Monday, 8 May 2017

What does mean "multicultural country"?

Hello everyone!

As you may have heard Canada is called today a multicultural city, but have you ever wondered why is it like that?  
The Government of Canada during the 1970s and 1980s officially adopted a policy of multiculturalism. Canadians have used the term "multiculturalism" to describe many different religious traditions and cultural influences that make up Canadian culture. Since the 19th century country has experienced different waves of immigration. But the most of population has British or French origins. Today there are many supporters of multiculturalism who believe that the immigrants help society grow culturally, economically and politically.

Canadian country consist of 10 provinces in which Quebec is the largest one. Each province has a different system of local government which may include counties, municipal districts, regional districts or regional county municipalities. But I want to focus especially on one Canada's province, which is Quebec.
The name of this province comes from the Algonquin word kebéc which means "where the river narrows". This regions was a French colony in 1608, that is why today it has two official official languages - English and French. Quebec is also the only one Canadian's province in which cities are divided into arrondissements - this name means boroughs and it is typical only in the capital of France, in Paris. The capital of the province is Quebec City and not Montreal as most of people think.
Quebec has an advanced, market-based and open economy and it has one of the highest growth rate of gross domestic product in Canada. What is also interesting, the most of people work there in the field of science and technology. Leading industries are: aerospace, information technologies and software and multimedia. 

However, the most interesting facts for each traveler are those which concern places worth to see or the main events. So starting with the events, the main one is the Quebec Winter Carnival which takes place every year in February. During this festival there are many attractions like the night-time and daytime parades led by mascot which is called "Bonhomme Carnaval", a masquerade ball with up to 400 participants, which takes place at the huge ballroom of the Château Frontenac, outdoor sports events and the International and Student artist snow sculpture contest on the Plains of Abraham - the main setting of the carnival. 
The Plains of Abraham is the site of the 1759 battle between General Wolfe and Montcalm. This is where Quebec’s biggest holiday – St. Jean Baptiste Day gets celebrated every year. It’s also a 103 hectare park used by tourists and locals alike on a year round basis. It’s got a great skating rink in winter.

Visiting Quebec you have to see the Château Frontenac, which is the world's most photographed hotel. 

Quebec City is home to a Chocolate Museum but there are also other museums worth visiting include Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec – an art museum, Musée de la Civilisation, La Citadelle de Québec – North America’s largest British fortress and Musée de l’Amérique Francaise – Canada’s oldest museum.

There are just some information about Quebec and Canada in general but the rest is to discover so don't waste your time and flight to Canada! :) 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

New Seven Wonders of the World

Did you know that the idea to choose new Seven Wonders of the World appeared in 1999? 
It was Bernard Weber, a filmmaker with Swiss origins, who set up this project. Next, the list of the monuments was created by Swiss company, called New Open World Corporation. People could vote for the best monument from that list from 1st January 2006 to 6th July 2007. According to the researchers there was 90,000,000 million votes casted form a whole world! And finally form 7th July we have new Seven Wonders of the World which I want you present today.

At first, I have to mention that there is only one of the Old Seven Wonders of the World that survived until today. It is The Great Pyramid of Giza, which obtained an honorary status during presentation of a new list. It is the oldest and the largest one of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex in Egypt and it is believed that it was built as tomb for Cheops. This gigantic monument was constructed over a 20-year period.    

The first one is The Great Wall of China. It stretches form Dandong in the east to Lop Lake in the west.  Several walls were built in 7th century to protect the Chinese states against the invasions. Each of the walls has its own name.

Then we have Petra in Jordan. It is a historical city which is famous of its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system which were very important in the barren deserts. It is also called a “Lost city of stones”. His name derives form the name of its royal founder Rekeme that means Petra in Greek.

The third position comes to The Colosseum in Italy. Its original Latin name was Amphitheatrum Flavium. Its area has 24,000 square metres and it could accommodate 87,000 people! There were many different events which were organised in The Colosseum. We can enumerate shows called Munera that were given by private individuals to demonstrate of power and family prestige. Venatio – shows with the wild beast, navalia proelia – show in which the sea battles were simulated and sylvae shows, which aim was to recreate natural scenes.

