave.

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  10. Hogan says:

    hello,

    I see you are a home schooler. My job may take me and my family (wife and 3 boys 9,7, and 5) to Krakow. We have been home schooling in North Carolina for 4 years now. How is home schooling in Poland? Anything to be aware of?

    Thank you,

    David

    • David,

      I am a wee bit more north of Krakow so I can’t speak about that area but were we are at it can be a struggle. My 5 and 7 year old go to an international school here but I do work with them here at home as the school is about a year behind compared to the US standards. My teenager we do online school that is based in CA, so it is a bit easier. We have a VERY small expat community here so it a bit of a challenge but Krakow has a good sized expat community so I am sure you will all do fine. Shipping here can be expensive so make sure you bring everything with you! The neat thing about schooling over here is that they will experience things that a typical US child would only imagine. My oldest took Humanities class at university last semester in ND and they were talking about castles & churches and such and for the most part he was the only one in his class that had seen in real life what they were learning from a text book!

      If you have any other questions about moving to Poland don’t hesitate to shot me an email.
      Kelley

  11. Joanna says:

    Well this is surprising! I am kind of the other way round – I am Polish, from Bydgoszcz, who married an American and moved to Albuquerque, NM. Hope you’re enjoying your stay in Poland!

  12. Joanna says:

    Oh I only left about mid January this year. I was here before for a year-long student exchange program though, and that’s when I met my husband :)

  13. Gail Wilson says:

    Hi Kelley,

    Caught your House Hunter Int. the other day. It caught my interest in the guide because I love to research my family genealogy and a lot of my ancestors are from in and around that area you are now living.

    I see you even went to Malbork Castle which used to be Marienburg, Germany. My great grandparents came from that area.

    I am so excited to see that you have a website. Can’t wait to take a look around and read all your blogs.

    My daughter was in the army for 5+ years. She was stationed stateside except for her tour in Iraq.

    Gail

  14. Helen says:

    Hi Kelly,

    I would like to introduce myself . I am from Chennai ,India.
    I came across you while i was surfing he polish forum. I am very much pleased seeing your website. I felt that i have got a friend before coming to poland.

    My husband is deputed to wroclaw for work about five years, and myself and my child who is seven years old will be joining along with him.

    We will be moving there in the mid of October. We have got a admission for her in wroclaw international school for class 2.

    I am having lots of questions in mind and i hope i will get a clear idea from u.

    thankyou

  15. Rachael says:

    Hi,

    One of the readers on my blog shared with my that there was another American blogging from Bydgoszcz and I had to see! I am from Cincinnati, OH and went to School in Austin, TX at the University of Texas and I am playing volleyball (KS palace) her in Poland for the next 8 months. It’s nice to see that there is another American in close proximity going through a few of the same things :) Even though I am 22 I would love to keep in contact with you and hopefully you can make it out to a game this season.

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    • Rachael,

      What a small world!!! There are a few more Americans here as well besides us here in Bydgoszcz. I would love to try to connect up with you one day for lunch or dinner. I truly can’t imagine moving here without family!! Please shot me an email(kkagele@gmail.com) with your local phone number and I will give you a buzz.

      I did not know there was a professional volleyball team here in town, we would love to go to a game so let me know!!

      Kelley

    • Look what I stumbled upon working on my blog layout!

  16. Sarah says:

    Thanks for leaving a comment on Weir 12! Now I get more information about Poland:) I’m Elder Weir’s sister and I love seeing what life is like in Poland.

    • Sarah,

      Nice to meet you!! Your brother talks about you all(especially his sisters). We love having him in our little branch. Since I have your ear, what is favorite food for dinner? We have them over for dinner about once a week and there is a good chance he could be leaving us in a week and half for transfers.

  17. Kim Lauridsen says:

    Hi- I stumbled upon your blog off of One of Josh’s pics on FB. I too am a fellow ND native but have now “settled” in Denmark. I have family in Minot but I am from Wahpeton, ND. I know how u feel about the challenges of living in a foreign country. We have 3 kids but our oldest is back home going to school at UND so that is a tough one :0/ Just thought I would send a little hi ;0)
    Kimberly

  18. Diana proulx says:

    Kelly ,Please send me your full address..HOHOHO is coming

  19. Patrik says:

    Hi,
    My name is Patrik, currently living in Hungary (since I was born here). I’d just like to ask you a question about Poland because I’m planning to move there to study business management at a university. So the question is if you know whether it is possible to find a job in Poland without speaking polish or not. I’m an English major here in my country and I want to learn something that could be more useful for finding a job, but foreign education would be impossible without money. Sorry for bothering you with this.

