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Adoria Vineyards – Almost Napa

For my newest Wine of the Month column over at WroclawUncut.com I visited Adoria Vineyards located just a twenty minute drive south of Wrocław. And while you will have to wait for the article to be published (link will be provided of course) I wanted to post some photos ahead of time. EDIT: http://wroclawuncut.com/2014/05/16/wine-month-adoria-riesling/ Mike Whitney…

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Betard Sparta Wroclaw Speedway

Speedway is a big part of Wrocław’s sport culture and it’s almost surprising that it took me 4 years to go to my very first speedway race. Wroclaw’s team is called Betard Sparta Wroclaw, Betard after their main sponsor known in Poland for prefab cement elements. I noticed that Polish speedway teams are named by their main…

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Marriage Prep Course & Coffee

If you plan a church wedding in Poland, which is what Ania and I are planning, you must first take Catholic marriage classes. Period. No way around it, a certificate of completion is one of three documents required to say our “I do’s” come this October. And that is exactly how we spent our last…

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Czech Wine Goodness

You already knew that Czech beers are tasty. You might even know that Budweiser was Czech way before the “Whassup” commercials made their rounds in the States. But did you know that Poland’s southern neighbors make great wine as well? To read all about my Wine of the Month review of Moravian Pinot Noir click…

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Das Coffee Experiment

Good coffee is hard to make. And I’m not talking about the difficulty of drawing a swan on your latte ;)  I’m talking about a cup of coffee that you drink black, no sugar, no milk, and yet it’s the best tasting coffee you ever had. Last month I attended an “Alternative Coffee Making” workshop…

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WUI – Writing Under the Influence

I’ve used my personal blog as means of expression. That’s actually the very basis of every blog; you’ve got something to say so you write it down for the world to see. Mine was not only to show photos I’ve taken, but also to scratch my everlasting itch to write. I know I’ll never be…

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Wrocław Night Walking

I live 10kms (6.2miles) from Wrocław’s city center, which is close…yet just far enough to where I don’t spend too much time participating in the bustling evening/night life that Wrocław’s center square has to offer. I have two street trams, one bus, all taking me basically from my house to the square, but that’s all…

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Birthdaying

Turning 32 was actually pretty great, and that’s due to a very cool surprise my girlfriend Ania threw my way in a form of a non-surprise surprise birthday party. No-surprise surprise…because at one point there were 16 people coming and it was very difficult to keep that a secret with all necessary preparations a day…

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Internations

“InterNations unites expats and their families in over 390 cities worldwide” That’s straight from the InterNations.org website. I attended my first InterNations event a few days ago and had a good time meeting English speaking folk from all over the world, all working and living in Wrocław. Most conversations begin with a simple “…so what…

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The Hardest Part

The hardest part of writing a blog is…the writing part. Or not even that, but more so the motivation to take some time out of the daily routine and sit down to a keyboard for a while. Now I’ve noticed that every cold season in Poland I come across the same slump. The winter is…

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Christmas Fair by Day

Wrocław’s Christmas fair is by far one of holiday’s must-do-events come the holiday season. It’s actually gotten bigger every year that I’ve gone to it, but this year was the first time I’ve seen it during the day. Sure it’s not as spectacular when you don’t have the glitter of Christmas lights all around, and…

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Zip Lining Fun

I did some Hawaiian friday zip lining yesterday at Wrocław’s Adrenaline Park, courtesy of GOVECS and our annual team building event. I will have a writeup and photos up soon, but thought this was pretty cool to post on its own. Did some serious fear conquering here with my fear of heights and all. Have…

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American Football – Polish Style

Last week I attended my first American football game since… high school, I think. Damn. To be fair, L.A. does not have a football team to go see and I’ve done all other L.A. team sports spectating: Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, Kings, and even the Galaxy! When college came around I was surprisingly drawn more towards women’s volleyball…

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TEDx Wrocław – My Thoughts

Last Saturday I attended a TEDx conference. The “x” in TEDx stands for “an independently held TED event”. Basically a conference deemed cool enough by TED to bear its name. Wrocław’s TEDx theme was “Unleash Your Inner Hero” and the entire day of talks was divided into four sections: hero state of mind, superpowers, having…

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Oldtimer Bazar Redux

I did a writeup on Wrocław’s Oldtimer Bazar back in October, but I’m pretty sure it will be a recurring topic as I keep finding cool new stuff every time I attend. The original write up is here: Oldtimer Swap Meet. The most recent show took place a week ago and even though it’s still winter…

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Giant Wrocław

I was walking through Wrocław the other evening when I came across this giant lawn chair. I’ve seen it before, it just never occurred to me how big it was until I saw an illegally parked car directly underneath it. The chair is 9 meters tall and is made of smooth concrete. It was designed by Tadeusz…

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The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity

The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (GOCC) is Poland’s biggest charitable foundation, helping collect money for children’s hospital equipment. They’ve been saving lives for over twenty years now! Every year just after Christmas the foundation starts collecting donations, a charity drive that ends with concerts and events all across Poland, dubbed ‘The Great Finally’. Every year around this time…

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Winter Blogging

I’ve been wondering why every winter I seem to blog a lot less and the answer is quite simple; there’s a lot less time for things to write about. On this blog I write about stuff going on in my life, events I’ve been to, places I’ve visited, so naturally if I don’t really do…

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Wrocław’s Rhino Transport

If you happened to fly in or out of Wrocław’s international airport, you might have noticed a rather large wooden crate casually placed outside the main terminal door. The crate has a big Rhino Transport sign written on it in Polish to avoid any confusion as to what the big box is for. Upon inspection…