Monday, 30 October 2017

Warmian-Masurian BMW power



Many of us drive BMW cars these days but only a few know about the fact that one of the most important CEOs in history of that German car manufacturer was born in today’s Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. Eberhard von Kuenheim is from Judyty, a small village located close to the Russian border. He turned BMW into a very big value brand on the global market between 1970 and 1990. He still lives. There will be his 90th birthday next year.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Olsztyn’s tyres



Exactly today is the 50th birthday of the tyres’ manufacturing in Olsztyn. 50 years ago one of the biggest Polish tyre manufacturers was open in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship’s capital city. Company’s name was “Stomil” for years. Now it belongs mostly to the French giant “Michelin” and is not a sponsor of men’s football club Stomil. But Michelin gives almost 5k jobs in Olszyn and is one of the biggest employers in northeastern Poland. More: Dzieje.pl

Friday, 27 October 2017

Golden roads in Masuria



Trees living by Masurian roads are a beautiful part of our culture. Now their leaves turn into gold. Have a look what Polish autumn makes to let us be amazed, happy and somehow proud.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2017

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Warmian-Masurian and... Africa



Our family happy even more again. You probably can remember our Roman is also a member of the Royal African Society in London (due to his professional interests and skills). According to that fact, he was invited to the Royal Institute of International Affairs (commonly known in entire big world as the Chatham House). Roman is keen on Africa. He always says the future of the EU trade relations is mostly African. Today that continent and people living in Africa can seem for many to be poor and without a real hope for a better future but not for Roman. As his idea was for us to start promoting Masuria and Warmian-Masurian (because we love it and we’ve got family roots over there), so he believes a similar issue concerns Africa. All we’ve got roots in Africa, as humans. All we love African nature, as well. Therefore we ought to do everything we can to improve bilateral relations. Do you know, for instance, there’ll be more inhabitants of Nigerian city Lagos in 30 years than the whole population of Poland? Roman knows such things as a professional in strategic consulting and Corporate Social Responsibility. In his opinion e.g. organic cereal from northeastern Poland will be very popular not only in Nigeria one day. Moreover, he dreams about scientific cooperation between Olsztyn’s university and agricultural as well as public health research units in Africa. Very smart guy, hardly ever thinking about himself only and always happy to oblige for a general good of people who deserve more at work. It’s his vision that creating new job places in Europe and Africa can help with decreasing illegal migration from Africa to Europe!

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Furniture from the Warmian-Masurian



It’s really important for the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship to grow in economic prism. Pure nature and beautiful lakes never create enough number of decent job places. There’s no place for mining or any heavy industry over there (to keep the air and living space friendly for inhabitants and tourists). But there’s everything in Warmian-Masurian for manufacturing good quality furniture. One of the biggest and the best Polish furniture makers - “Szynaka Meble”, has the headquarters in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. They have developed a new local investment. It’s a big plant in Nowe Misto Lubawskie, which means more good furniture for people in western Europe and more jobs for locals. It’s a good news, isn’t it? Have a look at this footage by local media covering full message: YouTube

Monday, 23 October 2017

Horse-chestnuts in Masuria



An autumn-colourful picture taken by our Masurian friend, Mrs. Olszowska from Mrągowo. What you see is a horse-chestnut in Masuria. It’s been ready for bombarding an area under the tree with its chestnuts. Another school thing comes to our minds when we see such views. Since ages chestnuts have been very popular in Polish primary schools in autumn. Pupils create many distinctive creatures i.a. with them, leaves, toothpicks and so on 🍂🌰🍁

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Olsztyn by National Geographic



Probably greater surprise for Olsztyners than the end of Olsztyn’s turbo roundabout. Polish edition of the National Geographic writes about the Warmian-Masurian capital city. They noticed the history of the contemporary world can - in fact - begin in Olsztyn. Copernicus used to live over there for many years. Have a look by yourself: National Geographic. As a matter of fact, this news has been stolen by us from Mr. Paweł Socha (who is a leading Warmian-Masurian lawyer). That’s nice, thanks! 🙂 We always say people should never give up fighting for better future of Olsztyn. This city does have a very big power inside! ☀️