The next monument is ChiChen Itza in Mexico.  It was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people. It name means “At the mouth of the well of the Itza.

The fifth position is for Machu Picchu in Peru. It is a 15th century Inca citadel situated on a mountain. It was built in 1450.

Then we have also  Taj Mahal in India. It was built let to be built by Shah Jahan in 1631, in the memory of his wife which died giving birth to their 14th child.  Taj Mahal is constructed of ivory-white marble and it is a mausoleum which stretches on 17 hectares that includes a mosque and a guest house.

And the last one is The Christ the Redeemer in Brazil. The statue is 30 metres tall and it arms stretch 28 metres wide. It is located at the peak of the 700 metre Corcovado Mountain in the National Park. This statue is a symbol of Christianity.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Trip with backpack only

Helo everyone!

Cheap trips entail big renunciations. Firstly, we buy less expensive tickets or just hitchhiking, then book accommodation mostly at Couchsurfing or AirBnb web sites (my post about how to get free accommodation). If you stay at the campsite with your tent or if you do not want to spend money on bus tickets to get for example to a hotel, you have to reduce size of your luggage to carry it easier. Best option is to take a backpack with you but it doesn't allow to take everything you want and of course it`s not easy to fit all things inside. That is why I prepared some tips how to pack your backpack easier and more ergonomically:
  • If you take only your backpack - choose one with 25 liters capacity at least.
  • If you take a laptop with you, pack it firstly, but never place it horizontally at the bottom of backpack - the best position is close to your backbone and of course vertically where it`s covered from any unwanted damage.
  • If you take additional pair of shoes, place it flat down at the bottom of backpack to fill the space as best you can and provide great stability of the backpack. But firstly insert your underwear inside them! It will give you more space and prevent flattening your shoes.
  • Next after the shoes, place your the bulkiest items like jeans, sweater or hoodie. Role it tight and push to the bottom to make sure you are using all your space. Then put all the rest you have left to fill empty space at the bottom e.g. socks.
  • Above thick clothes, place t-shirts, folded and then tightly rolled too, opposite of the way you laid your bulky items. That just provides a nice flat surface. Button up shirts, fold them in half and place them on top.
  • Last thing to fill any inside extra space is electronics for example memory cards, power banks just to have frequently used items.
  • If you take your jacket or rain coat with you, hold it outside the backpack with buckle or simple twine.
Hope you like my tips! And of course it would be great if you share yours to improve everyone`s experiences with trips. Have a good day! 😊

Friday, 21 April 2017

Above the clouds

Good evening!

Memories, postcards - you need them to evoke memories about your journeys. If you travel a lot, probably you have got a good camera, unless you use your smartphone to take photos or record movies. It`s nice to have them, and keep all data from every place you have been. But what if I tell you that you are able to take better photos or to make videos from places where nobody have ever been? I You can do it with UAV - unmanned aerial vehicle or simply called drone.

Maybe now you are thinking that I'm crazy because they are so expensive, but I can assure you that drones are 5 times cheaper and 5 times better than 5 years ago. For example a very good drone with 4K (very high resolution) camera costs in Poland about 2000 PLN (500 USD). Of course, it`s a lot of money, but it would be cheaper and cheaper in short future. I think that for taking photos and making videos in a quality as you can seen in the video at the bootom of this post, it`s definitely worth it.

The next question which is worth to think about is: "Am I able to fly drone?" Well...Of course you are - evolution of technology is so fast like it have never been before. Flying a drone is like playing a video game - when you push stick up drone moves up and when you push it down, drone falls back, simply. New drones are very stable - they keep horizontal and vertical position easily , even in strong wind, thanks to sets of sensors like visual positioning system, global positioning system, GLONASS and many others. 

They are able to flay away further than 1 km and higher than 500 meters. Don`t worry, you will not lost your drone - if connection would be lost, it will come back to a start point! Great, don`t you? One thing what could stop you is battery. Anyway, it`s pretty good because you are able to get up to 20 minutes flying time and of course he will back home or land automatically if the battery get low. There`s much more safety systems.

