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:

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!!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Masurian Easter basket in Warsaw

This year everything you can find in our Easter basket is Masurian high quality. There’s not much meat as it was in our baskets in 1980s. Today we just eat much less sausages or hams than in our childhood. However, the internal layout of the basket stays trafditional.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Easter coming

Easter coming! As a matter of fact we had much different time this time in the past. People used to burn old crucifixes to get some kind of medicine for ulcers. There was also no Easter basket until 1945 but Masurians had holly water and fire for Easter. And this for whole three days. On Easter Sunday people used to wash themselves in a water flowing towards eastern parts of our world, to be healthy all year long. Easter Sunday was a family time. Easter breakfast was very light. No meat, no fries. The most favourite meal was cake with cottage cheese. It was called: “Kuch”. Very tasty, enjoy!

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Friday, 30 March 2018

Warmian-Masurian family future

There’s quite high number of divorces in Poland, mostly in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship these days. Statistics show almost 5 in 10 marriages end with divorce: more... Our Grazyna says it can be an effect of the economic circumstances we experience in our country. She’s a very good professional at family counselling. You know, Poland in general is succeeding but Polish people in particular are not too much. This way they look for a change to board such a speed train called “Success”. It is unfortunately simple psychology of interpersonal relations to blame each other for lack of anything: money, love, future in family. And the simplest way of changing such a ‘bad luck’ seems to be a divorce for so many people. Obviously, it doesn’t work like that. To succeed you must build your family every day, with an awareness of life rules. Nothing really important happens at once in life. Hard times are not for dividing people. They are for making us better team members. Only as a team we can really succeed. Isn’t it obvious? Yes, it is. We’re lucky we are able to build our family day after day, challenge after challenge. It’s Masurian way of life of creating good relations for the future.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Masurian spring’s been coming

A lot of snow in Poland last fortnight but not in Masuria. We’ve got a bit cold but sunny beginning of Masurian spring. Brooks and moors have already woken up. Lakes are waking out of winter ice. And you smell everywhere the change in nature. Masurian spring’s been coming with new birds in the sky.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Monday, 26 March 2018

Mazury are good, nice and impressive

Masuria in Polish is: “Mazury” (pronounce: “Mazuri”). We use plural to describe the name of our favourite region in our family language. What’s very interesting, almost 100 million people living in Africa, and speaking Swahili language, do use the word: “Mazuri”, to describe everything good, nice and impressive. Isn’t it a deep truth about Masuria, eh? Our Mazury are really good, are really nice and are really impressive. What we do with such a real treasure is different matter. Who but our family tells the world aloud: “Discover Masuria!”, because Masuria is good, Masuria is nice and Masuria is impressive? Not many with such an effect we are lucky to be able to carry out. But it will change for sure, much more people will talk and know much more about Masuria soon, because: Mazury are good, nice and impressive. Roman.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Warmian-Masurian fresh water

Olsztyn - the capital city of Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, can have one of the best tap waters in our country. That water has everything we need for living: magnesium, calcium, potassium and so on. Therefore new public drinking water taps will be open this summer in Olsztyn. All people, including visitors will be able to drink very good Olsztyn’s water for free. More:

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Safe & Sound

Pearl looks like Naomi Campbell, she is CRM manager in Mombasa, level of her IQ is even higher than the level of her unique beauty, and we’ve got a new Stomil Olsztyn fan in Kenya. She says our world boundaries are limited by our beliefs. Wise beliefs determine only good boundaries we need to live safe & sound. Smart girl from Africa. All the future in front of her, I’d say. Roman.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Ash & Baobab

Two continents, two trees but one world and one beauty of pure nature. Our Masurian friend - Maria Olszowska, has sent to us her Polish ash picture. Our Roman took his one in Africa and you see an old baobab on the right for aesthetic comparison reason. Aren’t beautiful both of them?! 🇵🇱🇰🇪🌍💚

