Poland

gdańsk | frosty january

January 11, 2017

Oh, how long I’ve waited to post such photos here! The last time I saw such beautifully white winter was when I lived in Sweden, five years ago. That’s a long time! I missed the sound of snow crunching underfoot, the cold winter sun, the fresh cold air. Even if it’s not going to last long, those couple of days gave me so much energy, and so much joy! I know lots of people wish the winter went away, but for me it’s perfect, just look how beautiful it is! 🙂

Poland

in the forest

December 16, 2016

It was late December, with no signs of snow, but early mornings were still beautiful. We went to the forest while everyone was still sleeping. Just for a while, just for a short walk. Oh, how I love the smell of a forest, I could wander among the trees all day. I can’t believe the time flies so fast, it’s been almost a year since I took these photos. We don’t go to the forest as often as I would like, recently we’ve been stuck home with a cold or just simply got too much work. Hope this will change soon, I really feel I need to get out of the city for a while.
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Poland

september

September 24, 2016

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We have not seen it coming. This September was not supposed to look like this.
We moved again, this time to the seaside. There’s so much to do here, so little time.
Right now we’re just trying to enjoy those last sunny days.

Copenhagen

scandinavian summer | copenhagen

August 3, 2016

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Lately it’s been cold and cloudy outside. It feels like summer is nearly over. It all made me look at my old photos, look at those memories from my ‘scandinavian days’. Summer days in Copenhagen, sitting by the water, wandering around small streets with colourful houses. Oh how I miss those days.

Poland

opole | laba

July 19, 2016

I’ve now realised it’s the first time I am mentioning my hometown Opole on my blog. I’ve spent there over 18 years of my life, now I visit every couple of months. Each time I am there I visit my favourite cafes, and here is one of them: Laba, hidden in the middle of a green island Bolko, it has some really good food, great beer, you can sit by the water, or even enjoy their small open air cinema.

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Poland

summer festivals | open’er

June 24, 2016

We start (and end) each summer with a music festival. In the beginning of July we’re always in Gdynia, by the Polish seaside, at the Open’er festival. It was the first festival I’ve ever gone to, it has made a couple of my teenage-music-dreams come true, I instantly fell in love with its atmosphere, and so it has stayed. Now I can’t imagine starting the summer without it. There are always lots of friends, lazy mornings at the beach and evenings full of great music. As usual, I am not the best with words, so hopefuly my photos will show you the atmosphere of this festival a bit better. Enjoy!

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Poland

lublin | kontynenty travel festival

June 10, 2016

 
Last week we visited the city of Lublin, in eastern Poland. It was our first time there, and we probably would have waited even longer with visiting this part of our country, if it wasn’t for one interesting festival. Surprisingly, not a music one (which we usually choose), but one dedicated to travels and travel literatutre.

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It is difficult to say a lot about a place after spending there only two days, so I can only tell you about our first impressions. Lublin – distant and unknown, turned out to be a pleasant city. Not too large, with some elegant streets, lots of green areas, and some interestingly modern places. They have also good ice cream, with just as long queues as those in Poznan 😉 . In fact, Lublin was much more interesting than I expected; even though it was not too big and we walked around the same areas a bouple of times, we still had a feeling that there are plenty of places to see, and that opposed to what it may seem, the city has its fun and lively face.

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“Kontynenty” travel festival

It is quite possible, however, that we liked Lublin so much just because the festival. First of all it was held at the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures – a huge building with an amazing minimalist architecture, a place where I would go all the time, if I had it here in Poznań. We anjoyed the festival a lot, not only the presentations, but also the exhibition of incredible photos of Sebastião Salgado. Unfortunately some parts of the program overlapped with each other, so we couldn’t see it all, but those parts we’ve seen were still really exciting and inspiring.

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During the first day we had a chance to listen to presentations about Chinese ethnic groups and villages, Norwegian Finnmark and cycling through both Americas, all held by Polish travellers and writers. The second day brough some “big names”: Wojciech Jagielski, Hugh Thomson and Paul Theroux.

I nearly missed this festival (I got to know about it only a week before) and if I did, I wouldn’t forgive myself. Paul Theroux’ travel books are truly my favourites, they are the ones that give me most inspiration to travel and explore the world. It was so amazing to meet him and to hear him speak about his life and experiences, I wish you all that you also have a chance to meet someone who you admire so much. And opposed to Theroux, I am not the best with words, so I’ll leave you with a couple more photos from the festival.

