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 www.tvp.info

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: bartoszyce.wm.pl 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: facebook.com? 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: RO.com.pl

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

Brusio



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! ❄️🌨☀️

Friday, 19 January 2018

Giżycko in Masurian winter



Giżycko’s been one of the most charming resort towns in Masuria since 16th century. It used to be called „Łuczany” and „Lötzen” in the past. Giżycko has a specific location between 2 lakes: Niegocin and Kisajno. There is a very important haven for all sailors enjoying the Trail of Great Masurian Lakes. Local restaurants serve very tasty freshwater bream. As a matter of fact, three breams are on the Giżycko’s coat of arms. If you are a fan of bridges, you can find an unique construction over there: more... Moreover, Giżycko has an old castle that belonged to the Teutonic Order in medieval times (it’s a hotel now). You probably know the water tower in Giżycko, too: details... What’s crucial in summer, one of Giżycko’s churches hosts the famous International Festival of Organ and Chamber Music. Now we’ve got winter and that beautiful music sounds in our minds and hearts!

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Freezing winter in Masuria



Quite freezing winter's come to Masuria. Temperature is below the 0C. Most of Masurian lakes are getting frozen. So, we believe evrybody prays for summer today. Here we go, one of our favourite pictures taken during Masurian holiday last year. Some friendly windsurfer enjoying the sun, water and wind in Masuria. Isn't it a nice idea to go out for a grocery shoping not by car but by windsurfing board? Cool! 🙂👏🏻🌞

Monday, 15 January 2018

Dakar 2018



We’ve got a Warmian-Masurian man in this year Dakar Rally, that is taking place in South America. It’s Sebastian Rozwadowski from Olsztyn, who’s a co-driver for Toyota team, and drives Hilux together with Benediktas Vanagas from Lithuania. Polish Radio Olsztyn interviewed him last week. He said there’s a driving hell while Bolivian pathless stages 🚙 For more, go to the www.RO.com.pl

Sunday, 14 January 2018

From Warsaw to Olsztyn and Białystok



There’s a monument in the very centre of Warsaw. It’s a simple piece of granite with metal plates showing Polish cities and distances between them and the capital city of Poland. Nice but there could be at least two updates done, in case of Warmian-Masurian and Podlasie capital cities. The biggest cities of north-eastern Poland are ca. 210 kilometres away from Warsaw, in fact. When you ask Google how far from Legia Warsaw stadium to Stomil Olsztyn stadium and Jagiellonia Białystok stadium, Google says now: 216 and 208 km by car. BTW, Stomil and Jagiellonia never met each other in the Polish Premier League. But one day they’ll meet Legia, it’s more than sure ⚽️

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Treasure of Masurian past at Sądry



There’s a private open-air museum in Sądry, close to Mrągowo. It’s a mansion, in fact, belonging to local family living and working in that Masurian village for ages. People visit their Sądry to get a knowledge regarding Masurian culture, lifestyle, habits and cuisine. One of the most important exhibits is an old wedding dress. It’s black, because was made 100 years ago. A great-war effect relating to a big number of fallen soldiers. Nobody could be happy enough to wear white dresses.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Masurian thinking path by Mari Brzezińska



Masuria inspired glass painting by Warsaw’s artist - Mari Brzezińska, who made the artwork in 2008. What you see on the picture above is a sunset over a Masurian thinking path leading beyond the horizon. Very nice masterpiece, isn’t it? 👏🏻👍🏻👌🏻

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Masurian perch with lemon thyme



Such a nice family lunch today in Warsaw! Not expected discovery in one of trendy restaurants in Saska Kępa. Masurian perch with lemon thyme, baked potatoes and carrot salad. Delicious fish for everyone 😋

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Vote for Skiba, vote for Stomil



There’s a new competition in Warmian-Masurian media. Local newspaper is asking about the best professional sportmen living and working in that part of Poland. If you want to help our favourite football club from Olsztyn, to be more popular, vote like us then. Our Roman says that Stomil’s goalkeeper: Piotr Skiba, is a good example of a sportman you can vote for. He is not only a leading Stomil Olsztyn footballer, but also an entrepreneur. To vote for him, text GO.NS.68 to the number 72051 from any Polish mobile number. Thx 💙 BTW, all details can be found on: Gazeta Olsztyńska (the text cost is only 50p).

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Warmian-Masurian 3rd January



The weather today in Warmian-Masurian: 3rd January in north-eastern Poland like Musketeers by Dumas. “One for all, all for one” in entire voivodeship. You probably remember the area of Warmian-Masurian is comparable to Israel or Rwanda. So, such a curious forecast happened today to a quite big part of Poland.

Monday, 1 January 2018

New Year’s Days with Masurian winter



Magic winter usually lets us enjoy this special time in Masuria. Plenty of snow and frozen lakes always turn Masurian New Year’s Day into unique experience. Winter sports or just simple walks, all outdoor activities let you feel the pure energy of nature in Masuria. Masurian animals mostly prefer not to do too much when the weather is cold. However, you can meet a lot of them even today. Enjoy!

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2018