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Mazur in Africa

You probably remember our Roman is a member of Royal African Society. He is also a director for the Polish University Abroad, one of the biggest Polish charity organisations outside Poland. Now he is in Kenya with some European Union academic research project regarding future reforms in public space communication. It’s a complex matter for all of us. He says it’s a very big challenge to let kids of our kids feel at home in all parts of the Earth. As you see he feels at home in Mombasa area. A lot of local people speak not only English but also several communicative words in Polish. That’s because of descendants of Polish WW2 soldiers, first of all. Roman visited the Commonwealth Cemetery to pay tribute to the second world war heroes. He also met things he doesn’t want to talk about. Poverty in Poland is much different from the one in Africa. He only says we ought to thank God we are able to help Africans to develop their part of the world and prevnt African youth from finding Europe as the only way to a better life. Isn’t our Roman clever guy? Yes, he is!! 👏🏻🤔👌🏻❤️

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Storks returning to Masuria

People say that storks have started to return from Africa to Masuria this year. It can be strange when you take into account how cold was last week of February and the the first one in March. On the other hand, there’s no better place for safe and easy living than our Masuria. We love storks! Storks seem to know it very well 😀 Such a good message via

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Masurian ice cream

A big bit warmer in Masuria now. No -10C anymore. We've got +10C at last and we are looking forward to summer. This is an effect our Grazyna and Roman are in Kenya now. +30C over there! The best thing to do in such circumstances is what? Eating ice cream, obviously! 😀 The one you see above in Daga's and Grazyna's hands was made out of the organic milk. And where the best organic milk comes from? Masuria, of course. 🙂

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Masurian Men

We celebrate Men’s Day internationally in November but locally we did it yesterday. Our boys play their league matches on Saturdays. Our Masurian friend, Maria Olszowska from Mrągowo, has sent a picture of classic Masurian statue called “Prussian Lady”. Nobody knows these days what were such statues made for in ancient times. One of theories is that they are in fact not women but fighters or even warriors. Which one looks like “Prussian Lady” more, Maks or Bruno? 🙂

Thursday, 8 March 2018

A rose from the willow

An unique rose for all women today. We’ve got International Women’s Day. What you see above is not a flower, in fact. It’s a kind of safe home for a small insect, similar to mosquitos. They are hiding inside for winter. Happy I.W.D. then!

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Bid a castle in Masuria!

Something unusual takes place in Masuria tomorrow. There will be a bidding for the Teutonic castle in Szymbark. As a matter of fact, it’s not fully operational but the price is a bargain. About 400,000 GBP for such a nice piece of history can be recognised only as a good deal. What’s important, the castle is located in the heart of the European Union. Polish enthusiasts of the history try to win the bidding, however other parties are not excluded. Details: GO...

Monday, 5 March 2018

The Merry Wives of Windsor in Olsztyn

Very interesting concerts this week in Olsztyn. Their philharmony will play i.a. Nicolay’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor”. Two events will take place on 8th and 9th March. As you can remember, the 8th March was a day of tulip and stockings for many years in Poland 😉 Details:

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Winter, mist and shadows

Just winter, mist and shadows for all from Masuria...

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Dortmund - Olsztyn

A new possibility to discover Warmian-Masurian for active families living in western part of the European Union. On 14th May “WizzAir” will start the new route from Dortmund in Germany to our local airport Olsztyn-Mazury in Szymany. Introductory prices are very attractive, so no need to wait! Book now:  👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 🛫⛵️

Monday, 26 February 2018

Love PL100 Checkerboard

Poland celebrate the 100th anniversary of independence this year. Our family in London help one of the oldest charity organisations - the Polish University Abroad, to develop in global world. They start very unique seminar comprising of many patriotic issues. The first one relates to Ignacy Jan Paderewski - one of the most famous pianists in Polish history, who made a lot in 1918 for independent Poland. As a matter of fact, our artist - Daria, also takes - somehow - part in that event at PUA. She made a simple, white and red bracelet that will be worn by our Grażyna during that event. Daria named her creation just: “Love PL100 Checkerboard” ❤️🇵🇱

