Życzenia urodzinowe, Dusty!

[caption id="attachment_121" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The Castle in Będzin"][/caption]

Hello to all who are following this blog. This submission is by Dusty. Today, I got the privilege of spending my 22nd birthday in Poland, which started with being woken up by Pastor Jarek waking me up with the Polish birthday song and a video camera. Apparently, he woke up all the other students in the same fashion, and we all agree that it takes a special person, someone we are all fond of, to get away with that. Were it anyone else, I may have thrown a pillow at him, but instead, I smiled and said, “Thanks.”

In the morning, we rode the tram to Będzin, where we separated into groups of two or three and went to classrooms to talk with high school students. Most of the students were shy, too embarrassed to try to speak in English to Americans. I tried to put them at ease by sharing how much worse my Polish was than their English. That seemed to help some. It was fun conversing with some of the students who were willing to share with us. My group had the privilege of witnessing one student perform a dance routine, another play guitar, and another show off his rapping abilities. One class even stood and sang for me when they found out it was my birthday. We tried to find out different perspectives Polish students have about Americans. It appears there is a strong correlation between Americans and hamburgers; I suppose that doesn’t bother me.

One class asked us about the difference between America in the movies and the America we actually live in. Our main points were that there is a lot more poverty in America than what the movies show, that many Americans actually do work hard, and that the image of the beautiful movie stars can have negative effects on the self-esteem of many Americans and others around the world. If we were unable to share much else, we were able to at least teach them that much and enjoy our time with the students. I think I may have earned some Facebook friends – hopefully not too many.  One of the boys bravely stayed after class and asked one of the “American girls” if she wanted to hang out with him after school.  Unfortunately, for the young Polish student, we had other events scheduled.

For the first time, we had Polish pizza for lunch. It was pretty good, but I’ll take pizza from the US in this match-up. I’ve enjoyed all we have eaten here, but this time I’m siding with America. I was actually probably just upset we weren’t given ketchup to put on our pizza because all I’ve heard about is that the Polish love ketchup on pizza.

After lunch (which is usually eaten at two or three o’clock), we walked around the town. Będzin is a city that is over 600 years old. It used to be a town with a large Jewish population. We saw a Jewish cemetery that was badly neglected (since few Jews remain to care for it) with trees growing among the gravestones; sadly, it has been further damaged by vandalism. The city is pretty run down and poor, but there is something about decaying buildings that I actually find enchanting. So I would say that the town is beautiful in its own way. We made a couple stops at a castle and a museum set up in an small palace of ancient nobility.

We made our way back to the church and attended the evening service, where Don Orr spoke on strengthening our faith. It was a wonderful sermon about forgiving others, loving our enemies, and being grateful in all situations. Don spoke with great enthusiasm, and made the subject matter very tangible for us all. There was also a special moment when Pastor Jarek called me up on stage to recognize my birthday, and then called the rest of the group up to pray for us all.

Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Pastor Jarek tonight since we will be heading to Warsaw on a train early in the morning. It has been a real joy spending the last few days with him; he seems to be someone who can spread joy wherever he goes. We all hope that someday in the future our paths may cross again, but for now, it is on to the next part of our trip.

Dusty, for all the group


  1. Great work Dusty. Keep up the postings. Tikka Set

  2. Custom t-shirts are honestly just a way of life. They’re good for every occasion, they’re comfy, stylish & versatile too. Like most college students, I either look homeless or like I’m trying to hit the runway.

  3. Throughout the years, we have been completely providing superb babysitting expertise to dads and moms around Dubai. The traits of the highly special maids is the reason you stand out of your crowd. On top of that, we notice that there are more to help you babysitting than simply having the perfect skills, which describes why we pursue a rigorous hiring operation. They want to entail qualities which includes empathy, kindness, and the most importantly take pleasure in for infants. After that hiring operation is whole, all much of our babysitters have to check rigorous services until they are really perfect in the role. babysitting services dubai

  4. Don’t keep the shoes in the entrance of your property. The footwear can discharge bad odours. You have to concentrate upon two points while arranging shoes within your house. The very first thing is to construct a footwear rack with regard to storing all of your shoes. Ensure that the rack includes a lid or even door to ensure that smell doesn’t emerge. Secondly, don’t forget to clean your shoes when they are washable. Or else, brush the actual shoes along with baking soda to maintain them clean. If footwear are fresh you'll be able to keep your home clean to some great degree. House Cleaning Services Company Dubai

