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Search for Pajek Family and 4600 miles trip to Poland. Part 9. Sadly time to leave Poland after magnificent tour.

Friday, April 1st, 2016

This was the day to head back to Warsaw.

We were picked up by Zenon at 9 am for our car trip to Warsaw. It was a great time in Krakow but it was sadly time to leave. The ride to Warsaw was very nice and we traveled the scenic roads and the country side was beautiful. After a little more than 4 hours we arrived in Warsaw. Zenon was gracious enough to give us a tour around Warsaw. We toured Wilanow Palace.

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Poland Trip. 2015 Part 14. Warsaw

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Warsaw, in contrast to Kraków, is an extremely busy city. The streets itself in some regard remind me of New York City, packed with traffic and the sidewalks packed with people. On our first evening in Kraków I met up with a genealogy colleague, Grazyna Rychlik whom I met in the Boston genealogical research program.

(…)After dinner we went back to the hotel bar to have a few drinks. Suddenly I felt a tap on my shoulder and it was my cousin Gienek, who works in Warsaw. He had come to visit us!

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We plan to spend the following day with him and his wife. On our last day in Poland, Gienek gave us a tour by car of Warsaw as it was raining, finally. I commented that it was Poland crying because I was leaving, something Gienek had said to me three years ago when the same situation happened.

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Poland Trip 2015. Part 13. Kraków and Warsaw by train

Monday, March 14th, 2016

(…)The train itself was extremely clean and very comfortable. They can get up to speed of around 125 miles an hour. In this particular train I don’t think we went past 60 or 65 mph. I would definitely use trains in Poland to go from point A to point B for long distances. You get to see a lot of the Polish countryside by taking a train.

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Welcome to Warsaw!

(…)We grabbed a cab and took it to our hotel, the Polonia Palace, without realizing exactly how close we were to it. Looking at a map of the city, it looked like it was a ten block walk to the hotel. At this point in our trip, we were both exhausted. With the traffic that we were seeing, crossing the street with lots of luggage wasn’t an option. So we took a cab and found out it was only three blocks away. If nothing else we can say we took a cab in Warsaw.

No wonder the cab drivers were laughing with each other. 🙂

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Looking for Great-Grandpa Ludwik. Part 2. We return with mom to discover even more!

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

This is continuation of the first visit of Abraham in Poland in 2014. You can read it here: https://blog.polishorigins.com/looking-for-great-grandpa-ludwik/.

In 2015 Abraham returned and took his mother to show her newly-found family in Poland and to discover more family in Lithuania. Our team was again privileged to organize the tour.

The blog is adapted with permission from Abraham’s FB entries when he was relating ‘hot off the press’ the adventures they were experiencing :-).

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Mom meets her family in Poland. Sharing family stories and laughs with some homemade cakes in the Polish countryside.

Back in Kamianka with Polish family, mom and Meghan.

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A Very Rigid Search

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

(This blog post was originally published on the authors blog “no land foreign” http://www.nolandforeign.com/a-very-rigid-search/ . One of our guides (Zenon) was privileged to meet Alex, his mother and the family “at a local cafe in Warsaw” just before they hit the road to uncover their family roots in central Poland. Alex generously agreed to share with our readers his family story written in a very engaging way.)

I can remember clear as yesterday the day that Risa and I sat with Babci in her room at Rosary Hill Home in some of her final days, and she started speaking of these new, strange towns to us. Skarzyce, Winnica, Pultusk, Nasielsk. they seemed to come out of thin air and had nothing to do with the town we had always been told she was born and grew up in, Przemyśl. A map was drawn on a worn piece of paper showing the location of the towns. Skarzyce just to the west of Winnica, with their nearest major city of Pultusk in the distance.

Coming home soon thereafter, long before I embarked on my Polish citizenship quest, I googled the towns and was surprised to see them all 40 or so short miles from Warsaw. How did this relate to my Babci’s life? Did she simply remember some distant family from these places who were her closest relatives during the time she was in Warsaw alone during the war?

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A Poland Family Adventure. Day 3. Museum of the Polish Devil.

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

After breakfast  this day, Slav took us for a nearby walk to the tomb of the unknown soldier. It is guarded around the clock each day of the year, with a scheduled change of the guard. The tomb sits under a stone  arcade, the only remaining part of a palace that once existed on the site that is now an open square. Behind the tomb is a massive decorative fountain and a landscaped park that was once part of the palace gardens. Old Town Warsaw is like the Phoenix…risen from the ashes of its former destruction.

