Saturday, 21 July 2018

Masurian Mars



We are happy to announce we take part in the UK Space Agency competition. The point is to name the newest Mars explorer with a catchy brand. Our Roman speaks English best in our family, so it’s his idea we have introduced. You know us, we love Masuria. Masuria plays somehow a leading role in our entry then. Details - let’s hope - soon 🤞🏻🙂

Friday, 20 July 2018

Masurian captain



Here is our Maks, the Masurian captain 🙂❤️ What he learnt while sailing in Masuria, now is being in use in Europe. Have a look what a sailor in our family 👏🏻🚤 Moreover, he goes to London soon for Tottenham summer camp. Active holidays is a must. We always were doing like that, our kids do like that too.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Masurian Croatia



When we realised this year World Cup is not for us, because our team looked rather like on a holiday than on the challenge, our family invaded Croatia! Croatians looked good enough on the pitch in Russia to support them while resting in their country. Unforgettable experience to watch what was happening over there thanks to the Croatian team fighting like true eagles. All the Croatia was like exploding volcano of positive energy when they won over Argentina and England. We wish one day something like that happened in Poland!!! 🇵🇱🤞🏻❤️ You know our Roman is a great passionate about the World Cup 2030? Have a look: here... He says such a big deal can take place in our country, if we co-operate better to each other. It’s probably the worst what happens to Poland, in his opinion, that Polish people hardly ever play as a team these days.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Masurian wild cherry



Summer walk across Masurian off-roads brings good memories from our childhood. Wild cherry tree always ment a lot of pleasure for us. All we like cherries but our Grazyna loves them at most. She can eat everything what includes any kind of cherry. Obviously it was she, who as the first in our family tasted cherry pudding! 🙂

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Galindia - back to the past



Galindia, called: 'Masurian Heaven', is an unique resort located by the lake Bełdany. You can really experience some kind of time travel over there. It looks like a compound of ancient tribe of Galindians, who used to live in Mrągowo area as well as close to lakes Śniardwy and Mamry. Staff working at Galindia wear very old style clothes. There are sculptures relating to habits and beliefs of Galindians. A few times a year you can watch performances bringing former rituals to the present day. Go discover everything by yourself, a lot of nice surprises in front of you: www.galindia.com.pl

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Monday, 9 July 2018

Save the bees in Masuria



The number of bees in the world is systematically decreasing. Unfortunately, it's cos of us at most. We make too much pollution like exhausts, detergents or pesticides to let bees do their job in nature. What would happen to the muesli without honey is even not the point. The point is concerning the natural process of pollination. You know bees do it in a best way. Nature wouldn't manage without them. Therefore we ask for saving each one bee you can meet in Masuria while your holiday stay. Let it be, don't kill at all. All we need bees. Thank you in advance and best regards to you from our family team as well as our friend from Mrągowo, Maria Olszowska, who took the pic your eyes can enjoy above.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Jamaica in Masuria



Who would expect a good reggae festival in Poland? Who would expect a good reggae festival in Masuria, eh? Obviously us! We know very well about reggae festival taking place in Ostróda each year. That charming Masurian town is in committed to this kind of music in a professional way. They are even in a great commitment with Jamaican Ocho Rios as twin towns. Who doesnt kmow Ocho Rios, here you go: YouTube. More about this year edition of the Ostróda Reggae Festival: tap here...

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Mikołajki Open Days 2018



Open Days of Mikołajki start on Friday and will finish on Sunday. It's another annual bunch of events promoting that charming Masurian town, including: concert of one of Polish pop-stars, fish fair, boats' show, gospel choir performance and so on: details... Go to Mikołajki then, to enjoy true summer in our beutiful Masuria!

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Warmian-Masurian travel guide



Very nice and interesting Warmian-Masurian travel guide to download for free from “My Masuria” website: here... Unfortunately, it’s in Polish only. However, it’s worth to be browsed through. A lot of nice pictures, including Masurian Giżycko and Warmian Lidzbark. What’s also very interesting, the publisher invite to a co-operation. They wait for nice pictures and articles on stays in Masuria. Send yours to: redakcja[at]mojemazury.pl

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Summer fruity breakfast from Masuria



Our summer breakfasts in 1980s looked almost exactly like this. It’s our Pawel and Sylwia creation made of our favourite Masurian fruits. Sweet strawberries, mellow gooseberries, nice red currant and organic dairy (yoghurt plus cottage cheese). We added always oats and ate everything with passion ❤️

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Olsztyn Culture Summer 2018



Olsztyn Culture Summer starts tomorrow for the 22nd time in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship’s capital city. It’s one of the most recognisable cycles of cultural events in Poland, full of concerts and other performances. Most of its events usually take place in the central Olsztyn, including the castle amphitheater and old town market. For the full list of this year diary go to: MOK. And tickets: here...

