Katie’s Warsaw

I forgot that Poland wasn’t a country until Wilson’s Fourteen Points. Their tumultuous history of being pushed and pulled by Russia and Germany and Austria-Hungary has made them participants in every war during the past three centuries. In Warsaw it’s easy to see that; Polish culture is somewhat like American because of how it borrows… Continue reading Katie’s Warsaw

Bruges vs. Brussels: Battle Royale

I used to think that Bruges and Brussels were the same city, that the former was the French way of saying the latter’s name. Everyone says Brussels is ugly. It’s only because Bruges is so beautiful, with its Gothic churches and low brick houses, and the Van Eycks and Michelangelo’s spectacular Madonna. But the Northern… Continue reading Bruges vs. Brussels: Battle Royale