  5. Ironically this submissive side of being a sissy maid almost always is an incredibly emptying. The expectations which might be often designed into a man for being the loaves of bread winner along with the decision maker is usually burdensome in addition to draining. To be totally free of these options and as a substitute just requiring you to do when told can sense that a big burden were being lifted. There is possibly the happiness that derives from giving. To be a sissy maid is usually an incredible react of services, she have to root available all unselfishness in addition to make the woman superior this centre connected with her market. office cleaning services dubai

  6. تركيب مطابخ بالمدينة المنورة
    تركيب مطابخ بالمدينة المنورة يعتمد على الدقة والمهارة العالية على أيدي طاقم عمل محترف ومجهز بالكامل للتعامل مع المطابخ الجاهزة وغرف النوم والقيام بأعمال الصيانة وتركيب غرفة نوم صيني وغرف نوم ماليزي وإيطالي ومصري فنحن في خدمتكم طوال الاسبوع بدون أجازات فيعمل أفضل نخبة من المعلمين والنجارين وبأرخص الأسعار المتوفرة وبخبرة لا تقل عن عشرون عاماً .

    تركيب اثاث ايكيا بالمدينة المنورة
    نحن متخصصون في تركيب اثاث ايكيا بالمدينة المنورة وكافة الأنواع وبأفضل التكاليف لتركيب الستائر والمطابخ وغرف النوم والمكاتب والأرفف والشاشات مع ضمان الجودة في مهام الفك والتركيب لفك وصيانة اثاث ايكيا وأثاث مستعمل لذا إن كنت ترغب في الحصول على أعلى مستويات الجودة والكفاءة تواصل معنا فوراً لتنفيذ العمليات بأيدي أمهر الفرق الممتازة .

    سباك بالمدينة المنورة
    سباك بالمدينة المنورة يعمل بكامل طاقته الاستيعابية لتقديم الخدمات بأقصى كفاءه وأعلى جودة لأنه متخصص في السباكة والصيانة وتركيب مضخات لتقوية المياه بأحدث المعدات لمنحكم أفضل النتائج وبأسعار مغرية فإن كنت ترغب في الحصول عليها كل ما عليك فعله هو التواصل وطلب الخدمة لتفادي المخاطر التي قد تنتج عن سوء الصيانة أو التركيب أو إختيار مواد سباكة رديئة لذا وداعاً لأي مشكله .

  7. ___
    شركة تسليك مجاري بالمدينة المنورة
    عزيزي العميل يرجى الاستعانة مع شركة تسليك مجاري بالمدينة المنورة فهي تعتمد على أمهر فنيين صحيين لفتح غطاء البيارة وتسليك المجاري بطريقة سريعة والتي لا تحتاج للكثير من الإمكانيات أو لتضييع الوقت ويقوم السباك باستخدام الضغط لتفتيت أي دهون وتساعد على انزلاق المياه فتسير بمجراها كما أنه توجد العديد من الطرق التي يتبعها الفنيين للقيام بتسليك المجاري كل هذا وأكثر متوفر بأسعار تنافسية.

    شركات كشف تسربات المياه بالمدينة المنورة
    إن شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالمدينة المنورة تساعد العملاء على التخلص من مشاكل التسرب وانسداد الصرف الصحي عن طريق مجموعة من العمالة المدربة والفنيين والأجهزة الحديثة ويمكن استخدام المواد الكيميائية ذات الإمكانية العالية والقدرات المناسبة علي تحليل المواد المترسبة التي تتسبب في الانسداد وهي آمنة ومصرح باستخدامها من وزارة الصحة لتفتيت المواد الصعبة.

    شركة تنسيق حدائق بالمدينة المنورة
    نحن شركة تنسيق حدائق بالمدينة المنورة من أكبر الشركات التي تقدم خدمات تنسيق الحدائق لأنها شركة متخصصة في تقديم الخدمات لعملائها بجودة مرتفعة عواهم خدماتنا زراعة الحديقة العامة والمنزلية وتنسيقها بالكامل بشكل جميل وجذاب وتصميمات أنيقة للمناظر الطبيعية الجميلة على أيدي مجموعة محترفين ومخضرمين بالمجال تواصل معنا فوراً لتنفيذ طلبك الممتاز.

  8. تتطلب ماكينات فيلم سترتش hgk//hl شبه الأوتوماتيكي اذ يقوم المشغل بإدخال المنتج في الماكينة والتحكم يدويًا في كمية الفيلم الذي يتم تطبيقه.

  9. Happy birthday, Dusty! It sounds like you had a unique and memorable birthday experience in Poland. Waking up to a Polish birthday song and a video camera from Pastor Jarek is a story you'll definitely share for years to come!

    Online Marketing Analysis

    business for sale


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

11 Maj, 2013 – Bielsk Podlaski

Sunday in Sosnowiec