Saturday, 24 February 2018

The Beast from the East in Masuria

Very cold air has been coming to Europe from Siberia. Our family in the UK say that British media call it: “Beast from the East”. Nothing unusual for us to experience e.g. -15C! 😀 Have a look at the picture above. This is Masuria in February we can remember from our childhood in 1980s. Picture was taken by our Masurian friend - Maria Olszowska from Mrągowo. Looks cold, doesn’t it?! ❄️ 💨

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Masurian forest in not Masurian winter

We've received a bunch of fresh pictures from our Masurian friend - Mrs. Maria Olszowska from Mrągowo. What you see above is Masurian forest in... today's winter, eh! None of us has been able to remember such a shortage of snow in Masuria in February. But it's been happening since a few years. Climate changes are quite well visible fact in our Masuria.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Chinese year of Gofer

Chinese year of dog started last weekend. People say it will be a year of high responsibility, good communication and everything what’s relating to serious friendship not only between people loving each other. The year of dog brings a lot of good memories to our family. They regard our Gofer. He is in dogs’ heaven now and plays with other cherubic dogs. However, he’ll always stay in our minds as the most patient dog enjoying Masurian countryside. All weekends and holidays spent in Masuria during 13 years of his life were never enough for him. Rest in peace but play as much as you want now, dear Gofer!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Family sport tradition

Looks like family tradition has been starting to continue. Our Bruno follows our Roman sport path. He fell in love with basketball for good and plays for “Kangury” team in Warsaw. What you see above is his first league match. Unlike Roman, who used to play as SF, Bruno seems to start the career as PG. Bruno doesn’t tend to be higher than Roman in the future. However, he’ll be 6’ for sure. Family fingers crossed 🤞🏻

Saturday, 17 February 2018

When one Mazur meets Podlaskie

Today some important meeting took place in London. The Secretary of State for International Dialogue in Poland - Mrs. Anna Maria Anders, visited the Polish University Abroad. As you know, our Roman is Strategic Development Director for that charity focused on higher education of Polish people in the UK. What’s crucial, Anna Maria Anders is also a member of higher chamber of the Parliament in Poland. She represents Podlaskie, the closest voivodeship to the Warmian-Masurian. Moreover, her father was one of the best soldiers in Polish history: gen. Władysław Anders. He lived in London for 25 years after the WW2. Anna Maria Anders was born in London and studied in the UK. As a matter of fact, they both - she and our Roman, have MBA from American universities. Anna Maria Anders from Boston University, our Roman from Denver University. Great meeting, Roman said. Have a look at the selfie, isn’t it nice?

Friday, 16 February 2018

Walentyna Dermacka‘s Regional Museum

There’s a lot of local art galleries in small Masurian towns and villages. One of them is Walentyna Dermacka‘s Regional Museum in Piecki, close to Mrągowo. It’s a venue full of clay statuettes. They are very unique due to the creation process. In fact, you can see 1143 little men and women over there. Among them are: Adam and Eve, old Polish farmers and potters. There’s also a lot of Christian characters and even musicians living in Masuria long time ago. It’s really worth to visit Piecki and enjoy all those tiny exhibits.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Masurian Valentine’s Day

Just happy Valentine’s Day to all, not only Masuria fans, with a hint of Masurian summer and sun to warm you up, wherever you are in our European family ❤️👨‍👩‍👧‍👦☀️ 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Masurian pancake day 2018

Pancake Day 2018 today in the UK was - eh - a beautiful day... for a while 😀 You know, such things happen when you want to take a perfect picture of not too perfect pancake structure 😁 So, instead of #PerfectPancakes winner, we’ve had... a fish trying to get to the surface of frozen Masurian lake or something 😂 Anyway, happy pancake day to all!