Sunday, 24 June 2018

School holidays 2018



Two-month school holidays have just been starting in Poland. Obviously our kids are very happy 😇 Daria and Maks go to the 7th level of Polish primary-school system of education now. We’ve got 8 of them again. Bruno will attend his school as 3rd-level pupil in September 👍🏻 A lot of plans for July & August. You’ll see soon 🙂 Our family always loved school holidays, we are missing them much. Isn’t it unfair? We grow up and loose most of the summer fun, don’t we?! 😎 

Saturday, 23 June 2018

The white stork, the symbol of Masuria



The white stork is symbol of Masuria. The number of our storks usually depends on the condition of environment, access to food and possibilities of building nests. No wonder this bird prefers our rural  areas due to the purity of Masurian nature. People used to call white stork as ‘Wojtek’. It’s popular male name in Poland. They also thought white storks were thinking a lot while standing on one leg in the water. And, moreover, the nest of storks! All we want to have it on roofs of our houses, because it is said to bring a lot of luck in life. As a matter of fact, we love storks very much. They have their celebration day in our country. It’s usually 31st May.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Masuria for Macbook®



We've got a great picture form our Masurian friend - Maria Olszowska, who lives Mrągowo! This time our beautiful Masuria in green and blue. Looks very nice when you watch it, doesn't it? Enjoy all the time round. You can download and set as the wallpaper on your MacBook. It's completely free.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Roman and London Tech Week



London Tech Week 2018 is taking place in London. We are very very very proud of our Roman, who made a Polish university took part in the LTW for the first time in history of Polish higher education. Roman’s PUNO is carrying out an academic project supported by the European Union. Moreover, he developes a Polish startup inspired with research regarding future transportation in the European Union. What’s crucial, all we will feel at home with local public transport in any European Union city soon. Oh, he is smart! He is very cery very smart and loves Poland!! 🇵🇱❤️

Thursday, 14 June 2018

World Cup fan zone



There’s World Cup fan zone in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship’s capital city. Olsztyn neglected quite a long time with it. However, everything seems to be all right now. What’s very interesting, their fan zone is completely alcohol-free! It’s family friendly, which means watching Polish national team matches with kids is a top priority over there. We do like it very much! Address: here...

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Mazury at Polish Hearth



There’s summer party with “Mazury” dance group at the Polish Hearth in London. You know well that “Mazury” means “Masuria” in Polish. Event takes place in one of the most Polish venues in London. The Polish Hearth’s famous of the Polish government in exile. Polish politicians living in the UK after the WW2 had a lot of meetings over there. Even our Roman, who is Strategic Development Director for one of the oldest Polish charities in London - the Polish University Abroad, decided to carry out the first biggest Polish academic conference outside Poland at the Polish Hearth in April 2011. Conference commemorates last Polish president in exile - Mr. Ryszard Kaczorowski, who died in ‘Smolensk Crush’ in April 2010.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Masurian grain mix for family dinner



Masurian grain mix for family dinner today in Warsaw. Healthy stuff by our Daga. She invented it out of nothing unusual. Everything good for eating goes always as Masurian in our family. It reminds us about the past, mostly school holidays when we were kids and had always best meals out of anything!

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Witches tree in Masuria



Bird cherry is a nice shrub with white, very good-smelling flowers blooming in spring. Its fruits and shoots are being eaten by many animals. Even bees enjoy collecting pollen and nectar from this plant much. Why does it happen? It happens mostly because of some kind of pheromones that have antiseptic feature. Literally, there are almost no bacteria on bird cherry. Therefore it was called ‘witches tree’ in the past, in Scotland. In Masuria we call it just: czeremcha.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Monday, 4 June 2018

