Archive for the ‘Travel Memoirs’ Category

A Polish Son in Egypt

Leonard Kniffel, Carlon Walker.

It’s a Saturday in May, 1996, and we are on our way to Cairo. Two smiling young guys are driving us into the city from the airport, Abdul the driver and Sharif who will be our guide. They point out modern buildings, hotels, and military facilities along the way, noting the French influence on the [...]

Boleszyn, Where Busia Was Baptized

St. Martin’s in Boleszyn is the parish to which Sugajno belongs. It’s a long walk or a short buggy ride away. The wooden church there was built in 1721 and 1722, only a few years after the so-called Silent Sejm of 1717, in which Peter the Great of Russia imposed a protectorate over Poland, leading [...]

Remembering My Aunt: Elizabeth “Betty” Brodacki (nee Both), 13 May 1927–23 May 2016

I must have been two or three years old when Aunt Betty first appeared in my life—because I cannot remember a time when she wasn’t. I know it must have been before October 7, 1950, when Uncle Hank’s father, Grandpa Brodacki, died nearly two years before Uncle Hank and Aunt Betty were married. Betty’s future [...]

The Mysteries of Krakow

A procession of some two hundred robed scholars ascends the steps inside the Collegium Novum in Krakow; six hundred years of this pomp has acted itself out in these hallowed halls of the Jagiellonian University. It’s all very exclusive. I remember sitting in the ancient room to which they are all heading when I was [...]

Drinking in the Baltic

It’s the brightest, sunniest day of the Polish summer. The walnut tree outside my window is shimmering and gently moving in the breeze. I can smell the Baltic Sea as I pack a little bag and head for it, a mere hour and a half away. Even the train is lovely today at the turn [...]