Saturday, 31 December 2016

New Year's Eve Gala in Olsztyn



One of the most impressive Polish voices today in Warmian-Masurian Concert Hall. New Year's Eve Gala in Olsztyn with Katarzyna Mackiewicz. Try this to catch what she is capable of: Adagio in G minor. That'll be a very happy new year in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship's capital city.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

New stadium for Olsztyn



Very good news from Olsztyn, the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship's capital city. A new stadium paperwork has landed at city hall. Looks like our Roman's favourite football club in Poland - the Stomil Olsztyn, is really supposed to have a pitch upgrade! More: www.olsztyn.wm.pl

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Greetings with Ronaldo to Warmian-Masurian




Cristiano Ronaldo's life, especially his early career years in Funchal - the Madeira's capital city, can be a great motivation and engagement course not only for British young footballers but also for kids from Warmian-Masurian: more... Our Roman, who is Stomil Olsztyn fan, visited CR7 museum and made, by means of his iPhone®, the footage you can watch above. Moreover, he said he got two CR7 gift sets for Stomil Olsztyn's young footballers. They'll be sent from London to the Socios in Olsztyn soon :)

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas trees in Masuria



There's a lot of beautiful Christmas trees in Masurian homes now. This tradition migrated to Poland from Germany between 18th and 19th century. Other regions of our country are used to fir as a Christmas tree. In Masuria we use pines or spruce. The more impressive we make the tree the more health, wealth and peace - we believe - it brings to our home and family for the coming year. But over all gifts we find today under the Christmas tree we always prefer white snow in a forest behind the window to watch. Merry Christmas to all the Europe, many kind greetings from Masuria!

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2016

Friday, 23 December 2016

Masurian gingerbreads



Tomorrow, the 24th December, is the most important day we celebrate every 365 days in Poland. There's nothing similar to the Christmas Eve in Polish culture. The supper, we are preparing for almost 24 hours, is just a family supper. This year we've been spending Christmas in different parts of the world, we'd say. However, our Wojtek made something what unites us over borders and time zones. It's on the one hand just Masurian flour with eggs, sugar and ginger. On the other hand gingerbreads are his and Daga's favourite little something for Christmas all we do love always and everywhere...

Thursday, 22 December 2016

The Alarm Clock Clinic in Olsztyn



Olsztyn, the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship's capital city, is proud to announce the first Polish "Alarm Clock Clinic" for adults has been launched. There's one for kids in coma, too. Now they offer also services for people 18+. Quite hard to catch the relation between the name of the clinic and its mission. In Polish you know it at once: "alarm clock" means "budzik" (literraly: an device that wakes up). More abou this: www.klinikabudzik.pl

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Warmian-Masurian Ronaldos



Not all of us prepare "barszcz" with "uszka" for Christmas Eve this year. Our Roman has just written from Madeira. There's about 20 deegres more than in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship now? On the one hand not bad, on the other hand no chance for white Christmas at all ;) As a matter of fact, he is Stomil Olsztyn old fan and a member of that football club fans' association. Moreover, he's a professional in strategies relating to the Corporate Social Responsibility. Therefore he decided to visit Cristiano Ronaldo Museum in Funchal, the city CR7 was born in. The point's been a look into Ronaldo's life, in his early years very similar to the one many Warmian-Masurian kids experience yet. Roman wanted to know what had made a boy from relatively poor family living in a distant island became the biggest star of the most popular sport. No simple answer discovered even over there. Everybody says nothing new: hard work & good people around is a key to succeed. So, Roman will bring a few inspiring things for future Ronaldos from Olsztyn. If Funchal won thanks to Ronaldo, why Olsztyn can't win something similar in the future? Today's Funchal is much different from the Funchal of 1980s. It's very modern and entrepreneurial destination for tourists and investors, as well. Very impressive change story. Inspires important conclusions on strategic development, our Roman said. Clever guy, not many people go these days to heaven islands to do anything for someone's hope!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Masurian ravioli for Christmas



Christmas coming this weekend. So, our last Saturday and Sunday fully focused on preparing old, traditional food we are very used to eat during 'Wigilia' (Christmas Eve's supper in Poland). One of the most important dishes is 'barszcz' (beetroot soup) with 'uszka' (little Polish home-made dumplings richly stuffed with forest mushrooms). Takes a lot of time to prepare but their taste, you know - when you use this-year mushrooms from Masuria, is fully worth all the boring work spent for experiencing a big family Christmas. Picture above taken by our Pawel.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Lichens - wonders of Masurian nature



