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Polish system guides ships at sea

“Most collisions at sea are due to human error. To prevent them, we’ve come up with a system that supports emergency decision-making by suggesting a safe course to large cargo ships and non-commercial yachts alike,” Dr Piotr Borkowski from the Maritime University of Szczecin tells There are about 80,000 large commercial

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The country of three capitals

Over the ages, Polish rulers repeatedly changed their headquarters. The effect of this is a common misconception about the number of real capitals of the country on the Vistula river. Despite all the controversy, historians solved the problem by picking 3 cities and dubbing them “capitals”. Thanks to those historians,

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Danuta Szaflarska

At first, there was “Zakazane piosenki” (Forbidden songs) and the role of Halina Tokarska, followed several years later by “Pożegnanie z Marią” (Farewell to Mary) and the character of the doctor’s wife and then “Pora umierać” (Time to die) where she slipped into the famous role of Aniela. Meanwhile, she

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Jacek Kaczmarski’s Memory

Jacek Kaczmarski was a Polish poet, composer and artist. He died 12 years ago although his fans are still fighting with the stereotyping and generalising of his poems. He wrote about social and existential problems but he is most known for writing about historical and political topics. He was very

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Ryszard Kapuściński

Ryszard Kapuściński was a Polish journalist, photographer, poet and reporter working abroad. He is known mainly for his books written on the topics concerning Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. Kapuściński had an incredible way with words. Even though the topic of his books usually revolved around the prosaic, daily life of

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Stanisław Lem

Stanislaw Lem is an author of science-fiction, satire and philosophy books. His words are known all over the world – they were translated into 41 languages which make him most translated Polish author. Lem was born in Lviv in 1921 (that time Lviv was a Polish city) and he spent

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An Eye of the Sea

The largest lake in the Tatra Landscape Park. The 8.5 km long route to Morskie Oko, which begins in Palenica Białczańska, is the second longest route in the Tatra Mountains. It takes about two hours to reach the lake walking down the asphalt paths. This splendid cauldron is encircled by

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Have you heard about Giewont?

Giewont is a famous mountain massif, looking down at Zakopane. It is not only an important part of the landscape but also a site of religious pilgrimages and the resting place of the legendary knights. Giewont is a mountain massif in the Western Tatras with a height of 1894 m

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Katowice. City of encourage

Just a few years ago Katowice was a somewhat sad, gray place with old steelworks and closed mines as the main features of the landscape. Now it is a vibrant city, full of life, culture, music and colours. It has changed entirely and is now a desirable tourist destination.  Katowice