Wroclovek, or Wroclaw Lover, guards the entrance to the tiny Dwarf Museum.

Wroclaw’s Dwarfs

Here is one great way to “trail.” When your spouse has a business trip, grab a bag and go along! The hotel is free, and the train tickets are cheap, so why not? Last weekend, a business trip took us to Wroclaw. So, of course, we had to go dwarf-hunting! Wroclaw’s dwarfs (or gnomes, as we…

Jan Sobieski bridge.

Fall Day at Łazienki Królewskie

We are so lucky that our apartment is just a few minutes’ walk from Łazienki park! The Polish name, Łazienki Królewskie, means “royal baths,” from a bath house that was once located there. Though the park has a long history, most of the gardens, palaces, and other structures located within it date from the 18th century. It’s…

Love this artwork.

Gray Sundays in Warsaw: Jewish History Museum

This past Sunday really was gray. And cold. And raining. A good day to visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, built on the site of the Jewish ghetto that was established by the Nazis in 1940, and then razed by them after the Warsaw Uprising in 1943. POLIN is not your average…

Come! Together we will build a new home!

Gray Sundays in Warsaw: Warsaw After the War

It wasn’t actually gray yesterday. It was sunny and very cold! So, why the title? I’m restarting a short series of posts I wrote in Vienna, about things we did on gray Sundays. Everyone keeps assuring me that winter here will be both 1.) colder than Prague and 2.) grayer than Vienna. Clearly, we will…

Dude in a beer suit.

Indian Summer in Warsaw

This past weekend was summer’s last gasp in Warsaw. The forecast from here on out is in the 40s and 50s. Exactly what you’d expect here. So, yesterday, along with thousands of other Warsowians, we hit the pavement. It doesn’t matter where you go on a day like this in northern Europe. Just stay outside, soaking…

suitcase stack

One Word That I Don’t Mind, And One That I Do

The term trailing spouse is used to describe a person who follows his or her life partner to another city because of a work assignment. The term is often associated with people involved in an expatriate assignment but is also used by academia on domestic assignments. Wikipedia, “trailing spouse” The “trailing” part of “trailing spouse”…


Socialist Realism at Plac Konstytucji

OK, both HHE shipments are unpacked, we’re back from our strangely-timed trip to Denmark, and most of the rental fixtures and Drexel uglies have been camouflaged. Now I’m ready to blog about Warsaw! I kind of have a thing about Socialist Realism. (I realize that is in part because I didn’t have to live through…

Reconstruction of a Viking warship.

Getting Our Viking On

Our addiction to a certain History Channel show had nothing to do with our choice of Denmark as a vacation destination. Nope, not even a tiny bit ;) But we were pretty psyched to spend a day going a-Viking.


Chilling in Copenhagen

I was so not ready to travel last week. But, it turns out that section heads at large missions can’t just hit the road any time they like. Go figure! Six weeks after arrival at post was when the husband could get leave, so six weeks after arrival at post is when we packed up…