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What will the world look like in 2021?

What will the world look like in 2021?

What will the world look like in 2021? What will the world look like in 2021? We will never really know, but many of the problems we will face in the new year (and decade) will simply be more extreme versions of those that we already confront today. The world will...

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Covid 2nd wave hits Europe

Covid 2nd wave hits Europe

S T O R I E S from K R A K O W Covid 2nd wave hits Europe   As coronavirus infections in Europe increase, several countries are imposing new lockdowns to curb the spread of the virus that has claimed close to 219,228 lives in the continent so far. Covid-19 is...

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Złota Polska Jesień (The Golden Autumn of Poland).

Złota Polska Jesień (The Golden Autumn of Poland).

S T O R I E S from K R A K O W Złota Polska Jesień (The Golden Autumn of Poland). Autumn in Krakow can be spectacular. In fact, the locals call the season the Złota Polska Jesień (The Golden Autumn of Poland). It certainly lives up to the name! October is one of the...

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City hopping to Amsterdam

City hopping to Amsterdam

S T O R I E S from K R A K O W City Hopping - Long weekend to the Netherlands, 8-12 October 2020 City hopping to Amsterdam and then waking up in Rotterdam... who would've thought? Just a few pics from last night. After work we will be on our way back to Amsterdam...

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All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day – Poland

All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day – Poland

S T O R I E S from K R A K O W All Saints' and All Souls’ Day - Poland 'Polish traditions' Poland does not celebrate Halloween, but Poland sets its cemeteries “on fire” and those cemeteries are the most beautiful places to be on November 1st 1st November- All Saints’...

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A FARMERS DAUGHTER

A FARMERS DAUGHTER

The Farmers Daughter #supportourfarmers "I have something that is very close to me and I wanted to share it with anyone that has time to read it." I can not be quiet about what exactly the white minority is enduring in South Africa, especially after Mandela...

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“Yes, it is a ‘new normal’, so deal with it!”

“Yes, it is a ‘new normal’, so deal with it!”

S T O R I E S from K R A K O W “Yes, it is a 'new normal', so deal with it!” Besides my husband and son, I have not spent physical time with any of my family members in more than 6 months. No, it’s not the result of the pandemic. It’s called emigration. I speak with...

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I’m the girl who moved away from her family.

I’m the girl who moved away from her family.

S T O R I E S from K R A K O W I'm the girl who moved away from her family. I'm battling with so much each and every day. Yet, I keep smiling. I keep going and I keep doing everything I know I can do best. To be the best mom to my only son and the best wife to the...

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JurOmania 2020

JurOmania 2020

Mortal combat! JurOmania 2020 According to 15th century chronicles, a representative of the Krezowie family captured and imprisoned his niece in the Bobolice Castle. She is still said to haunt the stronghold as a lady in white. There is also a tale about two twin...

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Zamek Wišniczu – Stories from Krakow

Zamek Wišniczu – Stories from Krakow

S T O R I E S from K R A K O W Zamek Wišniczu With all the chaos back in SA we chose to take to the roads today. Early this morning, we decided to leave social media, mainstream media and all the madness behind and escape to nature's beauty instead. We visited Zamek w...

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SA expats weekend in Poland

SA expats weekend in Poland

S T O R I E S from K R A K O W SA expats weekend in Poland Moving abroad, whether for a new adventure, a new job, love, to learn a new language or for education, is a huge step and complete change. You take yourself out of the ordinary and put yourself into a strange,...

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How long are we going to cancel? Postpone? Reconsider?

How long are we going to cancel? Postpone? Reconsider?

S T O R I E S from K R A K O W How long are we going to cancel? Postpone? Reconsider? The seasons are changing. You can feel it in the air. As I am busy preparing for my son to go back to school here in Krakow, Poland, and my husband is preparing to return to work...

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MY SOUL HAS A HAT

MY SOUL HAS A HAT

S T O R I E S  from  K R A K O W MY SOUL HAS A HAT The current global crisis has created a situation where all possible problems and shortcomings are revealed on every level.   It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about weaknesses of the political or social...

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Drivers Theory tests and some

Drivers Theory tests and some

S T O R I E S from K R A K O W - "drivers tests and some..." Yes, just 3 months short of 50 years, this young lady needs to pass a drivers theory test here in Poland in order to exchange the South African drivers license for a valid Polish one. At first I was not...

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BE KIND – with love from Krakow

BE KIND – with love from Krakow

S T O R I E S  from  K R A K O W “Be Kind with love from Krakow” Stories are not just something we tell, but something the brain creates. Stories we post, share and or comment on Social Media are often Pervasive misconceptions. What’s important here is that our brain...

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“Finding them boys with them Toys”

“Finding them boys with them Toys”

5 July at 22:08  ·  S T O R I E S from K R A K O W "finding them boys with them toys" Yes, we are finding the boys and their toys slowly but surely here in Poland. We knew it would take a while to get back into the action photography swing of things with the move from...

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OLD MARKET SQUARE

OLD MARKET SQUARE

Old Town Market Square, Krakow 2 July at 20:09  · Kraków  ·  S T O R I E S from K R A K O W "The Horses & Carriages are back" It's been a while since we had the horse & carriages at the square here in Krakow. Although tourism is still very slow in general,...

