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 Irena Blum i Paweł Baranowski

Paweł Baranowski and Irena Blum, photography by B. Ostrowska
 

Irena Blum

I have always been driven by my curiosity about the world and I wanted to get to know other cultures. After graduating from high school in 1978, taking the first opportunity, I got on a train from Wałbrzych to Świnoujście, and then I travelled to Kalmar, Sweden. I spent my emigration life in Sweden, Canada and France. Recently, I have returned to Gdynia, the city I loved, but my second homeland is still Sweden. When I was a child I read books on distant travels, and so I became interested in foreign cultures; the books also inspired me to go abroad. Today I could write an extensive collection of stories on my long emigration stay...

Paweł Baranowski

I left Poland in January 2005 and went to the UK during the economic migrant wave that occurred after Poland joined the European Union. For the next 4 years my new home was Basingstoke, Hampshire, north-east from London. From the moment of my emigration a lot has changed in Poland, a lot has happened and many poems have been created but the homesickness and the willingness to return to Poland remained unchanged. In 2008 I came back to Poland. My English period left me with good memories and artistic notes collected in the “London aj” volume.

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Paweł - among the Poles in exile
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Paweł - ​missing the Polish mountains
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Paweł - finding yourself in the immigration realm
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Irena - Swedish relationships and sense of humour
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Irena - Gdynia – my home
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Irena - on traps of too caring of a system
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Irena - emigration broadens the mind
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