Archive for the ‘Travel Memoirs’ Category

If You Were Starving You’d Eat It

How Polish Food Became French Cuisine “If you were starving you’d eat it,” my mother, the most adventurous eater and cook of all time, would say to me when I turned up my childish nose at just about everything she prepared. I would spend the meal picking out tiny pieces of onion from her meatloaf [...]

I No Crazy

I first saw Jorge, as I later learned was his name, in a party store next to my Spanish hotel in Havana. I guessed that he was in his late twenties–slight and looking not at all, to my way of thinking, Cuban. His brown hair was neatly clipped and his clothes were baggy and old [...]

Polish Men in Love

I love the way thunderstorms roll in to Nowe Miasto, with a prolonged build-up of cloud and darkness, then sprinkles, and all the trees hang still, waiting; the chickens hide themselves and the waddling white ducks seem to be wondering what all the fuss is about. The flies slow down, ever more bewildered at their [...]

Cold War Games:
Polish Cousins in Lwów

I call the city Lwów because that is what we want to see, the remains of the old city that once was a center of art and culture in Poland. After the Second World War, borders were adjusted to punish the German losers and reward the Soviet victors. This was the agreement made by the [...]

Raising Turkeys:
Two Polish Sons in Montana

“Bought twenty turkey poults, shipped by the U.S. Postal Service from the Randall Burkey Company,” says my cousin Dan. Dan lives off the land in a remote area of Montana not far from Libby, for many years in a trailer in the woods and, after he met Tammy, in her ranch-style house complete with bathroom, [...]