Saturday, 27 June 2009

Another challenge for the Marathon runner

What does life consist of? Challenges!

As I was running against time with my preparation for the Wrocław marathon, life just did its job by adding the unpredictability to it.

What about having a twisted ankle?

What about spending some days in full reclusion?

What about big storms in town, just to prevent my friends from visiting me?

And in a few seconds, during a football match, everything was set. Fortunately, no broken bones. The official diagnosis from the doctor was: mocne skręcenie (strong twisting) - Cool! no amputation required! :P

On the other hand, was nice to know that I can count on my friends whenever I need them. Even under thunder storms my friends came to visit me and brought me wine, vodka, chips and juice. My private Polish language teacher (Mrs. Justyszczyn) will come to my place to give me the lessons. Flatmates are being very helpful and always asking if I want something from the shop. Seba, Mirek and Darek from my company are helping a lot with "logistics". :)

Thanks, friends!!

Wroclaw Marathon will happen on the 13th of September. See you there.

Monday, 15 June 2009


A big discovery for me. So close to Poland and so beautiful. Welcome to Lithuania!

The journey was quite long until my final destination (Kaunas). Six hours by train from Wrocław to Warsaw and then six more hours by bus to Kaunas. I departed at 16:35 (10th June) and arrived at 6:00 (11th June). The bus ticket (one-way) from Warsaw to Kaunas costs nineteen Euros. The best way to get to Kaunas from Poland.

Kaunas is the second biggest city in Lithuania, with less than half-million inhabitants and is a fast-growing tourist spot in the Baltic countries.
When I arrived in Kaunas central station, my first impressions were very good: Toilets impeccable clean, for free and illuminated by blue neon lamps which made me feel like being in a discotheque's toilet(!).

The first signs of receptivity came in the early morning right after my arrival. It was 7 am and the banks were still closed. I needed to exchange some money so I would be able to have breakfast. I went to some coffee house in the old town to ask for information about where to exchange money. The first 'news' given by two young ladies working there was that I would have to work few hours to exchange money. On the other hand they offered me a Latte Machiatto for free which I quickly accepted. :)

When I finally exchanged money I did some sightseeing in Kaunas. I visited this castle (photo) and few churches. After that, I met two Portuguese girls who I was given the contacts before, so I could do sightseeing with them also and try some Lithuanian food. It's common to order some fried bread with melted cheesed and some potatoes with meat inside. Not so exotic food but heavy. My Lithuanian friends Lina and Agne hosted me at their place and took me out to get to know the night-life in Kaunas. We went to 'Dzem Pub' where I could meet many people from abroad, including one Brazilian girl that I had met before in Sao Paulo in 2006. This is what I call: "Tiny world".

I also visited the capital city Vilnius for a day-trip, which is only one hour away by train from Kaunas. The trains in Lithuania are very new and clean (as you can see in the some of the photos inside the photo album), and the instructions in the train station are given through the speakers also in English language. Lithuania is more prepared for tourism differently than few countries in this part of Europe...

On saturday(13th June), I went to some wooden house in the middle of nowhere with Agne's friends, to have fun, listen to music, play games and drink. I met interesting people too and increased my chain of contacts in the Baltic! :)
I heard from them that Riga (Latvia's capital city) is also an amazing place to visit. When I come back to that region I will for sure visit also Riga and maybe (why not?) Estonia.

Lithuania was for me a nice trip, to be kept forever in my memories.

For full album of photos click here.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Tornadoes in Wrocław

I was walking back home from work after a tough day. It was very windy and, when I was approaching the building I live, the winds became stronger and I heard a thunder. I saw the leaves on the ground as the wind blew them, they moved with some rotation. The temperature had reached +24c, but it was not summer yet and by the end of day, winds brought the chill.

The day was ready for the perfect storm!

When I look up toward the city centre I saw the big storm cell and funnel clouds. I spotted a multi-vortex tornado!

A multiple vortex tornado is a type of tornado in which two or more columns of spinning air rotate around a common center. Multivortex structure can occur in almost any circulation.

I couldn't see the funnels in their entirety from the ground because in my neighbourhood there are many buildings. So I ran to my flat attempting to make nice photos from my window (I live on the 9th floor). Unfortunately, the tornadoes were dissipating, and the best photo I could make was this one beside, whereas the funnel in the centre was still touching the ground. The rest of the photos are from the storm cell and phenomenal cloud formations.

I have a small request to my all my beloved readers: If you have more photos from this storm, specially from the funnels, please share.

For the rest of my photos, click here.

Monday, 8 June 2009

wROCK Festival 2009

wROCK festival! Amazing opportunity to see great Polish bands such as Acid Drinkers and Coma.

The venue was the "Wyspa Słodowa" - one small island in the heart of Wrocław. The festival took two days however I joined only on sunday, which was surprisingly sunny after intense rain on the previous days.

My newest friends Michał(PL) and Alicja(CA), joined me. They are uniquely random people. (In a positive way) - Hard to describe - Let's say they are sort of people that if you throw a tomato on them they will find it funny, laugh for awhile, and then they will make juice out of this tomato and drink it (And eventually ask for more) - Yes, my new friends they are. :)

In this concert, Coma performed more songs from their latest album: Hipertrofia, but they performed old classics also! Such as: "100 tysięcy jednakowych miast" and "spadam" - It was a pitty that didn't play my favourite one: "Leszek Żukowski" - Maybe next time!

I made a small video (below):

From left to right we have: Michał, Alicja, Jacek. - They don't know the THUNDERCATS! Bastards!! :P

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Never had my own bus

Where are going after all? Let's go to Danilowski Square!!

I was going to ask them to name it "Nanowski Square" - But it can be "Danilowski". No problem! ;)

When I first looked at this bus I was wondering... the only Danilo that I know in Poland is myself! As "Danilo" is originally an Ukrainian name (Данило) and I heard that in Poland there are "Daniel's" even though I've never met any.

I never took my "own" bus! Because I have a tram pass only. I don't know where it would take me to.