Stomil and Roman



About one month ago our favourite football club was supposed to be relegated from the Polish Championship. Not many people believed everything can be still fine and Stomil Olsztyn can finish present league season successfully. One of always-believing fans was our Roman who wrote very important words on Twitter - as seen above. On 30 April 2018 he replied to a pessimistic comment with his rationally optimistic managing style. He said there is still plenty of time to play better and no need to demotivate our players in public. Today all we know he was right, as usually. Stomil Olsztyn won their last match yesterday and we stay on course to the Polish Premier League. It’s again Roman, who says like that. He always motivates all of us to do all the best when we can do it, in fact. It’s not an easy life with this guy, however we are in much different stage of living with him in our team. Thank you Stomil, and thank you Roman !! 💙💙

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Masurian Lake Victoria



This is how dream lake of our childhood looks like now. All we watched with passion all those BBC films about Lake Victoria and its wildlife in 1980s. Yesterday we got even more pictures from Kenya. One of them is quite Masurian. Aerial view of the lake - seen towards the city of Kisumu - could be our Masuria, couldn’t it? The only difference down there seems to be lack of cormorants and plenty of flamingos instead. Obviously, none of us would be brave enough to swim in African Great Lakes. Masurian Great Lakes are a bit safer. No hippoes, no crocks in Poland 😃 Anyway, we love all lakes!

Thursday, 31 May 2018

EBT Finals 2018



There’s European championship in beach handball taking place now in Stare Jabłonki in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. Quite big event. Started today, will last till Sunday. The weather’s very good. We’ve got a lot of sun & high temperatures in north-eastern Poland. All details on: ebtfinals2018.com

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

One sky, one world



Who’d say this picture was taken today in... western Kenya?! Could be Masuria or almost any part of the European Union, couldn’t it? Our Kenyan friend - Ms. Pearl, you can probably remember her as one of the newest Stomil Olsztyn’s fans, went to visit her family close to the Lake Victoria. She took the picture of sky above her head and we find it as very interesting. Have a closer look at it, we do definitely live under the same sky all over the Earth! Trees with the same green leaves, Sun shining like it usually does in Masuria during the summer. So, why we are not citizens of one world yet? One day we must be more mobile, to be able to travel form Lake Śniardwy to Lake Victoria quick and easy just to enjoy local nature 🤞🏻

Monday, 28 May 2018

Just a nice stork for iPad®



One more Masurian wallpaper thanks to our Masurian friend, Maria Olszowska. She took a picture of the stork chasing fish in one of lakes in Masuria, we turned it into your iPad® stuff. Enjoy, it’s free! :)

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Masurian oxeye daisy



Oxeye daisy and butterfly from Masuria for your phone today. We’ve got new pic from our Masurian friend, Mrs. Maria Olszowska from Mrągowo. You can save it and use as wallpaper on your iPhone® 

Friday, 25 May 2018

Masurian-spring forest



A lot of light in Masurian forest this spring. Colours are so playful. Ground cover is blooming. White windflowers together with blue and purple liverworts make amazing carpets we can admire in all the Masuria.

Author: Maria Okszowska, Masuria 2018

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Masurian Disco Polo



Some part of our culture in Poland is “Disco Polo”. It’s a sort of dance music mostly young people like. We’ve found today a very dancing clip on YouTube. Have a look and listen to, they sing about our Masuria!!! 😊😍😇

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Polish PhD in London



This is very interesting news from London! There will be some kind of intern institute for young academic researchers from Poland at the Polish University Abroad. It’s another step of the PUA growth our Roman says. You know he is Strategic Development Director for that old Polish organisation in the UK. As you see on pic they’ve been already running seminars for PhD candidates!

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Flowers of May



Sunday walk across Masurian meadows and forests by our friend from Masuria, Maria Olszowska from Mrągowo. Enjoy flowers of May in our favourite part of Poland! ❤️

Friday, 18 May 2018

Super classic “schabowy” from Masuria



What you see on the pic is super classic lunch we can remember from our childhood in Polish 1980s. Sorrel soup with hard boiled egg, cucumber with sour cream and super classic “schabowy” with mashed potatoes. Schabowy is most popular cutlet in Poland even today. It’s made out of pork. We had such a lunch usually on Sundays, after attending church for a mass. Our Paweł found a restaurant serving our lunches everyday in Warsaw now !! 😍

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Kortowiada 2018




Kortowiada 2018 has been launched in Olsztyn. It’s probably the best students’ holiday time in Poland. A lot of events and parties in front of Warmian-Masurian University students, including: tomorrow’s boat race, Saturday’s concerts and Sunday’s beach breakfast. All details on kortowiada.pl

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Forget-me-nots



May is the most beautiful month of each year in Poland. Beautiful flowers of the forget-me-nots are blooming in blue, white or purple. Yesterday - on 15th May in fact, we celebrated a day of forget-me-nots in Poland. The idea is to remember always about important people, memories, places and things!

