Halloween in Poland: painting pumpkins, not carving them

  Painted Polish pumpkins and finding a baker in Wroclaw that makes deliciously sweet gluten-free cakes: now that’s what I call a Sunday afternoon. A few blocks from me is the Botanical Gardens (Ogród Botaniczny) and this past weekend, they had a pumpkin festival. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was delighted— painted... Continue Reading →

Halloween in Poland?

A question about Halloween being celebrated in Poland devolved into a heated discussion about “a devil’s holiday” between my Polish students in an English class this week. I defused the discussion by bringing up El Dia de los Muertos, the Hispanic holiday that seems between both Halloween and All Saint’s Day, spiritually— where mourning and... Continue Reading →

Toasted pumpkin seeds

“It smells like childhood!” one of my friend’s roommates said, walking into the kitchen. Between the sweet, heavy-vegetable smell of raw pumpkin and the toasting smell of pumpkin seeds, the kitchen did have some of the best scents of autumn. Personally, I think this is the most wonderful time of year: dressing up in costumes,... Continue Reading →

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