Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Water tower in Giżycko



Very nice footage by Pawel Socha, who is a lawyer from Olsztyn in Warmian-Masurian. He visited Giżycko in Masuria, and recorded video you can watch above. It's old water tower in that charming town. On the horizon you enjoy the view of the Lake Niegocin. There's also Giżycko panorama. Good job!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Nesting season in Masuria



We have experienced another nesting season. Many birds that arrived to Masuria for famous Masurian summer have become parents. All our lakes, forests and parks are now homes for little tweeting beings. Isn't it nice, is it? Masuria is alive!

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2017

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Masuria in Berlin



Spotted in Berlin, some sort of exhibition on a fence of the construction site in Unter den Linden street. It's the very centre of the capital city of Germany. Many quite characteristic places in Poland are being exposed but none seems to be much more catchy than our beautiful Masuria  😎

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Disabled-friendly Masuria



Our friend from Mrągowo - Mrs. Maria Olszowska, has sent a picture of disabled butterfly she met in Masuria. It somehow lost some parts of its wings. Sad but this picture let us realise how Masuria has changed since the childhood we spent in communistic Poland. There's a lot of facilities supporting disabled people during the holiday stay in our beautiful Masurian countryside today. The past before Poland joined European Union had been much different. The butterfly you see here on the iPhone® render won't be cured yet, but in the future - who knows? Butterflies make meadows and forests vivid when sun shines. They deserve a good life to spend in the purity of Masuria's nature.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Daj piątaka na boisko!



Dzisiaj wpis po polsku na naszym rodzinnym blogu. Po angielsku na takie rzeczy przyjdzie pewnie pora, bo przed Stomilem Olsztyn przyszłość jest. Kto może, niech dołącza do akcji stomilowych Socios: tutaj... 5 PLN na głowę to kropla do kropli. U nas nawet Dzieci zdeklarowały na ten dobry cel część swojego kieszonkowego. Boisko treningowe to przecież absolutny must-have w Olsztynie!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Kortowiada 2017



If you consider this as a political demonstration, you're wrong. It's "Kortowiada", probably the best Polish students' carnival taking place annually in Olsztyn, the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship's capital city. A lot of events have been happening over there, the Miss Venus competition. Everything available onlive, just browse: YouTube

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Oslo - Olsztyn



Very good news for Norwegians! You'll be able to go to our beautiful Masuria for a break so soon. This Saturday a new link between Oslo and Olsztyn will be established by the WizzAir. Flights twice a week, quite good prices. In June, July and August you'll be able to come to enjoy Masurian nature on Friday and return home on Monday. Browse the airline website to book your flight now: WizzAir

Monday, 15 May 2017

Blooming again in Masuria



We've got a very good weather at last in Masuria. Masurian spring catches up on blooming. Trees and shrubs are turning all colours of the rainbow. Enjoy the view we experience.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2017

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Country walk with noisy frogs in Masuria



Such a view you can find almost everywhere in Masuria. Pure nature, beautiful birds, noisy frogs and reed dancing with a gentle wind. This is the spring we were waiting for. Country walk in Masuria is so detoxicating and refreshing after the winter you spent almost non-stop in a big city. Go to Masuria! 🐸 🐸 🐸

Saturday, 13 May 2017

May weekend in Masuria



This year May has been being bad enough in entire Europe to avoid a break in Masuria. But now we've got a very good weather at last! Quick, quick and urban areas behind us to take a fresh breath far, far away ⛅️💦🏕 Beauty driving, the ride goes smooth. Thank you, the EU. Thank you for the Warsaw's ring road, at least.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

mEŁK



Very interesting news from Ełk, unofficial capital city of Masuria. Poland launches, in Ełk, an initial stage of the nationwide program for digital government services. From today on people living in Ełk can do almost everything online or by means of their mobiles. More about this on the Ministry of Digital Affairs website: m.mc.gov.pl

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Masurian breakfast at Novotel®




What a nice surprise, Augustow yogurt spotted at worldwide ful-service hotel network Novotel® 😃 Augustow Lake District is a far eastern part of Masuria. There's our beloved Cisowek located, in fact.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Olsztyn Stadium Story



An interesting article about the Olsztyn stadium: http://olsztyn.wm.pl (use online translator - it's really interesting, because the story relates to the northeastern Poland biggest city with wonderful location, not only in a beautiful Polish Lake District but also in the middle of Europe). Long story short: 7 years gone and there's no project finance up to now. There's a lot of explanations and excuses but no project finance up to now? That's even more strange when you consider an unemployment rate in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship and the global boom relating to football. No new stadium in Olsztyn, still and still. The old one everybody loves. But it was built long time ago, not for business purposes. As a matter of fact almost nobody in Olsztyn considers the new stadium project as one of the local business acceleration strategy cores. People from Olsztyn look for standard ways of a municipal project development and they fail, of course. There's too many doing the same these days. So, neither Polish authorities nor the European Union is able to help just one another money seeker. And this is the clue, Olsztyn must change the way of thinking about itself. It's not a poor village in Africa. It's a city with a very huge international business potential. The fact we started to think about Masuria and Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship this way isn't just a dream of fan. It's an expression of our education, skills and experience. These 3 things make us quite restful when we talk about future.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Spring updates in Masuria



Masurian nature is waking up after winter. Masuria enjoys turning into green, white, yellow and purple. Flowers are blooming very nice. There'll be a lot of work for bees this year. It's still quite chilly outdoor but this will change very soon, too.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2017

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Polish food in the UK after Brexit



What is sure for sure the Brexit can change most in 2 years? We know nothing today, in fact. Brexit negotiations have not started, yet. But food industry in Europe is supposed to face a lot of changes. The price you see on the picture above has not changed for years in London. It is necessary to keep it competitive on the British market - the market almost everything from everywhere is available. Polish cottage cheese has a good value-for-money rate due to the fact there are no customs duty inside the European Union. Brexit will change those rates. Even 3% customs duty the UK can implement after Brexit, to protect local products, can imply changes in Poland. To keep the £1.09 price in the UK reduced number of staff probably will have to do "Mazurski Smak". Nobody can reduce quality of food these days. This way more work for less people seems to be the easiest way to stay on the shelf in the UK. Therefore we think it is very important for Poland to keep an eye on negotiations: EU-UK.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

The Armour and Habit



A new documentary film by Pawel Pitera, about the Teutonic Knights' dark ages in northeastern Poland, is being made in Warmian-Masurian. You can watch trailer on: Vimeo. Please, be aware it contains flashing images as well as images that some viewers may find very disturbing. The time Teutonic Knights lived in today's Poland, about 600yrs ago, was full of violence and blood. It's a fact.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Sailing season opening in Masuria



Sailing season was officially opened today in Gizycko, one of the most beautiful towns in Masuria: orientacja.pl Gizycko is located almost in the very centre of Masuria, between lakes: Niegocin and Kisajno. They have a swing bridge in town. It's an unique masterpiece of technique. Today's opening of that bridge marks the new sailing season open.