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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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Peek at Poland: Time to Make the Pączki

23 February 2007

“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 Thursday) is a day of over-indulgence in sweets. This past Thursday, in scenes disturbingly reminiscent of Communist days, the local...

Poland's Pulse: “This year was…”

1 January 2007

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 even bother to do even that. Among these who managed to update after all, a great number seems to have...

Poland's Pulse in the Blogosphere

13 November 2006

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 donned national flags, but there were no fireworks. Woodcraft in Poland places the holiday in its historical context. As noted...

Poland's Pulse in the Blogosphere

16 October 2006

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 on Poland's victory over the 4th-ranked Portugal last week: Their victory surprised myself, N and my brother, P, who was...

Poland's Pulse in the Blogopshere

2 October 2006

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 get the world’s attention for a while. Here's the low down… After the break up of the coalition, the ruling...

Poland's Pulse in the Blogosphere

18 September 2006

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 single US investment in Poland from computer-maker Dell. The plant is slated for construction next year in Lodz and will...

Poland's Pulse in the Blogosphere

1 August 2006

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 its toll on fan stocks (Warsaw seems to be sold out of them), Blog from Poland reports on the annual...

Polish Blogosphere Update

18 July 2006

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 to put “a voice to the text.” This is how PolBlog explains the new feature: Audio-commenting, as we call it,...

Polish Blogosphere Update

4 July 2006

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 Christianity hopes to demonstrate that: …following Christ is much more than going to church and paying homage to a religious...

Polish Blogosphere Roundup

19 June 2006

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: Under the heavy critique of the public opinion the Ministry of Culture withdrew some most criticized provisions (inter alia changes...

Polish Blogosphere Update

11 May 2006

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 arts, Polska*ポーランド*Poland provides a virtual tour of Warsaw parks, from a Japanese perspective (though I don't know what the perspective...

Polish Blogosphere Update

27 April 2006

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 Blog from Poland set up a webcam from a Warsaw city window. Can you spot the shiny, yellow and red...

Polish Blogosphere Update

13 April 2006

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 say I'm at all familiar with his work. But from that one book it was clear just what an exceptionally...

Polish Blogosphere Update

27 March 2006

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 to Bernski in the comments section, the problems may be deeper than a newly elected government — shibboleths such as...

Polish Blogosphere Update

13 March 2006

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 her ordeal to a open a bank account, I have concluded that Eurocrats can learn a thing or two from...

Polish Blogosphere Update

27 February 2006

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 such images is also a crime. Polish bloggers, while in agreement that looking at such images is perverse, are mixed...

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