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  • A Polish Wedding Part 4 The Reception

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    dsc02522So the wedding ceremony is over, but that is just only the beginning of this wonderful event.

    On the way from the church to the reception, something happened that I was not prepared for.  We are driving along in the caravan of vehicles honking horns and all that noise making activity, when all of a sudden everyone stops. I am in the vehicle behind the bride and the groom so I get to see what is happening. Someone has stepped into the middle of the road and stopped the caravan. A table is carried into the road and places are set for two along with a bottle of vodka and shot glasses. The new couple exits their vehicle and take their places at the table. They are served a drink of vodka and something quick to eat. The couple returns to their vehicle and the table is removed. As the caravan pulls away, those that stopped the couple wave goodbye and send their good wishes to the new couple. This scenerio repeats itself many times before FINALLY arriving at the place where the reception will be held.

    We arrive at the reception and the couple is greeted from a member of the staff with a loaf of bread. The bread symblizes the beginning of their new life and wishes that they may never go hungry.  

  • A Polish Wedding Part 3 The Wedding Ceremony

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    phoca thumb l dsc02486In part three I will talk about the actual wedding ceremony. There is not much difference in the actual church ceremony to what we do in the US. In this case, it was a Roman Catholic wedding and the church traditions for a wedding are not going to vary greatly form country to country.

    The bride and groom walk up to the church and take a moment for photos while everyone arrives. Guests then get themselves seated taking the opportunity to chat and meet some of the members attending the ceremony.

    Nov 23 Tags: Poland, Wedding
  • A Polish Wedding Part 2 Before the Ceremony

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    phoca thumb l dsc02478Here is the 2nd part of a series of Blogs about my experience at a Polish wedding.

    The day of the wedding, everyone gathers at the home of the bride prior to going to the church. There is a band that plays music as the guests arrive. The guests approach the bride who is standing with her spouse to be, and give the bride a small bouquet of flowers. By the tiem it is all done... she has quite the collection of floral gifts!


    Nov 17 Tags: Bride, Groom, Poland, Tradition, Wedding
  • A Polish Wedding

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    phoca thumb l dsc02468I was honored at the opportunity to have been invited to my 2nd cousin's wedding while I was in Poland. There are some differences in the traditions of weddings in Poland versus those in the US. There are also differences of tradition between weddings in smaller villages and bigger cites, along with differences between regions within Poland. Basically what I am trying to say is that a person can come across a wide variety of versions of polish weddings.

    Prior to the wedding which was took place in northern Poland, I was in the southeast part of Poland. I had a 9 hour drive to get up north and since I did not get started on my trip until about noon, I arrived very late on the day that the pre wedding events took place.

     

    Nov 15 Tags: Poland, Tradition, Travel, Wedding
  • Krosno & Kamieniec Castle

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    dsc01487This will be  a brief post today. I have been working and then without internet access. On the 16th, I had to go to Lutcza and Krosno to solve a mystery, while waiting for the church office to open I had a moment to get some photos  of the Stare Miasto (Old Town) and Rynek (Marketplace) in Krosno.

    The only success I had in researching in Krosno was learning that what I was looking for was not there. For the longest time there was only one church in Krosno, but there were four other parishes formed from this one and records were moved. I will have to go to each one of those parishes to research my mystery

     

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  • Returning Home from London

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    phoca thumb l dsc07020My time in London is over. I very much enjoyed my short visit. I have had the opportunity to see Westminster & Tower Bridge, attend the "Who Do You Think You Are? Live genealogy exhibition & visit with family. Quite a lot that was done in such a short period of time, but will always be remembered.

    I was up early this morning, so I could get ready and  finish packing my bags. By 6am I was out the door and headed to the Earl's Court tube stop to catch the tube on the Picadilly line to Heathrow Airport.

    I found the Subway system in london to be very efficient and with an Oyster card it was very smooth getting from one place to another. Here is a photo of Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport in London.
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    Walking to my gate was like walking through a mall, as you can see from the photo on the right. I look forward to my next adventure in England.
     
    Feb 29 Tags: England, Heathrow, London, Travel
  • Visiting my cousin David and his family in London

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    dsc06976As soon as I learned I was going to be going to London, England for the "Who Do You Think You Are? Live" Conference, I contacted Dawid Firkowski in London. Dawid is my Third Cousin Once Removed (3C1R).

    Dawid and I have talked numerous times over the years via skype and facebook, but had yet to actually meet. I had met Dawid's parents a number of times in Wrocław, Poland, but Dawid moved to England from Wrocław, Poland 7 years ago.

    Dawid lives in the northern part of London and I was in the southwestern part of London, but it was very easy to get to where he lived. The Picadilly tube line runs from right where I was to where Dawid lives. I just hopped on the tube and when I got off Dawid was there to meet me.
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    We quickly met up with Dawid's wife and daughter, Izabella and Maja. It is so wonderful to see the family growing. Genealogically speaking it can be difficult keeping up with all the new events in a large family tree.

