Feeling like you are back where you belong, walking amongst the people and buildings you first set eyes on as a child, the quirks and traditions that have stayed with you but somehow feel a little distant in your new country… all of these things return when you yourself return home home. By home home, I mean the country in which you were born, the place where you spent the first few years of your life as a small individual in our world. The place where your family still live and where your earliest memories originate from. Since moving to the UK as a child, I have only been back to Poland a handful of times, the most poignant of those times being when I visited my hometown a few months ago. That’s where the majority of my family still are and the first place I really came to know. However, every trip made to Poland has had a really special place in my heart, including my latest one to Gdańsk. Being surrounded by people from my own country, communicating primarily in Polish, and remembering little things from my childhood were some of the most enjoyable moments of the holiday. It didn’t matter that this city was not the one that I grew up in or the fact that I had only visited once before when I was three – it still felt like being home. This is why, for my latest outfit post, I chose a beautiful little street in Gdańsk that captured my heart as soon as I stepped onto it.
The historic Ulica Mariacka full of amber jewellery shops and whimsical charm.
This cashmere scarf is a piece that I have wanted to feature on my blog for a while now. Thanks to its super soft texture and neutral shades, it’s easily one of my favourite accessories, and fits seamlessly into my wardrobe. I found it in a little wool shop in Edinburgh on Valentine’s Day last year, when Dave and I took the train up from Durham to celebrate. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it and every time I wear it, it brings back lovely memories! I kept the rest of my outfit simple and cosy, with my favourite black scallop skirt, a cream knit jumper, and my silver Kurt Geiger trainers. I love these shoes and how they can add an interesting spin to pretty much any outfit! The shade of my grey crossbody happens to match the grey on the scarf, tying the neutral colour scheme together. And being in 1 degree weather, I had to have a warm coat to stay toasty in so this gold Mango padded coat was the perfect addition.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this little insight into my background! To me, finding out where someone is from is a really nice way of getting to know them, which is why I wanted to post something quite personal like this. And there is nothing more wonderful than the feeling of returning to the country in which you were born. It might not happen often, but when it does, it feels all the more special.
Do you also have experience of moving abroad? How does it make you feel when you visit your home country? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!