Lichens, thanks to their physical structure, are almost self-sufficient. They can look like shells, leaves or little bushes. It's worth to know lichens living on trees are a good sulphur dioxide bio-sensor. They don't like air pollution. This is why you don't see them in many industrial parts of today's European Union. But you are able to meet many of such unique plants in Masuria. It's a living proof we breath with probably the cleanest air it the EU.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2016

Friday, 16 December 2016

Warmian-Masurian UNICEF



Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship is one of the poorest regions in the European Union but people living over there are always full of hopes and open to the world. As a matter of fact, "All the colors of the world" action by UNICEF takes place in Olsztyn now. Warmian-Masurian pupils create charity dolls to raise money for saving children in very poor parts of Africa. More on the Gazeta Olsztynska

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Peace Light of Bethlehem in Olsztyn



The Peace Light of Bethlehem comes to Olsztyn. Polish scouts are supposed to deliver it again from Slovakia tomorrow, at 6.30 pm, to the Old Town Market Place in the Warmian-Masurian capital city. Everyone will be able to take home a piece of the peace light. Please, remember to bring your lantern: onet.pl

Monday, 12 December 2016

Christmas market in Olsztynek



Olsztynek town in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship invites to a Christmas market this Sunday. On 18th Decemer you'll be able to experience early tastes of Masurian Christmas Eve. There will be not only a lot of local food but also nativity scene, Santa parade and workshop of preparing dumplings: more.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Airships from Dywity



It's worth to notice Olsztyn, the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship's capital city, used to be a big airship hub. Before the WW1 there were 24 docks for airships in Dywity, today's Olsztyn County. That's quite impressive! More about this on: www.polskaniezwykla.pl

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Golf in Masuria



There's already been two golf courses from Masuria in GolfAdvisor directory. As a matter of fact, there are three of them marked as Warmian-Masurian but only "Mazury Golf & Country Club" as well as "Sand Valey Golf and Country Club" are from northeastern Poland. Both over 6500 meters long, 18 holes, par 72 and... the beauty of Masuria all around for free!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Deers in Masuria



These two are cute, aren't they? Author of the footage says he was lucky to watch a clash of Masurian titans. It's this year rut. Both deers fought each other in a forest not far from Szczytno, Masuria: more...

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Masurian cranberry marmalade



Pure nature in Masuria creates a lot of very good quality forest fruirs. One of them are cranberries we turn today into a marmalade. Masurian home-made marmalade from cranberries always best for Christmas roasts, also veggie ones :) Picture can look not too good but taste is delicious!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Ice rink UKIEL



Olsztyn launches an ice rink on the beach of Ukiel, which is the biggest lake in that unique Polish city. It will be open to all everyday, including weekends, from 8am to 10pm. News source is: "Nasz Olsztyniak" (it is local free newspaper).

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Probably the most beautiful autumn in the EU



The autumn comes slightly earlier to Masuria than we experience it in other parts of Poland. Our world plays with gold, cooper and bronze in October. In November nature turns into all hues of silver, including crystal snowflakes appearing to decorate beautiful Masurian landscapes for a white winter...

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2016

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Masuria on Instagram



Hashtag #mazury on Instagram and you go to Masuria all year round. "Mazury" means Masuria in Polish. Thank you, Masurians. You're doing a great job for the place in the world you're coming from.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Sup(p)er pancake from Masuria



Everything you see, but baby tomatoes, we took from the pure Masurian nature (incl. frozen parsley). Super warm pancake from Masuria while cold autumn night outside. Best for supper with light white wine, 18+ version of course :)

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Go for Christmas to Masuria



If you're looking for a white Christmas, it's usually a winter standard in Masuria. Planes from Luton and Stansted available, so why not to check out anything new this year? Regional Warmian-Masurian Tourism Organisation recommends following offers in our beautiful Masuria: mazurytravel.com.pl

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Olsztyn and Bialystok on Pebble



Good news for users of the Pebble smartwatches. Today's Pebble app update for iOS® brings us weather for Olsztyn, the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship's capital city. There's also Bialystok available, capital city of the Podlasie. Good to know before an active holiday in Polish Masuria.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Green Velo in Masuria



Eastern Cycle Trail "Green Velo" today on the BBC News in the UK. 145th episode of "The Travel Show" fully regarding Poland, including the golden train mystery, but the northern part of our beautiful Masuria, with the over 1,000 miles long "Green Velo" cycling heaven, also mentioned. Watch: online... [available until 18th December 2016 for UK's residents paying the TV License].

