We’re very excited to be featuring something new on our blog… guest blogging! The next few entries are courtesy of Cailin Szczesiul. In addition to being a successful young professional Cailin is an avid traveller and blogger. She writes about everything from baking to music to home décor. For more information please check out her blog . You can also follow her on Twitter.
This summer, Cailin and her husband Artur (who is Polish) went on holiday to Poland. This was Cailin’s first trip to Artur’s homeland and the first time she met many of his extended family members. She was kind enough to document her experiences and first impressions for YouNxt.
Many thanks Cailin for sharing your thoughts and insights.
Below is Cailin’s first entry.
I should start out by letting you know, I am Polish – by marriage. I know a few Polish words and struggle greatly with the difficult annunciations.
I grew up in the middle class suburbs of Toronto. My family is mostly Acadian French. Our traditions are very North American. Sure we celebrated Christmas, all the major holidays, but in comparison to the Polish culture – really quite cultureless. This is not a prejudice towards North American/Canadian people, merely my own observation.
I had already considered myself quite knowledgeable of Polish customs and merriment having bare witness to countless celebrations. I understood the struggle my in-laws went through during the 1980’s solidarity movement and the horrific childhood of my husband’s Babcia. However, my most recent trip to the country has proven otherwise. Seeing Poland today changed my preconceptions of what I thought the country really was. What I discovered is really a country on the edge of greatness, a country growing in prosperity and national pride.
Throughout this series I will be providing my account of this very extraordinary nation. The observations, if you will, of an outsider, inside. I can’t really consider myself of Polish blood but as I learned, that doesn’t really matter. Being Polish is about being (among many things) resilient, compassionate and above all else honorable for one’s self and country.
I look forward to you sharing in my journey and reading your comments.