The Tough Guy Challenge

The Tough Guy Challenge began a few years back on the eve of the International Women’s Day. As the story goes, my buddy Robert and his then-roommate were asked to leave the flat so that the girls could celebrate their day by having a girls night in. Unfortunately for these guys, they came home too…

Breaking The Chain

Jerry Seinfeld had a pretty good life hack back in his days in order to become a better comic. He put up a calendar on the wall and with a red marker he crossed out each day he wrote a joke. The goal was to write one joke each day. Write a joke, mark it…

Wild Stones

The German name for this mountain spot in the south of Poland is Wilde Löcher, which Google translates into Wilde Holes or Openings. Polish translation would sound more like Erroneous Rocks. The overall idea is that there are a lot of big rocks, stones, and boulders here with very tight walkways made in-between, making getting…

City Walking

May is known in Poland as the beginning of the grilling season, mostly because May is the first month warm and sunny enough to do anything outside. Temperatures in the 20°C+ (68°F) become fairly common and the sunshine wakes everything, and everyone, back to life. Saturday was so sunny and warm that we decided to…

Vespa PX125

A couple of weeks ago I got my hands on a Vespa PX125 by Piaggio. A model made sometime between 1983 and 1985 according to the VIN number. I did not buy this scooter, nor is it mine to keep. I was simply asked to evaluate its current state as it hasn’t been ridden in…

Sushi Night

Speaking of fish… Every now and again we get together within our circle friends for a movie night. The usual scenario is that we collectively pick a genre of the movie we would like to watch and discuss, every couple submits a movie title in that genre, we then vote on the movie, watch it,…

Frozen Over

So, what’s up? Haven’t been on here in a while. I’ve tried, time and again, to write that special ‘first 2016’ blog post…and sort of lost track of time. January is almost over and my last post was somewhere mid December. Crap. Is anyone out there still reading my stuff anyway? Well, to those that…

Rogaliki – Grandma Style

I stopped by my grandparents on Saturday afternoon and sure enough I was just in time for some sweet grandma baking goodness. My grandmother was in the middle of baking her signature “Rogailiki”, a Polish Croissant Cookie. Fresh from the oven, still warm as Ania and I stuffed our faces with them. Simply delicious. Of…

All Saints’ Day

Sunday was All Saints’ Day here in Poland. It’s not that I didn’t fully appreciate that day before I met my wife Ania, but it’s mostly that I simply didn’t care nor understand that ‘holiday’ until I saw how much it meant to her and her family. I spent most of my adult life in…

A Taste of Europe

Wrocław hosted a “Taste of Europe” food festival last week. The proper translation would sound more to the tune of “Europe at the fork tip” or something along those lines. But my translation fits better as that’s exactly what it was: a bunch of vendors from different European countries showing off their local cuisine. We…

Goldberg, Visiting Bosy

Remember Bosy and his fiance Magda from my Romania motorcycle trip? Well, it’s been a couple of years since our motorcycle expedition, and it’s been a pretty busy couple of years for my friends from the city of Złotoryja, or Goldberg in German, named after gold mines found in the region many decades ago. Bosy…

Chocolate Walkin’

We took both of our chocolate labs for a hike on Sunday. Ours is of course the larger of the two, Fado, the 6-month old pup Rico was a loaner from Ania’s mom 🙂 I was actually pretty surprised to see the little one handle the hike like a champ. I was half expecting Rico…

The After Christmas Market 2014

My wife claims that my blog has gone the way of electric avenue with focus strictly on electric mobility. Granted, the past few posts have been rather work/hobby related, so I will try to put the personal back into this personal blog. Would a Christmas market post be too late? 🙂 I didn’t really have…

Sky Towering

Back in August Ania and I went up Poland’s tallest building, named appropriately The Sky Tower. Of course when it comes to record breaking everyone wants a piece of the pie so the titles of being the tallest is bit of a pickle. At 205 meters (672.5 ft) Sky Tower does have the tallest roof…

OriginPin: Origin Pride

Earlier this year a buddy of mine Ulrik had asked me to try out his OriginPins and give a proper feedback about the idea and the pins themselves. That being said, I am a few months late with my feedback with only a smudge of an excuse…this rustproofing photo that would have taken down my…

The Kortas Name

Ania and I were walking through Świdnica the other day when she stopped and started jokingly hitting me on the arm. “You kept this store a secret from me all this time?” I had no idea what she was talking about. But there it was, right in front of us, a clothing store with a…

Stalag Luft III – The Great Escape

After a short 23km ride from the German munitions factory we parked our motorcycles in front of Stalag Luft III in the city of Żagań, where a WWII prisoner of war camp and now a museum is located. The camp is known for two remarkable prisoner escapes, the most famous one depicted by Hollywood in the…

DAG Alfred Nobel Krzystkowice

As per usual at motorcycle meet ups, the second day had two types of field trips for all participants; on-road for the most, and an off-road for dirt enthusiast at the event. With Ania as my backpack the choice was clear. We rode in a column of about 60 motorcycles to our first destination, an…

Transalp for Two

In what appears to be the beginning of an annual tradition, Ania and I took part in the Zwierzyniec motorcycle meet up about 160km north of Wrocław. This was my second time there, but a first with my beloved “backpack”, as that’s what a female motorcycle passenger is known in the biz. Riding with my…

Monster X Tour Wrocław

Monster X Tour stopped by my city of Wrocław in June. I think they meant for the event to be pretty big but with just a few days left before the show I snagged our tickets cheap via Groupon. This must have been due to lack of interest and initial high cost of the tickets.…