Saturday, 30 September 2017

The fortress of Olsztyn



Today is the day our favourite football club - Stomil, lost the home match for the first time in 2017/2018 season of the Polish Championship. Until now it’s been being proudly said: Olsztyn like a fortress! Nobody was able to win over our boys playing at “P69A” for about two months. Great success when you take into account Stomil Olsztyn isn’t a leader of the league, yet. So, there’s no point for us to lose the faith. Today’s defeat to Raków Częstochowa is just a milestone on the track towards a real objective Stomil Olsztyn can achieve in 2017/18. The goal can be only one: to stay in the Championship for another season. Therefore we think nothing bad has happened with the defeat. It changes nothing like nothing changes the beauty of the sunsets over the Lake Ukiel in Olsztyn. The picture you see above was taken by Paweł Socha, who is a friendly lawyer from Olsztyn. Nice view, isn’t it? An ugly autumn is coming but sunset stays breathtaking. The same with Stomil, #PełniWiary

Friday, 29 September 2017

Yorkie in Masuria



Our Daria’s “Lady” spotted in one of forests in Masuria by our friend, Mrs. Maria Olszowska from Mrągowo 😀 Slightly angry can look like her wooden version but original one is cute and sweet only. Isn’t it really unique what you can experience thanks to Masurian nature’s ability of painting over the ordinary world? Yes, it is and we love this! 💙💚

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Innovation Radar Prize



Great news today but a lot of votes needed! Olsztyn’s University of Warmia and Masuria is one of the future innovators of the European Union. They can win a very important competition with the very important project they work out. There’s 48 nominees and voting is on until 15th October 2017. You can help: VOTE NOW! They develop a software concerning Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). It’s regarding in fact the future of health of all of us. Our family and friends have voted, it’s time for you to help. THX!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

No more Oslo from Olsztyn-Mazury



Somehow bad news from WizzAir, the Hungarian budget airline serving connections from Olsztyn-Mazury to London and Oslo. They are going to stop Scandinavian direction with the beginning of November. Only a few flights before and after Christmas are planned this year yet. Looks like hard time in front of the airport. Brexit will reduce the number of passengers in two years. A lot of work must be done to keep Olsztyn-Mazury alive. And this can’t be focused on tourism only, our Roman says. You know for sure he’s a very clever strategic business consultant in London. News via WM.pl

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Ruciane-Nida by Arletta Cwalina



Must-see gallery from Ruciane-Nida by Ms. Arletta Cwalina. Visit her blog now, she is a professional photographer: Ariene.pl Stunning pictures from Masuria we love! Ruciane-Nida is a charming town located by two lakes: Nidzkie and Guzianka Wielka. Not more than 5k inhabitants living over there. What's interesting, they have an high school focused on the sustainability of forests. As you know, Masuria is blue and green (lakes and forests). That Polish school's patron is European Union! 🇵🇱 🇪🇺

Monday, 25 September 2017

European Night of Scientists in Olsztyn



European Night of Scientists comes to Olsztyn, the Warmian-Masurian capital city. On Friday, the 29th September 2017, a lot of scientific events takes place over there. They will concern cosmos, robots, laboratory experiments, 3D-printing and even 9D-cinema. Everything not only in Kortowo - the university district in western Olsztyn, but also in central and northern part of the City of Lakes. All details online, go to: nocnaukowcow.olsztyn.pl

Sunday, 24 September 2017

The last breath of Summer



Autumn has come and the weather’s getting rainy in Masuria. It’s probably the last breath of summer, a little wild strawberry spotted while walking between trees in the forest. Looked like a real top of the fresh Autumn cake! We left it untouched to let maybe other people be surprised by its presence. We’ll return next year. Wild strawberries are our Grazyna’s most favourite fruits 🍓

Friday, 22 September 2017

The most important things in life...



