Transalping Around – Bieszczady Edition

The idea behind getting back into riding the Transalp was to do at least one epic run a season. Now the jury is still out on what exactly would deem a ride ‘epic’, but right away my imagination started running wild. Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, no, screw that, Albania! It’s all just a few thousand kilometers…

Back in the Saddle

The Cracow trip described in the previous post wasn’t exactly a sightseeing trip from the get-go. The real purpose of the trip was, in fact, to check out a motorcycle I had found online and considered buying. The owner of the motorcycle had said that he will be available in the late afternoon, giving us a better…

A Day in Cracow

Back in March, we took a quick day trip to Cracow or Kraków in Polish. It’s only a 275km (168miles) ride, and it’s all highway all the way there. Without a specific plan or city tour in mind, we simply started walking all around admiring this great city. Ohh, and of course Fado came along,…

I Just Felt Like Running

Today was a pretty big milestone for me fitness-wise. I ran 21km’s (13.10mi) which is exactly half of a marathon. I also did it in an official event, the H2O Wrocław half marathon. Name tags, medals, an all. Given that I am somewhat overweight, simply finishing a half marathon is quite a feat for me.…

Saxon Switzerland

“Wait. You went to Switzerland? In Germany?” Yes. And no. Let me explain. Saxon Switzerland is a national park around the Elbe river valley south-east of Dresden, Germany. In 1766 two Swiss artists were appointed to the Dresden Academy of Arts, and in their letters back home they described their new place of residence as…

Burg Stolpen

I seem to have a pretty weird luck when it comes to renting Airbnb flats for us and our dog Fado. A few years back I found a place on the Polish seaside that turned out to be a murder crime scene some years earlier. In San Francisco, I found a great apartment smack in…

Vozilla – Wrocław’s Electric Car-sharing Service

Vozilla is not Wrocław’s first car-sharing service. It isn’t second either, as Wrocław has dabbled with vehicle sharing in the past. But it’s most definitely a first all-electric car-sharing service in the city and from what I can see around town, it’s the most popular one to boot. Vozilla uses Nissan Leafs as its vehicle of choice…

Snow Hike

Even though we’re about halfway through January as of this writing, winter has been pretty modest for us in Wroclaw thus far. The temperatures have hardly dipped below freezing, snow is almost none existent, and I even rode my scooter to work a couple of times. In January! So today, on a tip from Ania’s…

So Long, Old Friend

This month marks the end of my employment with a company I called home for the past seven years (sans 2 months). I started at GOVECS in March of 2011. I was hired through an online job listing, by an American dude who also happened to be the co-founder. Statistically speaking, what are the odds…

Dresden Christmas Market

Speaking of Dresden… There are quite a few things that took place between our trip to Dresden in August and today, but since today’s story also deals with Dresden, I’ll just write about it now. Today, however, the temperature was hovering around freezing, it snowed at one point,  and most important difference of all, we…

Dresden Fado Walking

Dresden is only a three-hour drive from Wrocław, but we had a long weekend to kill this past August, so we spent a couple of nights in East Germany to make the most of it. Naturally, Fado, our chocolate Labrador, had to come with, so I ran a quick Airbnb search for a place that…

Hey, You!

Hey there. It’s been a while. How are things? You doin’ alright? How are the kids? Yeah OK, you’re right. I don’t really care about your kids. But after a prolongated period of absence on this blog I never really know how to hop back on the blogging bandwagon. So I needed something witty, if…

Book Review – Ready Player One

I’m not entirely sure why I picked up Ready Player One. I’m not a sci-fi geek, I’m not into fantasy, and having just finished two fiction books I was hoping to get through a biography while on our vacation this past week. But after reading just a few pages of Ready Player One, I was…

I Ain’t No English Teacher, B

When my family arrived in the United States as Polish immigrants back in 1994, none of us spoke English. My dad knew a little, but when my parents somehow signed me up for middle school on Monday morning, having arrived in L.A. the day before, I had no idea how to even ask to go…

Cape Town Impressions

I didn’t really get much time to do any touristy stuff while in Cape Town this past weekend. I suppose it would have made total sense to extend my stay at least a day or two to check out local sights, but the trip itself was sort of a last minute thing and I didn’t…

PMI in South Africa

This past weekend had quite a lot going for it and I’ll try to do my best to explain my sudden South Africa Instagram photo shooting. First, I was invited to participate in item writing by Project Management Institute, a certification body behind my PMP certificate. Second, I was flown by PMI all the way…

PMO Kayaking

Also in June, my boss floated the idea of a PMO team kayaking trip. We have a pretty solid Project Management Office gang over at GOVECS. We all get along, help each other out, pump each other up, and at times push each other’s buttons. The team itself is a mix of O.G. guys together with…

Weekend by the Sea

At the beginning of June Ania and I took our annual pilgrimage to the small town of Chłopy to spend some time by the sea. We reserved the same house, the same room even, as we did a year ago and the beach was only a two-minute walk away. While early June is still fairly…

Book Review – How We Got to Now

I am writing this post in the comfort of my home, with a small desk lamp providing ambient light while drinking a cappuccino, listening to Spotify tracks on my home audio, all before getting to work on time. Completely unaware of what it took, technology wise, to allow me to have this moment. First, desk…

My Cousin Piotrek, In Memoriam.

Yesterday I learned that my cousin Piotrek had died in a car accident. A devastating news to my entire family, and especially so to his wife and his four-year-old son. Growing up in Poland, we were the three musketeers: Piotrek, Krzysiek, and myself. Three sons of three sisters, each of us born a year apart:…