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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…)

Skydiving in Poland? Have you tried it?

Posted on 06. Jul, 2014 by in Current News, Sports

Skydiving and parachuting is a very popular “sport” in Poland and there are plenty of different dropzones to enjoy or for the beginner, there are many places where skydiving or parachuting (spadochroniarstwo) courses (kursy) are offered. Poland attracts skydivers from around the world and in August 2010, skydivers (spadochroniarze) in Poland broke the European record for the number of people in a formation when 104 people joined together in the air. The team jumped out of five planes at a height of 4,800 metres (15748 feet). The jump was their 15th attempt at breaking the record.

Image by wales_gibbons on flickr.com

Image by wales_gibbons on flickr.com

Skydiving is one of the most popular items on people’s ‘Bucket List’ and that is due to the fact the the experience of plummeting safely (bezpieczne gwałtowne spadanie) to Earth from a great height is (ekscytujące), breathtaking (zapierające dech w piersiach) and unique (wyjątkowe) and has been widely accepted as one of the most exciting things that you could do. For those people who do not have time to attend a course and learn how to jump by themselves, the tandem jump is a perfect solution. Tandem skydiving provides you with the experience of a jump whilst safely harnessed to an experienced skydiving instructor.

Although, unfortunately it doesn’t always end in a good way…You don’t hear about accidents like this often…but it happens. Just yesterday eleven people were killed and one was injured when a small plane carrying parachutists crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff in southern Poland. It wasn’t an accident that happened during skydiving, but before actual skydiving. 11 parachutists and a pilot were on board the twin engine aircraft when it took off for a training flight. A few minutes later it crashed and caught fire in an orchard in the village of Topolów, near Częstochowa. No one was hurt on the ground. 

The plane was the property of a private parachuting school based at the small airport of Rudniki.

The cause of the crash is being investigated. Firefighters say that the Piper Navajo aircraft may have been overloaded.

Unfortunately accidents happen…

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)