We've had a family trip to Barcelona. Nothing unusual in today's Europe. Just booked flight and hotel, went to the airport and landed in Barcelona. Everything lasted a bit longer - of course - but when we compare this to our past in Poland of '80s and '90s, it looked now like a short while in a long lifetime. Our Roman always says: don't blame united Europe for anything bad you experience in Europe, blame only politicians who are enjoing the life in Brussels longer than 10 years. So, our trip wouldn't be easy in case of visas, permits, roamings charges, money exchange rates and so on. The EU enables active life easier. Active, not passive. Active, not agressive. It's a fact all we've been confirming sice May 2004, the time Poland joined the EU. As a matter of fact nobody in our family is a big fan of Barca. But we were curious how the Camp Nou experience looks like. Now we know every fan of football must watch live Barcelona's match at least once. No words can describe what you see and what you feel over there. We had seats in club sector. There were only locals but us. Kind and friendly people, interested in us much - when they realised we're not English but Polish. By the way, a lot of warm greetings to Stomil Olsztyn's fans from Barcelona fans. Now at least a few of them are aware of Olsztyn and Stomil existence in CEE. Maybe one day Stomil will meet Barca in Champions League. Who knows what future brings, impossible happens when we do believe in generally important things in life. What's most important in our opinion? It's to share a good experience with good people. Therefore we brought a few Barcelona gadgets for young footballers of Stomil Olsztyn to increase their motivation for e.g. their CL final against Barca in 2030. You don't win if you are too old in the depth of your mind to dream (our family philosopher's words, too).

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Asters from Masuria



Autumn has come to Masuria and we've been running out of the daylight, as everyone in the Europe.  But there's something we've got a real plenty of in Masuria; we've got a real plenty of asters. They are in our back gardens and on Masurian meadows. Their basket-like flowers are colourful and beautiful!

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2017

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Daria's dragonfly from Masuria



A beautiful picture of Masurian dragonfly by our Masurian friend - Maria Olszowska from Mrągowo. Our Daria was trying to take a picture of a dragonfly during the school holidays this year. No success. Dragonflies, in fact, are too quick for her small iPhone® and she finally gave up when she realised no chance for a new iPhone® soon. But now we've got a very good pic and Daria likes it quite much. You know, she wants to be an artist by herself. But she really likes it. Many thanks also form her! 🙂

Monday, 18 September 2017

Mazur in Birmingham



Birmingham is the second most populous city in the UK, in 18th century it was called the first industrial city of the world. Many people coming from Asia and Africa started to live and work in Birmingham that time. Britain was a colonial empire that time. British economy wouldn't grow without them. I went to Birmingham due to my work. Aston Villa, world famous football club, is located in a district you can find almost as a little Asia when you walk across. Unexpected experience in case you don't know history. Villa's training complex is an integral part of that area. It looks like a park you visit with your family and your kids can play football during the stay. One day something similar must be built in Olsztyn. This means a lot of good jobs and hopes for all the youth.

Author: Roman Mazur MBA, London 2017

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Masurian Classic Car Show



Today and tomorrow the 2nd classic car show takes place in Giżycko - one of the most beautiful towns in Masuria. Location of this event is probably best possible when you think about Giżycko. It's "Ekomarina" heven by the Lake Niegocin. Have a look at pictures from the 1st show in Boyen Fortress: MojeGizycko.pl There are old Polish, German and American cars. Our favourite one was Jaguar E-Type 4.2 in red! 🇬🇧🙂

Friday, 15 September 2017

Orange mountain-ash from Masuria



Beautiful view of orange mountain-ash by our good friend from Mrągowo in Masuria - Mrs. Maria Olszowska. Berries are red, in fact, but their hue is so nice we decided to let you enjoy them. On the one hand it's an ordinary tree, you can meet almost everywhere in the European Union, on the other hand you can find it not only on such good pictures but also in good songs like this one by famous Polish singer in 1960s - Sława Przybylska: YouTube

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Stomil goalkeeper plays for Poland



An important success of the Olsztyn football: details... The goalkeeper from Stomil's women team - Natalia Piątek, plays for Poland in Euro 2018 U-19 qualification tournament. She spent on the pitch 90 minutes of the first match against Greece. Only 1 goal lost, she played very good. Our girls won 3:1 and we are on  step closer to Switzerland 🇵🇱⚽️🇨🇭

