Month: September 2013

A small side project

Here it is. Today was my first day in Warsaw really, as yesterday was a bit of a blur. I’m starting to remember the layout of the roads, but I enjoyed getting a bit lost in Saska Kepa and wondering around the leafy streets, snapping pictures. How was your start of the week?

Warsaw-bound

For the next 35 days I will be living in Warsaw. I haven’t lived there for over six years so I’m looking forward to seeing what’s new, rediscovering my favourite places, rekindling old friendships.  From what I’ve seen on the internet and during a number of short visits, Warsaw is changing. Even though I haven’t grown up in this city, I have a lot of good memories from it; it’s where I lived on my own when I went to high school, where I made some of my best friends and met my husband.  Tonight I’m starting a new tumbler on “35 days of Warsaw” where I will be taking a picture a day using a simple digital camera. My friend Kristina said that moving back to a city you once knew gives one a new kind of sensitivity, an opportunity to see it almost as though you’ve never lived there yet finding some aspects of it familiar. I’m looking forward to it and I will link my new tumbler once it’s ready.  Take care!  …

On gardening

Whenever I talk with my friends about living in the modern world, the society and life I arrive at the same conclusion: I want to buy a piece of land in Poland and have my own sustainable farm. With a cow and ten chickens, a vegetable patch with courgettes and beetroot. I’m not even sure if I’d like to have Internet (how ironic of me to write this on a blog). Another dream is to live on one of the northern Isles in Scotland and work as a rural doctor. Those couple of days we spent on Skye this summer have been as serene as being in  Norway or in Polish mountains and I keep wanting to sit outside on a croft listening to the sea. For the next 4 years we have to live in a city or a big town. Who knows where we will end up once I graduate: Edinburgh? London? Inverness perhaps? So to make my dreams a bit more realistic, I started planning to grow my own vegetables next spring. …

vintage fiat 100 rome

Rome & Campania: Part 4

 After a whole day of travelling (including getting lost in Naples) I couldn’t wait for a more relaxing part of our trip: 5 days on Capri. We were staying in the western part of the island (near Anacapri), which is not so popular with the glamorous crowds as Capri. We stayed in a small budget guest house, which only had 3 bedrooms and two hosts (Ubmerto and Ciro), who lived in the house full time. <br/ The area around our accommodation was popular with families, summer house owners and people, who call Capri their home (lucky them!). There was no shop, not many facilities and only a couple of small family run restaurants, which suited us just right as we weren’t really that drawn to the more touristic (i.e. much more expensive and also, well, quite posh) part of the island. On the morning of our second day on Capri we had breakfast on the terrace (overlooking the sea and also with Ischia on the horizon) and we made our way down the cliff to …

capri on a budget 1

Rome & Campania: Part 3

  After one day of waking around Rome in the August heat we were ready to leave the city behind and travel south to the beautiful Campania region. Our B&B didn’t serve breakfast; instead we received two vouchers to a local cafe, where we could ask for a continental breakfast of a croissant, coffee and juice. Our train to Naples wasn’t leaving until around mid day so we had plenty of time for a long breakfast and a visit to a local supermarket to get some food for the journey. We were planning to go exploring Naples but again we were defeated by the heat. We wanted to be on Capri as soon as possible and even go for a quick evening swim. Little did we know that things weren’t going to go as smoothly as we wanted. We arrived in Naples at around 3PM and asked 2 different people what was the best way to get to the harbour. Confident that we received trustworthy instructions, we boarded the underground train and left at the …

Roma & Campania: Part 2

I felt a wave of heat on my face as I was walking down the steps from a plane which flew us to Italy, a memory of a gentle breeze of an early cool morning in Edinburgh seemed very distant. It was midday and the Roman sun was in the zenith, or it felt like it anyway.  We made our way across the flat concrete of the airport and boarded a double decker to Roma Termini. It was unbelievably hot and we couldn’t wait to hide in an air conditioned room of our B&B. A 15 minute walk later we were inside an old flat, cleverly converted into a small bed and breakfast. We didn’t want to leave our cool dark room overlooking an internal courtyard but we started feeling slightly hungry and we were in Rome, there was too much to see and do. As we walked to the metro station to Piazza della Republica, we spotted a tiny gelateria in one of the side roads (a couple of steps behind this car).  A …

On slow food and Cereal

On Friday afternoon I came back from my hospital accommodation and I felt deflated. The past week has been full of studying, work, writing up case reports and I couldn’t wait until weekend. When things I don’t enjoy doing accumulate in a short period of time I find it all too tiring and uninspiring. Especially when it seems as though things will remain this way in the foreseeable future, one needs to find some sort of distraction or take time out. This morning I woke up, watched a bit of Amelie on netflix, J made me granola with fruit and yoghurt for breakfast and the sun was shining. Finally, I had time to read the recent issue of the Cereal magazine. It’s one of the new  lifestyle  magazines, I’m not yet sure if the form is not over substance in case of this issue, but it’s beautifully printed on heavy weight paper so I didn’t mind too much. Sometimes all this slow cooking, organic eating movements make me smile a little bit. It’s almost too …

Tatry

Tatry hold a special place in our relationship – this is where we first met each other back in 2004. I think we spoke for the first time on a walk down Koscieliska Valley and then a hike up to Ornak (1854 m). We don’t get a chance to go to Tatra mountains very often but it’s something I definitely want to do more often. Now with  flights from Edinburgh to Krakow, which is only a 2h drive away from Zakopane (the capital od Tatra mountains, similar to Inverness in Scotland). Last summer we went for a hike from Kuznice to Murowaniec and then up to one of the beautiful ponds called Czarny Staw Gasiennicowy (translated as the Black Pond). It’s not a very long hike, lasts perhaps 5h or so or 6-7 if you want to take long breaks to take in the views. The next day we went for another hike but we were cought by a thunderstorm and decided to go back. We got completely soaked and were running down the path …

trolltunga hike information and guide

Trolltunga: guide and information

When Kathrine told me we were going to do this hike, I wanted to know the following things: how long is it going to be? what ascend is it? what is the terrain like? how difficult is it? I looked on various blogs and I found some information but there was no place were all of my questions would be answered. I will attempt to rectify that in this post and add more practical information including how to get to the starting point of the hike. Please feel free to ask in the comments if there’s something else you’d like to know! How to get there The starting point for the hike to Trolltunga is in Skjeggedal.. We drove from Lillesand in Kathrine dad’s car, but if you’re flying to Oslo (364 km) or Bergen (138 km) you can either rent a car or take a bus to Odda, which is 6km from Tyssedal. The trail itself starts in Skjeggedal where you will find a big parking with showers.It is a further 7km up a …

Saturday morning

An omelette with blueberry jam and a strong coffee is my favourite food for Saturday breakfast. Today I asked J to share his recipe, which he says is pretty much fool proof.  Best enjoyed in pyjamas listening to this play list. What you need: 3 medium eggs 1.5 spoons of plain flour 1 teaspoon of sugar a pinch of salt 2 spoons of milk (or 1 spoon of single cream + 1 spoon of milk) a little spoon of olive oil  Recipe: Whip the eggs using a hand held whisk (don’t use an electric mixer as it will over-beat the eggs) with flour, sugar, milk and salt. Continue whisking to aerate the mixture. Don’t overdo it, you want to combine the ingredients without big bubbles forming.  Pour a drop of olive oil on to a hot frying pan and add your mixture slowly Cover and leave until the top layer is no longer runny Flip the omelette (using a big wooden spatula) and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately with blubbery jam. What’s your …