Social Fridges in Wroclaw

Food waste in Poland

According to statistics, about 9 million tons of food are wasted annually in Poland. The consumers themselves throw an average of 2 tons, which gives about 50 kilograms per person; 20-30% of food products purchased is thrown to the rubbish bin. This is mainly due to improper consumer habits, when it comes to shopping and planning, carrying food and storing it.

What can you do with this?

The question is what we, as conscious consumers, can do on our own to help improve the situation:

  • plan our shopping by creating list in advance,
  • choose products without packaging,
  • put bought products to eco bag,
  • remember to store them properly as they won’t go off,
  • you can use the leftovers for compost or recycle them properly

Social fridges = no food waste

There is another complete approach, solution called foodsharing. This idea was born in Germany in 2012. It went to different European countries also to Wrocław. Social fridge concept is spread thanks to the initiative of the group “TakePom.pl,” whose members want to distribute ready-to-use social refrigerators to people interested in spreading the idea of ​​foodsharing in Wroclaw.

Locations:

  • Olszewskiego 25.
  • Nadodrze (in the yard at Rydygiera 25),
  • Powstańców Śląskich,
  • Robotnicza 1A,
  • at the church. Teresa from Baby Jesus in Osobowice.

Hotel Spa in Wroclaw

Hotel Spa in Wroclaw

I recommend taking advantage of the Wroclaw Hotel Spa in Wroclaw give you a lot of fun and pleasure

MONOPOL HOTEL

The Hotel Monopol, built in 1892 in the Neo-baroque style, is the first hotel worthy of attention with an interesting spa offer. This 5-star hotel is located at Modrzewska Street in Wroclaw. It delights with many issues in terms of its appearance.  Modernly arranged rooms will make you feel special. The price of a hotel for a room for two is from PLN 450 per night. Hotel Spa in Wroclaw – this is the best pleace. For entering the wellness area, you have to pay PLN 80 for an adult, and PLN 50 for a child – the prices cover your entire stay. It includes a swimming pool with jacuzzi, a gym with modern equipment for various types of exercise, a dry sauna, a steam bath, as well as a salt and iodine grotto. The price of stay in the wellness area also includes a towel and drinking water.

The hotel also has an interesting spa offer.

A remarkable treatment at the hotel’s spa is a “vitamin glow” – anti-ageing facial treatment with vitamin C – it will make your skin nourished and brightened. The price of such treatment is 280 PLN for 75 minutes. Noteworthy surgery for the body is the “Asian Cruise” treatment – a cleansing treatment for the body with a mixture of three types of teas and algae, it also has relaxing and calming effect. The price of such treatment is 400 PLN/120min.

It is also worth taking advantage of the classical massage, which will allow you to relax, stimulate blood circulation and significantly improve well-being. Massage price 30 min/PLN 150. If we are talking about hotel Spa in Wroclaw – you find right pleace here.

The hotel also has an offer of hand and nail stylization.

PLATINUM PALACE HOTEL

The second hotel that has a distinctive spa offer is the Platinum Palace Hotel. A 5-star hotel located next to the beautiful South Park, just a quarter of an hour from the centre of Wroclaw. The hotel building is a restored residence of the Schoeller family, finished in a modern style.

Prices per night as per this hotel standard are not too high, and they start form PLN 319 per night. The 2+2 offer was created specially for holidays, that is for two adults and two children, and the prices are from PLN 379 per night. The hotel price also includes free use of sauna, jacuzzi or gyms. The advantage of staying in the hotel is also the possibility of late check-out.

Spa & Wellness

Platinum Palace has an excellent Spa&Wellness offer for you that will allow you to take care of both health and spirit. The offer of the Spa&Wellness hotel zone includes treatment packages as well as individual treatments and massages. A noteworthy package is “Classically for two” [“Klasycznie we dwoje”] – a massage with hot oils for two by candlelight, a jacuzzi bath with a glass of wine and sweets for two. The price for 120 minutes is PLN 330.

I recommend you single treatments, such as: Explosion of youth [Eksplozja młodości] – a lifting treatment, the price of which is PLN 230 per one hour, Male Relax [Męski Relaks] – a beauty and nourishing treatment, the price of which is PLN 230 for 60 minutes.

