As I mentioned in my last post there was a concert of Polish hip hop artist called Popek in one of Siedlce’s clubs. I booked a ticket in advance to be sure I have an entrance. I like some of the music he with his band mates create. All group is called ‘Gang Albanii’ – Albanian’s Gang. The group was created in the end of 2014. Continue reading “Popek’s concert in Siedlce”
Hey. I’m going to tell you how is the beginning of May celebrated in Poland. Basically there are two main day to celebrate when everyone is off work. Many Polish people always try to organize some trip or meet with friends and family or just do some housework (repairing sink, painting the door, gardening, etc.) as everyone have got a lot of time on hand and the weather is usually warm and sunny already. Many people decide to do a barbecue and to drink vodka 😀 Continue reading “Majówka in Poland. What is it & how to celebrate it?”
This weekend we went with friends to Warsaw to listen to Alan Fitzpatrick. He is a DJ and plays drumcode kind of music which we enjoy to listen to with my friends and one of them even loves it! The party was amazing. We had a quality time! I am so happy I could be there. As I have been living back in Poland for a few months it was for me an occasion to observe how does Polish people behave. It was the worst part of my overall weekend experience.
My friends are from different backgrounds and I always get on well with them as we are open minded people. I don’t judge people by just looking at them. What can I know about the other person by just looking at him/her?
At the entrance to the club I noticed there is going to be a lot of Polish people inside. Queue was quite long and almost each Polish person was pushing onto another instead of waiting patiently. The doorman needed to tell many times to not to squeeze at the door and take a step backward.
By the counter wasn’t possible to pay by card, so I paid an entrance for my friend from Congo. As I paid one of the bouncers must had seen me, because when I passed the counter and was entering the club he pulled me rough by my jacket to search me like he shouldn’t do. Short conversation in Polish looked like that:
I said: -‘I can unzip my jacket to make it easier for you.’ -‘What did you say?’ -‘I will unzip my jacket, ok?’
He just touched my front pockets and let me go without saying anything. I think he didn’t realize I’m from Poland and I’ll be able to talk with him.
That was just a small incident. The other one which for a long time will stay in my memory is what had happened in the morning. We were walking to an after party in the city center of Warsaw when suddenly one of the passers by walk onto my friend from Congo. When I realized what had just happened they almost started to fight which I avoided by holding them aside. What the Polish guy said next was something which I would have never expected… -‘Poland is my country and all foreigners should walk out of my way!’
Where all those dumb people are coming from? This one was lucky, but the next one will have more painful lesson for messing up with my friends. Wake up Polish people! You are not the centre of the Universe!
Hey. In February Ryanair was doing big discounts on some flights, so I decided to go somewhere for a weekend. One of my good friends study in Wroclaw and I promised to visit him, then the choice was very easy for me. Trip to Wroclaw was the next thing to do in my itinerary.
I found a return ticket for 4 euro, but as I delayed with the purchase one day, it went up to 7 euro. Still a great deal, so I bought it. There’s no often an opportunity to visit other cities, so it’s good to grab a chance when it’s available and this time it was a definitely good idea.
I arrived on Friday morning, so I had some rest after the travel and we went to the city. I was going to sleep in a dormitory of my friend on Friday night, on Saturday night we were going to have a crazy night out and on Sunday we were going to sleep in a dormitory again.
On Friday night we decided to go out for a beer with some other friends to have some fun. We met some other people and some girl started to like my friend and next thing we were in a disco club. It was fun, however the music was quite old. I mean like 10 years old, but with friend was fun. Finally one of the girls liked my friend, so she invited us to her house. Her friend gave us even BIGOS, a traditional Polish food. We needed that, it was very tasty. Finally all of us went to sleep tipsy and tired. We woke up about midnight and it was time to come back to dormitory. oh LOL, I’ve just paid for the stay for a night that I wasn’t here. On Sat I won’t make the same mistake!
Saturday night we spent all evening smoking and drinking and later we went to a disco club with techno music. They were closing at 5am, so we met some people which showed us an other place which shut at 7am or even later… We stayed only till 6:30am. Too tired. A lot of fun!
Sunday I spent sleeping almost all day, but in the afternoon I managed to do some sightseeing. About 11pm the next party begun as some students arrived to our room. We drunk a little, laughed and listened to the music.
Finally at 2pm was the time of departure, so I left the dormitory and headed for my plane to the airport. I went straight to work happy that I had such an amazing time in Wroclaw. The next trip we planned was to Prague 🙂
Hello everyone 🙂 Nice that you came back to read my blog about my experiences from different periods of my life. As I fly quite often – on average one flight per month – I have quite big experience from airports all over the world. I will write about ones from Warsaw airports as there I always feel strange and strange things happen to me.
This one is located in the city centre of Warsaw. I fly from here sometimes. Once I had a transfer here. I had half empty small jar of Nutella in my hand luggage. I love chocolate and always try to carry some on me. As I passed security on other European airport noone even told me to take it out of the bag. On Chopin airport they did something unbelievable. They scanned my hand luggage, told me to open it, took out and opened my Nutella. I was shocked! I always have chocolate in my hand luggage and those people told me I would need to leave it. I had a short argument with all people working by the scanners, but it didn’t change anything. I needed to go to catch my plane and leave delicious Nutella behind.