Friday, 18 November 2016

Green Energy Expo



2nd "Green Energy Expo" comes to Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. Renewable energy technologies, eco-investments, electric & hybrid cars (including Tesla) - all these big things from 24 to 25 November 2016 will be presented in Ostroda, a small city located by the Lake Drweckie: more...

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Centaurus in Olsztyn



Brand new business, shopping and residential district comes to Olsztyn, the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship's capital city. It's name is "Centaurus", i.a. to expose astronomical traditions of Olsztyn to the world. You know Copernicus lived and worked in that city for many years. "Centaurus" will be located in the city centre, close to Olsztyn's planetarium and observatory. Also several lakes should be quite visible from the highest building of this modern district. More information: eurostyl.com.pl

Monday, 14 November 2016

Autumn flowers from Masuria



They remaind about dullness and flatness, about one-way stream of time, about our ancestors and us - ancestors for our next generations. Autumn flowers from Masuria pay tribute to all people living in our memories. As a matter of fact, they were brought from China and Japan to Europe in 17th century. Polish singer - Janusz Poplawski, used to sing about "Golden Chrysanthemums" but there're many colours of them, thriving in Poland now.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2016

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Sour cabbage from Masuria



New sour cabbage from Masuria & fried Polish dumplings stuffed with this-year Masurian forests' mushrooms. You must taste it to catch it :) OMG, so much yummy dinner today!

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Winter swimming in Masuria



Winter coming, so Masuria's getting ready for new outdoor activities. Today only -1C over there, or +0C if you prefer ;) RESET, the club of ice-swimmers from Szczytno, invites to a second St.Andrew's trail-run introducing their new 2016 / 2017 season of swimming. It'll take place in municipal beach area by the Lake Domowe Duze on 26/11/2016: more...

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Orzysz - a gate to the Sniardwy



The Orzysz council guide for your iPhone® is available from the AppStore® now. The app is in Polish only, what a pity! Anyway, it's really worth to download and browse through. Thank you, dear: mobilne.wm.pl Orzysz council is a northeastern gate to the biggest Masurian lake Sniardwy.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

From Masuria with love... to football :)



Good to know it takes only about two hours to get from Olsztyn, the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship's capital city, to Kaliningrad in Russia. At least six matches of the World Cup 2018 will take place over there. Lucky Masuria, so close to such big football event.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Masurian Live-Photo Butterfly



Masurian being under the open sky, balancing with the sun and wind. Summer in Masuria: silence, nature and this butterfly. In a year we'll see each other again... Taken by our boys with not their iPhone® ;)

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Winning Olsztyn



Very good news from Olsztyn today. Our Roman favourite football club in Poland won a match in Polish Championship over Drutex Bytovia Bytow (that's very good team too). Final result was 3:1. Congrats from London to Stomil Olsztyn and obviously Socios! :)

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Best active holidays...



The best active holidays in kids opinion this year? Just the ones spent i.a. on a combine in Masuria! Today's children are so keen on almost everything we - Polish adults, used to treat as a pleasure too. However, health and safety rules much more deterring these days ;)

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Memorial parks of Masuria



The past shows a lot of multicultural facts in Masuria today. One of them are Masurian cemeteries. You can find here tombs of Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians and Jews. Until the 19th century small cemeteries had been allowed to exist by almost all churches. Since then only reach families were allowed to posses private mausoleums close to their palaces. Masurians used to celebrate the All Saints' Day in late November. Now we do it here as all the western world does, on 1st November.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2016

Monday, 31 October 2016

Masurian b'day present 🎁



What loving kids can do for their loving parents while mother's birthday has come but daughter's running out of pocket money? Lucky Barbara her Daria has the artist head screwed on :) Canadian pancake in Masurian gluten-free version! The girl not only spent all her pennies for a top-up but she also realised quite late there's no flour... However, she found: free-range egg, millet flakes, low fat greek-style yogurt, local eco-honey and fresh raspberries. So, isn't it finally much healthier present than a chocolate bar from the grocery?

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Colourful performance in Masuria



Autumn is redecorating Masurian world. Trees make unique impression around sleepy lakes. Their green leaves turn yellow, brown, red and gold in front of us and just for us - people who enjoy pure nature in our Masuria all year long.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2016

Friday, 28 October 2016

Turtles from Masuria



Not many people know a lot of turtles live in the European Union. You can meet them not only in Canary Islands but also in northeastern Poland. European pond turtle is the one living in Masuria. What's very curious, the life span of this turtle is similar to the time we spend on our planet, too. Life span generally is between 50 and 100 years. As a matter of fact, there's special nature reserve for turtles in Masuria named: Jezioro Orlowo Male. Picture above taken by our Friend from Masuria - Mrs. Maria Olszowska, who is retired biology teacher from Mragowo. Many thanks! :)

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Masurian Miss International



Miss Poland 2015 - Magdalena Bienkowska from a small town Mikolajki in Masuria, took part in Miss International 2016 competition today: more... She didn't win but it doesn't change the fact she's the most beautiful Masurian in the world :) Congrats to her!

