27 November 2005

Going in the Wrong Direction

It is events like this that make me hesitant to tell people in this country about my thesis topic. This should not be happening, and people need to know about it.

POLAND: A First-Hand Account of an Official Gay-Bashing

I'm sorry to say, I didn't know this march was taking place. If I had known, I would have been there to support them.

I'm so angry and disappointed by this. Unfortunately, I'm not surprised.

19 November 2005

Go Cougs!



I was very happy to discover that the Needle has chosen the appropriate colors for the weekend. I'm watching the game online, which is a little weird, since all I get to see is a graphic of a football field & a running list of the plays, but I'm very optimistic this year.

12:50 AM update:
And the optimism pays off for once! Final score, WSU 26, UW 22. I'm now doing a quiet version of the dance of joy, since it's almost 1:00 AM & I assume most of my neighbors don't really care that the Cougars won the Apple Cup. But I DO!!! :)

18 November 2005

Winter

It tried to snow today. It even succeeded for a while, but nothing stuck to the ground. I'm not ready to face another Polish winter, I have to get new boots!

I first noticed a few snow flakes while being tortured in yoga class. I've found a class that's conducted in English, which is great because I actually know what I'm supposed to be doing. Unfortunately, I'm not really able to do most of it properly, since my muscles could not be tighter. So I end up in pain for a couple days after each class, but my instructor says that will stop in about 4-5 months. I think she intended this information to be comforting. She also promised to ask a friend of hers about a good masseur in Poznan - this actually WAS comforting.

I bought my ticket today for my December escape to Egypt. I'm very excited to be going somewhere warm, where x-mas is not the be-all, end-all event that it can seem to be in Christian countries. And to be getting away from everything Polish for a week. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy living here - I wouldn't still be here if I didn't - but I need to step back from it every so often, so I can appreciate it again. Honestly, I feel the same way about the US, which is a big part of why I currently live in Poland.

Anyway, hope you're warm & cozy, wherever you are, and not forcing yourself to strike unnatural poses which will someday seem natural.

10 November 2005

Slacking off Again

And again I must apologize for the long delay between posts, I just can't seem to get myself going on anything lately. Poznan has been shrouded in mist for the past few days, which just adds to my sluggishness, as well as adding to my headache - ah, the joys of weather changes.

Tomorrow is independence day, as well as St. Martin's day, which means a parade down St. Martin street and yummy pastries. They have a special pastry which is associated with the holiday, but only here in Poznan. Apparently there are special rules about the ingredients & possibly the size, as well as the price. (?) One of my students told me that if they cost less than 18 zloty per kilogram, they're not authentic. All I know is, they're tasty! For the uninitiated, they're kind of shaped like a croissant, but with poppy seeds inside, frosting on top, & sprinkled with nuts. And the poppy seeds are white rather than black. One more reason to live in Poznan. Or at least visit. :)