Tons of food goes to the trash! What to do to avoid a huge waste of food? Food sharing is one of the answers!
Data shows that about 9 million tons of food is wasted annually in Poland. The value of this food is probably about PLN 50 for each Pole every month. 35% of the food go for disposal. That’s why we should try food sharing.
Sharing is a new trend.
Economics based on sharing is a relatively new trend in the economy and society. It involves the direct exchange of goods and services between consumers who mainly communicate via special websites or social media. With the help of this term, the entire spectrum of online businesses have the potential to revolutionize the global market for the exchange of goods and services. Also it can be both non-profit and profitable. However is about exchanging between one man and another. In this Expats in Wroclaw article. I want to focused on NON PROFIT form.
How does it starts?
The first Food Sharing point was opened in May 2016 in Warsaw. Therefore Torun, Cracow, Wroclaw and Poznan followed the idea. Other cities followed them consequently. Social refrigerators in Wroclaw are mostly grow due to the idea of the group WeźPomóż.pl, which promotes the idea of sharing food in Lower Silesia. Anyone who wants can bring food to the fridge. Food will be available in the fridge for those in need. Food sharing points are for everyone – the material status of people who visit it is not checked here. The whole system finally works freely.
What can you put in a shared fridge?
The basic rule: bring what you would eat by yourself. Home products such as cake or soup must be packed in disposable, sealed containers with the exact date of preparation and description on packaging. Furthermore you can put dry products on special shelf.
What can you not bring?
Products that contain raw meat, raw eggs, unpainted milk products (unless they are vacuum-packed and have a valid shelf-life) can not be accepted; open canned food or jars with preserves; products that have exceeded the shelf-life date; products with signs of breakage. The rules for products are posted on the front door of the refrigerator too.
Volunteers, companies and food rescuers
All sharing food points function because of volunteers. They are usually young people who, using social media – mainly Facebook – are trying to buy refrigerators, shelves, social signs and also make sure that the place is working properly. In addition volunteers check in this points cleanliness standards, wash it, if there’s a need, bring food or throw out expired products.
Where are the Refrigerators in Wroclaw? We have seven of them in Wroclaw!
- ul. Ludwika Rydygiera 25a (Nadodrze)
- ul. Osobowicka 129 (Osobowice) – A point at the church of St. Teresa of the Baby Jesus
- ul. Zachodnia 1 (Szczepin) – Point at the Council of the Szczepin
- ul. Okulickiego 2 (Zakrzów) Point next to Stanisław Jabłonka’s Friendly Home Foundation and with the help of Take Pom Pom)
- ul. Kazimierza Wielkiego 31-33 (Old Town)
- ul. Grabiszyńska 56 (Grabiszyn) next to coffeehouse Neighborly
- ul. Gajowicka 96a
In addition, this type of idea strengthens mutual trust, fills a need for convenience and it gives meaning of belonging to community. It seems like it has positive impact on the environment.
If you want to find more food sharing places in Poland, check this link
Wroclaw Juwenalia – students festival
Wroclaw Juwenalia – students festival in Poland, usually celebrates in May, before the summer exams or at the beginning of June.
First students festival
Juwenalia was celebrated in the 15th century in Cracow. Juwenalia celebrates in all colleges in Poland.
There are different names depending on a school or a city:
- Medical Academies, they are called Medykalia
- Academies of Economy – Ekonomalia
- the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn called “Kortowiada”
- the University of Opole called Piastonalia
- the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice – Igry
- the Gdansk University – Neptunalia
- the University of Zielona Góra – Bachanalia
Students festival is a great fun
Wroclaw Juvenalia – students festival is a huge event! The whole week of entertainment from Friday to Friday. In Wroclaw there are six universities which take a part in organization of the festival:
- Wroclaw University of Technology
- University of Wroclaw
- University of Life Sciences
- Academy of Land Forces
- Wroclaw School of Banking
Juwenalia – parade
Juwenalia start with a triumphant parade of colorfully dressed students. The participants march from a colleges campus to city main square. In a symbolic gesture, the mayor of a city hands keys to the city gate to the students.
Students took power in the city for a week. The Mayor of Wroclaw gave the student royal couple the key to the city gates and to the city treasury. Wroclaw belongs to you – announced to several thousand young people who gathered on the square of Freedom on the morning.
Where you can find students festival?
Procession route of the Wroclaw Juwenalia – student festival led through the Dominican Square and the Grunwaldzki Bridge to the Wroclaw University of Technology campus.
In a colorful crowd you could meet witches and soldiers, a group dressed as a forest and characters from fairytales, fantasy films.
A lot of people are wearing department T-shirts from all six universities. Universities are organizing Juwenalia together. The three days are free from lectures. These days are full with concerts, parties, sports events as well as beer drinking.
