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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 vessels in the world. The number of small private craft is even higher. About 15,000 seagoing ships are registered in Poland alone. With traffic at sea being so heavy, it is very easy to be on a collision course with another vessel.

Conceived by a group of Maritime

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, we know that the first capital was Gniezno, the second was Cracov and the third and present one is Warsaw. The most amazing thing is that behind those names lies distinct history which is worth a closer look.

Legend says, that Gniezno was founded by Lech. He saw a vast

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 was acting in theatres as well. Danuta Szaflarska was a unique person. Not only because of her flawless acting, but also due to her wisdom. She took an active part in the Warsaw Uprising, but she didn’t like to talk about that time. She loved and treasured life, for she

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 much the bard of the Solidarity movement, the trade union that contributed to the fall of communism in the 1980s in Poland.

Kaczmarski was born in 1957 and began his artistic activity in 1976. He was involved in a fight with the communist system and so he mostly wrote about

Ryszard Kapuściński

Ryszard Kapuściński was a Polish journalist, photographer, poet and reporter working abroadHe 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 citizens of African countries, the language he used to describe it was both poetic and sublime. He depicted the cruel reality he witnessed in a truly poignant way, engaging his readers and making them completely engrossed in the world he portrayed.

The books, however, were neither strictly

Saint John Paul II – the father of humanity and the leader of the young

John Paul II is the most recognisable Pole in the world. And for good reason. He was responsible for changing the way of thinking about the world around us. He was the one to win the hearts and the minds of people of different religions and nationalities. He always highlighted how important the young people were to him. Did he achieve this only because of his position as the Bishop of Rome?

The answer is no. He had a profound influence on people thanks to his personality, and it was his position which made his messages more powerful. John Paul

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 his childhood there. In 1940 he started studying medicine, but because of World War II he had to suspend his studies. In 1946 he moved to Cracow and finished studies. In that time he wrote his first stories. In 1982 he left Poland for 6 years because of the political

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 granite crags with a base filled with the 51 m deep lake which covers 34.9 hectares. As you get closer to Morskie Oko, on the left you can see the outline of the Apostoles, the Żabie couloir and the highest peak in Poland – Rysy. Opposite there are the Mieguszowiecki

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 above the sea level and a length of 2.7 km. At the top of the Great Giewont is a 15 m steel cross, placed there in 1901. It is made up of 400 parts of iron, brought there by 500 people. Builders also brought 400 kg of cement and 200

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 is a city in Silesia. While traveling in this region you can easily feel how different it is from the rest of Poland. The most important thing is, obviously, the dialect. Unfortunately, nowadays young people do not know it that well – therefore, there are two ways to encounter it.