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Lukasz, Poland/Northern Ireland 

Hey, so my name’s Lukasz Karpinski, or if you would like to say it properly, Lukasz Karpinski [Polish pronounciation], and I just turned 26.  And, I’m from Poland, it’s Mazowsze, and the exact city name is Radom.  In my home country, Poland, I was studying, I just finished equivalent to A-levels, which in Poland would be called Matura.  I left the country about--not about, exactly, on the 16th of June, 2007, and I did it on my own.  I’ve lived in Belfast for more than 6 years by now.  Why did I choose Belfast?  Handiness, practicalities I suppose.  My close cousin has already been living here for a while, so I think it was just a handy starting point.  What do I do in Belfast?  I work, study, live, I suppose would describe all general activities that one can imagine or not.  

The object I brought with me for the purpose of the project is a collection of poems by Wisława Szymborska, who is, or, I should say, was, a Nobel Prize winner in [the] 90s in [the] Literature category.  And it wasn’t actually an object that I brought with me on the day that I came over to NI, but a poetry that I received from my literature (Polish literature) teacher back in secondary school, and it more or less symbolizes the culture I am from, the beautiful language, and to some certain extent who I am and who I have become.  That’s pretty much it, I think.