:: Happy Pączki Day!

It's Fat Thursday here in Poland - just like Fat Tuesday in the USA, but it's on Thursday. Something missed in translation? Perhaps. But OMG the lines of people waiting for a Pączki is just unbeleivable. Of course, I had no idea it was "Fat Thursday" today until I went to the market and saw a special booth full of these yummy doughnuts. 


:: Bożego Ciała (Corpus Christi) Church, Wroclaw

I walk by this church at least a few times per week but today, I decided to take a look inside this architecturally Gothic basilica and share it with you this Wroclaw Wednesday.


:: Karpacz, Poland

I haven't been to a place where I feel like photos just don't do a destination justice in a while - but today I bring you Karpacz, Poland where photos really just don't bring this place to life. At all.  :)


:: Yeah! I'm a Recommended Blogger :)

I am very excited to announce that Morning Kawa is officially listed as a recommended blog for the popular expat group InterNations! YEAH! What an honor :) Just in case you don't know, InterNations is a social network for expats that helps connect people from around the world.  Following is an excerpt from my interview: 


:: Wroclaw's Naked Swordsman

The past few days have been super busy here in Poland (including a broken pipe escapade with water leaking down below our apartment, but that's another story for another day)  - anyways, that's why this week's "Wroclaw Wednesday" is really "Wroclaw Thursday" ;) 

Today I want to introduce you to The Naked Swordsman located at the University of Wroclaw

The statue has been here since 1904 but the story behind the sculpture is what makes it interesting. 


:: Tips for Booking Hotels in Europe

One thing that I really enjoy doing while living in Poland is trying to book trips on a budget. As part of this, I need to find hotels. As I have started planning trips, I find that hotels are the hardest thing to book so I thought I would share my process to maybe help you plan your trips abroad. 

Here's Morning Kawa's guide to hotel booking:


:: Happy Walentynki!

Happy Walentynki (vah-len-TIN-kee) a.k.a. Valentine's Day from Poland! 

If you're curious if the Poles celebrate this Hallmark Holiday, the answer is yes, yes and yes! It may even be more popular here than in the States, who knew? There are vendors everywhere selling flowers and couples making reservations for dinner at the best restaurants in the city. And, no matter where you look, you'll find some red heart details :)


:: Today's Weather (hehe)

Growing up in Michigan and then living in Connecticut the past five years, I have NEVER been able to brag about the weather during the winter (unless I was competing for who has the coldest windchill). But today, that's all changed and for the first time, I finally can rub it in a bit (#sorrynotsorry).

While the East-coast and midwest of the US are being hit snowstorm after snowstorm, today in Wroclaw, Poland was 50 degrees F (10 C). AND, just to rub it in a bit more, the last two weeks have been in the high 40's and I've been able to run outside! Honestly, I don't mean to brag (ok maybe I do just a little bit) but I just have never been able to before so I hope you can forgive me.


:: So, What's With That Big Chair in Wroclaw?

Ever see something so random that you just know there has to be a story behind it? Well, that's what today's Wroclaw Wednesday is: a HUGE statue of a folding chair. Yes, this is real and here is what I can find out about it.


:: Collecting Polish Pottery

If you remember, I had selected my Polish pottery pattern while visiting the factory in Boleslawiec, which I love! But, starting a pottery collection can be expensive - especially if you buy everything at once - which is why I am starting to buy a piece every once in a while to help spread the costs out and avoid a last minute scramble for dishes before leaving Poland. 

Introducing my new Polish Pottery Piece this month: a soup tureen :)


:: Wroclaw's 24 Hour Bar Crawl

Did you know that Wroclaw has a handful of awesome, cheap bars open 24 hours, everyday?  Yep, it's true and last Friday, we had our own '24 hour bar crawl' for our friends' going away party. Now, don't misinterpret that as we were out 24 hours....haha no way - we're too old for that nowadays ;) We just went on a bar crawl to all the 24 hour hotspots. 

If you're looking for something to do in Wroclaw for your stag/hen party (what Europeans call bachelor/bachelorette parties) or if you're just looking for something to do, here is a look at our itinerary. Oh, let's not forget that each of these bars offer a decent selection of all drinks - beer, wine, vodka - for 4 PLN (umm that's about $1.50 USD/drink)!!! As if you need another reason to L.O.V.E Poland, right?! 
Here is our list of 24 Hour Bars in Wroclaw; now you can plan your own bar crawl - walkable from the Rynek.


:: Good Luck Team USA

Since the Olympics kick off this week in Russia, I wanted to send a little 'good luck' message to those representing team USA. However, you know that I always use a photo along with any message so I have been trying to find something that may work for this post...so here's what I got that kinda works: a photo from the Detroit Red Wings hockey stadium in Detroit, Michigan from when we were home in December. I mean, hockey is a winter olympic sport and there is a USA flag (even though it is backwards from where we were sitting) so it kinda works, right?
P.S. Also a special good luck to team Polski; our home away from home! 


:: Wroclaw Mary Magdalene Church

Don't you just LOVE when you find something new to do in the city you live in?! Ok, I know that walking to the Mary Magdalene Church (and exploring my fave antique store here) is no "secret" BUT did you know you can climb the stairs to a bridge on top of the church for 5 PLN (about 1.50 USD) and get this view of the city? Well now you do! Oh, and if you look closely by the clock tower (the tall building on the left), you will see the Wroclaw Christmas Tree in the Rynek. Yes, the tree was up until yesterday, February 4... 


:: Spotted: Outdoor Seating (!)

And today, February 4th, I spotted the first glimpse of summer in Wroclaw- outdoor seating (!!!!) Yes, it was only about 50 degrees F but it doesn't.even.matter. This is a great sign that winter (hopefully) is almost over and spring is on the way. Bring it on, I am so ready!


::RyanAir Upgrades

European budget airline RyanAir made a big announcement this weekend: Assigned Seats! In celebration, I thought it warranted a blog post.

As of February 1, 2014 the airline has moved to 100% allocated seating. YEAH! No more cattle call waiting as seen below in the Rome Ciampino airport. (For those of you not familiar, seats on the plane were provided on a first come, first serve basis - unless you paid extra to board first. This meant that if you didn't pay the extra fee, you would have to wait in line about 1-2 hours before your flight in order to get a seat next to the people you traveled with. A pretty terrible airport experience. Now that they are moving to assigned seating, it's a big relief. ahh...exhale.)