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Grunwald



Grunwald is a place in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship the biggest and most famous medieval battle took place in our part of Europe. Polish knights won over the Teutonic Order to stop their terror expansion in the CEE. What is sure now with an efficiency of the Polish education system, all teens leaving primary schools do have that date forged good enough in heads to be ready to cite it even at 3:51am while sleeping in deep autumn. As a matter of fact we are members of this group as proudly educated in Polish history. 1410 is one of those years we always remember about. The picture you see avove was taken a few years ago. Grunwald now is renovated and looks a bit more modern. It’s worth to visit that place, the battle changed the history of Europe for ages. Have a look at Maps: Grunwald

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Masurian breakfast in European autumn



Mushrooms’ high tide in forests of Masuria implied such a super Masurian breakfast. Scrambled free range eggs with a mix of fresh mushrooms and parsley leaves - it’s everything you need to make this spectacular dish, especially when dark clouds are stealing the sun behind your window 🌫 Yummy!!!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Our man for a better world



Corporate Social Responsibility is the matter our Roman can be for sure the best Polish consultant in the world. Today he takes part in a special event that is being carried out by one of the biggest banks in the world. What’s interesting, Barclays Bank was the Premier League sponsor for ca. 15 years. Now they started to realise western populations have been ageing quite quick and strongly focus on problems of vulnerable and disable people in everyday life. Lucky us! We must be very lucky family one of our members is such a professional keen on a better world really for all, not only for a few! Masurian nature inside him, though he lives in London. Far away from Masuria, on the one hand. On the other hand, he sees and understands so much we sometimes think he ought to be a political leader for years. He isn’t and he’s not going to be, unfortunately. Bad luck he doesn’t like quarrels and mess.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Rainy Polish Autumn



It looks like a rainy one, instead of the golden Polish autumn, we do experience in Masuria. Sunny days are really rare in October this year. Clouds bring rain you can see on the local road from Giżycko to Mrągowo above. Quite nice view but also very sleepy landscape behind the windscreen. So, we are missing very much our Masurian sun!

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2017

Friday, 13 October 2017

Podlasie in London



Very important day for our family in London - another academic year has been on. As you know, our Roman is an honorary Strategic Development Director for the Polish University Abroad - the biggest and oldest Polish charity organisation abroad. He used to know for a while the last Polish President in Exile, Ryszard Kaczorowski - who was a big PUNO friend until his tragic death in 2010. Not many people know President Kaczorowski was born in Białystok, the capital city of Podlasie - the closest and not less beautiful neighbour to our unique Masuria. In London almost everyone who speaks Polish and feels Polish does know about it very well. As you see on the picture above, there’s a clear information all they see when they enter the POSK (Polish social and cultural centre in the UK, where the Polish University Abroad is located too). Roman says this academic year is something new for the PUNO. He made PUNO last year to be a part of European Union scientific projects instead of Brexit. Now they’re some link between the EU and all the UK’s Polish academics for the future!  👏🏻

Monday, 9 October 2017

Mrągowo - the western Masuria



Mrągowo is a charming town located in the western Masuria. We’ve got ca. 25k inhabitants, who enjoy life on a few hills among beautiful Masurian lakes. One of the most important parts if our living is sport sailing. There’s “Baza” - a world-famous school for young sailors, in Mrągowo. Moreover, several cultural events take place every year in Mrągowo: The Country Music Picnic, Masurian Cabaret Night, Belcanto Opera as well as Frontier Culture Feativals are the most popular ones. They attract thousands of tourists to an unique amphitheater by the Lake Czos. You can watch all of them on TV not only in Poland but worldwide, thanks to the Polish satellite TV channel “TVP Polonia”. You are never bored in Mrągowo, it’s a nice town of active and creative people!

