These an imitation of the inside of the typical Podhale cottage in The Tatra Museum in Zakopane, Poland. The furnishing of the interiors gives the visitor an insight into how a not too affluent local family lived in the 19th century.
This castle is located in my hometown called Ciechanow. It is Castle of the Mazovian Dukes from Xiv century.
It was so great to go back there last winter and get together with my family and friends as well as make new friendships. Past winter was incredibly long in Poland. Everyone was surprised with it. Now spring is in the air and summer will come really quick.
I love this set of panoramic pictures I took last December. This is panorama of Gdansk, city were I lived for about 7 years. It is one of my favorite Polish cities. I went there to school, got my Master Degree in Zoology, that is where I had my first job and where I made lots of friends. They remind me all the beautiful memories I have. I stylized these pictures to look vintage because it is very old city with very long history. What is your favorite city?
On Monday we (me and my husband) are leaving to Europe for 5,5 month. I’m so excited and just can’t wait to jump on the plane and take the 20 hours or so flight to Prague, Czech Republic, where we start our adventure.
I started packing in my head about a week ago. I always pack few days before leaving because I usually forget stuff if I pack up last minute. Realizing that I’m missing something when I reach my destination or on the way there always makes me feel frustrated. I packed hundreds time in my life but this time it was really hard for me to decide what I will really need and what is not necessity while we are traveling.
To make our trip easier we have decided we are packing only in carry-ons. Well easier said than done. Winter time in Poland (where we are going to spend most of our time in Europe,) is not so fun. As Wikipedia states: “Winters are rather cold, with average temperatures around 3 °C (37.4 °F) in the northwest and −6 °C (21 °F) in the northeast.” These are average temperatures which don’t really show how cold it gets on the coldest days. I’m really lucky that I left behind most of my winter clothes back at my mom’s home. Since I knew it doesn’t get that cold in California I felt pretty good about leaving it in there just in case, even though I swore I will never go back to Poland during winter. Never say never!
Here is what I’m packing into.
My favorite Levi’s, leather carry-on suitcase and my camera Lowepro backpack.
One sure thing is that before we get to my mom’s we will be in Prague for almost 5 days. It means that I won’t get my winter clothes until we get to Ciechanów, my hometown. Definitely, I have to take warm clothes with me for those few days, which will take away space I could use for my favorite clothes. At this point I don’t remember what exactly I have back at home. I brought back with me my every day clothes since I could wear them in here. I also donated some of my clothes when I was at home last year because I thought I will never need them anymore. I’m only sure that I left warm winter jacket and winter boots which is all I would need if I would go straight to my mom’s. But in this case I need both some warm clothes that will keep me warm for the first 5 days but also I need to bring some clothes for any possible situation.
I had to make some serious decisions. I know guys probably think I’m overreacting and that I need pair of jeans, few t-shirts, sweater or a jacket, and some workout clothes (if they work out). But it is not so easy for us girls. I need to bring with me a dress just incase some fancy party we might be invited. I already know that probably we will go for one of the New Years Eve parties, which are pretty fancy in Poland. I also need dressy clothes for the events/parties my mom is going to take us – I already marked 2 Christmas Parties on my calendar. I used to work at Club Atelier in Sopot where I love to spend time, as much as I love Atelier I love hanging out at Rock Cafe in Gdańsk. My friends still hang out at those 2 places so I definitely need some appropriate wear to fit in. Of course I will need work out clothes. So like you can see it is not so easy to decide what to take and fit it in a carry-on.
Here are most of my electronics. In addition to this I will have my point and shoot small camera, extra memory card, and some more cords that I didn’t include in this picture because those items where in use at that time.
Well it was definitely to much to fit in my suitcase so to make it happen I replaced my Nike running shoes for my Vibram Five Fingers – that are perfect for working out. I had to also put away in my closet one of warm sweaters, but I have one really warm one that I will have on me while traveling.
In summary I’m taking with me: 2 pairs of jeans (one of them I’m going to wear), 2 dresses, joga pants, 3 pair of shoes (ballerina shoes, five fingers, and boots – which I will probably leave behind in Prague – it is definitely time to get ride of these pair), 2 sweaters, 5 undershirts, 5 blouses, 4 belts (1 I’m going to wear), rain coat, black long sweater (I’m going to wear or carry it with me depending on the weather on Monday), and of course enough underwear and socks for first 7 days. I also packed up toiletries and some accessories. I think I did good. I still had enough room to pack up 2 books that I wanted to take with me.
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This picture was taken in one of the Polish zoos, few months before I came to States. I call it Lion in the Snow.
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Last week I was quite sick and I sadly neglected my blog and now I feel like I’m not doing my best to keep it going, which makes me little bit unhappy with myself. But the other hand having so much time to think I came up with some new ideas and it is time to make them life on my blog.
Here are some of them:
- Travel Corner called Escape to… – where I’m going to tell you a little bit about my travel and share my photos,
- Quote Corner – I don’t have a name for this one yet,
- My Art Journal Challenge called Art Journal – where I will share my newest art project.
In addition to that one of the best things that happened over the past week was buying tickets to Poland. My husband and I planned for last 6 months our 6 month long trip to my country. After all this time using travel hacking tricks it is happening 🙂 November 26th we are going to start our European Adventure.
Orlowo Clifs, Gdynia, Poland
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