matthewssz 1 | 1 30 Jul 2009 / #1My family is native to Krakow, though neither my mother nor my father have been back since they left for the US in the '50s as small children. I've never been outside of North America, but I'd love to see Europe and of course Poland, so I'm going to make it happen, you can get sweet deals on airfare and trans-atlantic cruise lines at the moment.Given that my income is exclusively derived online, I could could probably stay almost any where in the world for an extended period of time provided I got WiFi, my US mobile numbers work, and I have a secure place to store files and two laptops. I just need to be home around the US tax season where I need to do work in person for a couple of months.One of my life goals, (the ones you really never get around too, for the most part) is to learn Polish, even though my parents were born there, they are no help, and I'm sure no Pole would want to hear their California influenced Polglish , rather they would just rather converse in English. So I'm really thinking about just staying in Krakow for a bit, after I hit up all the standard European places of interest like London, Paris, and Amsterdam. And of course, Krakow could be a good home-base to see other cool places in the general region like Prague, Budapest, Vienna, etc... that many Americans never get around too. All the beautiful churches and cathedrals in Krakow and Europe will give me a reason to finally attend mass again after years and years of blowing it off, much to the horror of my Grandmother. Though Polish mass is no joke, at least it was not in New Jersey.I'm a nice guy, 26 years old, impeccable manners, and for obvious reasons I am very interested in the life, culture, and language of Poland. Other then that, I'm certainly nothing special, so I'm curious as to how I will be received? I just want to learn and experience a way of life that was my Grandparents and Great Grandparents, the latter were all killed by the Nazis or NKVD... There was a lot of pain and suffering experienced by my Grandparents, so that is probably why they never went back, nor ever pushed my parents to do so as well, as we are Americans and America has been good to us, thank god. But any way, I want to go back and see things for my self.