A summer list…

With just a few weeks away until summer FINALLY starts in the land of the Queen I thought it would be cool to share this list with y’all.


After a long and wet winter the sun has decided to show up and make all the gringos happy, sticky and red (some of them a bit TOO red).

Coming from a warm (and beautiful) country I have to say WE LOVE summer and it is a reminder of lots of good stuff.

 Everybody has their down list; here are my favourite things about summer:

  •  lemonade
  • grilled burgers, steaks, fish, fruit…
  • summer thunderstorms
  • the long, lingering daylight hours
  • watermelon
  • napping in a hammock
  • sunglasses 
  • the smell of sunscreen
  • picnics
  • daytrips to the beach (and the reminder of it with sand everywhere)
  • swimming
  • camping
  • drippy ice cream cones
  • easy entertaining on your porch or in your backyard
  • swimming out to a floating wooden platform in a lake
  • sleep-away camp
  • outdoor concerts
  • canoeing
  • sunny days = sunnier moods
  • the sound of lawn mowers
  • open windows
  • sitting in the shade on a hot day
  • the sound of ocean waves
  • a cool breeze on a hot day
  • flip flops
  • the smoky smell of people barbecuing
  • relaxed attitudes
  • surfing
  • dogs with their heads out car windows, tongues wagging
  • bicycles built for two
  • snorkeling

 

Olympic Flame goes out

At least the Olympic flame burned brightly and strongly for the first two days. But on day three of the relay the flame went out as it was being carried through the Devon town of Great Torrington.

The torch was attached to the side of para-badminton star David Follett’s wheelchair when the flame went out shortly before 10am.

It was not a complete disaster: the torch was re-lit using a backup flame that is transported around with the torchbearers. A spokesperson for the London 2012 organising committee blamed a malfunction within the burner and said it was not uncommon for flames to be extinguished.

The spokesman said: “The flame went out due to a malfunctioning burner. It is not uncommon for a flame to go out and this can happen for a number of reasons, for example, in extreme winds. We keep the mother flame alight in specially designed miners’ lanterns so if the flame does go out for some reason we re-light it from the source of the flame.”

The committee was also facing questions after it emerged that a woman taking part in the relay may have made up to £150,000 by selling her torch on eBay.

Sarah Milner Simonds, from Somerset, says she will pass the money on to charity but has received abusive emails and could be in for a frosty reception when her turn to carry the flame comes on Monday afternoon.

She is one of a number of runners who are selling their torches, which they can buy for £199 on the internet auction site. By Monday morning one torch bearer from Cornwall, where the relay began on Saturday, had received a bid of almost £40,000 for a torch.

Cycling around London…

How about getting a bike, riding it around the city 

 

and then returning it anywhere else…

 

…so the next person can use it…

 

You may be saying, this would not work in my country. Maybe one day!!

 

Everyone in London is getting the idea. Available 24 hours a day, year round.


Everyone is using them, from tourists with their backpacks to business men
 in their suits and ties.

 It’s self-service and there’s no need for booking. Just turn up, get the code (pay off course) and go.

Sponsored by Barclays Bank the expectation is that during the Olympic gamesmany people will avoid using the tube and buses and get on the bikes.

Watch the video below:

 

Spending Easter in Poland

Warsaw is a city with many faces where tradition intermingles with modernity. The dominating silhouette of the city centre belongs to the Palace of Culture and Science, which today shares the city skyline with numerous other office tower blocks.

You can feel the heartbeat of history in the Old Town, on Nowy Swiat and everywhere else where the city’s roots have been preserved.

 

A Colourful Old Town

 

Zamkowy Square, with Zygmunt’s Column, is the most prominent feature of the Old Town.

Swietojanska Street leads into the Old Town Square with its colourful narrow-fronted tenement houses. The Old Town’s history dates back to the early 14th century.

Due to the painstaking reconstruction that followed the destruction during World War II, the Old Town was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980.

 

The Polish Easter

 

Polish people are very traditional, especially in religious dates. Each date has its differences in order to celebrate, for example, the charming delicacy of Easter, with a nice table, where they can not miss the well-starched white tablecloth, and on the table lots of good food. The plate of boiled eggs stuffed with salmon.

Many families share the cooked eggs before the Passover meal, accompanied by mutual wishes of Happy Easter.

On the table is also placed a tray full of painted eggs, pisanki. There are also various types of meat served as hot sausages, bread and cakes such as  Mazurek.

At Easter it is a custom to paint eggs, which is known since the thirteenth century, work done primarily by women.

Today, the homes of folk or popular articles (Cepelia), with a multitude of them in Poland, have been selling eggs made of wood, very similar to chicken eggs, making it easier for housewives in the decoration of the table during the Easter meal.

This tradition of painting eggs is named “Pisanki” which, translated, means, literally, “writings,” or, if you will, Easter eggs.

Polish Easter is just great. Also called święconka it makes people of other ethnicities which are visiting Poland on the occasion of Easter wishing to return one day…

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