Monday, 12 February 2018

PM in Masuria

Polish PM - Mateusz Morawiecki, has visited Masuria. You probably can remember that Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship is a leading furniture making zone in the European Union. There’s about 1k manufacturers employing over 14k people due to our best European forests and wood. Modern furniture is one of the most recognisable Polish export faces not only in the EU. We’re exporting goods worth over £2bn each year. And this is growing and growing! Polish furniture in the EU means succes 👌👆🏼 As a matter of fact our Roman met Mateusz Morawiecki a few years ago at London School of Economics. They talked about returns of Polish youth from the emigration in the UK to Poland. Roman is a honorary director for one of the biggest Polish charity organisations outside Poland - the Polish University Abroad in London, due to his unique mangement and Corporate Social Responsibility skills. Roman supports returns, however he is fully aware of the fact Poland is still not ready for such a thing. Polish migrants in the UK are used to much bigger salaries than you usually get in Poland yet. However, future is open - our smart Roman always says 🤞🏻 Post via

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Widzew v Stomil

Two great Polish football brands of 1990s met each other yesterday. Widzew Łódź & Stomil Olsztyn had a sparring match on Saturday. Widzew won 2:0 but it doesn’t mean much for Stomil. Our team’s been getting ready for the beginning of March and start of second round of 2017/2018 matches in Polish Championship. Our family fingers crossed! 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

Friday, 9 February 2018

Masurian pizza day

National pizza day today in the UK. All our boys say it’s a celebration of the year, cos nothing can be better than pizza for dinner. Obviously they are wrong, vegan gluten-free pizza can be even better 😅 Here we go with female-friendly pizza in our healthy Masurian style: DiscoverMasuria’s pizza for all.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Fat B’day

Here we go with pączki - Polish doughnuts, to celebrate not only „Fat Thursday” but also our Daga’s birthday. She’s 21 - of course - as usually 😂❤️😎 This year b’day of hers is even more unique due to the last Thursday of the carnival in Poland. We usually call it Tłusty Czwartek and eat a lot of our version of doughnuts. Original Polish ones you can see in the top right corner of the picture above. Everything else is a free variation of pączki, including Daga’s birthday cake like doughnut! 🍩🎉🎂

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Maternity adventure in Olsztyn

Very very very interesting workshop will take place tomorrow in Olsztyn, the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship’s capital city. Poland has one of the lowest fertility rates in the European Union. So, all people interested in changing that fact can come to Olsztyn’s cultural centre (3 Kruk Street), on Thursday - 8th February 2018, at 4pm. “Adventure with maternity” is a free workshop. You can meet doctors, nurses and professionals in many things regarding the pregnancy and childbirth processes. All details and invitations: here...

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Masurian winter mix

Unusual winter in Masuria this year. We had snow, frost and hard rime. Now we've got something like a very early spring. That's not an usual weather for Masurian winter. What a big climate change, in fact.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Friday, 2 February 2018

Warmian-Masurian Marathon Man

There’s a man in Warmian-Masurian, who completed 7 marathons on 7 continents. He’s 59, his name is Zenon Liberna and he lives in Bartoszyce. The last marathon he compleated was on Antarctica. Details: Congrats from all of us! 👏🏻

