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Unusual hotel…. Posted by on Jun 30, 2011

Imagine a place where the rooms choose you instead of the other way around. Well, Blow Up Hall 5050 in Poznań,Poland is the brainchild of electronic artist Rafael Lozano Hemmer and staying there means you become part of his art show. It begins when you book a room on its website. You pick colours, pictures and numbers, and the personality that your choices reveal determines your…

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What to drink from? Z czego pić? Posted by on Jun 29, 2011

You do not need a special glassware to drink from…However following the rules there is a lot of different types of glassware, depending what we are drinking. The most popular big glass – szklanka – can be used for water (woda), soda (napoje gazowane), beer (piwo). Smaller glass (mała szklanka) is usually great for juices (soki)…

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Legenda o Świętej Kindze Posted by on Jun 28, 2011

I already told you about salt mine in Wieliczka (https://blogs.transparent.com/polish?s=wieliczka), but I have not told you that there is a legend about it… In the 13th century a young Polish prince, called Bolesław, of the Piast Dynasty, decided to get married and for his wife chose a beautiful Hungarian princess of the Arpad Dynasty, the…

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Administrative divisions of Poland Posted by on Jun 27, 2011

The administrative division of Poland since 1999 has been based on three levels of subdivision. The territory of Poland is divided into województwa (provinces, voivodeships); these are further divided into powiaty (counties), and these in turn are divided into gminy (communes or municipalities). Major cities normally have the status of both gmina and powiat. Poland…

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Wrocław to be the European Capital of Culture in 2016 Posted by on Jun 24, 2011

Today something from the current news about Poland. Wrocław was awarded the European Capital of Culture in 2016. The capital of Lower Silesia defeated Katowice, Lublin, Warsaw and Gdańsk in the final round of the competition. The Commission awarding the title praised all the Polish candidates, but stressed that decision was taken unanimously. Wrocław will…

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Using word “raz” Posted by on Jun 23, 2011

Using word raz can be a little confusing, so I will try to explain when and how it is used in Polish language. raz (uderzenie, cios) – blow, strike Dostał kilka razów. raz – once Zdarzyło się raz. dwa razy – twice Byłam tam dwa razy. raz, dwa, trzy – one, two, three Raz, dwa…

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Katyń Massacre Posted by on Jun 22, 2011

A lot of people heard about Katyń Massacre, but not everyone knows really what was it about. Today I will give you an overview and details about this very sad and cruel moment in Polish history. In 1918, Poland regained her independence after enduring three partitions and domination for 123 years by Russia, Prussia, and Austria. Barely 21…

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