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Jordan & Maria Seidel

Czesc! I (Jordan) am a California native living in the Polish capital, Warsaw. With Maria, my Polish wife, and two daughters (Magdalena and Zuzanna), I have been living in this city of contrasts for 7 years now. My better half, Maria, is the official house translator, bringing Polish language blogs to the English reading audience at GV. She is an avid reader of Fantasy (did I contribute?), with some interesting field experience(s) in Archaeology, and academic exposure to Cultural Anthropology. As for myself, after graduating from the Sociology satellite of Central European University (CEU) located in Warsaw (CEU has since then moved its Soc. Dept to Budapest), I went on to beautiful Krakow to continue with Ph.D. studies at Jagiellonian University (ABD after 3 years). Currently, I work in Warsaw as a language teacher, in addition to teaching (via Internet) at SUNY and Baker College as a Philosophy Instructor. The best things about Warsaw (we are in rare agreement) are the large networks of public parks and the sweet shops (‘cukiernia’ in Polish). The worst thing, for me, is the so-called ‘culture of complaining’ here — far, far from the California perspective. We need more sunlight here!


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23 February 2007

Peek at Poland: Time to Make the Pączki

“Polish Doughnuts” by Polska*ポーランド*Poland For at least one moment in the dark days of winter, life is sweet in Poland. Marking the last Thursday before Lent, Tłusty czwartek (or, Fat...

13 February 2007

Poland's Pulse: Healthcare Bingo, Alcohol Curfews, Red Pig

Photo by Embe at warsawdaily A week of intermittent snowfall broke a dry spell, drawing kids outdoors for some winter games. It will be a short-lived affair as the winter...

1 January 2007

Poland's Pulse: “This year was…”

Polish bloggers are having a holiday break. Stuck between family and tons of food (both are obligatory parts of Christmas celebrations here), some only posted best wishes, and many didn't...

13 November 2006

Poland's Pulse in the Blogosphere

Looking on with incredulity…Impersonal meets personal on the streets in Poland. Automatic money machines not adopted by all. Shared by WarsawDaily. On Nov. 11, Poles observed Independence Day. Apartment blocks...

16 October 2006

Poland's Pulse in the Blogosphere

Local Dancers in Poland's Lake District (Mazury) prepare for Sieja (kind of fish) Fish Festival – by Embe, WarsawDaily Perhaps a Christmas footballing miracle has come early, as Kinuk reports...

2 October 2006

Poland's Pulse in the Blogopshere

We’re looking through the Polish language blogs first, this time, as the political situation in the country generated a lot of heat in the blogosphere, as well as managed to...

18 September 2006

Poland's Pulse in the Blogosphere

The 16th century town of Kazimierz Dolny in Poland – by Gustav (Warsaw Station) The Polish Farmer and the Dell? From bovinechips to microchips, Polish Matters reports on the largest...

1 August 2006

Poland's Pulse in the Blogosphere

Gushers of cool at the local Mall in Warsaw – by Embe, WarsawDaily Poland is a hotspot in a few ways this week. While the heatwave is starting to take...

18 July 2006

Polish Blogosphere Update

Better late than never… That's what PolBlog hopes bloggers will think in response to its latest foray into blogging technology. Its new “Talk Back Attack” features an audio comment option...

4 July 2006

Polish Blogosphere Update

With missionary zeal The Poland Pulse blogs about the latest English camps coming to Poland. By no means clandestine, the camp project to convert Catholic women to a less formalistic...

19 June 2006

Polish Blogosphere Roundup

With almost 20,000 names (and counting) added to a digital petition against a restrictive DRM (Digital Rights Management) bill in the Polish legislature, Poland IP news and resources reports that:...

11 May 2006

Polish Blogosphere Update

Who says that in the blogosphere text is king? Photographers are alive and clicking in the Polish Blogosphere. Fotosia shows us everyday Poland through her camera. Staying with the visual...

27 April 2006

Polish Blogosphere Update

Ever wonder what a day in the life of someone living in Poland would look like condensed into a 10-minute video? Neither did I until I came to Poland. The...

13 April 2006

Polish Blogosphere Update

On the literary front, As the Warsaw Crow Flies notes the death of Polish author Stanislaw Lem. On Lem, Warsaw Crow writes: Having only read his novel Solaris, I can't...

27 March 2006

Polish Blogosphere Update

Apparently, according to Real Warsaw, Poland is single-handedly styming EU progress. Poland's recently elected populist government isn't seen as a solution since future-oriented policies appear off the table. However, according...

13 March 2006

Polish Blogosphere Update

Don't ever lose your wallet in Poland, especially if it contains your bank card – that's the lesson gleaned from expat Wendy Lady of The Poland Diaries. After reading about...

27 February 2006

Polish Blogosphere Update

Upon news of the arrest of 17 pedophiles in Poland, part of a worldwide Internet child porn sting started in Spain, Peter Gentle of the beatroot ponders whether looking at...

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