Monthly Archives: August 2012

Rzeczpospolita: The last days of Private Zenon Bernatowicz

Prelude: War heroes are important in most families. They serve to provide role models for bravery among the younger members of the family, and to show a family’s contribution to an important common cause. For my wife’s family, the last … Continue reading

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Rzeczpospolita: Roxelana, the Lisowska Sultana

Prelude: I started my quest to fill up this blog, following at two-year hiatus first with genealogical writing, and then travel writing. After my brief stint at trying to sell real estate through a blog, and the telling of one … Continue reading

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Empty-handed on the Amber Road: Reaching the Baltic lands

Welcome to Warszawa-Zachodnia, or the Wawa West When I jumped off the train at Zachodnia Station, it was around noon. “Wawa West,” I told myself. No sooner had I started dragging my big bag, my hands were again screaming pain. … Continue reading

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Empty-handed on the Amber Road: Toward the Wisła River

Negotiating the Krakow bus and train station The bus pulled in with the morning light, coming to a stop on wet pavement at the old PKS station in Krakow. However, none of it looked like what I remember Krakow looking … Continue reading

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Empty-handed on the Amber Road: Crossing the Carpathians

Leaving Hungary: the road from Esztergom At around 3:45 a.m., I woke briefly to see the first light of dawn, and then fell briefly asleep again until the security guard returned. He asked if I was going back to Budapest, … Continue reading

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