Zbigniew Preisner – more than just music

If someone would ask me to present Poland in three words, one of them, for sure, would be Zbigniew Preisner  – one of the most distinguished Polish music and film composer, who was working for many years with the film director Krzysztof Kieslowsk.

Zbigniew Preisner gives us more than just music – it is stories from our lives… our happiness and  sadness, winnings and defeats… Enjoy his music!

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Conversation with Father by Zbigniew Preisner © Video via

The Beautiful Country by Zbigniew Preisner © Video via

Stop for one minute

There is a day in a year when people in Warsaw are so united: during the 1st of August people pay honor to the Heroes, who were fighting for the freedom during Warsaw Uprising in 1944.

The Warsaw Uprising lasted 63 days and cost over 200 000 lives… The memory about this heroic and tragic struggle is honorably preserved not only in the hearts of people, but also protected by Warsaw Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego).

I had an opportunity to visit this Museum some weeks ago. It is the place where time stops and emotions overcrowd you… It is the place for thoughtfulness and history… The place which I recommend to visit!

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Some minutes or hours (it depends on you) in the Museum will bring you back to the past, will give you answers to some questions and possibilities to fill the culture of 1944.

Warsaw Uprising Museum has very special souvenirs. I could not pass through the “Replica of prewar espresso cup from the Warsaw “Ziemiańska” café” – it is so sweet and specific for that times. The original cup you can find in the Museum exposition.

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Have a break – think about the history – enjoy espresso…

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!

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!