Armed Forces Day in Warsaw

Święto Wojska Polskiego, or Armed Forces Day, is a really big deal here in Warsaw. This holiday, celebrated every August 15, commemorates the Polish victory over Soviet Russia at the Battle of Warsaw in 1920. It was banned under the Soviets (who would just as soon forget about that particular battle) and restored in 1992 after the fall of the U.S.S.R.

There are various celebrations all over the country, but the highlight of the holiday is a parade of military hardware and personnel through Warsaw. It passes conveniently right by the Russian embassy–and a couple of blocks from our apartment! Continue reading Armed Forces Day in Warsaw

Government Housing Hack: Kitchen Decals

“Drexel hacks” are a thing now. You can see some good ones here.  I actually tried one yesterday, without success: it turns out that Drexel sofas have measurements that somehow do not match the measuring guides on the SureFit website. So, the loveseat-sized slipcover that I bought for our not-poopy, but oddly mustard-colored loveseat is going back to the seller.

This is not a Drexel hack, which may be why it worked out so well. I’m going to call it a government housing hack. Continue reading Government Housing Hack: Kitchen Decals

Postcards from Socialist Warsaw

Warsaw is treating us well so far. OK, so we arrived just in time for possibly the hottest day ever recorded here (99 degrees Fahrenheit) but we have air conditioning, and the public transit is air conditioned too, so it’s not too bad. Warsaw seems better-prepared for hot weather than Vienna is, despite being much further north. And there is ice cream or cold beer available on pretty much every street in the city, so there you go. Crisis averted. Continue reading Postcards from Socialist Warsaw

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