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Budapest

budapest | flea markets

June 3, 2016

I have no idea how many times I mentioned how much I love flea markets, but probably a lot, right? Fortunately, Marek shares the same feeling, so everytime we travel to a new place, there’s a good chance that we will miss some “must see” museums, and got to a small flea market instead. I don’t know if we have a no 1 favorite market, it’s probably changing depending on what treasures we find, but we definitely prefer markets with small, private sellers who simply offer what they’ve found in the closet, and not those who sell dozens of the same products. We have our favourite flohmarkts  in Berlin, I also think warmly about all the loppis in Stokholm, but it is the markets in Budapest that we know best – since we had quite a lot of time to visit them 🙂 So here we go:

PeCsa fleamarket ( in Varosliget )

Our favorite, most visited. In the amphitheater, in the middle of the Varosliget park. I visitedit also with Paula, during our first visit to Budapest, where we had only less than two days in town – that probably confirms my love for fleamarkets. I remember also that during our first visit there I found some amazing old photos of the beautiful young couple in a boat, probably on Lake Balaton. I still have these photos, it’s one of my favourite fleamarket finds. Marek usually visited this market in search of Lego (of which there are plenty!) and I usually looked through dozens of postcards and old photos. There is also a lady selling pretty cheap embroidered tablecloths (there are a couple of them, but the youngest has the best prices), there are also some stalls with interesting books on folk art and typical Hungarian designs. There were moments when we came to the market every week, so we’ve recognised most exhibitors. Most of them sell the same things each time, but we still liked to spend our mornings there and usually we managed to find some new treasures.

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But flea markets in Budapest are not just about rummaging in antiquities, it is also a chance to try typical Hungarian food. In some of them you’ll find the greasy cheese langos, but the most popular is meat – in form of small sausages (virsli) always sold in pairs, or large sausage (kolbász) with mandatory mustard and typical Hungarian bread –  thick, white and very fluffy. And of course there are also peppers, big jars with different types of pepper (paprika) cover almost all the counter by the cash register. And although it is the simplest, non-sophisticated foof ever, it seems much more authentic and “typical” than anything you’ll find in some fancy restaurants.

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 Ecseri flea market

The largest in the city, but nowhere near to the busy city centre. To visit the Ecseri market you’ll need to spend about an hour in different trams and buses. It may seem a bit tricky, but if you go there on a weekend, then there will be probably a group of other tourists in the bus, who knows where to get off. Compared to places such Mauerpark in Berlin, this flea market does not seem to be so big, but once we get into the narrow streets and see how many items are really hidden in every booth, we’ll see that could spend the whole day there. This market is a little “difficult” though, because if we want to find more treasures there, we should really know their prices. It seems that the antiques, porcelain and furniture are offered  (especially to tourists) at very high prices. I got there only some little things – like postcards or stamps, and sometimes some embroidered cloths, and I managed to get a good price, similar to that in the Varosliget market. There’s also lots of old vintage clothes and costumes there, furniture and antiques, but as I say, be careful and try to know the prices.

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Flea market in Gozsdu Udvar

I guess this one is perfect for a one time visit,  later there are usually no surprises. The same number of sellers: and old man with stamps and postcards, younger one with old cameras, especially Polaroids – unfortunately quite overpriced, some people with jewelry, paintings; each weekend everything’s the same.  Sometimes we saw a few girls with interesting vintage clothes, and later the BomoArt store started to sell its beautiful stationery products there, which was a nice addition to the market. One visit is enough, although we went there more often, because its location, a popular Gozsdu Udvar, is just heart of the lively 7th district, and if you’re looking for some bars and restaurants, you’ll probably end up somewhere there.

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Others

Of course, there are more flea markets in Budapest, but when it comes to some largers ones, the first two exhaust the list. There is also one in Újpest, on the Danube – although we have never been there, sometimes there are small markets together with other events, and there are also some vintage shops in various parts of the city. One of them is Bolhapalota, in the fifth district,  but we’ve never found anything interesting there. We liked Tabani Flea Market though, on the Buda side, in the tenth district, small and a bit chaotic, but with nice owner (and his friendly large dog) . To read about other flea markets, or those where I haven’t taken any photos, have a look at this article.

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