You can try a spine massage for PLN 150/30 minutes.

SOFIA HOTEL

The third spa hotel in Wroclaw worth a visit is the three-star Sofia hotel located near the railway station in Wroclaw. The convenient location will make sightseeing of  Wroclaw easy and pleasant.  For a night in a room for two people we will pay about PLN 332. Classically arranged rooms in this hotel will make your stay pleasant and friendly.

The hotel also has an interesting wellness & spa zone at very favourable prices. For a classic massage you have to pay only 90 PLN for 60 minutes. A package of “Relax” treatments is also worth your attention; it includes a body relaxation massage, peeling and reflexotherapy. The price of such a series of treatments is PLN 290. Try also a series of treatments “Sea breeze” – with a mask of algae and salt peeling for only PLN 220. The spa offer also includes regenerative treatments for feet and hands for only PLN 50, which is a great bargain.

Therefore, when coming to Wroclaw do benefit from the offer of Wroclaw hotels offering a spa & wellness zone, so that your stay can be not only comfortable, but will also have a positive impact on your body and spirit.

Healthy diet catering – new trend for active people

Trend, healthy diet catering, active people in Wroclaw

Wroclaw city of expats gives people new trand – healthy diet catering

Wroclaw is utmost modern city in Poland permanently filling by expats from throughout the world. Therefore proved and modern trends in Wroclaw spreading fast and work on people needs pretty well, as seem around. People here are quet demanding in quality of life, in services and especcially regarding food and healthy lifestyle. So, what is it healthy diet catering?

When it comes up to quality food and saving time we may seeing quite demanding trand in Wroclaw.  Among active people who has not enough time due to busy daily tasks the solution could be daily meals catering. One of them what I have heard from my friends is “ActiveFit” food service.

Have a look inside to how healthy diet catering works and what is the benefits. 

That service provide list of balanced daily diets depend on your healthy lifestyle. Yet, they deliver your daily pack wherever you need.

The prices for healthy diet catering strating from 47 zl for 5 meals per day, (breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and supper). Delivery is free, by the way.

We may chose among 8 diets and set up pretty precisly what meals should include, which grossery, how many callories must be into your daily meals. Take a look below.

Trend: sport diet

  • Standard diet.  Standard from 1200 kcal – 52 PLN / day up to standard 2500 kcal – 65 PLN / day. 
Proteins: 10-20%
Carbohydrates: 55-60%
Fat: 25-30%
  •  Vegan diet. Vegan from 1200 kcal – 52 PLN / day up to vegan 2500 kcal – 65 PLN / day

Proteins: 10-20%
Carbohydrates: 50-55%
Fat: 25-35%

  • Vegetarian diet. Healthy diet catering Vegetarian 1200 kcal – 48 PLN / day up to vegetarian 2500 kcal – 61 PLN / day

Proteins: 10-20%
Carbohydrates: 50-55%
Fat: 25-35%

  • Diet for weight loss.  Weight loss  1200 kcal – 47 PLN / day up to weight loss 2500 kcal – 60 PLN / day

Protein: 20-30%
Carbohydrates: 30-45%
Fat: 30-35%

  • Samurai diet.  Samurai 1800 kcal – 53 PLN / day up to samuraja 3000 kcal – 65 PLN / day

Protein: 25-35%
Carbohydrates: 40-50%
Fat: 25-30%

  • Paleo diet. Paleo 1200 kcal – 52 PLN / day up to paleo 2500 kcal – 65 PLN / day

Protein: 19-35%
Carbohydrates: 22-40%
Fat: 28-47%

  • Sport diet for reduction.  Sport 1200 kcal – 52 PLN / day up to sport 2500 kcal – 65 PLN / day

Protein: 25-30%
Carbohydrates: 40-45%
Fat: 25-30%

  • Sport diet on mass. Mass 1800 kcal – 53 PLN / day up to mass 3000 kcal – 65 PLN / day

Protein: 25-30%
Carbohydrates: 40-55%
Fat: 25-30%

In terms of order daily meals for more than 14 days there are discount 5%, and more than 30 days 10%, surely they should somehow encourage clients.

