When Jays husband lands a diplomatic job in Warsaw, she jumps at the opportunity to escape her predictable life in Canberra for a three-year adventure in the heart of central Europe.Jay shelves her corporate wardrobe and throws herself into life as a diplomatic wife. Between glamorous cocktail parties and ambassadorial shenanigans, Jay sets out to get to know quirky, difficult, fascinating Poland, with its impenetrable language and sometimes unfathomable customs.Its a challenge even for an intrepid traveller with a willing heart. Not to mention a marriage that increasingly doesnt look as if it will survive its third Polish winter....
|Title||:||Vodka and Apple Juice|
|Number of Pages||:||312 pages|
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Vodka and Apple Juice Reviews
As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every possible opportunity since ever.
Her insecurities are the same as for everyone who has tried or is still trying to learn another language:
"Then we'd moved to Poland, and so much of my ability to communicate had been ...more
Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain on their marriage.
However, Jay is the ideal expat. She’s gone from working full-time in a senior role to becoming a ‘diplomat’s wife’. Rather than lamenting her lack of work, she sees the opportunity of this time ...more
Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling.
I found a lot of Martin's anecdotes about expat life amusing and relatable, especially in the beginning when she was still learning about the country and trying to figure things out. I lived in Italy for 4 months, so while definitely a diff ...more
Poland is a country I have never visited but, having a number of Polish friends, and having partaken of the odd Vodka and Apple Juice or two, I was keen to read this.
Martin's style of writing is not one that encourages thigh-slapping merriment but it is an engaging and honest account of her life in Poland and .the characters she meets. My one regret from my reading is that I am now totally convinced I will never be able to learn the language but, adversely, I am more than ever determined to make ...more
*I received a galley from NetGalley in exchange for a review.
Jay Martin’s Vodka and Apple Juice is more than just the author’s account as a diplomat’s non working wife in the Australian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland over a period of three years. While she recounts for us what it means to work in diplomatic circles: the punishing hours, the endless protocol and security snares juxtaposed with social events; there are the perks of getting travel opportunities but bringing with it, the after effects on ...more
I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience was very thought provoking.
As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything).
I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn't wait for her to discover that beautiful absurdity of Poland which I really love (because in country like that there is always something to write about).
For the first part I was a bit disappointed that Mrs. Martin ...more