Acknowledgements in my doctoral thesis

The tag acknowledgements shows up more often than expected in this blog. Not that I’m good at acknowledging people [is this bad?], but I do enjoy the right amount of mischief under that title. Maybe I should stop earning new degrees too… And that’s it. Yes, agraïments is acknowledgements in Catalan and the second column…

Exotic food and Canadian eccentricities

Maybe exotic and eccentric are not words you can use when posting something in English on the Internet as somewhere a reader is bound to be familiar with whatever you describe. Well, humour me. Let’s start with some food you can see on the supermarket shelves. On the left of the picture you can see…

From the highest tower in Toronto

You might have noticed my absence for a few months. Or not. I was in Toronto performing a scientific study, which is hardly news. And you might be wondering… was it cold? You couldn’t care less about my research. I asked myself the same question every morning. Luckily, the building in front of my apartment…

Vegan birthday to you!

The most faithful readers of this blog might have my birth date marked on your calendar. Or you might not. Anyway, this year my birthday party was vegan—almost. Indeed, I’ve been mainly vegetarian for a couple of years. The modifier means that in festive dates I might eat a typical dish with meat and that…

Catalonia inspires Poland

During my last trip to Poland and bearing in mind my nationality, I’ve noticed the Catalan presence in Marie Curie’s country. There’s the old classic: people speaking Catalan in every city. We’re a few millions, but we travel a lot. Anyway, after running into a Catalan family in Reykjavik, a couple of Catalans in Polish…

Unexpected driving lessons

The weekend of the 15th of August, Sant Quintí de Mediona held it’s town festival. I knew I’d meet old friends and family and it’d be great fun. I also knew I’d get there by car, only not that I’d be alone in it… Let’s call a spade a spade, Sant Quintí is not gracefully…

A Pole and the Three Wise Men

After going on holidays to Madrid using New Year’s Eve as an excuse, a Polish friend visited me in Barcelona. It wasn’t his first time here. Last November we visited the city on foot in four days. That time he learnt the details about the Castanyada; this time he experienced the Three Wise Men’s eve…

Tour around Poland 2014: About the country

Last year I toured around Europe just visiting friends; this summer I’ve visited friends around Poland to learn their language. Allow me to keep the linguistic experience for another occasion and to focus on the most remarkable details about the country, which might be of your interest if you’re considering visiting it. Staying with my…