Yet, from my personal point of view that approach to eating may really save a time for thus who count, and let fills our bodies fresh and healthy food permanently without concernings about ingredients and quality. And I’m happy to see that trands in Wroclaw could be so helpful to keep healthy lifestyle on that high level.

Digital Nomads. The trend!

What is a digital nomad? Workers, but not any worker. Those who often work remotely with the help of tech.

Digital nomads are workers, Those who often work remotely with the help of tech. Such workers often work at home, coffee shops or even at the beach. Some would say the sky is the limit. But, for working nomads, the WiFi is the limit, this is a career path that allows location independence, as far as they connect to a good WiFi signal.

Why remote work make sense today?

Today,  the physical barriers no longer exist, the reason why the managerial models tend to be more flexible.

One common fear,  by managers, when considering whether to hire remote team members,  is that quality and productivity suffer when teammates are physically distant.

For some managers, the obligatory presence in an office is still a must. They need to see to believe. Managers don’t like surprises and may feel that they’d have a tougher time keeping track of employees. Without the formal check-ins that characterize an in-person environment, some could managers feel lost.

Fortunately, the picture is different in Wroclaw, those days, if you make a quick skim of the job offers that the companies allocated in Wroclaw, some of them are offering as a perk the opportunity to have some days of remote work. A trend that may sound appealing for an expat who wants the flexibility to enjoy a more complete experience of living abroad.

Pracuj.,pl is one of the most popular job sites in Poland.
A remote Job offer. Site pracuj.pl

Why remote work makes sense in Wroclaw?

I want to start by saying that Wroclaw is underrated. Typically when people book their first trip to Europe they instantly think of countries such as France, Spain or Italy. However, Poland and specially Wroclaw is the best European destination 2018, Wroclaw in my opinion soon will be heading in the direction of a “go-to” destination in Europe. And quick!

Last year, this city has been awarded as one of the best cities in europe
Wroclaw, the Best European Destination 2018

Most People Speak English, the language barrier is not a problem in this city, another big plus, if you are a remote worker, wanted to visit Poland.

Good news! In Wroclaw, you shouldn’t have too much trouble with the language barrier, as most people also speak English. In addition, most restaurants will offer an English menu. If you are ever stuck reading a sign, label or maybe have to face a Polish menu, just download Google Translate app. You can simply take a picture of what you want to be translated and it will translate it. It’s that easy

Menus are translated into english
Polish Menu. Pasibus restaurant

In summary,  if you love adventure, and flexibility is in your heart and remote work is in your core belief system,  the idea of making  Wroclaw your home for some weeks or months is a great idea.

Wroclaw a cultural destination and offers the possibility to travel to other near cities to enjoy new cultures. But,  as beautiful as this city is you need to keep your security at the forefront of your mind.

Even if you are familiar with Poland, some places are just tougher to foreigners than others;  Wroclaw is a friendly city, but it is still important to get into good habits regardless.

8 Festivals in Wroclaw

Festivals in Wroclaw

Wroclaw has one of the most complete cultural lives in Poland

Many festivals take place during the year, art, food, music all takes place in this wonderful Polish city, if you have enough time either as a tourist or as a student, these are some stops you must do:

Wroclaw Christmas Market – last few days of November to December 24th

Traditional Christmas fair in the Main Square area. Wooden stalls with craft goods, Christmas ornaments and traditional regional food. There are also stalls with mulled wine. Open from 10 am to 8 pm. – http://www.jarmarkbozonarodzeniowy.co…

“Festival of Good Beer” 

this is one of the popular festivals in Wroclaw. Takes place every year on the second weekend of May in areas of the castle and the Park Leśnicki. The festival lasts for three days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). At the festival you can try hundreds of beers from dozens of small breweries in Europe. http://www.festiwaldobregopiwa.pl/ https://www.facebook.com/festiwaldobr…

Long Night of the Museums (19 May)

Wrocław museums, galleries, exhibitions spaces and many cultural institutions are open until small hours throughout the night. Visitors are admitted free of charge or at a nominal fee.

