Category Archives: travel

A nice cuppa chai (चाय)

“Chai” is the Hindi word for tea, and you’d better learn it if you’re going to India. It’s the national drink, though in South India coffee takes precedence, and can be terrific. Chai is variable, of course, but my favorite is the kind served on trains, which used to come in one-use unglazed pottery cups that […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Today we’re having a special version of the RWPs—vacation shots of Leon and his staff, Elzbieta Wierzbicka and Andrzej Marciniak. (The humans took the photos.) All three are vacationing in a little-known region of Europe called Lemkivshchyna, which includes the region where Poland abuts Slovakia. A map is below, with areas identified by the dialects spoken by of their inhabitants. Nominally, Leon and his […]

I was not groped in Warsaw

For those who have followed my various gropings and goosings at airports, I will happily report that, at Chopin Airport at Warsaw, security was a breeze. We didn’t have to remove our shoes (but we did our watches), we had to remove laptops and liquids from our bags, as well as taking off our belts, but then […]

Farewell, Dobrzyn

It’s with a heavy heart—as usual—that I take leave of my human and animal friends in Dobrzyn. And although the cherries may go uneaten, I know that Hili and Cyrus will not go unloved. Here are a few photographs of quotidian life here, a relaxing combination of work, walkies, five meals a day, and cherry pie (Malgorzata, […]

Lazy days in Dobrzyn

Tomorrow, Sunday, is my last day in Dobrzyn: on Monday I take the train to Warsaw, and then a cab to the airport hotel, across the street from where I’m leaving Tuesday morning. I’ll be sad to leave my friends, my adopted cat, and, of course, the pies. I’ve relaxed a lot, written my children’s […]

Poland: Dobrzyn and Poznań

There will be no “Readers’ Wildlife” today, for I have many pictures from Dobrzyn and my trip to Poznan. First, some cherries, as I am still getting my daily pie (another one will be made today). These ones are ready for cooking: Not yet ripe, but soon. . . The apples are ripe, too, but […]

Life in Dobrzyn (continued)

Life in the small town of Dobrzyn, and on the cherry farm, is not filled with novelty, which is fine with me. Good friends, good food, work, walkies, a fluffy and friendly cat, and, of course, cherry pie—these are more than ample to fill the days and induce profound relaxation. And so I present some familiar scenes […]

Life in Dobrzyn

As always, life in Dobrzyn is relaxing, consisting of working, reading, eating, and the occasional walkie to the river or trip to town to buy food. Food first: there are still many cherries on the trees, left by the pickers since they weren’t ripe. That gives me the chance to go out and, with minimal […]

Saturday in Dobrzyn

Instead of putting up Readers’ Wildlife today (don’t worry, I’m saving every submission I get), I’ll post some pictures of what happened yesterday. Nothing really “happened” except the usual peaceful domesticity that pervades the place, but for new readers, and those who like these photos, I’ll document the day. When I awoke, Hili and Cyrus were […]

The Princess

The Furry Princess, undoubtedly Poland’s most famous cat, is now four years old, with many years to go. I finally got some quality time with her, and here are some photos of my favorite felid. Malgorzata squeezes a tube of Japanese “Cat’s snack” into her bowl. Hili eats it with relish (but no mustard): After the […]


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