Laura Oldanie

Primary office:


Laura Oldanie, her friend Jola Glos, and Laura's father. The picture was taken in Rogalow, Poland in front of an old school house that was bought by Laura's friends which they are turning into an analog recording studio on the first floor and living quarters on the second story.

Current position:
Fascell Fellow/Public Affairs Assistant at the US Embassy in Warsaw, Poland
Languages:
Polish and Spanish
Countries lived in:
Poland and Spain
Favorite place:
Laura has visited so many places that she likes that she cannot decide on a favorit. She is now planning to backpack from Warsaw to Dubrovnik, Croatia and will explore some of the wineries of Moravia in the Czech Republic, in Slovenia and along the Croation coastline.
Favorite cultural fact:
One thing Laura likes about Poland is that so many people own a dzialka. This can be something as simple as a small plot of land at the outskirts of town with nothing more on it than a water spigot where the owner grows flowers, fruits and vegetables. Or it can be a few acres of land and a nice cottage outside of the city limits. She points out that a dzialka is usually not too far away and people can frequently and easily go relax and be in touch with nature for a few hours or weeks at a time and come back to town with fresh produce that can be consumed immediately or canned to last them through the winter.
Hobbies:
Travelling, reading, going to the cinema, cooking, practicing my Polish and my Spanish, and anything that allows me to learn more about other cultures.
Favorite books:
Anything by Marek Hlasko. Also the autobiographical book Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman, that details his experiences in the Warsaw Ghetto, is a good read. This novel is the basis for Roman Polanski's latest film, that just received the Palme d'Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
Read Laura's story in the US Embassy Warsaw feature "Peace Corps at 50: Stories from Poland."

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