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…

Like me!

The 2012 games in numbers

-Londoners will contribute £625m to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. (London Councils 2012 Team)

-The five host boroughs are Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich.

-An estimated global audience of 4bn people are expected to watch the opening ceremony on July 27, 2012. (London Councils 2012 Team)

-Pundits predict a peak in labour demand in 2011. There will be a need for 2.8m people who work in the construction industry across the UK. (Construction Skills Network) 

-The London Olympics will generate £10bn in revenue for the British economy as a whole. (Lloyds TSB) 

-Revenue from tourists attracted by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are forecast to add up to an additional £2.1bn. (London Councils 2012 Team) 

-Costs for the 80,000-seat Olympic stadium have been revised from £280m to £496 because of inflation and VAT. (Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)

-The 22,500-seater aquatics centre’s cost has been revised from £74m to £215m.(Minister for the Olympics Tessa Jowell) 

East London will see a massive upgrade in facilities. As many as 5,000 new homes could be available there after the Olympics. (London2012)

-There are proposals for a 45% increase in capacity on the London Underground’s Jubilee line, along with plans to create a transport hub in Stratford only, which is 7 minutes by train from Kings Cross station. It would be designed to carry at least 320,000 people per hour. (London2012) 

-Over 200 buildings had to be demolished at the 2.5sqkm Olympic Park, the majority of the site, including the main five Venues. (Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) 

-This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Paralympics. The wheelchair games, involving injured World War II soldiers, were staged on the opening day of the London 1948 Olympics. (London Councils 2012 Team).

List of Olympic Games City

1896 – Athens
1900 – Paris
1904 – St. Louis
1906 – Athens (“Unoffficial”)
1908 – London
1912 – Stockholm
1916 – Not held*
1920 – Antwerp
1924 – Paris
1928 – Amsterdam
1932 – Los Angeles
1936 – Berlin
1940 – Not held*
1944 – Not held*
1948 – London
1952 – Helsinki

1956 – Melbourne
1960 – Rome
1964 – Tokyo
1968 – Mexico City
1972 – Munich
1976 – Montreal
1980 – Moscow
1984 – Los Angeles
1988 – Seoul
1992 – Barcelona
1996 – Atlanta
2000 – Sydney
2004 – Athens
2008 – Beijing
2012 – London


gone and back…

it was great to be home, I was able to:

fly over my hometown for the very first time…

visit my family…


enjoy nature…

…and work!


Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.

Out of curiosity I tried to find out what the top 10 New Year’s resolutions are and funny enough I came across a few things I would like too…

1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends

Recent polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken, and others shows that more than 50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year.

2. Fit in Fitness

The evidence is in for fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better.

3. Enjoy Life More

Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of people, it is no wonder that “enjoying life more” has become a popular resolution in recent years. It’s an important step to a happier and healthier you! Consider things designed to bring balance to your body, mind and soul. Like reading a good book, spending time with God and going for walks every now and again. Or just get out and try something new! Take up a new hobby or try your hand at skiing. Go to a theater performance, or head to the beach this summer.

4. Get Out of Debt

Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of others  who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It’s a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead. 

5. Learn Something New

Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year’s resolutions to keep. Most local colleges and universities offer distance and adult education programs. There is no excuse to become a couch potato, get up, do something!

6. Help Others

A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help. The Sports Events for example need lots of volunteers every year and some organizations make it easy by connecting volunteers with projects to fit practically any schedule.

7. Get Organized

On just about every New Year resolution top ten list, organization can be a very reasonable goal. Whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organized enough that you can find the stapler when you need it, these tips and resources should get you started on the way to a more organized life.

Now these other 3 do not apply to me, but they are also part of the list:

8. Tame the Bulge

Over 66 percent of adults around the globe are considered overweight or obese by recent studies, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key to success for those millions who made a New Year’s commitment to shed extra pounds.

9. Quit Smoking

If you have resolved to make this the year that you stamp out your smoking habit, over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement therapy now provides easier access to proven quit-smoking aids. Even if you’ve tried to quit before and failed, don’t let it get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life! Locally, there are a variety of free support services, hotlines and smoking cessation classes to help you kick the smoking habit. 

10. Quit Drinking

While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking. If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available. There are also a number of treatment-based programs, as well as support groups for families of alcoholics. 


So, this is it. No matter what your resolutions are make sure you don’t forget to…

…love God and enjoy life!!!!



