Educational game about the shopping in Poland in the 80`s

Dear Friends, do you know what is the best present for your mom, which will educate you about Poland, unify all members of the family and give you all a lot of fun? The answer is – it is “Kolejka”! “Kolejka” (eng. Queue) is a board game about the life in Poland at the tail-end of the communist era.

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The simple idea of the game is that players (from 2 to 5) have a shopping list (for example, clothing, food and so on) to buy. The problem is that it is not so easy to do it: first of all you have to find your place in a queue in the front of the shop without any idea if this shop will has a delivery today and only then to buy … but here are another problems – shops are closed, everyone wants to be first… even if you are the first one in the queue, do not be so happy, because the woman, who was standing at the and of queue can be with a child (there is a card “Mother carrying small child”) – it means that you have to give her your place. There are a lot of other interesting cards in the game: for example “This is not your place, sir”, “Delivery errors”, “Under-the-counter goods“ or „Closed for stocktaking“.

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While shopping you have always to pay attention to speculators, who can buy the things from shops and then sell them more expensive in the market. There are a lot of difficulties, but you have no choice – you have to get these items!

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Educational game “Queue”, which was published by the Institute of National Remembrance (author – Karol Madaj), was chosen by industry experts as the “Game of the Year 2012”.

Now “Queue” is available in 6 languages: Polish, Russian, English, German, Spanish and Japanese.

Enjoy the shopping in the 80`s! Discover the Poland!

The most read books in the world

Do you know which books do your friends like to read? Do you know which are the most read books in the whole world? The freelance writer James Chapman knows the answer to these questions – he completed the survey on purpose to present a list of 10 most read books in the world during the last fifty years. The list is based on the number of copies each books was sold.

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Beautiful footwear, but not for women

Dear Gentlemen, you are lucky this year! The collections of footwear are extremely beautiful this autumn and winter!

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The shoes and boots are made from different materials and reflect various styles – from casual elegant to military.

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There is no reason to worry about our men – they will look handsome and exclusive… at least from the early autumn till late winter 🙂

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Rainbow of the books

As an information specialist, who worked in the Library for some years, I am very interested in the books – but not only like information source, but also like an element of interior design. Even in the age of e-books a lot of people still have traditional paper books. Sometimes they even have too many books and do not know what to do with them. There is a resort! You can organize your books by color!

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I like such way of grouping books and will for sure organize my books by colors in the near future. It is great way to be eco – you do not have to throw away the books, which you do not need any more, and to change the look of your room with minimum efforts – just using your imagination!

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Do not forget that you always can change the way your books are presented in the home and organize them differ way – for example by size, weight or volume, on topic or alphabetical way. Let’s be creative!

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Taste of pre war Białystok and Poznań from 19th century

During last week I visited two beautiful cities of Poland: Białystok and Poznań. I fall in love with some traditional food and drink, which these cities provide: it is so called Buza and Rogal świętomarciński.

In Białystok I just wanted to drink something cold. In a cozy café, while reading the menu, I saw the picture of Buza. It did not look tasty …. But I decided to try, because it was written that it is regional product. And it is really cheap 🙂 After I tasted the Buza, I did not want any more refreshing drinks – it was so delicious!

Buza is a fresh and a little bit sour-sweet fermented drink made from millet porridge, which is usually served with raisins and/or halva. Buza appeared in the city because of Macedonians and was well-liked drink in pre war Białystok.

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If Buza does not look tasty, but it is – then when you see Rogal świętomarciński (St. Martin’s Croissant) your eyes want to eat it immediately. Rogal świętomarciński is named by the Poznań`s patron Martin and is baked since 1891. Come to Poznań and spoil yourself with appetizing dessert, which is filled with dried fruits, nuts and poppy seeds.

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Bon appétit!

Express yourself with stripes

If some years ago someone would ask me –  “Would you like to have striped walls in your room?” I for sure would answer – “Are you crazy?”. Will reveal you the secret – one of my room is going to have stripes in the near future 🙂 I already see the first result and I am more than satisfied with it. It is really funny and fancy way to decorate your room! Look at the examples below.

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Are you still scary with this idea? Try something less shocking – some striped lamps can be the right beginning 🙂

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Rainy day makes your umbrella smile

It is rainy … Time to find the umbrella and go with it for walk. It is comfortable and safe with umbrella, but what to do with it after the walking? I dare swear that no one wants wet umbrella dripping all over the home. Good that there are a lot of possibilities to organize our umbrellas: we can choose traditional stand and hide umbrella among other furniture or to pick eccentric stand and make the umbrella broad accent in the hall.

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Back to the past

If you are planning trip to Lithuania and interested in the Soviet times or just want to know more about the past, I suggest you to visit Grūtas park (lith. Grūto parkas).

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Grūtas park was opened on 1st of April 2001 and it is the place where you can find monumental sculpture from the Soviet period.

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The information centre – museum, which looks like the culture house from 1940s and 50s, invites guests of Park with cinema, photos and sounds.

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Additionally you can eat typical dishes of the Dzūkija region or choose anything from the “Soviet” menu in the Grūtas park café, enjoy lunapark and mini-zoo. Welcome to the past!

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Better wicker furniture than such life

Wicker chairs can warm your home, wicker lamps can make your rooms more romantic, wicker table can integrate people, wicker baskets can organize your life and make it Eco-friendly. In other words, wicker furniture and interior design accessories can be very functional, comfortable and contemporary.

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If you do not want to change anything in your home, you can change your car … to wicker motorcycle 🙂

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