Hi everyone! I’m glad you found your way to my blog.

My name is Marie Jelenka Kirchner and I am a German MA graduate of European Studies from the Centre of European Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and a Think Tanker working on European integration and the enlargement of the EU to the Western Balkans. I have much writing to do in that field which automatically means that I get to think a lot about the EU. Some of my thoughts I share on this platform.

Even more, however, I write about my life abroad and my travels. While doing this, I try to shed light on social and cultural aspects of the respective host country instead of simply sharing my favourite coffee shops and tourist events. I try to be a conscious and mindful traveller and wish to share this with you. You tell me how well I do.

Currently, I am living (again, still, …) in Poland where I have recently moved from Krakow to Warsaw. I am careful to comment political events in Poland on this blog which is why you will not find too much new stuff in the category “life abroad”. Maybe this will change again in the future.

Lately, I have also begun to write more about the sustainable life choices I take, maybe to fill the gap now that I don’t blog about my life experiences abroad? A big part of my more sustainable approach to life is connected to crafts such as sewing and knitting, much of which you can find on my instagram account.

I hope you find interest in my experience and maybe you even learn something. Thank you for your time!