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Hearts from the childhood



More good momeries from a bit strange 1980s in Poland. You know it was very hard time in our country, in general. But all we have a lot of good memories regarding the childhood, too. One of them you see above 😃 It's a standard lollipop you loved while resting in Masuria. There was a rule for a few years of '80s: such tasty things were almost unavailable in big Polish cities but in small local shops located in many Polish villages, including Masurian ones, you were able to buy them. What a funny change. Today we read all labels and check expiry dates of food products. That time nobody bothered about such details 😄 Enjoying outdoor activities with the heart in your mouth was everything in your mind!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Mushroom challenge in Suwałki



Polish Radio from Białystok inform about an unique competition that took place for the fourth time today in Suwałki (one of the biggest cities in our beautiful northeastern Poland). Suwalki is located in today's Podlaskie Voivodship (the Warmian-Masurian neighbour). That very unique competition was international and its participants were chefs from Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Russia and obviously our best ones. Their challenge regarded mostly mushrooms, as you know very popular in our region. People visitng the Third-May-Constitution park in Suwałki were able to taste the competition effects 🙂 There were also regional folk groups performing & local food as well as handcraft fair took place.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Off-road lakes in Masuria



We've got over 4000 lakes in Masuria. You can find many of them off-road, far away from our most popular Great-Masurian-Lakes trail. They are not less beautiful than our biggest lakes. But they have something our biggest lakes hardly ever do have. Off-road lakes in Masuria beam with a blue tranquility. You only hear birds and grasshoppers when you immerse into their silence, off the civilisation but so close to a real nature. It's a kingdom of "Smętek" - a mysterious phantom living off-road in Masuria (according to old local tales). It's not dangerous, it just makes you forget about all the world while admiring beauty of Masurian lakes.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2017

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Lucky Olsztyn



Someone in Olsztyn - the Warmian-Masurian capital city, won 1m PLN in Polish National Lottery game. It's not a very big deal, just about £200k (less than 100 British median salaries). But in our favourite northeastern part of Poland, where the median salary is on and on not higher than £500, 1m PLN means a very big deal. Fingers crossed the money won for good and only good investments will be done with it 🤞🏻

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Mushroom hunting in Warmian-Masurian



An old-school lifestyle footage by friendly lawyer, Pawel Socha from Olsztyn! 🙂 A hand with a knife hunting mushrooms in our beautiful Warmian-Masurian forests: Watch now... You must know mushroom huntings used to be a big stage in the history of social relations in Poland until late '80s. Before the hypermarkets and social media era all we were gathering in forests to chase mushrooms on late summer and early autumn Saturdays. It was a bit risky, of course. A few people a year always died because of having eaten a death cap, unfortunately. So, never ever hunt mushrooms by yourself while resting in Warmian-Masurian. Pawel Socha is an experienced mushroom hunter. The mushroom you see above looks like safe penny bun.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Masurian Mindfulness



A little guardian of Masurian summer spotted on a wild blackberry bush. Who's going to say spiders aren't helpful? They do not only their natural job but, as you see above, also a good psychological one. Pure 'Masurian Mindfulness', our Grazyna says. Isn't it a nice experience to be lucky to watch a spired weaving the web? Yes, it is! 😇

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Masurian Mazovia



Somebody would say football is a game only. We know very well that football - first of all - means economy today. Today football also appears to be an integral part of our history. There's a football club "Mazur" in Karczew, very close to Warsaw - the capital city of our beautiful country. Almost nobody in today's Poland knows very crucial fact that football club is proud of. Masurians, in Polish: "Mazurzy" (plural for the "Mazur"), used to live in Mazovia for a long time. Once the WW2 ended Polish people migrating to our most beautiful Masuria became new Masurians. "Mazur Karczew" is now quite famous in Poland. Yesterday they were celebrating the 75th birthday of their club and played a friendly match against the Polish Premier League champion - "Legia Warszawa". 6:1 for "Legia" but that one goal for "Mazur" is a success. Such a small clubs usually don't score any goals while playing with such big football brands like the champion of Poland. Fingers crossed for "Mazur" and another 75 years of their and our history 🇵🇱⚽️❤️

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Sun and rain in Masuria



Nice picture by our Wojtek. Sun beams from the dark sky while it heavily rained in Masuria. Spectacular view over the surface of one of Masurian lakes 🌦