So, my Fulbright is officially over.

This year has been incredible– it was hard at times, but I have seen and have learned so much just in this one year. And most importantly– not to sound cheesy– I  learned a lot about myself. I have most definitely become more independent. And although I missed my family very much, I was able to spend time with my family here, in Poland. Visiting them for a few weeks over the summer every couple of years was quite different than popping by for the weekend a few times a month! For this opportunity, I am especially grateful. I always wanted to have a big family–I just didn’t realize I already had one… they were just so far away.

In terms of my project, it may not have turned out exactly as I had imagined, but what I accomplished in its stead was just as great, I think. There were even a few unexpected surprises along the way. My work was part of 4 exhibitions– one in Warsaw, two in Łódź, one in Berlin. I met many accomplished artists (and was personally instructed by two of them), I met with the foremost art historian when it comes to contemporary textile art (Prof. Irena Huml), and was witness to new and exciting work as part of national and international exhibitions. I made friends, who I will be sad to leave. I will miss this city, too, which I have grown to love, despite first impressions. I will always have fond memories of this year: of the places I’ve been, the things I’ve seen, the people I’ve known. I count myself very fortunate for this chance and I hope to carry on with the same spirit of adventure in the future.

2009-2010 U.S. Fulbright Grantees

U.S. Ambassador to Poland, Lee Feinstein

P.S. This doesn’t mean that I’ll stop posting on my blog… I’ll still be in Poland for the summer– minus a week’s vacation in Italy and a two week stint back to the USA for another student visa– this time to Italy for a Master’s program in Interdisciplinary Research and Study on Eastern Europe (MIREES) at the University of Bologna, at Forli… I smell a change in blog title…

Today — June 20th, 2010 — marked election day in Poland. After the sudden and unexpected death of Lech Kaczyński on April 10, 2010, the world’s second oldest constitution (after that of the United States) called for the Marshal of the Sejm–thereafter Acting President–to declare an election date within two weeks. The election would then take place within the next 60 days. June 20th marked this day.

Polls opened at 6am and the last votes were cast at 8pm. The initial survey results were then publicized.

As of now, according to TVP (the Fox equivalent in Poland),  Bronisław Komorowski (Acting President, Platforma Obywatelska candidate) received 40.7% while Jarosław Kaczyński (twin brother of the former president, Prawo i Sprawiedliwość candidate) received 35.8%.

According to TVN (the NBC equivalent in Poland), Komorowski received 45.7% and Kaczyński received 33.2%.

Results will undoubtedly change after actual counting takes place.

Without any candidate receiving a clear majority of votes, a second round of voting will take place in two weeks– on July 4th.

With more than 30 million of Poland’s 38 million citizens who are registered to vote, voter turnout was only 54.4%.