    • Hello Patrik,

      To be honest I am not sure how job hunting is here in Poland. But where we are at you must speak Polish just to live day to day here. But if you are going to a big city like Warsaw, Krakow or Gdansk they speak much English then they do here but not speaking Polish it is going to be hard to find a job. I am not an EU citizen so for me it is even more thing that is against me finding a job but for you that is a different story. Where are you looking at studying at?

      • Patrik says:

        I’m looking at either the University of Groclaw (I don’t know how to spell it) or Warsaw. Sadly in Warsaw most of the universities have tuition fees while the UofG doesn’t so that is an advantage. It would be easier to find a part-time job in Warsaw I guess, but the U would cost some 5000 PLN a year which is a serious disadvantage.

        • Patrik,

          The town is spelled Wroclaw but pronounced Groclaw. My son was looking at doing next a term at Wroclaw next year so talk about a small world! He would have to pay tuition there so I would double check the tuition part unless you are a part of a special program but if that is case I would jump on the offer of a FREE education!

          • Patrik says:

            I think he has to pay tuition because he is a non-EU citizen. But if he tries Finland/Norway/Sweden/Denmark he could find tuition free education there because, as far as I know, it is free for enyone in these countries.

          • Marta says:

            Kelley, Wrocław is reather pronounced Vrocwav. :)

  20. Tomohiko Kawamukai says:

    Between the Euro 2012 match in Gdansk, I visited Malbork castle. It was really beautiful and wonderful place to walk around and see. Beside of the beauty of this magnificent citadel, Polish people were very kind and helpful. Today I happened to find this website with beautiful pictures and I can enjoy a lot. Thank you for your great website, I like this very much!

  21. Kim Opperman says:

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    Kim
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  22. Emily says:

    Hello! My husband found your blog and we’re scouring it and loving it! We are Navy (he’s Active, I’m no longer in) and we’re currently stationed in Guam. We lived in Italy before and have traveled all over Europe. My family is all from Germany and Poland and much of my family still lives in Libertow. My husband and I want to retire in Poland when his career in the Navy is up (either 4-ish years from now or 8, depending on if he does 24 years). We have a 7 year old and a 16 month old. I just started homeschooling my 7 year old. Anyhow…long story short, we’re hoping to be your neighbors someday soon! Anytime you’re bored and want to email with me about things I should know, feel free. We’re trying to get a good idea of what we need to do to prepare.

    • We tried for Guam but just never got it as we had many friends stationed there over the years. Now as for retiring, as much as I love this place, it not a place we want to retire at. It is one thing to vacation here(we did several times and fell in love with Poland so that is why we looked for a job here) and another to permanently live here. We are learning the hard way! If you have any questions let me know!

  23. Emma Banks says:

    Hi there! I had a question for you about possibly collaborating on something and was hoping you could email me back to discuss? Thanks so much!

    - Emma

    emmabanks9 (at) gmail (dot) com

  24. Ahuose says:

    Hello Kelley, I love your blog! I’ll be moving to Bydgoszcz to start a new job. I have met sooo many people both polish and non polish wondering why i would want to move here. I have heard so many wonderful things about Polish people and I have heard some things that make me go “erhhh” as I am of African descent, with dark skin. So your blog helps.

    I was wondering if you could help me with some concerns and questions i have. As for question 5, i know you are Mormon but maybe just maybe you came across one.

    So here goes:

    1. What are the nice locations to live in with a lot of English speaking foreigners or just really nice neighborhoods.

    2. Which are the best Polish language learning schools? I intend to be enrolled in one of them to learn the language.

    3. Best banks to open with friendly rates and reliable services

    4. Is it better to buy electronics in Poland? I currently live in France. I’m also wondering if i should just sell off my stuff to come and re-buy them in Poland.

    5. Are there English speaking Catholic churches in Bydgoszcz where the mass is said in English?

    6. What are the salons like? Are there salons where a girl can fix weaves, braids or things like this? I hear in big cities, there are but i’m wondering if it is the same there in Bydgoszcz.

    Thanks a milion

    • Welcome!

      OK, here is my two cents on this…

      1. It all depends on where you work as some places it can be a pain to drive across town to go to work. It also depends on if you have a family or if it is just yourself. And your budget has a to figure in as well. We have friends that live throughout this city and each place has its positives and negatives. We have lived in 2 different areas and like both of them for 2 different reasons.

      2. I haven’t taken any of the schools here, so I can recommend any of them. But many of the companies here offer class through work, so check with your employer first.

