Kitchen table chats with Grandma Zosia

Grandad Janusz and Grandma Zosia used to drive down for day trips to Piotrawin, a little village looking over the Wisła. On the way back, they'd pick walnuts that had fallen along the road. Every month, we'd receive a package in the post from Grandma with a little bag of those shelled walnuts and the latest Polish papers. The following is a transcript of a conversation I had with grandma whilst shelling some of those walnuts at her kitchen table. Grandma Zosia passed away in November 2018.

UPA attacks during WW2 – how the UPA killed three of my great-grandparents

The following is a transcript of a conversation I had with my Grandma Wisia in 2018 after her family found the second only surviving photo of her father, my great-grandfather. She recollects how her father and my Grandfather Marian’s parents were killed by the UPA, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, in May 1944. Between 1943 and … Continue reading UPA attacks during WW2 – how the UPA killed three of my great-grandparents

A short walk in Kirishima National Park – Mt Shiratori, Byakushi, Rokannon-Miike and Fudo Ponds (1.5 hours)

We arrived in Kirishima too early to check-in to our hotel so we used the time to go for a short walk from the Ebino car park up Mt. Shiratori and around the three ponds of Byakushi, Rokannon-Miike and Fudo. We asked the staff at the hotel whether they had a walking map. This was … Continue reading A short walk in Kirishima National Park – Mt Shiratori, Byakushi, Rokannon-Miike and Fudo Ponds (1.5 hours)

Day 2: Lower Nevis Falls to the Steall Waterfall via the Mamores, including Sgurr an Lubhair and An Gearanach

This post is part of a longer trip report. You can access the full table of contents here. The following morning we packed up in the dark, aware that we were in for a long day. The original plan had been to walk up the Glen Nevis Gorge, dump our things and to climb a few of … Continue reading Day 2: Lower Nevis Falls to the Steall Waterfall via the Mamores, including Sgurr an Lubhair and An Gearanach

Day 1: Caledonian Sleeper from London to Fort William. The Pony Track up Ben Nevis

This post is part of a longer trip report. You can access the full table of contents here. We departed on the Caledonian Sleeper from London Euston at 21.15 in the evening and were due to arrive in Fort William at 09:55 the following morning. The night passed uneventfully and we were rocked to sleep in our … Continue reading Day 1: Caledonian Sleeper from London to Fort William. The Pony Track up Ben Nevis