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Monday, 14 May 2018

Roman in parliament



Most proud Masurian family now? Our one! 😊 Roman came to the upper chamber of our parliament  to deliver a presentation on his strategic development plans regarding the Polish University Abroad he manages as director in London. You probably can remember he made European Union started to include that old Polish organisation in their huge research projects. Roman says it’s Poland’s turn now. Obviously he’s right. As a matter of fact, he’s always right and we love him for his rightness ❤️

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Warmian-Masurian Poland



There are two footballers from Warmian-Masurian who can play for Poland during the World Cup. One of them - Paweł Dawidowicz, was born in Olsztyn. Polish national team looks strong this time. It’s highly possible we’ll go for more than 3 matches to Russia!! 🤞🏻🇵🇱⚽️👌🏻🙂

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Mirabelle from Masuria



One of Masurian trees loving life in wild is mirabelle plum. You can find it not only close to forests but also on fields and meadows of our countryside. What you see on the picture above is its Spring dress. Blooming tree looks beautiful with all those thousands of little flowers. In about 2 months we will enjoy fruits. Mirabelle plums are sweet & zesty. Children living in Masuria like them very much.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Masurian breakfast in bed



Very-long-May-weekend Masurian breakfast in bed today 😊 Semi-boiled free range egg, tomato with aromatic dill and sea salt, whole meal bread with fresh butter and “Złoty Mazur” - our family most favourite cheese lately. Have a good Sunday! ❤️

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Matura 2018



Hello to every this-year Maturzysta in other parts of Poland, from our Masuria blooming with horse chestnuts! 🙂 Tomorrow Matura starts in our country. Exam in English will take place on Tuesday. All family and friends’ fingers crossed from today on! 🤞🏻 For the information of foreign students, blooming chestnut tree is a symbol of the A-Level time in our country. Enjoy the pic above as your iPhone® wallpaper. It was taken by our Paweł & Sylwia, who are enjoying Masurian holiday during veeeeeeery long ‘May weekend’ we’ve been having in Poland 🇵🇱 

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Ruciane-Nida



Ruciane-Nida still sleepy a bit but getting ready for summer. Not many yachts, not too many tourists yet. This means a good time for visiting such a charming town to avoid holiday crowds. It is located in Pisz Forest and famous of old water gate “Guzianka”. It links two of Masurian lakes on the Great Masurian Lakes trail: Bełdany and Guzianka Mała. Ther’s also an unique factory dealing with seeds from cones. In front of that factory is 300-year-old oak called “Dobko”. And in Słowiańska street you can visit “Borejszówka”, a nice 100-year-old house made out of wood. Today is starting the longest weekend in Poland. We start to celebrate thee different celebration days, one after another. Ruciane turns into a family walk destination. And it will last in fact until the very late September.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Monday, 30 April 2018

Summer in Masuria



Beautiful weather in Poland, beautiful weather in Masuria. We’ve got around +25C and this happens in our beautiful Masuria! Everything’s blooming but European crab apple trees do it most beautifully. Enjoy last weekend view, we know there’s only around +5C in London today! 🌧💨☔️

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Masurian running in London



Good news from London. Our Roman's favourite track for running usually leads via the Polish War Memorial in Northolt. He says our memorial has been refurbished. There'll be no green effect in the fountain anymore. Water looks as clear as water in most of the Masurian lakes. Good job!

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Olsztyn calling...



