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