Main events of the Juwenalia
Wittigalia in Wroclaw University of Technology traditionally starts at the “Teki” campus! Here, on 11th May, the university’s festival always begins. It include traditional items:
- P.I.W.O. project
- Breakfast with the Rector
- the Great Barbecue
- Technikalia and many other students projects
From 14th May, the Wroclaw University of Technology team up with other universities to organize more concerts and events.
Who will have fun?
Students of the University of Technology, the University of Wroclaw, the Medical University, the University of Environmental and Life Sciences, the Land Forces Military Academy and the WSB University will enjoy the festival together.
Mutual parties are on Mars Fields. Wroclaw Juwenalia – student festival is great time to have fun.
If you stay in Wroclaw for more than few days, you have to see Slodowa Island.
It is located in the center of Wroclaw. Slodowa Island is not associated with any major historical event. From the fifteenth century there were malt houses (“malt” in polish means “słód” – this is why this island is called, obviously, “Malt Island”), but now there are not even their remains. You can ask: So why should I go there?
The answer is: Slodowa Island is a cult meeting place (mainly for students) in Wroclaw.
From October to mid-March the island is calm and is mainly used for walking, running or cycling – if you don’t believe me, there are some pictures :).
However, since March it is full of young people laughing, playing the guitar, singing and playing games. Every year, March 21 (first day of spring, but also: truant day), young people gather on Slodowa Island to inaugurate the new season of evening meetings in this place.
From this day until the first cold nights, the island is full of laughter, singing, beer (important information below!) and games every evening.
People on Slodowa Island play mainly:
- football tricks
- flanks (oh, you HAVE to try flanks 😉 ).
Słodowa Island is also a place where many concerts take place.
The biggest music event organized here is “Majówka” (1-3 May), during which there are the biggest stars of Polish rock. A few times there was also beaten “Guinness Guitar Record” in the number of people playing the same song on the guitar at the same time.
I can write about the island for a long time, but the most important thing is: you should see it with your own eyes and feel the atmosphere there 🙂
Let’s face it: full of people likes to drink some beer on Slodowa Island. IS THIS LEGAL? Well, for several years you can’t drink alcohol in public places in Poland. However, student self-governments negotiate with the city authorities every year that they can exclude the Malt Island from this ban. Remember: you are opening beer at your own risk! 🙂
WROCLAVIA – Best Shopping Centers in Wroclaw
Wrocław is a beautiful city where each of use can find something special e.g. Musem, Theatre, Opera and something for shopping queen – City Centres. In the capital of Lower Silesia we can find so many city centres but netxt to train station to be located the best shopping Centers in Wroclaw – Wroclavia. It’s a perfect shopping venue for child and adults. In the best shopping center in Wroclaw You can find also exspensive stores, brand clothes, toys, electric and electronic equipment, something for home and animals. Wroclavia’s shops offer everything what customers needs!
Are You hungry? Wroclavia invite You to 28 restaurants. It’s city center with entertainment at the highest level!
Where is Wroclavia?
Sucha Street 1
9 am to 9 pm
WROCLAVIA in numebrs:
- 156 shops
- 28 restaurants
- 20 screening rooms with IMAX, 4DX and VIP zone
- 71 000 m2 area
What else is there?
- children’s playroom
- bus station
Why should You visit Wroclavia?
I know in Wrocław find You another city centres but Wroclavia located in the heart of Wrocław and everything You find so near:
- 2 minutes walk to bus station
- 1 minutes walk to train station
- 10 minutes walk of the Main Square
- new, and design architecture
GALERIA DOMINIKAŃSKA – Best Shopping Centers in Wroclaw
It’s city center near of the Main Square, located in the central part of Wrocław. The best shopping center in Wroclaw was opened in 2001 and is the oldest cinty center in Wrocław. Customers find that 100 stores, 19 restaurants and 30 000 m2 area.
MAGNOLIA – Best Shopping Centers in Wroclaw
If You looking for the best shopping centres in Wrocalaw necessarily visit Magnolia. Is the biggest shopping center in Lower Silesia. Everyone customer find something for You because Magnolia consist to over 260 stores, restaurants, cafes and is located in 100 m2 area.
IMPORTANT: only now in the best shopping centers in Wroclaw You can find SALE but hurry up! 🙂
Visit Wroclaw’s centres to see how pleasurable shopping can be!
5 Ws: When, where, what, why, Wroclaw. One story.
The story of one gypsy girl, who’s looking for HER place in this world, or 5 reasons to move to Wroclaw.
Let’s start it from the beginning. A year ago I moved. Again. It was spontaneous. As always. I lived in Asia. In a 14-million city named Guangzhou. I’ve been staying there for 4 years, and was planning to stay there for another 4 years or more. But… Well, we all have this “but” from time to time. For me that “but” was the edge. I literally left everything, bought a one-way ticket and said “goodbye” to my 4-year Asian life.