Just fed days ago I flew from Modlin airport to Malaga. I haven’t been living in Poland for 7 years now and I may look different for them, because always they check me very carefully and look at me suspiciously. Once even were checking seams in my jeans to check if something is hidden there. This time I took off my shoes and removed all metal objects except my necklace which was a stone hanging on a small piece of metal. The machine beeped, i was routinely searched and later all my things, I mean clothes on me and thing which came through x-ray can like my jacket and my belongings inside my hand luggage were scanned by some detector – probably metal.
To sum up, I love to fly to distant different places, but I think people in Poland check me always as carefully as possible which is usually annoying. They don’t even smile.
The Great Orchestra of Christmas Aid (GOCA or WOŚP – Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy in Polish) is one of the biggest charity organizations in Poland. It is non-governmental and non-profit. It collects money for causes connected with human health and helping sick children. It provides courses in CPR and ECC which is connected with saving people lives too.
The Grand Final of The Great Orchestra of Christmas Aid happens every year on first or second Sunday of January. On the day of Grand Final are organized music events all across the country. Those events are sponsored by companies from Poland and organized by volunteers except only one the biggest event in front of Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw which is hosted by GOCA. All day long and during those events many volunteers walk on the streets with cans where everyone can donate money and support The Great Orchestra of Christmas Aid. Each volunteer has got an identification card and in return for a donation hands out a red sticker with heart and name of the charity on it.
At the end of the day at 8pm in every place all across the country is an event called ‘light to the heaven’ when fireworks displays are carried out.
The Great Orchestra of Christmas Aid in Siedlce
This year I was in Poland, so I decide to participate in the event in my hometown Siedlce. It was small, but well organized. It was cold, so we went mainly to see the fireworks display. But before it happened we had an opportunity to listen to one of the Polish music stars – Norbi and his top song – Kobiety są gorące 🙂 Was fun. Later some announcements from organizers and sponsors and Dr Magda Daniel who is my cousins aunt and fireworks display started. I post some pictures for fireworks lovers.
During that event I met couple nice people, but Polish people are very shy and distrustful. Those features make hard for me life in Poland. I think everyone should be open and outgoing like for example in United States, Canada, Russia or Brazil.
I would like to share with the world some info about Christmas customs in Poland. I don’t celebrate each year like that, but all my family do. I want to show you some typical Christmas food and tell some more about things we Catholics do.
I am going to tell you about Christmas Eve’s dinner. The first rule says that it should consist of 12 different dishes, because we have that many months in the year or because there were twelve Apostles, and each participant of the ‘feast’ should try them all.
Christmas customs in Poland from the beginning:
Before we even start to eat there is a custom that we need to wait for the first star on the sky which is a symbol of the star of Bethlehem which guided Three Kings on the night when Christ was born. Usually we may start to look for it on the sky about 4 o’clock. Tradition says that on the Christmas Eve’s table should be always one free cover. Situated there in case of wayward wanderer or an unexpected visitor.
When the awaited star finally appears we sit down by the table and one member of the family reads a passage from the Bible. Then we take a special wafer and share it with everyone exchanging best wishes for an upcoming year.
Some families, especially from villages, put under the tablecloth some hay – before people placed in the corners of houses sheaves of hay and straw. This custom should ensure a good harvest in the coming year and it reminds the poor conditions in which Jesus came to the world.
Since few years the Catholic Church allows to eat meat on Christmas Eve, but Polish people are very traditional people and their tables are still dominated by fish.
Christmas customs in Poland require that on the table should appear dishes like:
- beetroot soup with ravioli
- dumplings (pierogi)
- sauerkraut-and-meat stew (bigos)
- “ryba po grecku”
- dried fruit compote
- cabbage with mushrooms
- Croquettes with sauerkraut
- Christmas Eve’s gingerbread
Finally after the dinner comes time to open gifts which where brought by Santa Claus to good children and adults 🙂 Hope that I helped you at least a little to understand what’s going on in Poland during Christmas.
So you decided to come to beautiful Warsaw and because you’ve heard it is very cheap in Poland. On top of that the flight was a bargain. Don’t tell me that once you landed you started to feel lost? How to get from the Modlin airport to Warsaw? Nothing to worry. It is not a rocket science. I will explain it to you in a few words.
Of course to get a taxi is the easiest way to move around. You won’t need to wait for departure and it will take you to the preferred address directly. However, you will need to pay the most. Probably between 100 and 200 polish zloties.
Second option is ModlinBus. It runs frequently – once per hour – and you travel by coach directly from the airport to the Palace of Culture and Science in the city centre of Warsaw. It cost about 33zl and it takes 40 minutes to get to the destination.
There’s one more and the cheapest – 17zl – way of transport which I usually use, because I need to travel either to my friends in Warsaw or to my hometown. If you need to travel outside of Warsaw you may like this option. First of all you should go to information desk or to the big touch screen where you will be able to get more information about buses/trains you need to catch. Once you know where you’re going you start your travel in a bus which takes you in 10 minutes to the nearest train station. There you take one of the trains which take you to the city centre of Warsaw and in the city centre you may use any public transport for 1h what is included in your 17zl ticket. 3 in 1 🙂 Cool, but takes about 70 minutes to get to the Warsaw city centre.
Modlin airport to Warsaw
Flying to Modlin airport the flight is cheap and in most cases it is definitely worth doing it. You just must be prepared to spend some time in a taxi, bus or train to get from Modlin airport to Warsaw city centre.