Living Abroad


Day of the Dead… in bed.

On October 28th, we had a get to know dinner for the international relations master’s students and their families at a nice pizza joint in Mokotów. Here we are: Halloween isn’t really celebrated at all…


Smartphones, Fulbrighters and a Sermon

Annika had an OB appointment recently, but Paul tends to get bored at the doctor’s office. One thing that really keeps him occupied is getting his picture taken. Thank goodness for smartphones. Thursday I took…


A brief visit to Old Town

Something I forgot to put on last week’s entry was about this film: I saw 1920: Bitwa Warszawska (The Battle of Warsaw) on the 6th of October at the Kino Femina. They had a special…


The semester begins

Monday was my first day of classes. I had some delays being able to register for my Polish classes at the university, and by the time I could register the courses were all full. I…





Getting to Poland: The First Week

Flying across the world is certainly exhausting under the best of circumstances. In my case I was so wound up about leaving that the night before we flew out I only slept about 45 minutes…


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Thoughts on Leaving America Behind

My name is Ryan Boudwin. I am twenty-seven years old. I am a former police officer and a non-traditional student that completed an undergraduate degree in international relations at American Public University by studying part-time…