No “Year in Russia” for Poland any more!

Posted on 24. Jul, 2014 by in Countries, Culture, Current News

I’m suer most of you follow the news and heard about the horrible tragedy that happened last week to the Malaysian flight. The Polish government has called off preparations for the Polish Year in Russia amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the alleged shooting down by pro-Russian separatists of a Malaysian jetliner last week. The decision was taken after Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was allegedly shot down by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine towards the end of last week, killing all 298 on board. This is the decision of the government, but both the foreign and culture ministers – Radosław Sikorski and Małgorzata Omilanowska respectively – unequivocally came to the conclusion that in this situation, it is impossible to follow through with the organisation of the Polish Year in Russia.

Image by archer10 (Dennis) on Flickr.com

Image by archer10 (Dennis) on Flickr.com

2015 was meant to be a year devoted to the celebration of Polish and Russian cultural ties, but due to the increasingly dismal situation in Ukraine, Poland has called off the festivities.

As a result of the government’s decision, all events that were set to be held as part of the year of bilateral celebration will be cancelled.

The Russian-Polish cross-cultural year was set in motion at a meeting between the two countries’ foreign ministers in December 2013 in Warsaw. Its aim was to strengthen cultural ties between the two countries.

Russian Year in Poland will also be cancelled as a result.

In the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last week, a catastrophe that claimed 298 lives, Poland joined the chorus of other Western countries accusing Russia of having destabilized Ukraine and perpetuated the conflict in its east.

The European Union and the U.S. have imposed several rounds of sanctions against Russian officials over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, which has intensified exponentially following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March.

After a much-disputed referendum was held to decide Crimea’s fate, similar referendums were launched in other cities in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have taken up arms and refused to recognize the new authorities in Kiev, calling instead for integration into Russia.

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

I scream, you scream! We all scream for ice cream! Lody, lody!

Posted on 20. Jul, 2014 by in Culture, Holidays

Today is International Ice Cream day! Who doesn’t like ice cream?

In fact, the entire month of July is known by some as Ice Cream month. What better way to celebrate than with some fun facts about our favorite cold and delicious treat!

Image by Sandy Austin on Flickr.com

Image by Sandy Austin on Flickr.com

According to Yahoo! the top five ice cream flavors (pięć najpopularniejszych smaków lodów)) are:
1. Strawberry (Truskawkowy)
2. Banana (Bananowy)
3. Chocolate (Czekoladowy)
4. Coconut Milk (Mleko kokosowe)
5. Peach (Brzoskwiniowy)

The top five cities that love ice cream the most (pięć miast, które kochają lody najbardziej) are:
1. New York
2. Los Angeles
3. Chicago
4. San Francisco
5. Atlanta

The U.S. enjoys an average of 48 pints (22.7 Liter) of ice cream per person, per year, more than any other country.

It takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a single-scoop ice cream cone.

The ice cream cone’s invention (wynalazek stożka lodów) is linked to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. An ice cream vendor reportedly didn’t have enough dishes to keep up with the demand, so he teamed up with a waffle vendor who rolled his waffles into cones!

The most pop­u­lar top­ping for ice cream is chocolate syrup (syrop czekoladowy) followed by butterscotch (toffi).

Immi­grants at Ellis Island (imigranci z wyspy Ellis) were served vanilla ice cream (lody waniliowe) as part of their Wel­come to America meal.

The biggest ice cream sundae in history was made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1988, and weighed in at over 24 tons.

There you have it! Hopefully you enjoyed learning some new facts about ice cream! We all do it! (Well…almost all of us!) Take a look at my post from last year National ice cream day/month, let’s have lody! It will give you a little more info about how that “holiday” started and some more Polish phrases for ice-cream lovers!

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

What is your favorite way to spend time off? How Poles spend their days off?

Posted on 13. Jul, 2014 by in Kids, Phrases, Places to visit, travel

How do you like to spend your day off? Of course there are so many different ways to do it! Here is what I like to do on my day/evening/morning off (of course not all at once:)):

Read a book – czytać książkę

Watch a good movie – oglądać dobry/ciekawy film

Enjoy a cup of coffee on the deck – delektować się filiżanką kawy na tarasie

Go camping – wybrać się na kemping

Hiking in the mountains – wędrować po górach

Swim in the lake – pływać w jeziorze

Spend a day on the beach - spędzić dzień na plaży

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My daughters playing on the beach

Go for a bike ride - wybrać się na przejażdżkę rowerową

Play games with my daughters – grać w gry z moimi córkami

Read books to my kids – czytać książki moim dzieciom

Try a new recipe with my daughter, who loves to cook – wypróbować nowy przepis z moją córką, która uwielbia gotować

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My daughter Natalia making Polish pierogi!

Enjoy a glass of wine – delektować się lampką/kieliszkiem wina

Visit a museum - odwiedzić muzeum

Boat fishing – wędkowanie na łodzi

Travel – podróżować

Take a nap – zdrzemnąć się/uciąć sobie drzemkę

I’m sure that most of people in Poland like to do most of these things…If they plan longer vacation, they stay in Poland (visit the Baltic Sea, Tatry Mountains, Mazury lakes…or just sightseeing while visiting different cities). Sometimes they will choose a trip abroad. In the winter time popular countries to visit are: Italy, Austria, Switzerland (mostly because of great skiing there). In the summer months Italy, Spain, Greece, France…and many more countries!

How about you? What do you like to do in your free time? Share it with us (in Polish, if you can) in comments below:)

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)