      3. We use NORDEA and love them!!!

      4. Now this is a hard question. I am not sure if you having movers bring stuff over for you or if you are moving yourself. We kept everything when we moved here from The Netherlands. But if you are paying by the kilo to move stuff somethings it might be cheaper to buy new here. So that is a hard question. Electronics here for the most part are a bit cheaper versus the Euro but it all depends on what kind of money you want to spend. Remember more than likely you will be paying a Realtor fee when getting a flat here too!

      5. As for English mass, I know there used to be one but I can find out for you but GREAT news for you!!! There is mass in FRENCH here!! There is actually a seminary teaching men to be priests here in French to go to Africa for the church. I will find out the contact for the priests that speak French, as I have several French friends who attend that mass.

      6. FUNNY!! Nope, none here. I have a good friend who goes to Berlin (5 hour train ride) every so often to get her hair braided or straighten. Also our adopted daughter who played women’s volleyball here last year had no luck find a place either.

      As for fitting in, yes you will get a few stares every once and awhile but compared to 6 years old when my good friend first moved here and they were talking pictures of her and her kids now for the most part people don’t even give her a second look. You are going to stick out more for not speaking Polish but it will be the same look I get when I try to speak. So don’t worry about that too much!!

      If you have anymore questions do not hesitate to ask! Congratulations on the job!

      Kelley

      • Ahuose says:

        Hello Kelley

        Thank you sooooo much for your reply. This helps me in leaps and bounds!!!

        I will be working in Kraszewskiego 1 Street and i don’t plan to drive so I’ll be using the public transport. As long as there is ease of transport, i guess anywhere should be fine. I also plan to get a housing agent to do the house hunt for me but I have been cautioned to see the place before i sign the contract. I just wondered if there were special areas i should focus on. I would be coming alone but i’m not a big fan of studios, more like one living room and a bedroom, with kitchen and toilet. I have been told that rent is quite cheap but i would prefer to stay in a nice area and pay as long as it’s not over 800 PLN. Is this possible or should i up the rent budget?
        Do you know of any reliable agents i can use in my house search?
        Also, when you say each area has it’s negative points, what kind of negatives are commonly encountered?

        I am going to look up NORDEA bank. I had actually been planning to look up Citi and a friend had suggested some “internet banks”. said they were quite popular in Poland.

        Oh, I’m moving myself. I had assumed that the company would handle that but apparently they don’t. I’m still surprised at this!!!

        YAY! English mass! This sounds sooooo good to me. Of course, the french would be good too.

        Thank you sooo much for your help. I really appreciate it!

  25. Julie says:

    I have just stumbled upon your blog and have really enjoyed reading about your experiences. We are Canadians and have been living in Rzeszow for almost two years now and have visited quite a few of the places that you have mentioned. Poland is a beautiful country that is quite often overlooked by tourists, all of our visitors have been surprised at how beautiful it is and also that along with the old there is quite a bit of modern!

    We are having a hard time with the language, thankfully I can usually manage to get myself understood as most younger people here have some English.

  26. Alan says:

    Hello,

    I stumbled on your blog a few mths back when I was looking for work in Bydgoszcz. I am a Pole that moved to Chicago when I was 3, and after 21 years moved back to Poland :) I moved to Bydgoszcz from Nowa Sol (woj. Lubuskie) in September of last year to be with my girlfriend (now wife) and things are going from there, and now we’ll probably be here for some time.

    If you by chance would want to meet one day, please feel free to let me know, shoot me an email and I can give you my phone number.

    Alan

  27. Ahuose says:

    Hello Kelley,

    Hope you are doing great!

    I wanted to check in on the English and/or French speaking churches. I am trying to find an apartment and i want to get something that is in the center of my workplace (Kraszewskiego 1 Street) and the church.

    Thanks a lot!!!

    • Here is the scoop on the English mass for you….Sunday Prayer Service (Holy Mass) in English at the Military Church on Rondo Bernardyńskie on Sunday at 1:30 PM.
      The french services are at the seminary near the airport. It looks like neither of them are held every Sunday but at least once a month.

      Good luck flat shopping!

  28. Kristina says:

    Hi, how are you?
    We have found your blog and think that it is really interesting what you do!
    You know that FITUR 2014, the International Tourism Trade Fair, has launched its “TRAVEL BLOGGER 2014″ Competition, which this year will extend its search for the best bloggers from amongst candidates on the American Continent and throughout the European Union.
    Those who are interested in taking part in the Competition can enter their candidacy between 4th and 26th November through the app integrated into the FITUR page, http://travelblogger.es/en/2014/ . In order to be able to pass through to the following stage, the blogger must obtain at least 50 votes through Facebook or Twitter throughout the same period.
    In order to take part, contestants simply need to be of adult age and possess legal residence in any country throughout the American Continent or the European Union (except for Spain, given that another series of initiatives has been reserved for Spanish bloggers that the trade fair will be announcing shortly).
    We are waiting for you!
    Have a nice day and smile more! ;)

  29. Abdul says:

    Hello there!

