Saturday, 15 September 2018

Future of Mrągowo, eh?



What a nice render on Android® weather app for Mrągowo town in Masuria. It’s our Roman’s new BlackBerry® phone providig such a good vision of Mrągowo’s urban space development. We love it!

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Masurian risotto by Bruno



No rice growing in Masuria but we have a lot of very good mushrooms in forests all the Poland love. They are called “kurki” in Polish, which means literally: little hens. English name for them is chanterell. Tasting very good when served e.g. with rice. Our Bruno’s idea for family dinner today. Masurian risotto with chanterelle. He returned form Masuria with a bag full of tasety stuff a day ago. So, now we eat Masurian and we love it much!

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Masurian woodland strawberry



Masurian-like woodland strawberries spotted today in Warsaw as best ever woodland strawberry tart. Guess who made this discovery? Our Grazyna, of course! Woodland strawberries are the only thing in the world she seems to be addicted to. Childhood we know by ourselves was always full of forest fruits during the school holidays. What a happy time in such a sad reality we used to have in Poland of 1980s.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Wedding Hits Festival 2018



Wedding Hits Festival 2018 has taken its place in Mrągowo - one of the most charming towns in Masuria. A lot of Polish family-music Stars performed yesterday and today in the Mrągowo amphitheater. One of them is Mr. Sławomir, very popular singer in entire Poland. His performances look like some kind of stand-up. Most of the Polish people really love him. More about that unique event online: here.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Summer on Masurian lakes



Water of pure Masurian lakes is attracting a lot of tourists these days. Summer peak is on. People enjoy it many ways. Have a look at picture above, there’s almost everything Masurian lakes offer in sunny summer to people loving holiday’s good joy.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Masurian forest fruits



Spotted today by our Grazyna in London: “Maślanka Mrągowska” (Polish: Mrągowo Buttermilk). You know Mrągowo is one of the most charming towns in Masuria. This buttermilk is very special, because of our favourite forest fruits. You can find plenty of blueberries, blackberries and red berries in Masurian forest. Our kids love them in summer. So do all of us 😋

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

You'll never walk alone...



Last weekend our Roman went to Liverpool, because of something important. On Sunday he visited "The Kop" stadium to bring a few gadgets for Warmian-Masurian kids to motivate them to learn and develop, as usually he does when he visits football venues. Probably the best gift for them will be an official scarf of the 2018 Champions League FINAL: Real vs. Liverpool. Roman said he has never been to any football club stadium with such a community feeling. Liverpool fans can really feel unique over there. You know they never walk alone and their stadium is their home, in fact. Great time in famous Anfield Road for Roman. One day all we go to Liverpool to watch their match as family, Roman says. We know very well that sharing good things with good people we love is much better than experiencing alone... Isn't it nice, is it?

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Country parade in Mrągowo



We’ve got a bunch of pictures from our Masurian friend - Mrs. Olszowska, from Mrągowo. What you see is mostly this year parade happening while “Piknik Country”. People say it’s been lasting shorter and shorter year by year. Anyway, it was still worth to be watched while staying in Mrągowo during last weekend. By the way, Mrągowo is very charming town in Masuria. Our Roman says it should be future ’strategic leader’ of the entire region of Masuria. As a matter of fact he goes to Mrągowo soon.

Monday, 30 July 2018

Non omnis moriar... 🇵🇱



Our most active Stomil Olsztyn fans visited very important place in Polish London. They went to pay tribute to famous Poles who died in the UK, far from our country. Their ashes are located in St. Bobola Church, close to the Polish University Abroad. You can remember our Roman is Strategic Development Director for that Polish charity organisation. He took Maks to such an unique Polish cemetery after all the week of hard trainings with Tottenham. Maks completed another stage of their “Player Development Programme”. What Roman did made us even more proud of Maks. Roman always says we have to take care about future with respect to the past. What we do now is not for ourselves only. It’s for all to succeed. This way our life becomes somehow more important, when good fruits of our living stay in the world after our death. Roman studied also Philosophy, he is very wise man. You can see the sentence: “Non omnis moriar”? It’s Horace who said it first. It means: “I shall not all die”. Our Roman says it not only to Maks when he comes to London. Playing for Tottenham can be bigger success than playing for Stomil today. But not for Roman. Roman says both clubs are public interest entities and playing for them can make good people part of good history. It’s obvious. The point is to believe we can do more good when we act for more good. So, we do believe.

Friday, 27 July 2018

#PiknikCountry



37th “Piknik Country” starts today in Mrągowo and will last until Sunday. It’s the biggest country music event in our part of the European Union. As a matter of fact, the area this event takes place on in Mrągowo is called the European Union Square. What’s on this time? We’ve got Albert Lee from the UK, a lot of Polish artists and obviously Americans. You probably can remember that “Piknik Country” venue is picturesque amphitheater located by the Lake Czos in Mrągowo. What you don’t know is history of this event but you can brief yourself: here... Tickets available: here...

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Player of the day



You know what’s the most destructive thinking in your life? It’s bad thinking. Bad thinking like: I’ll not manage, everything will go wrong or me not good enough. It prevents you from spreading your wings. We’ve got 21st century, we live in one Europe, we have skills and education but nobody but us go with such a thinking day after day. Maks came with it to me even now, one year after he started his adventure with Tottenham. Last year he performed quite good, so he surprised me this year. What we were talking about all the morning, on our way to the Premier League premises, yesterday? It was resetting his mind: from poor thinking to strategic thinking. He was full of fears about his shape, his condition and so on. Mostly bad things in his mind when we got on the Tube train. When we got off everything looked different, I did really hope. Took all the hour to do it with him. He is young and openminded, therefore he succeeded on the same day. You see what he’s wearing on our selfie? Taken after the first day of his present training with Premier League club! It’s an award he got: “Player of the day”. This means nobody performed all the day better than him - Polish boy from Poland. Ladies wrote yesterday about good changes happening to good people. They don’t happen at all - when good people don’t think much good changes are possible.

Best regards from London, Roman

Monday, 23 July 2018

Good changes for good people



Nobody in the family thought in the past it could be possible what does happen to us now. We can say good changes happen to good people when good people co-operate for good changes. Here we go again then, with our Maks and his Tottenham challenge. All the family excited about this. And about our Roman, who made everything he was able to do to let Maks develop his football talent with that Tottenham - yes, it’s English Premier League foorball club! 👏🏻💪🏻👌🏻 What a luck in life when you are a part of progressive team of people who take care about more than thier own good. Thanks to the God for that. No other explanation in our minds than just God helping us to change for good our small part of the big world.

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!