Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year for all...



New year coming, all the best for all of us in the entire European Union. Have a good fun today and the best possible 2018! The only thing we want to ask for, please remember about animals. They don’t understand what’s happening when a lot of noise appears unexpectedly. The only reaction for most of them is fear and run. Birds are mostly vulnerable, be aware of that. They can leave their homes forever when they experience explosions of fireworks. Live and let live, then. Many thanks💫


Saturday, 30 December 2017

The Hill of Four Winds



We’got a new picture from our Masurian friend, Mrs. Maria Olszowska. What you see above is not Zakopane or Szczyrk in beautiful Polish mountains. It’s the Hill of Four Winds in Mrągowo, a charming town in Masuria! You can remember our Masuria is an implication of ancient climate changes. Huge glacier disappeared and a nice landscape consisting of lakes and hills appeared. So, you can not only sail in Masuria. You can also ski and snowboard over there 🎿⛷🛷🏂

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Joanna Jędrzejczyk in South Korea



PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Torch Relay takes place in South Korea. A good news regarding this event: Warmian-Masurian star of the MMA - Joanna Jędrzejczyk, has been announced as one of torchbearers! It’s quite classified news, no details have been unveiled due to some security concerns. However, we think... she can do her best in Gwangju on 7th January 2018 🤫🙂 Fingers crossed! 🤞🏻

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Szopka from Masuria



What you see on the picture is szopka - a sort of art expression relating to the history of Christianity we know in entire Europe. Szopka literally means a little shed in Polish. These ones were made for an exhibition in Mrągowo Culture Centre by pupils living in Masuria. Moreover, they were made with fully recyclable and environment friendly ingredients like: pasta, reed, cones, straws and so on. Isn’t it very creative, is it? Our youth can be very smart.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2017

Monday, 25 December 2017

Merry Masurian Christmas in Polish London



Our family had quite unusual Masurian Christmas in Polish London. You know the western part of the capital city of the United Kingdom is full of Poles. Hammersmith, Ealing, Hounslow, Harrow, Brent, Hillingdon have our language as the second mostly spoken one in those boroughs. So, nothing strange you can experience our-style Masurian Christmas over there. First of all, the opłatek (it’s the white wafer on a plate you can see in the top left corner on the picture above). We, Polish people, have been using it since about 1000 years to start a traditional Christmas Eve supper. Once all best wishes have been passed on with the opłatek to all participants of the Christmas Eve supper, we eat and eat! 😇 There ought to be 12 dishes on the table but when you are on a fitness diet you try to eat less than usually. For instance: barszcz (beetroot soup served with a croquette), Masurian-like karp (carp’s been our most favourite freshwater fish for Christmas since ages), and sernik (just cheesecake but not a simple one in this case - what you see in the bottom right corner on the picture above is a cake made of chia, millet, dates, fair-trade coffee and a lot of sugar-free chocolate). Such an unusual supper for Christmas Eve in Polish London. Masurian Christmas in a light version. Very nice, isn’t it? 💫

Sunday, 24 December 2017

A kiss under the mistletoe in Masuria



It’s being said that kissing your love under a mistletoe can be one of the most popular customs Britain implemented worldwide for Christmas. In our region people used to keep mistletoe hanging under the ceiling for a good prosperity and fertility in the family. Due to these beliefs we believe today that mistletoe ought to be kept at home all year long. In fact, mistletoes are plant living on trees. They take water from them but also give important fruits for winter birds like waxwings. Merry Christmas!

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2017

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Scary gluten-free PIERNICZKI



Here we go with another family Christmas footage. Our beauty is not only World Champion in jazz dance. 💃🏿 She’s also our World Champion in pierniczki! Pierniczki in Polish means: “gingerbreads”. What makes Daga’s gingerbreads unique? They look and taste like standard ones made for Christmas but they are completely gluten- and sugar-free. Posh pastry at home, isn’t it? Merry Christmas to all :)

Friday, 22 December 2017

Winter lights‘ competition



There’s a thrilling competition in Poland. One of Polish newspapers asks about the most beautiful winter city lights in our country. Obviously the capital city of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship is in play. Let’s vote for Olsztyn on: SE.pl (you can also find nice pictures from Olsztyn over there). 🤞🏻

Monday, 18 December 2017

Masurian sheaf for Christmas



Christmas tree is relatively a new tradition in Masuria. People who lived here in medieval times used to bring quite a piece of sheaf home for Christmas. They treated it like we do with Christmas tree today. Christmas tree became popular in Masuria in the beginning of 20th century. It was only 100 years ago. But it was dramatically different Christmas tree from today's ones. Apples, nuts, sweets and small gifts were placed only under the green tree. Today we've got a special habit of sharing Christmas wafer before our special Christmas Eve supper. Moreover, we've got a lot of beautiful baubles. Hand-made in Poland ones are our most favourite Christmas tree decorations. 🎄