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Olsztyn stadium fate

We start to think something really strange happens to Olsztyn in relation to that unique city growth. As you know, we’re Stomil Olsztyn fans because of our Roman, who supported that club while living in Poland in 1990s. He describes that era as a big football cheer in the Warmian-Masurian. He says that people from all parts of north-eastern Poland were coming to Olsztyn to watch Stomil playing against such big brands of the Polish Premier League like Widzew, Legia, Amica, ŁKS, Polonia and so on. 20 years gone and what happened? There’s no such think like coherent strategy for Olsztyn, that would include professional football - such an obvious socioeconomic solution for today’s cities in the West. Could you imagine e.g. UK’s Southampton without their football team and all the infrastructure making Southampton growing slightly faster to attract over 20k Polish youth to live and work over there? 1 in 10 inhabitants of today’s Southampton was born in Poland. Football is not everything but it is a crucial part of present growth strategies for cities challenging the future. Fans of football in Olsztyn seem to understand that quite well. But local authorities live their political life without catching what’s going on. So, one more try to persuade them a new stadium would be an advantage for Olsztyn: Go to vote online for the best kid’s stadium vision. Our favourite is no. 8 - vivid colours and just very Olsztyn artwork. We think, of course, it’s not the way to build a new stadium in Olsztyn. However, it’s a nice competition for children. What’s intresting, Olsztyn’s football fans made a very impressive association. They do a lot of non-profit work around the stadium. Why they don’t make a logical move towards the city hall council to be an active part of Olsztyn authorities, we don’t know. There are local elections this Autumn in Poland. People are asking for stadium instead of just building it, at last?

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Cat Cafe Olsztyn

There’s a new cat cafe in Olsztyn, the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship’s capital city. This one is run by a non-profit organisation “The Olsztyn Love Cats”. It’s open from Monday to Sunday between 12pm and 7pm. Address: 22 Curie-Skłodowska Street. More information:

Sunday, 28 January 2018

The winter sculptor

Not more than 20 / 30 years ago winter in Masuria usually was a polar experience. Temperatures below 0C made Masurian frost a talented sculptor in our family memories. Climate change can be a theory for rich people but is the real fact for those ones who live simple life. These days -20C or more happens almost never. But -10C still possible from time to time. Have a look at pictures we received from our Masurian friend - Maria Olszowska from Mrągowo. Isn’t Masurian frost still very talented?!

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Masurian Agro Show 2018

Masurian Agro Show coming soon. In about two weeks you’ll be able to visit Ostróda and their Expo Mazury Centre for that big event. More exhibition space than ever, more exhibitors and - obviously - more visitors are expected this year. Don’t forget, it’s 10th & 11th FEB 2018 in one of the best agricultural regions of the Polish part of the European Union 🇵🇱 🇪🇺

Wednesday, 24 January 2018


What an unexpected discovery in Switzerland! They have Brusio, as we do 😀 Our boys went for the Polish half-term holidays to Italy. They love not only Masurian lakes in summer but also European mountains in winter. Nobody was expecting our Bruno can feel like home over there... He used to call himself: “Brusio”, as a little kid. Now such a discovery bringing back so many good memories to our family 😂 Life is really amazing. When we were kids, none of us could even imaginge such things like skiing in Alps. Today our kids can’t even imagine all those visas, money exchange & so on. Isn’t the EU to live in full? Yes, it is. So, our duty’s to develop united Europe for all the European children.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Storks & Snow

There's quite unusual footage on YouTube made by Mr. Paweł Socha, who's a friendly lawyer from Olsztyn. What you see is not any fake video. It's a group of storks walking across the snowy Warmian-Masurian forest. Those storks should be in Africa now. They are still in Poland due to some injuries they experienced during the journey home. We've got a non-profit charity in Poland: Fundajca Albatros, that is focused on injured birds. They provide all year treatments i.a. in Bukwałd. Isn't it very impressive, is it?

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Penne a la Masuria

Such a Masurian lunch today by our family masterchefs. Penne with kale, cheese and smoked eel from a small organic farm in Masuria. Yummy!! 😋😋 BTW, don’t eat to much eel while resting in Masuria. That fish is very tasty but is also quite rare these days. We have it not more than two or three times a year, and only for a big family dinner. Thank you in advance!!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Fresh snow from Masuria

A bit of fresh snow experience from our Masurian friend, Mrs. Maria Olszowska. What you see on the picture above is the forest close to Mrągowo. Picture was taken shortly after recent snow falls in Masuria. Enjoy! ❄️🌨☀️