:: Happy Pączki Day!

It’s Fat Thursday here in Poland – just like Fat Tuesday in the USA, but it’s on Thursday. Something missed in translation? Perhaps. But OMG the lines of people waiting for a Pączki is just unbelievable. Of course, I had no idea it was “Fat Thursday” today until I went to the market and saw a special booth full of these yummy doughnuts.

:: Yeah! I’m a Recommended Blogger :)

I am very excited to announce that Morning Kawa is officially listed as a recommended blog for the popular expat group InterNations! YEAH! What an honor 🙂 Just in case you don’t know, InterNations is a social network for expats that helps connect people from around the world.  Following is an excerpt from my interview:

I did not have any problem adjusting to life in Poland, but I am worried about reverse culture shock – I love Wrocław so much, I don’t want to have to leave in a few years! I feel very fortunate that Wrocław is a young, university town and almost everyone here speaks English, which made it easy to adjust, especially in the beginning…The biggest difference between our lives here vs. in the States is just the ability we now have to travel around Europe. With low cost airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air flying out of Wrocław, we are able to buy plane tickets for almost nothing, going to places we may not have been able to see in our entire lives. I feel really lucky and am glad we took a chance on Wrocław!
If you would like to read the entire interview about moving to Poland from the USA, click here.

:: Wroclaw’s Naked Swordsman

The past few days have been super busy here in Poland (including a broken pipe escapade with water leaking down below our apartment, but that’s another story for another day)  – anyways, that’s why this week’s “Wroclaw Wednesday” is really “Wroclaw Thursday” 😉
Today I want to introduce you to The Naked Swordsman located at the University of Wroclaw!

The statue has been here since 1904 but the story behind the sculpture is what makes it interesting.

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:: Tips for Booking Hotels in Europe

One thing that I really enjoy doing while living in Poland is trying to book trips on a budget. As part of this, I need to find hotels. As I have started planning trips, I find that hotels are the hardest thing to book so I thought I would share my process to maybe help you plan your trips abroad.
Here’s Morning Kawa’s guide to hotel booking:

Step 1: What Do You Want to Do?

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:: So, What’s With That Big Chair in Wroclaw?

Ever see something so random that you just know there has to be a story behind it? Well, that’s what today’s Wroclaw Wednesday is: a HUGE statue of a folding chair. Yes, this is real and here is what I can find out about it.
This chair itself is actually relatively new (August 2011) BUT this idea was originally proposed over 40 years ago. It wasn’t actually constructed until the guy who suggested it (a Polish artist/painter/ theatre director) died. Too bad this guy never saw his dream of a large chair statue come to life.

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:: Collecting Polish Pottery

If you remember, I had selected my Polish pottery pattern while visiting the factory in Boleslawiec, which I love! But, starting a pottery collection can be expensive – especially if you buy everything at once – which is why I am starting to buy a piece every once in a while to help spread the costs out and avoid a last minute scramble for dishes before leaving Poland.
Introducing my new Polish Pottery Piece this month: a soup tureen 🙂
Cute, isn’t it?

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