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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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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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Kim Ki Dok: Korean orphans in Poland

Korean girl in Poland

When Patrick Yoka, a Polish director and screen writer, discovered the grave of  13 year old 김귀덕 (Kim Ki Dok) who had died in 1955 in a cemetery in Wrocław, Poland he told his friend and journalist Jolanta Krysowata. Naturally she had a few questions about how a young Korean girl found herself in Lower […]

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Commonwealth.pl

In my never ending browsing of the internet I’ve come across an interesting website dedicated to exploring some lesser known influence on Polish culture and history: Commonwealth.pl. The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was not only the biggest state in all of Europe but also one of the most powerful and most diverse. Up until WWII Poles never […]

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Orzeł i Pustelnik: A History of Poland and the DPRK (Part III)

This is the last in a three part series exploring the history of diplomatic relations between Poland and North Korea. “[We’re] one click away from pushing the launch button.“ The latest threats coming from North Korea indicate that it’s preparing to launch intercontinental missiles. It really is too bad that few people care. A few […]

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Orzeł i Pustelnik: A History of Poland and the DPRK (Part II)

DPRK Flags

This is the second in a three part series exploring the history of diplomatic relations between Poland and North Korea. “We do not wish harm on foreigners in South Korea should there be a war.” The date after which the DPRK could not guarantee my safety (as if they ever had) was April 10th, 2013. […]

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Orzeł i Pustelnik: A History of Poland and the DPRK (Part I)

Poland

This is the first in a three part series exploring the history of diplomatic relations between Poland and North Korea. “Don’t drink my whisky,” my brother tells me, “it’s from North Korea.” “That’s pretty awesome,” I reply sitting down across from him, “how was it?” While I was at work my brother had been visiting […]

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Let Poland Be Poland

Let Poland Be Poland

At the beginning of 1982, the future of Solidarność didn’t look bright. Poland was almost two months into martial law, a brutal measure inflicted on its own people by Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski. But, all of the sudden, a new light at the end of the tunnel appeared for all those fighting for freedom in Poland. […]

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Warsaw, a city transformed.

Pl. Krasińskich

“Nie możesz se wyobrazić, to jak całkiem nowe miasto,” my mom reminded me every time she called from Poland, “jest to miasto światowej klasy.” Not that Warsaw wasn’t a beautiful city for years prior, but my mother had just arrived during Euro 2012, an event that saw the city renovate and modernize transport, hospitality, and other infrastructure; compared […]

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Respawn at Poczta Główna

So I have just aquired a computer game. Nothing remarkable, you probably will say. Oh shush, you – I will reply – this time it actually is. The game’s title is Uprising ’44 The Silent Shadows and, as you have probably guessed, it is about the Warsaw Uprising. Also, it is crap. It is kind […]

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