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IMPORTANT: Polish passport protips

Tl;dr: Dual citizens, use your Polish passport when traveling to Poland. Anything else may mean unpleasant border surprises. Just got the below from the embassy. I’ll just summarize the (very!) important bits in English here: Poland is threatening inconvenience and possibly penalties like extra fees for Polish dual citizens who use their other passport to […]

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Masha and the Bear

I just received an invitation to watch a neat CBC video from Filip Terlecki, one of the most prominent voices early on in PISK’s developmental years. I was initially wary of the lightsaber battle because that’s just been waaay overdone, but when I realized the metaphor behind it, it suddenly didn’t seem as bad. Watch […]

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Polonia mid-summer update

Previous update (April, 2014) | Lots of visuals this time for those who are frightened of text. First, events: QV Vancouver: register now! The deadline’s July 13th (that’s in just over a week, folks)! I will totally be running icebreakers so you know it’s going to be AWESOME. QV Madison is, regretfully, canceled, but QV […]

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It’s another Polonia summer!

Previous (January, 2014) | Next (July, 2014) Welcome to the second rendition of Paul’s Polonia News You Can Use for 2014. First, a special note inviting everyone to apply for this year’s Poland in the Rockies symposium — spots are selling out like hot cakes! If you’re successful in getting in, I assure you the event […]

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Londyńczycy

We all remember hearing — if only in passing — of TVP’s 2008 series, Londyńczycy, chronicling the everyday life of young Polish immigrants to the UK. This show didn’t break any new ground and, in fact, received some heavy criticism for its negative depiction of life as a Pole on the Isle in the late […]

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Polonia news you can use

Every few months I send out a newsletter of neat things happening in Polonia. These used to be primarily Ontario- (and, later, Canada-)centric happenings but they’ve since come to include anything cool I’ve come across since the last update. Ever since attending Szkoła Liderów Polonijnych in 2012, Europe is a lot more represented as well […]

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18-35? Willing to relocate? Discover Poland.

A great friend sent me this. If I wasn’t traveling already I’d definitely look into it. What’s stopping you?

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Sometime in these next 5 years…

This past weekend 20 Polish high school students from across the GTA met with around 30 mentors: recent grads, professionals, graduate students—curtly, people who had just gone through the same things that await these greenhorns. The entire event was a raging success. I invite you to brief through the 150-picture gallery to get a feel […]

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The Embassy’s on YouTube!

And you can follow them. Today’s video has much talk of a Canadian winter (Ottawa being the coldest place where Poland has a consulate in the whole, wide world). The ambassador talks of Poland’s National Treasures (and the home they found here), of the Centennial Flame, of Terry Fox, and, of course, of hockey. There […]

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Harken eng/sci professionals (& students)!

Prof. Andrzej Nowak from the University of Nebraska is looking for young engineers interested in going to Poland to attend the Second World Congress of Polish Engineers with pretty much all expenses paid. Details follow: When: June 25-July 5th, 2013. Where: Warsaw University of Technology, Poland (obviously). Cost: Successful applicants have all internal costs covered […]

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