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Waiting for the spring…it will come

Posted on 28. Feb, 2015 by in Nature, Poetry

Image by blmiers2 on Flickr.com

Image by blmiers2 on Flickr.com

Don’t get me wrong…I like winter. I love skiing, snow shoeing and all kinds of winter sports. But living in New Hampshire, I wish we would only have 4 months of winter…not 6 or 7! We’ve been getting a lot of snow within last 2 months…and it doesn’t stop!  I think by now…I’m ready for the spring:)

“W oczekiwaniu na wiosnę”

( Waiting for the spring)

Ja chcę już wiosnę w tysiącach barw.

W słodkim zapachu kwiatów, łąk.

Chcę by stopniał cały śnieg

I by rozkwitł róży pąk.

Ja chcę już biegać po trawie boso,

Na spacery chodzić długie

Rano obmywać się rosą,

Przebiegać przez wschodzącego słońca smugę.

Wiosna niech mnie zaszczyci

W bukiecie polnych traw.

W poszumie młodych liści,

W łatwości trudnych spraw.

Chcę siedzieć na parapecie nocą,

Wsłuchać się w rytm gwiazd,

Schłodzić się nocną rosą,

Zobaczyć światła miast.

Wiosną chcę się cieszyć, łapać szczęście.

Wzajemność w uczuciach odnaleźć wreszcie.

Bo wiosną człowiek unosi się nad ziemią,

Wszystko jest lekkie i piękne,

Wszystko przepełnione nadzieją.

Czekam na ten delikatny

wiosenny wiatr,

Doczekam się, wiem…

Znowu wiosennych barw nabierze świat…

I want to have the spring in thousands of colors.

The sweet smell of flowers, meadows.

I want all the snow melted

I want blossomed rose buds.

I finally want to run through the grass barefoot,

Walk long walks

 Wash up with the morning dew,

Run by the rising sun streak.

Spring welcome me

With the bouquet of wild flowers.

In the sound of young leaves,

The ease of difficult cases.

I want to sit on the windowsill at night,

Listen to the rhythm of the stars,

Cool off with the night dew,

See the lights of cities.

I want to enjoy the spring, catch happiness.

Reciprocity in feelings finally find.

Because the spring rises man above the ground,

Everything is light and beautiful,

All filled with hope.

I’m waiting for this delicate

spring breeze,

I will see it, I know …

The world will have spring colors again …

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Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

First oscar in the best foreign-language film category for Poland!

Posted on 26. Feb, 2015 by in Countries, Culture, Movies

Yes, I know…you probably already heard about it. However, I think, it is such a great achievement, that it is definitely worth mentioning more than few times!

MV5BMTUzNzI0Mjk3N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjczMDM1MTE@._V1_SX214_AL_“Ida”, directed by Poland’s Paweł Pawlikowski, has won the Oscar for best foreign language film, defeating the much-fancied Russian anti-Putin satire Leviathan, and becoming the first Polish film to win the award!

Telling the story of a novice nun in 1960s Poland who discovers she is Jewish just before she is to take holy orders, Ida emerged as a strong awards contender (kandydat) after winning the best film award at the London film festival in 2013. It has since battled with Leviathan at all the major awards ceremonies since, winning the Bafta for best foreign film and best film at the European film awards, but losing out at the Golden Globes.

In a majestic convent (majestatyczny klasztor), an orphaned young woman—a novice named Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska)—is ordered by her Mother Superior (Matka Przełożona) to visit her aunt in Lódź before she takes orders. A beautiful eighteen-year-old with a broad Slavic face, a composed, devotional manner, and a tantalizing dimple, the girl has never left the convent before and knows nothing of her family. In Lódź, wearing her habit, Anna enters the apartment of a forty-five-ish woman, who is puffing on a cigarette and waiting for the guy she picked up the night before to leave. A minor state judge and Communist Party member, Wanda Gruz (Agata Kulesza) tells her niece that her real name is Ida Lebenstein, and that she’s Jewish—a “Jewish nun,” she says. Abrupt and dismissive, Wanda enjoys attacking the girl’s ignorance. But Wanda has mysteries of her own and scores to settle: Ida’s mother was her beloved sister. The two agree to go to the village in which the parents were hidden by Christians and then betrayed—the village where Wanda grew up.