    We all took a  walk to a local Polish restaurant called "Autograf" and had a wonderful meal and a good Polish beer.

    I had a pork cutlet that  was so big that it did not fit on the plate.

    dsc06944 The cutlet was served with some mashed potatoes with dill and cabbage salad. There was so much to eat it was not possible to finish it all.

    We walked back to Dawid's home and picked up a few more good Polish beers (I got my favorite beer "Dębowa Mocne") at a local shop and  we sat in his garden relaxing and chatting in the warm sun. I was grateful that the weather in London was beautiful during my entire visit.

    Our visit was short, but oh so wonderful! What a wonderful way to mix business with pleasure on my travels to London.

    See photos of my visit with Dawid, Iza & Maja Firkowski here.
     
    Feb 27 Tags: England, Family, London, Travel, Wrocław
  • Touring London

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    DSC06586Yesterday, after a short walk to the Olympia where "Who Do You Think You Are? Live" will be held, and checking to make sure everything would be ready for tomorrow, Alvie Davidson and I took the tube to Westminster.

    During todays adventures, I took 249 photos so there is no way you will even come close to seeing everything in this post. To see all the photos taken during our intense tour visit my gallery of photos here.

    At Westminster, I saw the famous large ferris wheel. Of course I had to get a photo of the red telephone booths.
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    One monuments that stood out was Westminster Palace and Big Ben. I took a lot of photos of that from every angle possible.

    The weather was warm and we were slightly uncomfortable in our coats, but at least it was not cold. The beautiful weather brought out all the tourists to this famous spot.

    I also had the opportunity to see Westminster Abby before we stopped for lunch at The Red Lion. I am not a seafood eater, but I thought it was neccesary that I eat something traditional here, so I had myself some fish and chips! :)

    I will make a post later about our afternoon adventures.

    Here is the link to todays photos.

     
  • Leaving Boston for London

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    DSC06545Well, here I am at the International Terminal of Logan Airport in Boston, MA waiting for boarding. I was surprised how quiet it was here this morning even at 6:15 am. I thought it would have been busier, but I guess I should not be complaining.

    I have to thank Melinde for giving me a ride to the airport and allowing me to keep my wheels parked at her place while I am in London. That just saved me about $100 or more.

    My flight leaves for London at 8:15 for the "Who Do You Think You Are? Live" Conference. It should be an educational experience and I get to do a little touring on my first visit to England.
     
  • Off to London, England

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    Tomorrow, I am headed for London, England. I will going to the largest genealogy conference in the world. "Who Do You Think You Are? Live" with estimated attendance at about 14,000 people. I will have the opportunity to tour London, meet relatives in addition to attending the conference while helping out at the APG booth.

    I will be making as many blog posts as possible during my short 6 days (travel time included). Some of my Blog posts will be on my other web site "The Genealogy Assistant", so look in both places to see what I am up to.

    Of course I will be taking a lot of photos which I will be posting to my photo gallery here on this website, so check back often as I will try to upload photos at every opportunity.
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  • A 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 Leaf Clover

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    four-leaf-cloverHAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY! Given the fact that it is St. Patrick's Day, I thought i would share a story about my discovery of a real 4 leaf clover when I was a child. I grew up in the country in Wisconsin in a home that was surrounded by the fields of farmland. We spent lots of time playing outside as there were no gaming systems or computers at that time. I was playing in the front lawn and saw this small patch of clover and began looking closely at it.

    I discovered a 4 leaf clover! WOW did I feel lucky! I kept looking in the patch just for fun and found another 4 leaf clover, and then another.... This was really exciting so I ran inside to tell my mother, my siblings followed me out to the little patch of clover to see. I showed them what I found and found even more 4 leaf clovers as I was showing off my prize patch. My siblings all wanted to look too, but that was my patch and they had to get their own.

    I continued a very careful search through my little patch and actually made discovery of not only more 4 leaf clovers, but 5, 6, 7 & 8 leaf clovers. Now I am not sure if this is a freak of nature or if it had anything to do with the fact that we did not live far from a nuclear power plant, but I was holding some strange specimens.

    OK, OK you are all thinking I am telling a tall tale right? NOT! and believe it or not - to this day, I CAN PROVE IT! Yes, I was a smart little boy and took those multi-leafed clovers and put them in a book. For all these years they have rested gently between the pages of a little book on coins. I was collecting coins at the time. I still have that little book and the pages are full of specimens collected those many years ago. I know that some of the clovers that had more leaves on them have fell off over time, but I am sure with a microscope the remains could verify the clovers with high leaf count. I had looked for that patch of clover every year after, but it never appeared. It was without a doubt lucky in that year alone.

    You would think that owning so many of these lucky items I should be a billionaire about now, but alas that has not come to pass. Maybe all those other types of clover are not as lucky and the luck gets canceled out. If you ever stop by, ask me to show them to you, but don't ask me to have one. Maybe I should take some them out and put them on EBay? Maybe that is how I am to make my billions?
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