This gentleman’s appeared to be a challenger running for the presidential office in Olsztyn. We’ve got local elections in our country this Autumn. Mr. Michał Wypij is not only follower of ours but also a member of ruling political coalition in Poland. He seems not to be a leader of polls in Warmian-Masurian capital city but who knows 🙂 There’s a lot of time for all (im)possible changes. 6 months!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Stomil v Ruch



There is LIVE broadcast from the match taking place in Olsztyn now! Follow sport.egit.pl on Fb to enjoy Stomil v Ruch. Team from Chorzów probably will leave our league this season. Our boys still play for staying in Polish Championship. All our fingers and paws crossed! 🤞🏻🐾💙

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Earth Day 2018



The Earth Day 2018 is today. We’ve been celebrating it for the 48th time since 1970. It is to draw our attention to the beauty of the world we live in, and to the growth of awareness regarding the need of saving our world for next generations. There are in fact no two similar ecosystems on our planet. Each one is unique and ought to admired by itself. Let’s stop during today’s family walks for a while, look around and enjoy the miracle of living nature.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Friday, 20 April 2018

Holy Mass in Olsztyn



There’s holy mass for “Biedrza” at 6pm on Saturday - 21st April 2018, in Olsztyn’s Jaroty district. Andrzej Biedrzycki, one of the most popular contemporary footballers playing for Stomil, died one year ago (aged 50). What’s crucial, Stomil Olsztyn will play the match against Puszcza Niepolomice at 12:30pm to let football fans take part in the evening’s event. More via: sport.wm.pl

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Mazur and Kenya



Something quite unusual happened yesterday in London. Our Roman was invited to a meeting with president of Kenya. It wasn’t his first meeting with a leader of country coming from Africa. Roman is a member of the Royal African Society and his work regards future development of that continent. What was unique in his opinion then? Very strict security that excluded even conversations. He said all his day was determined by that event but everything he was able to do was limited to one question only. Question regarded future development of public transport system in that part of Africa. There is very huge number of self-employed youth providing local transportation service. Long smart question met short smart answer: “I strongly believe.” Such things happen when professional in management meets professional in politics 🙂 Anyway, we’re very proud of our Roman!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Lady in Masuria



Walking across Masurian forests is not only healthy habit for all of us. It can bring a lot of fun, too. Have a look at the picture above. Our Masurian friend - Maria Olszowska from Mrągowo, spotted Daria’s cute “Lady” while a spring walk. It happens again, we saw something similar last year in a different spot. It looks like “Lady” is quite natural for Masurian nature, instead of being a British dog.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Roman’s conference in London



Our Roman, who is strategic development director of the Polish University Abroad, had a great day today in London. You know that he is very good man with big Polish heart and huge European brain. The conference cycle he created for the PUA over 8 years ago took place another time today. They commemorate the last Polish President in exile - Ryszard Kaczorowski, who died together with 95 other Polish people in “Smolensk catastrophe” in Russia in 2010. Roman says they do the biggest and most important Polish academic event outside Poland. Nothing strange it has happened for the 8th time and will be continued. We know that in 2 years that conference will concern Poles in western front of the WW2 👏🏻👏🏻

Friday, 13 April 2018

Spring, more and more!



Spring has neglected to come to Masuria this year. But we are really happy to welcome it just now. But it looks like Masurian spring knows more about the weather forecasts than humans. We say in Poland in April: “ne’er cast a clout till May be out”. 

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Spring, definitely!



A lot of cheering symptoms of spring on our friendly Warmian-Masurian lawyer’s TT: have a look... 🌞 Paweł Socha has been making our days!! What you see on the bottom pics is some kind of clinic for birds in Bukwałd. We wrote about it not long time ago. It’s not far from Olsztyn. All we love storks much in Poland. People taking such kind of care of them do a very good job over there! ❤️❤️

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Seagulls from Masurian lakes



Seagulls are birds used to migration, in fact. Many of them come to Masuria in March. There are also seagulls living here all year long. They are rather noisy, while flying around or just sitting as a group. Now they have attractive feathers, because of laying period. Young birds’ll appear in Masuria in May.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Open day at the WMU



Open day at the Warmian-Masurian University in Olsztyn tomorrow! Details: here... As a matter of fact, why not to go study in Poland? If you are European Union citizen, go study in the capital city of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. It’s a good university, about 30k students, almost 100 studies types and unique climate of Kortowo district in Olsztyn - city of lakes. One of our Roman’s friends graduated from Warmian-Masurian University. He says she is very good at her job. You know he is Honorary Strategic Development Director for the Polish University Abroad in London.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Farmer Wants A Wife



We’ve got a native Masurian man in Polish version of the reality television series “Farmer wants a wife”. His name is Łukasz, he is 35 and lives in Masuria. More about him: TVP 🤞🏻 Fingers crossed!!