Biega lato po lesie! Polish poem for kids!

Posted on 30. Jul, 2014 by in Literature, Poetry

Summer is here and is has been fantastic in New Hampshire so far! Sunny, hot day:) Great days spent at the lakes, rivers and the ocean so far! Love living here:)

Image by Janne on Flickr.com

Image by Janne on Flickr.com

I think that sumer is treating Poland really good so far as well! So to make your day even more happy, here is a little summer polish poem for you:)

Biega lato po lesie,
biega lato po łące.
Tańczy z wiatrem na polach,
wącha kwiaty pachnące.

Kąpie się z nami w morzu,
kąpie się z nami w jeziorze.
Częstuje źródlaną wodą,
w berka z nim zagrać możesz.

Zaprasza na górskie wyprawy,
w pachnącym nocuje sianie.
Zobaczy jak słońce wschodzi
i z nami zje śniadanie.

Summer runs through the forest,
summer runs through the meadow.
Dancing with the wind in the fields,
smelling fragrant flowers.

Bathes with us in the sea,
bathes with  us in the lake.
Treats everyone with spring water,
tag you can to play with him.

Invites you on a mountain expedition,
staying overnight in a fragrant hay.
It will see as the sun rises
and will eat breakfast with us.

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Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

Has anyone seen The Waterfall Castle in Poland?

Posted on 28. Jul, 2014 by in Geography, Places to visit

While researching different websites about beautiful places to visit in Poland (the ones I have not had a chance to see yet, even after living in Poland for 20 years), a beautiful picture of this amazing fairy tale castle comes up…It features a stone castle gracefully caressed by gently falling water. Ancient yet immaculate. Manmade but also one with nature. The image appeals to our sense of adventure, our need to embrace history and our desire to be humbled by nature. So tantalizing close, yet almost impractically far for those who cannot afford to spend their vacation scouring the Polish countryside for this famed castle.

Image by Hase don on Flickr.com

Image by Hase don on Flickr.com

Is the place real though…? There can be no information found about this amazing place…What if we were to seriously consider a trip to the Waterfall Castle? Where is the closest airport? How long would it take to get there? What is the cost of admission? Considering that the Internet is full of travel sites offering reviews, advice and tips, it should be easy to research such a narrowly focused vacation. There does not seem to be a single tour company or travel guide eager to tempt you into spending a day or two of your European vacation experiencing the majesty of such a unique landmark. Also, there are not any reviews by tourists who have already lived the dream and are dying to go back one day. Nor are there any postcards, video clips or images taken of this photogenic masterpiece from other angles. Just this picture (although I have seen few different pictures, with slight differences between each other) of the fleeting castle as though the photographer was the only one lucky enough to witness it and return alive to share her amazing find.

Also, like I mentioned, looking at different pictures, there seems to be slightly different building/castle on each one of them, but still surrounded by the same nature around…

I personally doubt that this place really exists…but I may be wrong! So, if any one of you ever visited it – please let us know! We would love to hear about it and find out more informations:)

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

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…)