I moved, and moved, and moved. First it was Dubai. An amazing city, full of sand, money and oil. And with the same feeling of loneliness as in China.
Then it was Ukraine. But staying there for a few months, I realised that I DON’T want to live there anymore.
Next, came Poland. So here we stop for a while, because this is where I am at the present. In the city of Wroclaw. And I like it. This is the first of 5 reasons to move to Wroclaw.
What was the second of 5 reasons to move to Wroclaw? I became a student. Again. In the age of 27. With two Master’s degrees. Well, frankly speaking, it wasn’t the plan for my future life, I was spontaneous as always.
For Ukrainians, Poland is a way to stay in EU legally and without preparing too many documents. This is our “bridge” to Western Europe. And to be honest, Europe suits us more than Asia, I believe because of the similar mentality. And this is number three of 5 reasons to move to Wroclaw (or another EU city).
Well, it’s difficult to say. This is the question I ask myself all the time. And I don’t know the answer.
I like to travel. I’m addicted to new emotions. Of course, “travelling” and “moving” are not the same things. So, moving from country to country, from part of the world to another, I’m looking for a place, where I could settle down. The place, where I could feel safety, appeasement and happiness. I think, I could sacrifice many thing to find MY place. One more of 5 reasons to move to Wroclaw, isn’t it?
I was afraid to move here. Like a city citizen is afraid of moving to a village. You can’t imagine how it is to move from a 14-million city to a “city”, that has 600 thousands people. 14 000 000 and 600 000. So well, I was sarcastic a bit calling Wroclaw “city”, for me it sounded like a village.
But Wroclaw swept me off my feet. Totally. I fell in love with this city. I fell in love with its narrow streets, its impromptness, its affability. Wroclaw combines the history and the technologies, the “old” and the “new”. It made me speechless from the very beginning. And these are my 5 reasons to move to Wroclaw.
And maybe one day it’ll become a place, where I’d like to settle down…
Wroclaw for expats is very interesting city with a lot of opportunities. Each of us is the creator of our life and Wrocław is a great place to start
Hi! My name is Ivanna, I am 21 and I want to tell you where I have found my inspiration. As everyone has understood from the title of my blog, I live in Wroclaw. I want to tell you about Wroclaw for expats – the best place I ever found abroad.
- Wroclaw is the largest city in western Poland.
- The population of the city is more than 600.000 .
There are a lot of foreigners and students from all over the world. It is a university city with many well-known universities such as the University of Wroclaw, the Wroclaw University of Technology and other famous institutions, all of which enjoy an enviable reputation in Poland and abroad.
This is my 5th year here. And you know, I am not bored at all. Wroclaw has a great history. The history of the city dates back a thousand years, and combines almost all religions and cultures of Europe. At various times, it has been part of:
It became part of Poland in 1945 as a result of the border changes after the Second World War. The city is new and old at the same time. This place is an alive history, which u can touch and feel.
Wroclaw for expats – just try!
The next question, which has already existed in your mind is :”What she’s doing in this city?”. I came here when I was 17 to get higher education. So I am a student, and i am from Ukraine. The first problem which all expats met abroad is language barier. For me it also was a problem to speak polish, but Wrocław for expats is an friendly city where many people speak different languages and are very helpful. So during 1 year in Wrocław I have learned polish. More information about how to learn polish for expats I am going to tell you in my next text.
In 2016 i have graduated Wroclaw School of Banking(WSB) and got B.A. of political science. And these student years run as fast as a mouse from a hungry cat. So in 2017 I have entered the University of Lower Silesia (DSW) to become M.A. and to enjoy my student life next 2 years. Now mouse is far from cat, at least for 2 years. I like to be a student, to meet new people, to learn something new. And I like to be a student in Wroclaw. Why? Because Wroclaw for expats is best. When i have got my bachelor degree i was feeling lost. I didn’t know what to do in my life. I even was thinking about moving from Wroclaw. But this city hasn’t let me go. I am thankful for that. Wroclaw don’t allow me to feel depressed, because there are many opportunities, smart people, places to go. No depression only inspiration.
My plans as a foreigner
I am in love with Wrocław. My plan in future is to live here. For the nearest future I want to have got my M.A. degree in the University of Lower Silesia and find good job in field of my specialization. Also as usual girl, I am planing to build family and have children, with my boyfriend, whom I met here. Wrocław for expats is the city of love, new people, dreams which becoming real here. I as a foreigner want to share with you my experience and show that every expat could be happy here.There everyone will find something useful and interesting, everyone will find here their own way of inspiration. Come to Wroclaw – be inspired!