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Masurian way of life in autumn



A nice picture from the Masurian Friend of ours - Mrs. Maria Olszowska. She took a picture of one of sleepy-autumn roads in today's Masuria. We have transformed it into a Masurian-way-of-life wallpaper for your iPhone® in autumn :) THX!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Masurian 3rd Age



Undoubtedly, Masuria is an unique family-holiday destination. But there is about 1.5m Masurians living over there all year long, too. In general, Polish society is getting older. It's a rising problem of entire European Union. Therefore you can find not only more and more yacht havens or bike trails in Masuria. There are very active Universities of the Third Age in Masuria, as well. One of them is in Mragowo, a small city happily and picturesquely located by the Lake Czos. More about it: here...

Monday, 24 October 2016

Skills in Warmian-Masurian



Last week a big jobs and career event took place in Olsztyn, the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship's capital city: more... That's a very crucial thing these days. There's quite high unemployment in the northeastern Poland, yet. Basically, it happens despite the EU membership and uniqueness of the local nature. However, Masurians' future looks bright - in our humble, European opinion. Masuria's time coming for sure!

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Masurian pumpkin brunch



Today we enjoy Masurian pumpkin cream soup with roasted pumpkin seeds by our Pawel. He made it for the Sunday family brunch. It's easy to cook. The only challenge for you, folks in Europe, can be Masurian pumpkin :) Not easy to find outside Poland, yet. Picture taken this time by our Sylwia.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Dreaming with autumn in Masuria



Autumn in Masuria is an unique farewell to the summer we always enjoy on our beautiful lakes. Now you can meet mostly professional sailors on Masurian waters. Birds migrate far away to the south leaving our meadows decorated with crystal clear drops of silent morning dew. Trees are turning into gold, everything green seems to be slowing down in front of coming winter. So do we, dreaming with autumn about the life in Masuria.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2016

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Digging Podlasie



Podlasie, our beautiful Masuria's neighbouring region in Poland, makes also a lot of positive impressions on the Polish Digg-like website: Wykop... The sky does really seem to indulge over there, doesn't it?

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Olecko



A big ropes course for kids coming soon to Olecko in Masuria. This outdoor challenge was a big challenge by itself due to the fact it's a participatory budgeting investment: more... Olecko is not a big city in Masuria but very well known in entire Poland. About 20 years ago they just started to do some kind of unique social and cultural festival inspired by the "Northern Exposure" series (very popular in Polish TV that time). They call it "Przystanek Olecko". It is an eastern Masuria summer event.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Baba Fest



The 6th "Baba Fest" takes place in Olsztyn, the capital city of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. It's a social and cultural event uniting Polish women. Their credo is: "Development & Inspiration". As a matter of fact, "baba" in Poland means expressive woman. So, the purpose of this charitable festival is to reenergise female bodies, souls and minds.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Meringue from Masuria



This is exactly what you can expect from free-range eggs! Masurian nature lets you enjoy a real taste of home-made meringue even if you do it in a big city like Warsaw. Mouth-watering & yummy :)

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Olsztyn Motor Club



A classic car show took place today in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship's capital city. It was the 5th event of the Olsztyn Motor Club. Many beautiful cars were exposed, including rare classics from the gloomy past we used to experience in Poland because of 45 years of the Soviet Union domination. 

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Masurian summer in the autumn



Super-sunny Masuria from our Wojtek for all fans suffering from the cold and rainy autumn in Europe :) One summer gone, another one coming relatively soon. You can use this picture as e.g. iPhone® wallpaper. This picture works as a mood-booster very well!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Oslo - Masuria



A new WizzAir destination from Masurian airport Olsztyn-Mazury coming soon: Oslo, the capital city of Norway! Two flights a week in May 2017. Norwegians as well as Poles living and working over there, Masuria's looking forward to you :)

Monday, 10 October 2016

Chestnut autumn in Masuria



Chestnuts are falling off the trees: brown, shining, smooth and soft. Maybe they look just like simple seeds growing inside green, spiny cups but the tree is also able to heal. It's good at healing e.g. blood vessels. People in Poland find chestnuts as a natural source of our personal and household balance. Moreover, we make from chestnut many nutritious and nourishing products for animals and humans.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2016