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2017

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Uszka, pierogi & Balbina



Christmas time coming, we're getting ready to the most important day in Poland. You know it is not exactly the Christmas Day but the Christmas Eve, in fact. Today our Sylwia and Paweł made two most important meals we usually eat during the Christmas Eve supper. The first one is: pierogi. Almost all people in today's world know it is a dumpling stuffed with everything you can imagine. In this case we'll enjoy pierogi with cooked sauerkraut and mushrooms. You can remember we had a lot of mushrooms this autumn in our pure Masurian forests. So, we've got a lot of traditional food now. The best pierogi are slightly fried and served with little bit of natural yogurt. Another meal made by Sylwia and Paweł is: uszka. It's a small dumpling stuffed with mushrooms, of course! Uszka usually are leading ingredient of the classic Polish Christmas beetroot soup. The soup is served hot and Balbina - the cat, seems to be very interested... 😇

Friday, 15 December 2017

A world champion in the family



Great success achieved by our beauty last weekend. She and her YULDANCE team colleagues won the world championship in the 31+ jazz dance! What's very interesting, our Daga took up dancing only about 3 months ago. You can watch their nice performance online: YouTube ✌🏻😍🏆🥇👏🏻💪🏻 Isn’t the life beautiful? You can win a lot when you start a good team dance for real... ❤️

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Science and innovations hub in Olsztyn



All news regarding great, new job places in Warmian-Masurian can be a very good news. So, here we go: Olsztyn University is going to build a hub for science, innovations and fun in Kortowo district of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship’s capital city. It will be open in 2021, all our fingers crossed! 🤞🏻
Information via local media: Gazeta Olsztyńska

Monday, 11 December 2017

Masurian winter breath



Masuria is famous of pure nature. Masurian summers are beautiful but mostly in winter you can feel how clean is local air you breathe in. Deep cold breath while walking across snowy meadows, it makes you aware our life depends on what we choose. Our Roman, who studied also Philosophy, always says that our freedom is an implication of our decisions. The more good ones, the more free we are in life. Have a good walk across your life!

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Happy summer selfie



Cold weather in the UK and Poland now! But our Daria made today's Saturday much warmer. It's her summer selfie. Nice one, isn't it? What can make your day better than Masurian smile of happy child growing to be a good doctor? Nothing but more and more children following good ways of their lives. Fingers crossed for all kids living in Masuria!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Saint Nicholas Day in Masuria



Today is the Saint Nicholas Day of gifts. We call this day in Poland: “Mikołajki”. But in Masuria we've got another Mikołajki - a nice town established in the 14th century. There's a proud king of vendace fish on its coat of arms, that has been related by locals to a good fishing for ages. Mikołajki is located between two Masurian lakes: Tałty and Mikołajskie. Moreover, there's also Lake Łukajno staying close to Mikołajki. It's UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Ramsar Convention on Wetlands site in Masuria. Mikołajki is said to be a capital town of lake sailing in Poland. There's quite a lot of hotels and big haven, of course. Usually thousands of tourists visit Mikołajki in summer. In autumn you can rest and experience no noise of crowd over there but views stay always stunning, indeed.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2017

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Late autumn in sailing



Winter coming to Masuria. Our havens are almost empty. From now on, until spring, you experience no crowd everywhere. You can meet only old fans of Masurian sailing in our beautiful northeastern Poland yet. Cleaning process has been happening to the most of yachts in Masuria. Due to a risk of lakes’ freezing, they’ll spend entire winter on shore.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2017

Friday, 1 December 2017

E PLURIBUS UNUM



"E PLURIBUS UNUM" in Latin means "ONE OUT OF MANY" in English. It's not only USA's credo. It's also Benfica's one. The football team from Portugal express their team spirit with such simlpe words. Our Roman went to Lisbon for a conference regading social innovations. He got an invitation from the European Union, you know he's a professional in strategic Corporate Social Responsibility. You also know him good enough to expect him searching for new sport economy solutions in all cities he visits. So, here we go! Have a look at pictures above and imagine that Estadio da Luz is now a crucial part of the commercial district in the capital city of Portugal. The shopping mall named "Colombo" (after Christopher Columbus), is located very close to the stadium and can be even bigger than the stadium. Quite similar solution to Wembley in London but the Portuguese one is missing library yet. In general, Roman says he has never seen such a creative fan engagement in their favourite club life before. There are even red pavements leading to the stadium. You almost feel like a proud Portuguese while walking along all those lines of Benfica's and Portugal's colourful masterpieces of fans' art. Probably only our favourite football club in Poland - the Stomil Olsztyn can have more positively expressive fans than Benfica Lisbon.