“Musica Electronica Nova”– May

Festival, like an atom structure… interpretation / integration / interaction… sound, light, picture, move, dimension, and time… multi-layered structures… XX and XXI century electronic music point of view ” –  http://www.musicaelectronicanova.pl/en/

“BRAVE Festival”- June

If you are looking festivals in Wroclaw – this is it! Different cultures and different forms of art. Each year the main theme of the Festival is different. “Each edition of the festival focuses on a different aspect of either humanity, art or region of the world”. – http://bravefestival.pl/

“BuskerBus” – great festivals in Wroclaw

International Street Art Festival – June / July – Festival that promotes free and independent artists –http://www.buskerbus.com/en

“Wroclaw NonStop”

Cultural Marathone – Summer– It is a ten-day-long international summer festival which offers insight look into a range of different local cultural experiences.

“Nowe Horyzonty “

New Horizons International Film Festival- July or August – Movies shown all around the city – in multiplexes, small cinemas and also open-air screenings on the city Main Square. – http://www.nowehoryzonty.pl/index.do?…

 

5 natural LANDSCAPES of POLAND

1-Pieniny Mountains National Park

 

 

 

 

 

The Pieniny National Park is one of Poland’s national parks, a small park declared in 1932 that protects the heart of the Pieniny Mountains, a small mountain range located in the Lower Silesia Voivodship in the south of the country.

The national park is located in the southernmost part of Poland, on the border with Slovakia. The Pieniny mountain range is divided into three parts: Pieniny Spiskie, Male Pieniny and Pieniny Właściwe (where the park is located). The surface of the park is 23.46 km², of which it is covered with forests in 13.11 km². A third part (7.5 km²) are strictly protected.

location: Szczawnica 34-450, Poland

2- Errant rocks

This amazing rock maze on the ridge of Skalniak (915 m altitude) is situated in the Stołowe Mountains National Park. The rock blocks are scattered on the area of ​​21.14 hectares and create a charming tourist route, which often forces us to squeeze through cracks between the rocks. Easy access from Kudowa Zdrój to Karłów by car or walking along the red trail – around 2.5 hours.

location:  ul. Sloneczna 31 | Stołowe Mountains National ParkKudowa-Zdroj 57-350, Poland

 

3-Lake Morskie Oko

Is the largest and fourth-deepest lake in the Tatra Mountains. It is located deep within the Tatra National Park, Poland, in the Rybi Potok (the Fish Brook) Valley, of the High Tatras mountain range at the base of the Mięguszowiecki Summits, in Lower Silesia Voivodeship.

Location: Palenica Bialczanska | 49°11′49″N 20°04′12″ETatra National Park 34-500, Poland.

4-Giewont Mountain

Giewont is a mountainous massif in the Tatra Mountains of Poland, and it has an altitude of 1,895 meters AMSL at its highest point. It comprises three peaks (all m / meters in AMSL): Little Giewont – (Polish Mały Giewont, 1,728 m) Great Giewont – (Wielki Giewont, 1,895 m) Long Giewont – (Długi Giewont, 1,867 m). There is a mountain pass located between Great and Long Giewont, known as Szczerba (1,823 m). It is located between the valleys (doliny) of Kondratowa, Małej Łąki and Strążyska. Long Giewont and Great Giewont are located at a higher altitude than the nearby city of Zakopane, which makes them clearly visible from that city. At Great Giewont, there is a 15 m steel cross (erected in 1901) – the site of religious pilgrimages. The area is notorious for its dangerous nature during thunderstorms, so this should be taken into account when approaching the summit.

Location: Western TatrasZakopane, Poland

5-Bieszczady National Park
Bieszczady National Park is the third largest national park in Poland, located in Subcarpathian Voivodeship in the extreme corner of the country, bordering Slovakia and Ukraine.
Forests cover about 80% of Bieszczady National Park. The woods are mainly natural; in some cases it can be said that they have preserved their pristine character. The highest peak in the park, Tarnica, is 1,346 metres (4,416 ft) above sea level.

Animal life is abundant with several species of endangered animals thriving in the area, among them bears, wolves, wildcats, wild boars, beavers, otters, and lynxes as well as deer, moose and European bisons (around 100 live in the area). The park contains interesting bird species, including eagles and owls, and is home to the largest Polish population of Aesculapian snakes.

The park is sparsely populated (less than 1 person per km²), which means that animals can roam freely. The region is very popular among tourists, but there are not many facilities. Around 70% of the park is regarded as strict preserve, which means that the use of trails is restricted. The park’s authorities promote walking trips.

