Polish couple abandoned two-year-old daughter at airport!!!

Posted on 05. Aug, 2012 by in Current News, Kids, Polish Language, Safety, travel

I found this news so disturbing!

A Polish couple who jetted off on holiday after leaving their two-year-old daughter at the airport because she had an invalid passport will face a criminal investigation when they return from vacation.

Airport staff reported the girl was left in tears after being abandoned at Katowice airport while the rest of her family boarded a flight to Greece.

Her parents had failed to notice that her passport had expired on May 25.

Although a grandmother arrived later to collect the girl, police are investigating whether the well being of the child was threatened when her parents left, and are also checking the family’s background.

There are reports that the girl was hysterical when her mother left, and we want to check this.

How can you do something like this? It is horrible. What kind of mother and father do it? How could you relax on your vacation after leaving your baby? I can not believe that police did not stop them from leaving….

How would I describe these people?:

cruel – okrutni

heartless – bez serca

stupid – głupi

idiots – idioci

irresponsible – nieodpowiedzialni

selfish – samolubni

egoists – egoiści

How about you guys?

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

Polish Nalewka

Posted on 04. Aug, 2012 by in Countries, Culture, food, Health, traditions

Polish liqueurs called ‘nalewka‘ (singular) or ‘nalewki‘ (plural) in original, are alcoholic extracts from fruit, spices, flowers or herbs. Usually Polish nalewka contains 40-45 per cent of alcohol just like vodka does. However, according to many Polish people nalewka tastes much better and is equally popular both amongst men, as well as women. Fruit liqueurs are always drunk from little glasses and often served as an addition to spicy meals or dinners. The old Polish tradition claims that medium-dry and semi-sweet fruit liqueurs nalewka should be served with meat dishes, while sweet nalewka is a dessert alcohol.

A whole range of liqueurs made of different ingredients exists. Fruit liqueurs are most popular (morello cherry, apricot, blackberries and the quince liqueur are important examples). Another popular kind is honey liqueurs. Quite specific liqueurs made of spices has following Polish names: ‘kardamonka‘ (cardamom), ‘krambambula‘ (honey + cinnamon + pepper + other spices) or ‘imbirówka‘ (ginger). Herbal liqueurs are also known, as well as other, even more original liqueur as ‘kukułka‘ (made of Polish candies having the same name), or one made from the juice and flowers of the schlock.

There’s as many recipes for Polish liqueurs as many liqueur exists. Generally speaking fruit liqueurs (most popular) are being prepared by pouring the spirit over fruits. Instead of the spirit one might use vodka – the nalewka will be milder, containing 20-25% of ethanol. During 6 weeks taste, color, essence and nutrients are being extracted from fruits to alcohol. Then we pour this alcoholic extract into another dish, and we add sirup (saturated sugar solution) over the remaining fruits. One must wait a few consecutive weeks, and then the sirup from above the fruits and the alcoholic liqueur are being combined. For emphasizing liqueur’s fruit taste, oftentimes a fruit juice and lemon peel are added. Sometimes fruit liqueurs are flavored with vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, angelica, cloves, cinnamon or the allspice.

More refined nalewkas are always sold in smaller bottles, just like Nalewka Staropolska which appears in many fruit tastes among which cherry is the most common. This product costs $13-14 per 0.2 L bottle, which is quite a high price. You can find a little bit cheaper, though still refined nalewkas. Those from Kredens company are worth mentioning not only because of a great appearance. Kredens nalewkas cost $7-8 per 0.2 L bottle. Last but not least – Nalewkas by Z. Kozuba and Synowie are exquisite alcohols sold in art deco style, diamond-like crystal carafes. Cost per 0.7 bottle is about $50.

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

Eurolot

Posted on 03. Aug, 2012 by in Countries, Current News, Economy, Transport, travel

Eurolot has announced that it would fill some of the routes left free by the demise of budget carrier OLT Express, and offer cheap tickets between major Polish cities.

The airline, part of the Lot group, said that from August 20 it will operate a service between Poznań and Kraków, with tickets going for as little as PLN 99. In a statement the company said it was opening the new service “in response to passenger needs, and because of the continual development of Eurolot.”

The move comes following the end of OLT.

The carrier threw in the financial towel and declared itself bust on July 27, a few days after it had suspended all domestic flights at short notice. The bankruptcy declaration also led to the cancellation of foreign charter flights, leaving some holidaymakers struggling to get home.

To rub salt into the stricken airline’s wounds, the Polish Civil Aviation Authority suspended, indefinitely, it’s operating licence meaning that it can no longer participate in the air transport market.

The reason for the suspension is the financial situation of the carrier, which fails to guarantee that it will be able to both service existing and potential liabilities.

OLT had burst onto the Polish aviation market in 2011. The product of strategic investor Amber Gold, the company aimed to shake up the country’s petrified domestic air passenger market, long dominated by Lot. It also hoped to tap into a stream of passengers eager to escape the lengthy rigours of domestic land journeys.

So by offering cheap tickets and promising to whisk passengers to their destination in a fraction of the time it would take them to go by train or drive OLT had big ambitions. But the airline struggled to make money, and in the end Amber Gold, having already invested EUR 52 mln in the carrier, decided to pull the plug.

OLT Express is the latest budget airline in the region to suffer an ignoble financial fate. At the end of 2009, Centralwings, a low-cost of arm of Lot, closed its hanger doors for the last time after failing to make money. In the same year, Sky Wings, a Bratislava-based low-cost carrier filed for bankruptcy after running up huge debts.

But OLT’s German sister, OLT Express Germany, said it remained unaffected by the death of its sibling and planned to continue its market expansion.

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)