    I’m Abdul and I’ll be moving to Bydgoszcz in January to teach English at International House. I’ve just graduated in July and being 23 I figured it would be a great time to adventure around Europe whilst doing something useful! I’ve had a brief read through your blog and it sounds like you’ve really made a great life out in Poland! I’m going to be working there for about 6 months and it would be great to get some tips as to where to meet people etc? Forgot to mention, I’m from England! Oops!

    Hope you have a great Christmas!

    Abdul

  30. Ahuose Ehikhamenor says:

    Hello Kelley!
    Arrived here in Bydgoszcz this week and got hooked up to the internet today. Thank you so much for all the info you gave me. They were really helpful. Going to the church you suggested tomorrow. I hope we meet someday somewhere!!!

  31. Eleanor Glab says:

    I found your site after looking for a pickled cucumber recipe – the way you have laid out the steps with photos is great! I’m not Polish but a New Zealander of UK descent, married to a Pole who came to NZ as a tourist. My hubbie loves NZ and is very international in his outlook, but he does miss his “ogorki” so thank you for uploading this recipe. :)

  32. lin says:

    Hi
    well i found your website while i’m looking for a job here in Bydgoszcz and I really liked it and honestly I thought of having my own blog because I’m new here we’ve just moved here with my family 6 months ago and and I’m not really happy about this moving and i’m struggling to live to study to everything but when i found your blog it kinda gave me hope that it may change someday and maybe i’ll get the chance to see the bright side of Bydgoszcz but in the end i really need a help from you, a couple of questions you may be able to answer because i really need some help
    and thank you for listening

  33. Aneta says:

    Hi, I come from Poland but I live in UK for last seven years, I am really happy I found your page. I am also happy that you like living in Poland and you enjoy Polish culture. It’s really amazing when someone from different country and background recognizes and realizes what is the best in the place their live where people who live all their life in the same place does not know the culture, history and traditions.

  34. Kristen says:

    Thank you for creating this very nice blog and for sharing your experiences. I will be visiting the Poznan/Bydgoszcz areas in a couple of weeks and want to attend church in Bydgoszcz. Could you tell me the particulars about when and where the Branch meets in your area? I am so very excited to visit. My family heritage is there and after 40 years of searching and searching for my ancestors, miracles are unfolding and I now want to walk where they walked.

    I hope to hear from you and surely we will meet at church.
    Thank you!
    Kristen

    • We have church service here in Bydgoszcz on Sunday’s starting at 10:00. The address to the church is Śniadeckich 8. When are coming as we have district meetings and have a special meeting the 17th of June in Warsaw with Pres. Uchtdork so no church service that day.

      I look forward to meeting you and if you have any questions let me know!

  35. Kristen says:

    Ugh!! So close and yet so far away! How lucky you are to have President Uchtdorf coming your way!! I will be in Bydgoszcz on June 1st, but that is all right, because I was looking forward to attending a meeting where people speak Polish (even tho I will understand nothing). If I were hearing President Uchtdorf in a large meeting, it would not be the same. I presume that your meetings ARE spoken in Polish, right? Thank you very much for your prompt response, and I do hope we get to meet :-D

    • Kristen,

      When you get here and you need anything let me know!! There are lots of things going in town this weekend so you should not be board.

      Also if you would like to meet up for a coffee/tea(you know what I mean),dinner or a good dessert Saturday night we would love to meet up with you!

  36. Kristen says:

    Thank you so very much for the invitation! I will be traveling with new-found family, so I don’t know how much time we will have for outside activities, but I will inquire. We will just be in town Saturday to talk about and visit our common family heritage, and then church on Sunday and some more heritage visits. I hope we will have time to go to Boleslawiec on our drive back to Frankfurt (Germany) on Monday. I have not had luck finding any pottery here in Poznan. I figured even if I have to pay more, it will still be much more reasonable here in country, and less expensive than driving out of our path and possibly a hotel room to go to Boleslawiec. I think it is nearly 10 hours to drive to Frankfurt.
    I look forward to meeting you on Sunday for sure.
    Kristen

  37. Kristen says:

    I forgot to ask what is happening in Bydgoszcz on the weekend?

