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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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PPW: Herbapol Aronia Flavoured Herbal Tea

Here in Canada we had a tough winter this year and it seems that the cold weather won’t go away… or maybe I’m just too heated from spending a week in Costa Rica (blog post coming soon!). Thankfully in China in 2737 B.C, a leaf accidentally fell into a cup of boiled water and ended up inventing tea, a.k.a. […]

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Polish Product of the Week (PPW): Sante Granola

So I don’t know about you guys, but for me finding some good quality granola in Canada is IMPOSSIBLE. For some reason, every Canadian product looks like something that my Ciocia Helka would feed her chickens. All the “granola” products I have come across here are extremely bland in flavour and just basic oat flakes with […]

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PISK Kaszuby Camping Trip

Many different things mark the end of summer in Canada. For some, it’s the annual ritual of shopping for textbooks, starting classes again. It’s getting a sweater out for those nights that are coming just a little  faster and becoming just a bit colder. It’s seeing that single red leaf on the ground and thinking; oh […]

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When in Rome, do as the Canadians do.


When I was nine years old my family and I went on a trip to Florida. In the days leading up to the trip I remember begging my parents to go to Disney World which was, in my mind, the only purpose behind the entire state. I’d seen commercials, read about it, heard about it, Disney […]

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Babka Drożdżowa

All holidays come with their symbols. Not snowflakes on pine trees, prancing reindeer, or cute bunnies hiding chocolate eggs but rather intimate and personal symbols, which differ in how each person and family celebrates. In my Polish family Easter revolved around celebrating Christ’s triumphant resurrection. And what better and more Polish way to celebrate than […]

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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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Project Iskra: Winnipeg Edition

Hi, my name’s Martyna. I’m a linguistics student and freelance journalist living in Winnipeg, the land of brutal winters and sweet prairie summers. I love independent media, outlaw country and music festivals. I’m a big believer in promoting local culture. This year, I’m going to be spearheading Project Iskra in Winnipeg, and documenting it as […]

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In Solidarity With Our Fellow Ukrainian Canadians

PISK, as a student and young professional association, is non-partisan and does not follow a political agenda. We serve the community, uphold our culture and volunteer our time for good causes. This past weekend, several of our members and friends, including Natalia Kusendova, Monika Wyrzykowska, Arkadiusz Kaminski, Matthew Samuelski, and myself, joined a peaceful march […]

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