culture, USA, Poland

5 blogs by Americans living in Poland

31 Dec 2013
Turkey in the road
Yesterday, in front of our apartment :-)

When we met new people in Kraków, Poland, they'd frequently say things like, "You're the first American I've ever met," or even, "You're the first native speaker I've ever met!"

I wouldn't necessarily say this, but I'd be thinking: "Seriously? There are a TON of Americans living in Poland!"

In fact, when we first arrived in Poland we had trouble meeting Poles! We normally expand our social circle by meeting the friends of our friends. But when you don't know anyone, it's hard to get started.

However, we had no trouble meeting other Americans! I could recognize them from across the street or hear their accents when we were at a restaurant or cafe. And all we had to say was, "Hey, what are you doing in Poland?" And then we'd have a new American friend. ;-)

If I had to guess, there are at least hundreds if not thousands of Americans living in Kraków alone. When I'd tell this to Poles and they wouldn't beleive me! Well, today I have some proof. :-)

Read more to learn about 5 blogs written by Americans living in Poland!

What are you thankful for? Happy Thanksgiving Day!

28 Nov 2013

Thanksgiving is an American holiday when we get together with friends or family and remember all the things we have to be thankful for.

Personally, I'm most thankful for:

  • My wife, Carrie
  • My health
  • The wonderful readers of my blog and their patience when I don't publish an article for a while :-)

Sorry I haven't published anything in over a month! In October, I was traveling for work almost every week and I'm still trying to catch up on everything.

However, I'd like to share a couple Thanksgiving related things with you that you may not have seen!

I hope you have a great day and thank you!

What are you thankful for? Write a comment below!

Vlog: Post office in the USA!

26 Feb 2013

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Today we're going to take you on a short trip to the post office! You also get to to see the bus in Milwaukee and a little bit of our neighborhood.

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Vlog: Grocery shopping in the USA!

5 Feb 2013

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As you requested in the survey a couple weeks ago, here is a video in English showing daily life in the USA.

You asked for less videos where I'm talking to the camera and more out in the world. So that's what we tried to do!

Please let me know what you think of the video! Do you want more like this?

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Things I Love About Poland #06: Eating out!

25 Sep 2012
A zapiekanka. Photo by Mariuszjbie.

This is the sixth installment in my series of articles called "Things I Love About Poland," in which I discuss differences between Poland and the USA.

It's been awhile since I wrote an article in this series! Right when we got back from our last trip to Poland (in October 2010), I made a list of over twenty ideas to write about. :-)

I was hoping to visit Poland again in the fall this year, but with all the work we're doing on Bibliobird, it looks like that will be impossible. :-/

(BTW, our paid product to help Poles learn English - "Real Life in the USA" - is going to be launched on Monday, October 1st. Learn more here and get a discount!)

So, now that fall has come, I'm feeling a little nostalgic!

In my first article in this series, I wrote about one thing I love about going out to eat in Poland - and today I'm going to tell you three more!

Read more to find out what they are!

Traces of Poland in American movies

19 Jun 2012

Today we have an interesting article from Marcin at, which offers language courses and camps abroad. It's a mix of tourism and language learning. :-)

(Note #1: I don't receive any kind of payment for publishing this article or the links to their page - I only received this awesome article!)

(Note #2: I translated this article from the original Polish version.)

We all know that watching films in English helps us learn the language. We also know the surprise that comes with seeing traces of Poland in them!

Any reference to Poland in American films usually suprises Poles... postively or negatively. Here is a quick overview of Polish references found in American films.

Read more to find out about them!

Vlog: Koszty życia w USA - Mieszkanie

2 Jun 2012

Ludzie ciągle pytają mnie o kosztach życia w USA. Zdecydowałem nagrać filmik o kosztach powiązanych z mieszkaniem z mojego doświadczenie w moim mieście. Jeśli spodoba Wam się, mam pomysły na inne filmiki w tej serii.

Równiez trochę eksperymentowałem z nagraniem w tym filmiku - czasem udało mi się, czasem nie. :-) Od razu przepraszam, że kamera tak dużo się rusza!

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Vlog: Brooke - mała Amerykanka która śni o Polsce

25 Feb 2012

To jest bardzo interesująca historia o dziewczynce w USA, która nie ma polskich korzeni ale zakochała się w Polsce w prosty sposób.

Czytaj cały list Brooke tutaj.

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Spreading our love of Poland

21 Feb 2012

We just got an email from my mother-in-law that I am sooo excited about!

She works as a 1st grade teacher near Appleton, Wisconsin. When my wife and I were in Poland, we worked as English teachers. Although our students were a little older than hers, we set up a penpal project with her students in the USA.

So, our students in Poland wrote letters to her students in the USA. Then they wrote back - and so on. I think both groups managed to write two letters in the course of a school year.

My wife returned to the USA a few times to visit family. One of those times she went to her mother's class to talk about Poland. She told a few fairy tales about Kraków (from the book Legends of Cracow), including the one about the Wawel dragon. This was already almost two years ago.

Then, at the end of last month, Brooke, one of my mother-in-law's former students, wrote her a letter. This little girl - who has no Polish heritage - is still thinking about Poland! It appears we've managed to spread our love of Poland to her.

I think it's contagious. ;-)

Read more to see her actual letter!

Vlog: Spotkanie Kongresu Polonii Amerykańskiej i wiza dla Polaków

7 Feb 2012

W sobotę byłem na spotkaniu Kongresu Polonii Amerykańskiej. Nauczyłem się strasznie dużo na tym spotkaniu, mam o wiele więcej do powiedzenia na ten temat ale filmik już był dość długi, więc to będzie innym razem.

Ale pewnie najbardziej ciekawe dla Was: jesteśmy najbliżej w historii do zniesienia wizy dla Polaków!

Oto jest mój pierwszy filmik na temat Kongresu.

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