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! 🙂
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.
Autumn in Karkonosze mountains. Zachełmie, October 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
“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.
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.