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Holy Week in Poland, Part 1: Warsaw

Holy Week in Poland, Part 1: Warsaw Last year I found myself traveling through one of the world's most Catholic countries during Holy Week. Having been raised Catholic myself, I was particularly curious to witness how Easter festivities were observed in Poland. Experiencing familiar traditions in unfamiliar...

The Amazing Race All-Stars, Episode 7 Recap, (Or, I Turned Amazing Race Into A Drinking Game)

The Amazing Race All-Stars, Episode 7 Recap, (Or, I Turned Amazing Race Into A Drinking Game) Since Justin and I have been so distracted during the previous 6 episodes of the Amazing Race All-Stars when Charla and Mirna speak to people in that weird "can-you-understand-me-now?"-accent, I thought tonight's special 2-hour episode would be a fine time to have fun....

Fighting Cheap Beer with High Culture

Fighting Cheap Beer with High Culture What happens when cheap beer and high culture clash? Just ask the residents of Krakow, Poland. The city has unfortunately been targeted by budget airlines as an inexpensive getaway from London. Combine this with the fact that alcohol is very cheap in Poland, and you've got...

Great Polish Travel Writer Dies

Great Polish Travel Writer Dies The world lost a great travel writer last week when Ryszard Kapuscinski passed away. Kapuscinski was a highly regarded Polish journalist who, in addition to penning copious travel articles and 20 books, also covered 27 revolutions around the globe. For his part in...

Word for the Travel Wise (11/23/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (11/23/06) Today marks the day of my all-time favorite holiday where year-long stories are exchanged with family and friends over warm plates of turkey, ham, stuffing, and veggies. As people from all corners of the country either relax in the comfort of their own homes or dine out at...

Word for the Travel Wise (11/14/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (11/14/06) Okay, hmm... I went to check out the Poland tourism site to see if there was any kind of cool event to tie into the word piece tonight and the first thing that pops out at me is the emergency hotline for travelers. What's that all about Poland? Is something going on over...

Central Europe in Trouble?

Central Europe in Trouble? If you missed 1989, now is a good opportunity to sample the "revolutionary, yet peaceful" spirit of Central Europe once again. Head over to Budapest. Hungarian students have been protesting the new socialist government of the Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány for a...

Red Corner: Going to the Salt Mines

Red Corner: Going to the Salt Mines As a youngster growing up during the Cold War in America, I naturally assumed that any Warsaw Pact communist who did not toe the party line received a one-way ticket to either Siberia or the salt mines. Having now visited both locales, I'm inclined to think that dissidents...

Word for the Travel Wise (07/11/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (07/11/06) The closest I've ever been in my education on the Holocaust at a museum was in the Smithsonian, but I often wonder what the museums must be like in the countries where this dreadful atrocity occurred. Places like Germany and Poland... Auschwitz is most certainly one of those...

Red Corner: Is L?dz? the New Krakow?

Red Corner: Is L?dz? the New Krakow? Although I've never heard of Lódz´ Poland before, I was sucked into Travel & Leisure's exposé of the town with the first sentence; "Imagine Kraków 20 years ago-and you've got Lódz´." Well, I sure liked what I saw of Kraków...

Red Corner: East European Soccer Hooligans

Red Corner: East European Soccer Hooligans In its rush to catch up with the rest of the world, Eastern Europe now lays claim to a particularly violent brand of soccer hooligans. There was a time when England had the worst reputation for crazy soccer fans, but the Brits are slowly being overshadowed by their...

Red Corner: Warsaw

Red Corner: Warsaw Warsaw is probably my least favorite capital in Eastern Europe. Nonetheless, it still has much to offer and plenty of reason to visit. John Bordsen of The Charlotte Observer must have been wondering about this himself when he did a Q & A session with Brendan Ian Burke,...

Word for the Travel Wise (03/31/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (03/31/06) This year Poland will play host to the 72nd International Camping & Caravanning Rally to be held in Wroclaw, an area situated in southwestern Poland. The rally begins July 27, 2006 and runs through August 6, 2006. From the many details on their site you can bet on...

Word for the Travel Wise (02/01/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (02/01/06) You've got one weekend to spare in Krakow and you hear there's a really cool temporary exhibit of an extremely talented Krakow-born painter who died of consumption at the age of 26. The exhibit on the artist named Ludwik de Laveaux, known most for his impressionist Paris...

Red Corner: Cheap Polish Skiing

Red Corner: Cheap Polish Skiing While it may not be the best skiing in Europe, it is certainly some of the cheapest. Just in time for the ski season, The Warsaw Voice has published a comprehensive list of Poland's best ski resorts. Although Poland is usually not the first place that comes to mind when...

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