So, this is it…
It seems like yesterday, December 2010 and a year has already gone by… December has always been the best of all months. The end of the year, Christmas and New Year, family, friends, time for reflection and new decisions to make.Spending December away from home is not the same, far from family and friends the best way is to get used to the idea and enjoy what London has to offer.

enjoy the view from my window
go for a walk on Hyde Park
visit the place I used to work in the past
explore the city on foot to burn some winter calories
and be thankful for living in such a beautiful city like this…

As Solomon said…

“There is a time for everything,  and a season for every activity under the heavens:”

time to pay a visit…

time to rest…

time to play with pets…

time to live what once were only dreams…

“…so I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?”

Ecl 3:22


He is Aslan the lion of Narnia… He is Jesus the Lion of Judah

Aslan and Jesus were both the sons of powerful beings. Aslan is the Son of the Emperor Over the Sea as Jesus is the Son Of God Creator of the Universe. Aslan was portrayed as a lion and ruled the land of Narnia. Similarly, Christ is often referred to as a lion and lived in the town of Nazareth. Aslan sacrificed himself so Edmund, one of the children, could be spared. Edmund was supposed to be killed by the Witch, even though he betrayed Aslan. Aslan gave himself so Edmund could be saved. Likewise, Jesus sacrificed his own life so that mankind could receive salvation.

Another similarity between the two texts can be seen when both Aslan and Jesus are preparing to be sacrificed. While Jesus was on the cross he was tortured and humiliated by the Roman Soldiers, and had a crown of thorns on his head. Similarly, in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, the Witch’s followers cut off Aslan’s mane and make fun of him. Aslan was bound and put on a stone table and a muzzle was put over his mouth.

After Aslan died the two children who loved him dearly, Lucy and Susan, stayed behind to bury him properly. After seeing more than they could bear, they turned away from Aslan. After hearing a noise, they turned back around and discovered the stone table cracked and Aslan missing. They heard a voice and when they turned around they saw Aslan resurrected. Similarly, a woman who loved and adored Jesus, Mary Magdalene, was at his killing. When she went to visit his tomb three days later, she found the stone in front of it moved and the tomb empty. Later, Mary Magdalene found Jesus alive and well.

Jesus died for all our sins. Aslan, the character in C.S. Lewis’s book, is depicted as full of love and forgiveness, just like Jesus. Jesus loves everyone: even those that have betrayed him. Further, Aslan forgave Edmund just as Jesus forgave those that betrayed Him. In short, many similarities can be drawn between Aslan and Jesus, making this just one the many parallels that connect C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe with The Bible.

Some people say these are all coincidences. But as I watch these movies I can see Jesus being described in a very different and creative way.


Forever 2012


The games will be over and the medals put away… What will remain in the UK must be more than just memories and the Olympic village.

With an opportunity to reach out to the peoples and communities of the United Kingdom and also to touch the hearts and souls of the million-plus visitors from the nations coming to the UK for the Olympics, a project has been carried out for the last three years.

Forever is a team focused on taking advantage of these opportunities and on conveying the gospel of Jesus at the forthcoming Games. We are preparing to mobilise thousands of outreach teams from across the world to impact people in a fresh and exciting way. Our vision statement is “Using the 2012 Olympic Games as a catalyst to release teams across the UK demonstrating Christ through continuing outreach”.

We want to impact the United Kingdom in a fresh and powerful way.

As we partner with churches and other organisations to reach out to love the people of our nation, we want to see more people empowered into outreach.

We want to establish teams, before, during and after the 2012 Games, with a vision to continue to impact the communities Forever.  

In the midst of the Games we will be hosting and coordinating a massive outreach, involving thousands of YWAMers partnering with local churches to reach communities across the UK.

Making it happen

To see this vision fulfilled we want to see new teams released in London, and at least one new team in each of the other Olympic cities. The focus for these teams will be on evangelism and urban ministries, using new ways and fresh ideas to minister to the local community. 

We will continue to build on existing networks to draw churches and different organisations under the umbrella of More Than Gold, the organisation helping churches to engage with the 2012 Games.

We will aim to serve, train and equip the Church and connect our short-term teams with the long-term visions of local churches.

Through the YWAM international network, we are inviting tens of thousands of people from across the world to come to the UK during the Olympic season.

Our work will come to nothing without your support, though. Click here to find out how you can get involved.