Monday, September 28, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I like order. I am anal. Some would call me a control freak.
I couldn't leave my office without stacking everything on my desk - my way of preparing for the next day.
Craig tells me everything will be there in the morning. I don't operate that way.
I read the endings of books so I can relax and enjoy the book.
I can't sit still. I start projects and sometimes actually finish them.
I rearrange furniture at least three times a month. Sometimes three times in one day - usually during the Vikings game.
When we moved to Poland we were given lists, had cultural immersion classes, told what to do and when to do it. And I followed them to the letter.
NOTE: I am forever grateful for having copies of passports, lists of credit cards, birth and wedding certificates in hand in the unlikely event of (gasp) theft!!!
I have no furniture to move. Ran out of books to read. Sorted out all the spare change. Cleaned the cupboards. Updated my resume. On hold now until the movers come on the 28th.So what do I do all day?
I sit around and watch the world go by!!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Look what I found in a hole in the wall!
Beauty in Berlin.
The bright lights of Picadilly in London.
Auschwitz - Birkenau: the most tragically moving experience of my life.
and...last but not least. I took this picture in London. It is a reflection in a window. Look close to see if you recognize anyone!! No alterations were done in the editing of this picture (cool, huh)?
Friday, September 11, 2009
We do have a firm date for our return trip. We will be leaving Monday, October 5 with stops in Munich and Chicago before landing on home soil. We have to be out of our apartment September 30 so we will be living in a local hotel for a few days. Always interesting with a dog!
Leaving home was almost easier than leaving Poland. Of course we left behind family, but in our hearts we know our families will always be there for us. We've been blessed having met so many wonderful new friends from many countries and we hope the challenges of distance and time differences can be overcome and our friendships will flourish over the coming years. Thank goodness for Skype and Facebook!! We have tentative plans to return to Wrocław in 2012 for the Euro Cup which is being hosted here. Maybe Poland will have more than two highways built by then to handle the influx of people!! Until then we have wonderful memories to tide us over - along with 1000's of photographs that will someday be sorted, photoshopped and displayed somewhere!
I have decided to continue blogging when I return home. I've had a chance to reread some of my earlier entries and now realize how glad I am I took the time to document my adventures here. I follow several bloggers and what makes their blogs stand out to me is the use of photographs. I hope to continue seeing the world through the lens of a camera and sharing them in a blog format. Obviously, the blog can no longer be called "American in Poland" so I am considering "American no longer in Poland" or "Middle-aged American no longer in Poland seeks employment" or how about "American no longer in Poland misses vodka"! Your suggestions are welcome!
For the past 20 minutes I've been waiting for the blog site to upload pictures. After living in Poland - and standing in the requisite lines forever - you would think I could practice more patience. Not happening!!! Check back later and I will post some awesome pictures I've taken recently (at least I find them mildly cool)!Be happy, smile often and laugh only when it is politically correct!