  38. Michi says:

    Hello Kelley,

    What nice that I found your blog.
    I really liked reading about Boleslawiec, in a few weeks we will come on holiday again in Poland and visite the stores over there.After buying a lot of that pottery, I still want to buy some more.
    You wrote about quilting too, so I want to aks you, dit you buy fabrics in Poland?
    I cannot find it. Greetings from The Netherlands

    • You can NEVER have to much pottery!! As for my fabrics I get most of it from mail order or use fabric from second hand clothing store. There are fabric stores here with great selections but they are typically hidden in town on the off beaten path.

      Where are you from The Netherlands? We are off to the islands north of Amsterdam in a few weeks.

  39. Michi says:

    We are the south of Holland, Oosterhout near Breda.
    I am half Polish, my father was from Sulejow near Piotrkow Trybunalski.
    He was a soldier in the second worldwar, and helpt to get our country free.
    We are from the south of Holland, Oosterhout near Breda,I am half Polish, my father was from Sulejow, near Piotrkow Tribunalski. He was a soldier in the second worldwar,helpt to get our country free
    The islands are lovely, very sunny too.
    I am a quilter for over many years now, you kan buy fabric on some of the islands, and in Amsterdam there is a beautiful one near De Dam.They sell wonderful fabric.
    Www. Dutchquilts.nl

  40. Suzanne says:

    My mom sends me care packages for the stuff we don’t have in Poland. I also love to bake/cook and look for other ways to make stuff with Polish substitutes. I also love it when my local store starts carrying “American” products.

  41. Christine K says:

    Have you changed your cooking style since moving to Poland? I am intrigued by Polish foods, so was wondering :)

  42. Cassie (kazimiera ) gale says:

    Oh my gosh. Must found you on Pinterest. I am jealous of you. I was born in poland but lived in the US since the age of 4. I have visited a few times always too short. We have a family farm close to krakow a And family. Polish is very east to learn. My son hates that I did. It teach him but I will have a grandchild this month and will mke up for that. Love your blog

    • Cassie,

      I am you are enjoying my blog!! I wish Polish was easy to learn for me. My kids though have picked it up pretty good already. I am a FIRM believer that teaching kids at an early age a foreign language is one of the best things you can do to them. What kind of farm does your family have? I LOVE the Krakow area!

  43. Candice says:

    I moved to Warsaw in March for my husband’s job. I’ve had a hard time adjusting here. I can only hope it will get easier as time goes on!

  44. Elaina says:

    Are there any restaurants open on Christmas day in Bydgoszcz? i just moved here & i’m currently living in a hotel.

  45. Michelle Donnelly says:

    Hi Kelley!

    I stumbled across your blog today, and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. We were stationed in Germany for several years and visited Poland often, but are now back stateside. I love your cooking blogs, particularly the ones relating to jams and pickles. I was wondering – where do you get the jars you use for preserving? Are they readily available in Polish stores? If you have time to shoot me a note offline, I’d like to ask you a few related questions on that. Thanks, and blog on!

    Michelle

  46. Tegan says:

    Oh wonderful! There are more English speaking expats than I thought!
    I am Australian and have been living here with my husband and three boys for a year (my husband was born in Poland and we have been staying with his father). We are moving to Bolesławiec in November and I came across your Blog on Henry’s Ceramics after doing a search on it. I haven’t had time to pull over and look at the store yet. Thanks for giving me the lo-down!

  47. Heather says:

    Hi Kelley, yes I agree Polish pottery is wonderful.
    I found a pitcher at a thrift store. Do u have a resource to date back stamps/logos for Boleslawiec pottery? Thank you.

  48. Maja says:

    Hello im Maja i LOVE this blog.
    Maja <3

  49. Maja says:

    Hello miss Kelly im Maja
    I LOVE this blog is beaty.
    MajaO:-)

  50. vicky says:

    Hi,
    I hope to visit Poland in Sept, for the first time and visit some small villages, that my ancestors lived in many yeas ago. I don’t speak Polish and understand it may be difficult in the smaller areas to communicate. I’m wondering if a phone translate app might be wise to use. My plans are to visit Kochowo, Kania, Kamionka, Slupca, Bielawy (sp? near Slupca), Kleczew, Kalish (Sp) Poznan, and Konin. Do you think renting a car would be easy enough to travel about and get around to those places, or does the rail system reach small villages from say Konin, or Poznan? Do you know anyone who does genealogy who can communicate in English?

    • I would definitely down load Google Translate before coming as my Polish people speak English but several do not especially the older generation. As for getting around, I would recommend getting a rental car. Taking a train some little villages is not an option you can only get to them by bus and you will waste a lot of time waiting for buses and not speaking or reading Polish will make it quite difficult. Car rental here is quite easy and cheap. Are looking for someone to go along with you to help do some genealogy or do you want someone to help you do some research before you get here? I know of a few people that might be able to help depending on what you need.

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