Quarantine over!

Quarantine over!

So my daughter’s 14-day quarantine period is at last over! When she came downstairs this morning I was greeted by a sleepy smile, rather the usual groan at the prospect of facing yet another day of house imprisonment. Let me clarify that the quarantine rules in Poland are far stricter than in other places, such [...]

A Quarantine’s Tale

A Quarantine’s Tale

This post is dedicated to my daughter, and to all others who are currently undergoing quarantine and self-isolation due to COVID-19. When she first spotted the message on her mobile, sent by the quarantine police (as she liked to call them) scarcely an hour after arriving back home in Kraków in the middle of the [...]

Killer virus, or time for us to ‘stand and stare’?

Killer virus, or time for us to ‘stand and stare’?

In these pandemic times of rising fear and uncertainty, I thought I’d try to infuse at least one small drop of positivity into the worldwide panic that is spreading as fast as the coronavirus itself. Right now, at this unique time of history in the making, virtually all corners of the globe are united in [...]

Fat Thursday, Pancake Tuesday and all that Gluttony!

Fat Thursday, Pancake Tuesday and all that Gluttony!

Today is Fat Thursday in Poland. (Tłusty Czwartek to the Poles.) A day of over-indulging yourself with greasy, fatty, calorific donuts to your heart’s content. All bakery shops will be stacked mountain-high with them; most work places will be offering platefuls of the melt-in-your-mouth delights to their employees; practically every shop window will have a [...]