An expat opinion: The Opening Line. With the mercury hitting minus 25 outside my Warsaw apartment, what was it that made me think of the Canberra bushland I’d left behind?
Jay Martin gives her personal take on the tragic events that robbed Poland of its president and many members of its political, military and intellectual elite.
Jay Martin offers a very personal perspective.
Want to see a grown Polish translator cry? If anyone can do it…. Rex Hunt can!
Jay Martin takes us on a walk through a little known corner of Warsaw – uncovering a few stories – and dispelling a few myths – along the way.
Jay Martin heads east of the border to check out the charms of Minsk and Brest.
Jay Martin travels to a remote corner of Poland in search of flying saucers and adventure…
Not even I could believe what I found. In this cemetery, on the wrong side of the river.
Playing Poland – Hot Music from Down Under: Jay Martin talks to Max Harman, the grrrrl behind vocals and keys for Aussie indie/punk band The On Fires about how playing Poland changed her music, her band and her life.
Of reapers grim and not-so-grim: As Halloween rolls around again, Jay Martin discovers the wackier side of Poland – a chapel of skulls in the south, and the ancient (but dying) art of grass cutting in the north.
Visiting the Canals of Elblag. Jay Martin – reluctantly – takes a trip to Elbag. Where there are both canal boats and perspective to be found.
Swiebodzin, Poland, is now the official home of the World’s Biggest Jesus. Of course I drove five hours to be at the opening. Too many trips to the Big Pineapple as a kid, I think.
Midsummer’s night has been celebrated all over Europe for millennia – with bonfires, dancing, singing and farewelling the setting sun. Jay Martin ventures to Lithuania to see what it’s all about.
My Chome Amonk ze goom treez. Jay Martin joins a Polish tour group… crossing the Sahara desert
Losing my virginity Jay Martin make a few confessions… including that this expat spouse gig wasn’t quite what she imagined….
Around 5 million people every year make the pilgrimage to Częstochowa to see the Black Madonna. For 2010, make that 5 million plus one curious Australian.
The first of November marks All Saints’ Day, when people all over Europe remember those who’ve passed on. But Jay Martin finds that Warsaw’s cemeteries have stories to tell all year.
Jay Martin visits Bukovina, Romania – famous as the home of the unique “Painted Monasteries” – and finds a region with much more than its most famous attraction to offer a peace-seeking visitor.
The former Communist Party headquarters is now a Ferrari dealer, but Soviet era cars still putter about Warsaw’s streets as if nothing’s changed. Warsaw’s Motoring Museum’s Patryk Mikiciuk shares a few of their secrets.
Poland from the sofa. Jay Martin suggests three must reads and two must sees for anyone wanting to get a handle on this country.
“I just want something more… Ukrainian,” my friend Hilary whined. But after all, we were in the Ukraine. How much more Ukrainian does it get?
So long and thanks for all the sour cream. All good things… as they say….