“Ida” becomes both an investigation of sorts and an intermittent road movie, featuring a dialectically opposed odd couple—Catholic and Communist, innocent girl and hard-living political intellectual, lover (of Christ) and hater (of the Polish past). Yet neither is a type, and what happens to each has to be understood as both an individual’s fate and a Polish fate. Ida’s faith and disciplined simplicity will be jostled by experience, and Wanda will be tested, too, as her own buried sorrows come back to life. Sardonic comedy lurks within the strange pairing. At first, Wanda can’t stop taunting Ida’s indifference to sex, and, about the village, she says, “What if you go there and discover that there is no God?” Yet Pawlikowski doesn’t favor one point of view over the other: the two women are equal in their isolation and their need to pull together the shards of identity in a country that has been almost entirely broken…

Poland is the home of some of the world’s best-known filmmakers. Among Oscar winners from Poland or with Polish connections are Roman Polański, who was born in France but also holds Polish citizenship (for The Pianist); cinematographer Janusz Kamiński (Schindler’s List); and veteran director Andrzej Wajda, who received an honorary Oscar. The nation of 40 million people had never won the foreign-language category despite nine previous nominations over the past half century, including Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness in 2011 and Polanski’s Knife in the Water in 1963.

I would love to know if any of you has seen “Ida’ and what is your impression of the movie! Please share it with us in a few words in comments below:)

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

Do you love or do you hate Valentine’s Day? What do people in Poland think?

Posted on 14. Feb, 2015 by in Culture, Holidays

It is true that you don’t need a venue or an occasion to tell someone that you love and care for him/her, but pouring out your emotions to that special someone in the midst of a Valentine’s Day celebration will surely make your partner overwhelmed with joy and happiness. Every year, 14th of February marks the onset of a day that conveys to the world the message of giving and sharing love. All over the world, people come together on this day to curb the hatred that has devastated the human society and spread love in its place.

Image by aga232004 on Flickr.com

Image by aga232004 on Flickr.com

 

Some people hate it…some people enjoy it. In my opinion, it’s a wonderful day! Why? I know that some of you will say: “Every day is Valentine’s Day to us! Why celebrate only on February 14th?” Every day we can appreciate our loved ones…but those holidays (Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day…) make it special…they remind us of how lucky we are:) Life would be no fun without holidays…so why not celebrate the love???

The celebration of Valentine’s Day in Poland is quite like the way the holiday is observed in the U.S and other western nations. Card and gift shocks are stacked with beautiful greeting cards and romantic gifts even days before February 14. Hotels, resorts and restaurants are decorated in advance of the celebrations. They offer attractive dinner packages to local couples and visiting tourists.

Chełmno. image by tripsoverpoland on Flickr.com

Chełmno. image by tripsoverpoland on Flickr.com

Local flower shops are packed with fresh, beautiful flowers that spoil lovers and gift-givers with choices. Tourism companies organize special games and competitions for the holiday. For people interested to visit Poland, this is an attractive time to make a trip to the country. It is a fantastic time to check out Chełmno, a small hill station that offers beautiful sights to its visitors. On Valentine’s Day, hundreds of lovers make a trip to an ancient Valentine altar located in Chełmno. This is why Chełmno is also known as “The lover’s city”. They pray for a happy wedded life to the couples whom Saint Valentine is believed to have married off here.

Modern day couples exchange flowers, love quotes, cards and goodies with each other in this place. When night falls, thousands of lights are lit at the centre of the town to create a huge electronic heart. You can well imagine how lovely it looks like!

For these of you who like reading love stories…“Treasury of Classic Polish Love Short Stories” in Polish and English would be a great choice! This charming book delves into Poland’s rich literary tradition to bring you classic love stories from six renowned authors, including Sienkiewicz, Irzykowski, Rittner, Nalkowska, Dygat, and Poświatowska.

Happy Valentines!