I planned an unusual itinerary for our stay  in Warsaw and Slav helped us schedule a special stop. One of our requests was to see the Museum of the Polish Devil. In Poland the devil is known as Boruta. He shows up in many disguises, sometimes as a nobleman, a farmer, a friend, a soldier, etc. Sometimes he is even a patriot. But you can recognize him by horns and a tail. The museum is private, kept by an elderly man in his own home, who has been collecting folk art depictions of Boruta for 40 years. After his death, the collection (already owned by the government) will be housed in a public museum.

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A Poland Family Adventure. Day 2. Discovering Warsaw.

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Slav met us bright and early the next day and after breakfast we hit the street wearing our walking shoes.  It was cool and crisp outside but the sun warmed us as the day progressed.  Across from the hotel stood buildings that were once part of a palace compound.  Now a huge iron gate topped with a family crest closed off the few of the remaining buildings.

Old Town Warsaw buildings are new since the 1950s.  Slav explained that Hitler ordered the city be destroyed near the end of World War II,  even as the Nazis were losing the war.  Poles who fought in the underground resistance movement had dared to stand up to the Nazi invaders with street fighting and sabotage and Hitler retaliated by destroying their city.  Centuries old buildings and palaces were turned to rubble.  The inhabitants were given a week’s  notice to evacuate before the bombings took place.  The medieval looking Old Town buildings we see today were re-constructed after World War II.

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A Poland Family Adventure. Day 1. Arrival in Warsaw and exploring the city.

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

My husband, Conrad and I left Michigan on a Monday night, flying to Frankfurt, Germany on Lufthansa airlines.  That meant a short layover in Frankfurt, the next morning, where there was time to explore the airport and sample the large pretzels for sale from kiosks.  We re-boarded and arrived in Warsaw before noon on Tuesday.  Arif met us at the airport with a hotel driver.  It was misty and cool but the driver said that with luck we would soon see a “golden Polish autumn.”   We were to experience many golden memories as well.

Slav met us at the hotel within a few hours and we shared a light lunch and made updated plans for the next two days in Warsaw.  He had arranged for reservation and delivery of concert tickets for a performance held that evening.  Slav delivered us by cab to the venue where Brit Floyd (a Pink Floyd tribute band) played.  We felt perfectly comfortable being on our own once we arrived at the right location.  Waiting for the concert to begin, we took advantage of the coffee and Red Bull concession stands.  Those drinks helped offset the jet lag we began to experience.

When we left the arena, the weather had changed.  A heavy downpour caused the rainout of an international football/ soccer match that was held  nearby that evening.  The roof of the stadium could not be closed and the field was underwater.  Most cabs were directed to the stadium area to pick up the hundreds of fans who were in town from England.  While it drizzled, we searched for a cab.  That was our first adventure…but we did it with humor and managed to get back to the Old Town area, only a bit damp.

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A Poland Family Adventure. Travel arrangements.

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

My family’s first immigrant ancestors arrived in America in the mid-1860s from a village in the northwest part of Poland in the Tuchola Forest.  Another branch arrived in 1881 from the Poznan district.  Finally  in 1906-1907 my husband’s ancestors left from villages in Galicia and in the Kujawy area of north central Poland. Oral family history told that any relatives that remained in Poland relocated after World War II.

Our son-in-law suggested that my husband and I make this trip in 2012.  He was to attend a business conference in Warsaw for a few days  in October and  invited us to join him there.  He dedicated vacation time to stay longer and explore family villages together on a drive tour.  It would be a whirlwind trip with overnight stays in different cities each night over eleven days.  After day nine, our daughter and grandchildren would interrupt school schedules and meet us in Krakow.  We would drive one day through part of northern Slovakia to see even more ancestral villages; then return to southern  Galicia the same night.  Finally, we would enjoy one more visit to Krakow before leaving Poland.

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Here Conrad and Denise pose with son-in-law, Arif in Warsaw

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Tracing the Obiala and Samelko families. Day 7. Samelko Family in Romany.

Monday, November 16th, 2015

We returned to Romany and met with the priest.  The priest opened the church for us to go inside and take pictures.

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