In an attempt to understand and trace back the nationalist sentiments of my generation at the time of major political divisions in Poland, I chose to go back to a time and place where we were last the same: to the trzepak – a common structure in many European countries. Originally designed for the purpose of carpet-beating, the trzepak became a default meeting place and stomping ground for youngsters of different generations. In my research I looked into territorial behaviour as one of the deep roots of patriotism, and employed the trzepak as an example of a structure that we used from a very young age to exercise our claim to territory with our bodies.