Location: Lutowiska 2 | PodkarpacieLutowiska 38-713, Poland.

Great Polish references in different disciplines throughout history:

Throughout history there have been many people who have made history worldwide to excel in their work and lead an exemplary life.
Many of them are of Polish origin:

 

In Art:   Stanisław Wyspiański

Stanisław Wyspiański (January 15, 1869, Kraków – November 28, 1907, Kraków), was one of the most versatile and outstanding artists of his time, in Europe, as this painter, architect and cabinetmaker, was also a playwright Polish very influential.

 

Born in Krakow, Stanisław Wyspiański was the son of Franciszek Wyspiański and Maria Rogowska (who died of tuberculosis in 1876). His father was a sculptor without reputation, of bourgeois origin, with problems of alcoholism, and it is not known if he promoted the first steps of his son. Of course, Stanisław, when adopted by Joanna Stankiewiczowa and her husband, who had contacts with artists, was able to study painting, literature and history with important figures of Krakow’s life.

 

Sport: Robert Lewandowski

 

Born in Krakow, Stanisław Wyspiański was the son of Franciszek Wyspiański and Maria Rogowska (who died of tuberculosis in 1876). His father was a sculptor without reputation, of bourgeois origin, with problems of alcoholism, and it is not known if he promoted the first steps of his son. Of course, Stanisław, when adopted by Joanna Stankiewiczowa and her husband, who had contacts with artists, was able to study painting, literature and history with important figures of Krakow’s life.

After being the top scorer of the third and second division of Polish football with the Znicz Pruszków, he moved to the First Division Lech Poznań team, where he won the Ekstraklasa 2009-10 and was also the top scorer of the maximum Polish soccer category .

In 2010, he was transferred to the German Borussia Dortmund run by Jürgen Klopp for 4.5 million euros, where he won several titles including two consecutive Bundesliga. Before the start of the 2014-15 season, he signed for what had been a direct rival for Dortmund in recent seasons, Bayern Munich, with which he won the Bundesliga 2014-15 in his first season.

 

Music: Chopin

 

Frédéric Chopin was born in the village of Żelazowa Wola, in the voivodeship of Mazovia, 60 kilometers from Warsaw in central Poland, on a small estate owned by Count Skarbek, who was part of the Grand Duchy of Warsaw. He received the name of Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin.

He was a Polish composer and virtuous considered one of the most important in history and one of the greatest representatives of musical Romanticism. His perfect technique, his stylistic refinement and his harmonic elaboration have been compared historically, for his lasting influence in the music of later times, with those of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms or Franz Liszt.

 

in Religion: Juan Pablo II

John Paul II (in Latin: Ioannes Paulus II), 4 of secular name Karol Józef Wojtyła5 (Wadowice, Poland, May 18, 1920-Vatican City, April 2, 2005), was Pope 264 of the Church Catholic and sovereign of the Vatican City from October 16, 1978 until his death in 2005. He was canonized in 2014, during the pontificate of Francisco.

Having been auxiliary bishop (since 1958) and archbishop of Krakow (since 1962), he became the first Polish pope in history, and in the first non-Italian since 1523. His pontificate of almost 27 years was the third longest in the history of the Catholic Church, after that of St. Peter (it is believed that between 34 and 37 years, although its exact duration is difficult to determine) and that of Pius IX (31 years). John Paul II was hailed as one of the most influential leaders of the twentieth century, remembered especially for being one of the main symbols of anti-communism, 8 and for his fight against the expansion of Marxism in places like Latin America, where he fought energetically to the known movement as the theology of liberation, with the help of his right hand and ultimately his successor, Joseph Ratzinger.

 

 

 

 

 

How to survive a weekend in Wroclaw – my recipe

Now You have started to read this text, right? Right. So it is very probably, that You may have a reason to visit Wroclaw. Any reason is good to do it. I, for example, come here to study extramural and really enjoy every weekend in the capital of Lower Silesia. I had never been there before I started my studies, so I had to find solution how to survive, because I didn’t know anybody there. Continue reading “How to survive a weekend in Wroclaw – my recipe”