Monday, October 4, 2010

Autumn Fall

Like a switch has been thrown, it's autumn in Poland.  One day I woke up and the trees had changed color and lost a great deal of leaves.  The weather turned damp and everyone walked around stylishly bundled up.  Also, I can tell it's fall by the 600% rise in interest in people seeking out English lessons.  It's like clockwork.  Every start of October and February, there's a rise in people asking for lessons, and all those lessons (and interest) cease in June.



The seasons move quick here.  Summer didn't fade into fall like I was used to; it just shifted gears and dropped twenty degrees.  I meandered about in Kabaty to tramp through the leaves (I love to skip through huge piles of fallen leaves and kick them about.  Yes, it is as awesome as it sounds.)
The growing seasons are weïrd in Poland.  For instance: right now there are no more squash in the markets.  That's right.  Squash.  I'm used to squash disappearing half-way through November, not the end on September.  It was absurd.  The markets are mostly empty now anyway; all the farmers have packed up. There are plenty of apples for sale, and that's fine with me.



Also, the colors don't change a lot like in the northern states and Canada.  My falls have always been vivid with red, yellow, orange fireworks of leaves changing.  We used to hike up a mountain and look out to see a carpet of exploding color.  Here, leaves change a paltry yellow and drift to the ground where they rapidly turn brown.

26 comments:

Joebloggs said...

nice pistures i must say

Wizard of LOL said...

Why does everyone want to learn English in the fall? Do they want to move to cali for the warmth or something?

Even said...

Beautiful

Jessica said...

Very nice pictures!

Muhunty said...

beautiful man

Jon said...

nice to hear about your experiences! poland seems like an interesting place!

zman said...

poland seems pretty

Marc said...

Stealing these for some work, exactly what I needed cheers

Matt said...

Sweet pics that you got there, I'd like to go to Poland :)

Muhunty said...

superb man nice very nice

Barry White said...

very nice!

Frederic said...

Really nice pics

Come At Me Bro said...

This is great!

Mike said...

Wizard of LOL made a good point, why is there a sudden increase?

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Sjaelen said...

Nice pictures!

Stevie Smalls said...

beautiful pictures man!

Igloo said...

nice pictures! i love autumn!

Anonymous said...

School year in Poland starts at September (and universities in October) - that probably explains why more people wants to learn English then.

Pan Steeva said...

To both contrast with and complement your post, you might like to see englishwarsaw.blogspot.com/2010/10/inglorious-autumn.html

Muhunty said...

very beautiful pics

kailus said...

2 more years and I am leaving Poland forever; finally after 24 years in this place :) but I am glad you seems to enjoy it :)

Nyuu said...

rly nice

Andrew Bas said...

good post, pozdrawiam :)

Marc said...

inspiring

MRadu said...

Very nice pictures,reminds me of my mountain trip.Go eastern europe.