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Holidays, Vacations and Capitalism

I’ve always appreciated the distinction that somehow I feel exists more in British English than in American, between a holiday and a vacation. While the former is prescribed, usually by the state, the latter is a personal choice. There are … Continue reading

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A City of Crooked Houses

Sopot, a town near Gdansk on Poland’s Baltic coast, has a building called “Krzywy Domek,” which means “crooked house.” While it kind of resembles Prague’s famous Dancing House, it also kind of blows it away. It probably costs quite a … Continue reading

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Polish Supermarkets

It’s widely known that grocery stores use various tactics to get people to spend more money. Narrow aisles slow things down, impulse buys are clustered near the checkout lines and the most commonly purchased goods, like milk and other dairy … Continue reading

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Warsaw in 1947

War sucks for many reasons. One of those reasons is that it takes stuff and turns it into not-stuff. This collection of pictures gives some idea of what Warsaw looked like in 1947 and how surreal living in the city … Continue reading

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Pierogi and Nationalism

Pierogi are delicious. They’re unleavened dumplings. Take a doughy, ravioli-like base, wrap it in beef or cabbage or whatever else is around, then fry it or boil it or bake it (frying is really the best) and out come perogi. … Continue reading

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The Analogy of the EU to the pre-Federal United States

One example Europhiles cite in support of increased EU integration is that of the early United States. The US, the argument goes, offers an example of debt successfully pushing a country from a confederal to a federal system. Earlier this … Continue reading

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The Polish Foreign Minister’s Case for Saving the Eurozone

At a time when the world is looking at Euroland and wondering whether any courageous leaders will step up and do something about the unraveling economic situation, Radek Sikorski did not disappoint. In a speech delivered in Berlin yesterday, the … Continue reading

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