I can sum up the highlights of this day in two words: Poland and Pirohy! I realize it may sound strange that my post is entitled "Sojourn in Slovakia," but I'm talking about Poland. I will explain.
We drove through the village and it was interesting to see the houses. Osturňa is a monument reserve of folk architecture. Unfortunately, there was no way of knowing which houses my ancestors lived in since I learned that the houses there had gone through a renumbering every 50 years. This was quite different from my experience in Kucin, where I could actually step into the old family homestead and know that my grandfather had lived right on that spot. Still, as we drove along I couldn't help thinking of my grandfather and wondering how he managed to get from this place all the way to Duquesne, Pennsylvania! (So thankful you did, Grandpap!). In 1960, Osturňa had 1,335 citizens; in 2010 (according to a booklet from the Mayor's office) that number was significantly lower at 344.
|Sign for Lapsanka, Poland|
|Shrine in Lapsanka|
|View from Lapsanka|
Dinner that night was Pirohy! Filled with potato and served with sour cream and bacon on top! Wow! I was in heaven.
Photos by Lisa A. Alzo
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