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SUMMER IN KRAKOW

SUMMER IN KRAKOW

SUMMER IN KRAKOW 28 June at 14:51  · Czchów  ·    "Zamek Tenczyn" Scouting for properties always ends up with visiting some or other Castle. Today we went back to Zamek Tenczyn. This time around, the gates were open for visitors and we could get some awesome...

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‘History, museums, parks, Kings and Queens’

‘History, museums, parks, Kings and Queens’

'History, museums, parks, Kings and Queens' 14 hrs  · Sucha Beskidzka  ·  S T O R I E S from K R A K O W Today we visited the municipal region of Sucha Beskidska. We took the time to visit the museum at the Castle. We found a magnitude of historical gems, covering...

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“Zalew na Piaskach also known as ‘the beach’ “

“Zalew na Piaskach also known as ‘the beach’ “

"Zalew na Piaskach also known as 'the beach' " 18 June at 16:22  · Budzyn  ·  S T O R I E S from K R A K O W Summer is here. Krakow has a humid climate much like that of Durban, with frequent thunder storms and afternoon rain. We left home around lunch to explore what...

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Ojcowski National Park in the village of Ojcow

Ojcowski National Park in the village of Ojcow

Ojcowski National Park in the village of Ojcow. 11 June at 17:12  · Ojców  ·  S T O R I E S from K R A K O W Mesmerizing nature & scenery once again stole my heart today. We visited the Ojcowski National Park in the village of Ojcow, about 16 km north of Krakow....

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“The Village Lanckorona calls our name”

“The Village Lanckorona calls our name”

"The Village Lanckorona calls our name" 6 June at 16:33  ·  S T O R I E S from K R A K O W We went back to this little village just on 40 km outside of Krakow. Last time it was raining so with the good weather and all, we decided to go back and visit the ruins of the...

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“Our fallen world”

“Our fallen world”

"Our fallen world" 11 June at 16:42 ·  S T O R I E S from K R A K O W I've been a little quiet this past week or so. Social media has lost its shine.It's filled with anger, doom & gloom, racism, hate, hunger, honorableness, disrespectful posts. So I took some time...

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Highways, Bi-ways and Castles

Highways, Bi-ways and Castles

Highways, Bi-ways and Castles 27 May at 15:35  We took a drive to the Tenczyn Castle about 40 km out of the city Krakow. The Tenczyn Castle, otherwise known as the Tęczyn Castle, is a medieval castle in the Polish Jura, in the village of Rudno, Poland. It was built as...

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“Lunch is served – Lunch jest serwowany”

“Lunch is served – Lunch jest serwowany”

3 May at 15:06 · Kraków ·  S T O R I E S from K R A K O W "Lunch is served - Lunch jest serwowany" After we dropped Keanu at the Kayak Club for his 1st class social, to celebrate a classmate's birthday, we visited a gem of a proper Polish Restaurant in the Old City...

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The city is breathing hope again

The city is breathing hope again

"the city is breathing hope again" Finally, life is returning to normal here in Krakow. We took a walk to old city town square and never felt so happy seeing strangers all around. Rules are strict. Everything gets sanitized and maximum 95 people in a venue. 2 meter...

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WEEKEND OUTINGS IN & AROUND KRAKOW

WEEKEND OUTINGS IN & AROUND KRAKOW

Krakus Mound Krakus Mound, also called the Krak Mound, is a tumulus located in the Podgórze district of Kraków, Poland; thought to be the resting place of Kraków's mythical founder, the legendary King Krakus. I am having a tough time coping with evertything going on...

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TIME TO CELEBRATE

TIME TO CELEBRATE

TIME TO CELEBRATE LOADS OF CELEBRATIONS ARE TAKING PLACE THIS WEEK 1 May 2020 - Worker's Day, Krakow, Poland Apart from a quick walk to the local Zapka store to stock up on bread, milk and some, we stayed indoors and just chilled. This year with Covid-19, the City's...

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KRAKOW IS SLOWLY COMING BACK TO LIFE 

KRAKOW IS SLOWLY COMING BACK TO LIFE 

KRAKOW IS SLOWLY COMING BACK TO LIFE 26 April at 15:48 · Kraków ·  S T O R I E S   from   K R A K O W It's another good day here in Poland. Small businesses and retail stores are opening slowly but surely. It's Sunday. In Poland there's hardly any usual retail trade...

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SANITY STROLLS – LOCK-DOWN PARK WALKS

SANITY STROLLS – LOCK-DOWN PARK WALKS

SANITY STROLL - LOCK-DOWN PARK WALKS 23 April 2020 18:00 - We took a  much needed FAMILY SANITY STROLL to Krakow Old City to clear the mind, to breathe fresh air and soothe the soul with two of the three men in my life. We are all finding ourselves midst one hell of a...

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Life is like photography, we develop from the negatives

Life is like photography, we develop from the negatives

Life is like photography, we develop from the negatives 21 April at 15:13 · Krakow Parks reopened today though authorities requested citizens to proceed with caution and respect for fellow citizens by keeping to social distancing and wearing masks at all times. It's a...

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O U R   1st    A N N I V E R S A R Y

O U R 1st  A N N I V E R S A R Y

♡  O U R   1st    A N N I V E R S A R Y   ♡ 17 April 2020. Today marks the 1st anniversary of the our wedding. Becoming Mr Bartosz ans Mrs Heidi Solodkowski has been the best decision of our lives. We are also celebrating another first... an unprecedented first global...

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