Teacher’s Day around the world

Posted on 07. Oct, 2015 by in Calendar, Countries, Holidays

Teacher’s Day in Poland is coming up! Teachers form a very important part of almost all the societies. Their contribution towards the education and development of children, a country’s coming generation, is simply invaluable. Teachers (nauczyciele) have always been the vital contributor of learning in the society.


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They serve as the foundation of the cultural and sustainable development of the nation as a whole. Teacher’s Day (Dzień Nauczyciela) seeks to honor teacher for this very reason only. It is celebrated in almost all countries of the world, though on different dates. Each of the countries pays tribute to the teachers in its own way, on its own special way. Here is a list with dates on which the Teacher’s Day is celebrated in the major countries of the world:

Afghanistan – May 24
Albania – March 7
Algeria – February 28
Argentina – September 11
Australia – Last Friday in October
Azerbaijan – October 5
Bahrain – February 28
Bhutan – May 2
Bolivia – June 6
Brazil – October 15
Canada – October 5
Chile – October 16
China – September 10
Colombia – May 15
Croatia – October 5
Czech Republic – March 28
Ecuador – April 13
Egypt – February 28
El Salvador – June 22
Hong Kong – September 10
Hungary – First Sunday of June
India – September 5
Indonesia – November 25
Iran – May 2
Jamaica – May 6
Jordan – February 28
Lithuania – October 5
Lebanon – March 3
Libya – February 28
Malaysia – May 16
Mexico – May 15
Mongolia – First weekend of February
Morocco – February 28
Oman – February 28
Qatar – February 28
Pakistan – October 5
Panama – December 1
Paraguay – April 30
Peru – July 6
Philippines – October 5
Poland – October 14
Russia – October 5
Saudi Arabia – February 28
Singapore – September 1
Slovakia – March 28
Syria – February 28
Thailand – January 16
Turkey – November 24
Tunisia – February 28
United Arab Emirates – February 28
United States – Tuesday in the first full week of May
Yemen – February 28

In Poland we celebrate this day on October 14th. It is the anniversary of creation the Commission of National Education, created in 1773 from the initiative of King Stanisław August Poniatowski. The Teacher’s Day is also called The day of Education.  Teachers usually get flowers and small gifts from students.

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“Pokochaj jesień” by Tadeusz Karasiewicz

Posted on 30. Sep, 2015 by in Nature, Poetry

Autumn (jesień) is probably my favorite time of the year…I love warm days, but cooler mornings. Love to sit on the deck and have coffee in the morning, looking at the beautiful  colors of the nature:)


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Fall in Poland is amazing! Colors are beautiful…and it reminds me a lot about home, apple picking ( I grew up on an orchard farm), long walks in the woods, mushroom picking:)

What’s better than that?   Here is a beautiful poem by Tadeusz Karasiewicz about loving fall:)

Pokochaj jesień

Love Autumn

Spróbuj pokochać jesień

z niesamowitymi urokami

spójrz ile piękna niesie

obdarzając cię nowymi dniami.

Try to love autumn

with amazing perks

Look how much beauty it brings

giving you new days.

Kolorowo jak wiosną

barwne liście ostatki zieleni

dadzą chwilę radosną

twą szarość życia mogą odmienić.

Colorful like spring

bright leaves remnants of green

will give a joyful moment

they can change your gray life.

Wieczór szybciej nastaje

słońce też znika wcześniej niż latem

lecz nowe czy nie daje

chwile spokoju, skorzystaj zatem

Evening quickly sets in

the sun also disappears earlier than in summer

but new or does not give

moments of peace, use, therefore,

Tadeusz Karasiewicz

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Driving in Poland

Posted on 28. Sep, 2015 by in Regulations, Transport

Road conditions in Poland (Warunki drogowe w Polsce) differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning Poland is provided for general reference only, and may not be completely accurate in a particular location or circumstance. I have to say that driving in Poland is totally different than driving in USA…Although you probably get used to it fairly quick:)


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You must have an International Driving Permit (IDP) – Międzynarodowe Prawo Jazdy – obtained prior to departure from the United States and a U.S. driver’s license in order to drive in Poland. A U.S. driver’s license alone is not enough, and U.S. citizens cannot obtain IDPs in Poland. Only two U.S. automobile associations — the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the National Automobile Club (NCA) — have been authorized by the U.S. Department of State to distribute IDPs.

According to Polish law, an international driver’s license is only valid for six months. If you plan to stay for more than six months in Poland, you are required to obtain a Polish Driver’s License. Polish roadside services, while not always at the level of services in the United States, are rapidly improving. The Polish Automobile Association (Polski Związek Motorowy Auto-Tour) has multilingual operators and provides assistance countrywide 24/7. You can reach them by calling (22) 532-8427, or (22) 532-8433. The police emergency number is 997, fire service is 998, ambulance service is 999, and the general emergency number is 112. Seat belts are compulsory in both the front and back seats, and children under the age of 12 are prohibited from riding in the front seat. Children younger than 12 years-old and who are shorter than 4’11” must ride in a child car seat. You must use headlights year round, at all times, day and night (that’s the habit I brought from Poland and I always drive with headlights on here in USA). The use of cellular phones while driving is prohibited except for hands-free models. Making a right turn on a red light is not allowed (Wykonywanie skrętu w prawo na czerwonym świetle nie jest dozwolone) Turning right on red with a green arrow is the equivalent of turning right on red in the United States. Unlike in the United States, the green arrow in that case does NOT give you the right of way. Police will ticket for traffic violations, and fines can be substantial. If you are a non-resident, you are expected to pay fines immediately to the police officer issuing the ticket. You must be prepared to pay in local currency, though in some cases credit cards are accepted.

Road fatalities are high in Poland, placing it among one of the more dangerous places to drive in Europe. There has been a substantial increase in the number of cars on Polish roads and driving, especially after dark, is hazardous. Roads are sometimes narrow, poorly lit, frequently under repair (especially in the summer months), and are often also used by pedestrians and cyclists.

Alcohol consumption is frequently a contributing factor in accidents. Polish law provides virtually zero tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol (pod wpływem alkoholu), and penalties for doing so (defined as a blood alcohol level of 0.02 or higher) include a fine and probation or imprisonment for up to two years. Penalties for drivers involved in accidents are severe, and can include imprisonment from six months to eight years or, in the case of drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, up to twelve years.

Drive safe!