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January 22 2009 Polish Culture Newsletter



Well, well, well...

Another week is gone... and the snow is gone too... it is grey and wet outside my window. Where is the strong and long Winter that I was wishing for?:) I had the plans to snowboard, sleigh with my nephew... the time goes definitely too fast! But there is one good news about it: each new week means a new article on BellaOnline Polish Culture site!

We had some tales and histories for children last week. But in my last article I mentioned also legends as a tool of teaching (or getting to know) the facts connected with Poland. One of them is also the legend about a mermaid that is said to protect the city of Warsaw. If you have ever been to Warsaw, you probably saw a monuments of half woman and half fish that is a symbol of capital of Poland. You can get to know more about Warsaw mermaid by reading this weeks article.

Inspired by one of the emails (by the way, thank you very much for all of them) I would like to encourage you to share the stories connected with Poland, that you might have heard from your ancestors who started their new life abroad but missed the country they were born in. I am sure there are many of such stories among you. You can email them or post in the forum. Who knows... maybe your story will become the topic of one of the next articles on Polish Culture site? Take a moment to think about it, or just relax by reading the article about Polish mermaid.

Poland has its mermaid too!
Mermaid is a mythical creature that was popularised in various tales and histories. But Poland has also its own legend that says about half woman half fish who protects Warsaw till now. Its story is connected with a popular Polish legend.

You can find more similar stories at Polish Culture site at BellaOnline.com.

Join us at our discussions or simply post your question, story, recipe at Polish Culture Forum.

I would like to thank you in advance for forwarding the newsletter to anybody who could be interested in the topic of Polish Culture. Emails from you are mostly welcome! I am usually very slow in replying but in case of emergency questions, just post it in the forum.

Many greetings from cold and wet Krakow!

Keep your fingers crossed that the Winter comes back!!!

Barbara Swiech, Polish Culture Editor
http://polishculture.bellaonline.com




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