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2017

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sunday brunch a la Masuria



Sunday brunch a la Masuria today. Take the stone-baked bread, dairy-free butter, fresh radish, aromatic dill and “Paprykarz Mazurski” we’ve been already writing about: here... Extremely yummy with hot Earl Grey tea and guys you love much 💑👨‍👩‍👦‍👦

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Health services in Masuria



Something important for football fans who’re going to stay in Polish Warmian-Masurian while World Cup group stage matches taking place in Russian Kaliningrad. We’re the European Union, so all the European Health Insurance Cards work in Poland. Our friend, Mrs. Maria Olszowska from Mrągowo, took a few pictures of one of the local hospitals in Masurian Giżycko. Its services are available for all European Union citizens. Good to know, isn’t it? That hospital is like a castle, she says. As a matter of fact, it’s our future in Masuria to provide very good quality health services for the EU.

Friday, 6 October 2017

World Cup 2018 with Warmian-Masurian in Poland



Poland for sure will qualify on Sunday to the World Cup 2018 in Russia. England qualified yesterday. Congrats from us to all English football fans and a little hint, in case Kaliningrad will be the city of England’s group stage matches: an unique Polish city named Olsztyn is located only 80 miles from Russian Kaliningrad. Olsztyn has many municipal lakes and direct connections with Stansted and Luton. There’re many hotels and resorts in Warmian and Masurian area. Poland is a member of the European Union. In 2018 Brits still will be able to use mobile phones in the EU without roaming charges. Moreover, it’s naturally much safer to stay in Poland. So, let’s hope for the best. Even though Three Lions play in St. Petersburg (close to their camp at ForRestMix), feel free to be invited to Warmian-Masurian in summer 2018. It’s really worth to discover Masuria and Warmia, of course :)


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Warmian-Masurian emigrant in Wales



Look who’s been spotted by our Roman in Cardiff! 🙂 Must be some Warmian-Masurian emigrant due to the fact there’s so many cormorants over there. They started to be a local economic problem. You know pure nature of Warmian-Masurian lets our locals run organic fish farms. One cormorant is not more than 3kg heavy but is able to eat about 0.5kg fish a day. Nothing strange, in fact, tasty Warmian-Masurian fish always melting in your mouth. But poor cormorants can’t catch the NFL theorem: no free lunch, in life. Anyway, something smart must be invented to save them, too. Shooting can’t be the only solution 😇

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Heart and thoughts



Londons, Barcelonas and so on, and so on in the whole world but your thoughts always follow your heart! A new iOS11 feature in iPhone8: wallpapers out of LivePhotos. It’s interesting what’s going on with the phone screen while wireless charging ⚽️💙 What you see on the picture is “Stomilek”, the official mascot of Stomil Olsztyn - a leading football club in northeastern Poland ⚽️❤️

Monday, 2 October 2017

Friendly mosquitoes from Masuria



United Nations Decade on Biodiversity started in 2011 and will last until 2020. All we take care of biodiversity in biological, cultural and economic prisms now. It means even such a stubborn species like mosquitoes are somehow important for healthy living of our planet. It can be hard to believe for people in Africa or Asia, but Masurian mosquitoes are not dangerous at all. They don't transmit any bad diseases. They can sometimes make your summer camping itchy but there's no risk of contracting malaria in Masuria. 

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2017

Sunday, 1 October 2017

#Spexit from Masurian point of view


  

An independence referendum takes place today in Catalonia. We wemt to Barcelona last week and we realised it can be a bigger problem for Spain than Scotland’s referendum for the UK. Quite strangely Catalonian referendum is banned by the Spanish govt. It’s European Union and 21st century, so we think such decisions can only lead to independence of Catalonia even faster. As we experienced the Scottish independence referendum in the UK, which ended in fact with Brexit, we are afraid of the future of the European Union even more. National governments seem to be smarter than present Brussels administration. So, Spain can tend to leave the EU to keep Catalonia inside Spanish borders. What a strage things in the European Union. We aim at integration and moving our beautiful Masuria forward in uniting Europe, while the European Union isn’t smart enough to keep all of us united. A big change must come to Brussels in 2019 to save and develop the future of openminded Europeans, who find unity as thebest way of the GDP growth.