Day 29: Warsaw – Final Thoughts

by Mike on September 1, 2010

One thing I have learned more than anything on this trip and what I hope others have taken away from our blogs and updates is that things work out if you go at them with a positive attitude and open mind. We may not have planned this trip as well as we could have and we may have taken a few wrong turns, but in the end we always ended up at our destination, physically and mentally. This was only possible, because of the sometimes forgotten, generosity and kindness of the world’s average citizen.

I wish I could shake hands with every person that pointed us in the right direction, even in another language or gave us some advice on where to stay or eat. This journey has made me remember that the fast-paced, cutthroat world of Hollywood isn’t a reflection of the whole world. This realization has given me renewed energy to go back to L.A. and do something I love and something that makes an impact on the world.

Adapting is the key to being successful in life and that is what we did for 30 days straight of traveling through six different countries. Learn a few words of a language and how to navigate a new city every few days forced me to use all my senses and in turn made me much more observant of my surroundings. I don’t know where this project will lead me, but I do know that the direction it is taking me is the right one.

I want to thank every single person who made this trip and this project possible. And while this is the last of our daily updates, know that this is only the beginning of another chapter for Dust of Europe. We’ll be sure to keep you updated with the editing of the documentary as well as the progress of the screenplay.

And now, I sign off from Warsaw, Poland.

Michael Kershner
September 1, 2010

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Ali September 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Well-put, Mike. Your blog posts remind us LA folks of why we even moved out to this crazy city- to make a dream come true, but then somehow get caught up in the craziness and forget why you came. You guys inspire me to want to travel- Sometimes you have to leave a place to feel inspired when you get back.

See you soon!

Janice Cagan-Teuber September 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Mike, you are very lucky you took this venture this year. If you had taken it before 1989, you wouldn’t have been able to go to many of the places you did, due to the Berlin Wall.

I’m glad you did this now. Looking forward to your screenplay and documentary!

Libby Kershner September 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm

You have made Joseph, Bruce (my Dad) and every Kershner and Horder (both living and passed) very very proud! You have proven that a love from family and friends and a few strangers, is what makes the world go ’round! Rock on!

Aunt Helene September 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Mike and Zach,

Take this journey into your daily lives. You are forever changed by what you have done and what you have experienced. Thank you for including all of us in your journey.


steven kershner April 9, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Michael –

I am a cousin of Joel and Bruce. I was very sad to hear Bruce passed away. My dad was the brother of Morris. I had no idea about the amazing work you and your friend Zach have accomplished to try and tell the story of Joseph Kershner. I actually stumbled across it in doing a web search today.
We live in Princeton, NJ and can be reached by email @ We would love to hear more about the wonderful work you are doing. I still have a copy of the family tree Bruce made many years ago. My dad provided much information to Bruce who at the time was collecting information about the family.

Best of luck in this great endevor!


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