Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!

Selamat Tahun Baru!

Selamat Tahun Baharu!

Godt Nytt År!


새해 복 많이 받으세요!

Счастливого Нового Года!
May you find new films, music and books for yourself too. Thank you for being with me in the last year and let’s have some fun this year too!


I had a writing block lately , but as I started getting out of it lately, I’ve become busy.

Jp lectureI had a meeting at the local library where I gave a presentation on my Japanese trip (years ago). That library is focused on travels, and every month there is a meeting in “The Traveller’s Club” series. In March it was mine time. Later we had Easter in Poland, and then I got occupied with other things.

I’m preparing for my trip to Oslo this weekend. Hopefully I’ll be able to buy some books/films etc. My travelling time is quite packed, and the shops are usually closed on Saturday afternoon. No shopping on Sunday, when I’ll be more free. If you want to see some photos, come visit The Traveller’s Notes, my travel blog.

I’m also preparing for another meeting (30th April), where I’ll be talking about my life on Java (Indonesia). More info on Jawa czy sen meeting is in Polish. If you want to see some photos from there, they’re on my travel blog. Nothing too personal.

On 1- 3 May we have Polish “long May weekend” (kinda similar to Japanese Golden Week). I’ll try to be more active after that.

I’ve got lots of ideas for posts, but too little time. I’m falling behind even more and that can lead to writing block again. Did you have such problems? Can you give me any advice?


A Scary Take on Toilets

I’m looking at something horrifying… I’m watching photos showing the toilet conditions around the world. They were made for the World Toilet Day (19th November).

Not having toilet at home is already problematic… but I think even more problematic is the security issue.

About Ima from Ghana:

She does not have a toilet at home. During the day, she uses the public toilet where she works, but at night she uses a plastic bag as it is not safe to go outside.

Indonesian ToiletSo bad conditions… I’m so thankful (and privileged) that I have a clean toilet at home. I remember my family was completely terrified when I showed them the toilets in Indonesia (photo on left). My family was shocked to hear about squatting toilets. For them it was just a bit better than a hole in the ground. But those toilets were very good when compared to some of those photos.


What do you think? Is it scary? What do you feel looking at those photos?

Różne Czytanie

Dear Polish readers, thank you for supporting me so far and reading For Culture’s Sake.

Dear non-Polish readers, thank you for your support and reading lots of posts on books in Polish only.

Polish culture won’t disappear from this blog. There will still be reviews of Polish books (or books without English translation), but I’ll be more moderate. I have started in the beginning of October a Polish book blog.

Zapraszam wszystkich czytelników na blog poświęcony książkom i komiksom z różnych krajów świata – Różne Czytanie. Są i będą opisywane i recenzowane tam zarówno książki i komiksy dostępne po polsku, jak i w innych językach.