In my opinion, today is the best time we could have to get a drone, because we don`t need license to fly, which could be hard to get, I think. They are easy to fly and give a lot of fun and different points of view about the whole world around us. I really recommend you to buy one if you travel a lot or you are photo maniacs 😀

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Following the history….

If you were an attentive student in high school you would remember two important dates in polish history. Those are 1569 and 1791. The first one reefers to The Union of Lublin and the second one refers to the Reciprocal Guarantee of two Nations adopted by the Great Sejm (Sejm Wielki in Polish). This two historical events leaded to create a single state, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth which replaced the personal union between this two countries. That is why some places in Lithuania have a special sentimental meaning for our Polish nation.

Firstly, I think that everybody knows the words of this famous invocation:

Lithuania, my country! You are as good health:

How much one should prize you, he only can tell

Who has lost you. Your beauty and splendor I view

And describe here today, for I long after you [...]

Yes, this words comes from the national epic “Pan Tadeusz” written by Adam Mickiewicz. Maybe you won’t believe but the first edition of his book - “Ballads and romances” - was printed in 1822 in Vilnius. Today we can also find there a museum dedicated to our poet.
Vilnius is the only one capital In Europe which is situated in the middle of two historical civilisations – Latin and Byzantine. This is the reason why this beautiful city is known of its nationality and religious tolerance. 

We can also find there the biggest Old Town, which extends on the surface of 360 hectares! From 1994 The Vilnius Old Town was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in recognition of its universal value and originality. What is also important, the capital of Lithuania was called the European capital in 2009.

I put below the video which will help you to discover the most important places in this beautiful Old Town and its history! Have a nice trip! :)

Friday, 7 April 2017

Heaven on earth

Today we`re going to a real heaven - full of small islands with gold beaches and crystal turquoise ocean around, without noticeable horizon joining the sky and water which looks like endless highway for ferries and planes at once - that is French Polynesia.

It`s a place where lots of newlyweds from all around the world would love to spend their time, but not only them - I think that every person dream about it! There`s quiet, lot of nature, many beautiful views which no words can describe. But where is it exactly? Well, it`s hard to get there due to small airfields and a very long way from the closest continent. It is situated between Australia and South America, near the International Date Line on the Pacific Ocean. That is why the ticket prices are so high - one way ticket from Poland costs about 14000 PLN (4000 USD). But there is no price to get to heaven, don`t you think?

French Polynesia is administrated by the French Republic and the official language is French, but English is widely spoken. It is composed of 118 geographically dispersed islands stretching over an expanse of total land area 4,167 square kilometers. 67 islands are inhabited and total population of country is about 260,000 people that live mostly in or near the capital of French Polynesia - Papeete. Every year islands are visited by 200,000 people. Not much for such a beautiful place, but taking into account the price you have to pay to get there.....

The most popular activities there, as you can imagine, are water sports e.g. diving, surfing. But many people comes here just to enjoy resting at clear, blue water with colorful reefs and fish and colorful nature around. But don`t worry about venomous snakes or insects. There aren`t there! 

Huh, what a great place it is! I always dreamed about it and I hope that one day it will come true...
It is really hard to describe the beauty of this place with words. Maybe the movie below will do it 😉

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Some facts about Rio Carnival

Hello again! It is a pleasure that you have visited my blog again :) 
So today I will tell you about Rio de Janeiro Carnaval.

As you may know, every year, 40 days before Easter, in the capital of Brazil starts the greatest  and the longest carnaval all around the world!

The first festival dates back as far as 1723 and every next year it was bigger and more colorful. About two milions people came there from all over the world, but in fact most of them are not from Brazil due to high ticket prices that costs from 55$ to 3000$ and which are not affordable for typical Brazilian. Fortunately, inhabitants are able to watch the parade on the television. 
Acording to the tradition ritual, during the opening ceremony, King Momo (king of the carnival) takes the Silver keys from the hand City Mayor then raises the keys to open the festival.
Parade is like a competition where a lot of dancers from more than 200 different samba schools, from Rio prepare performance based on dancing and creating show on colorful, themed floats. The focus of the festival is the parade that takes place at night on Sunday and Monday, in the Sambadrome stadium. 
Today's Carnival derived from the ancient carnival of Romans and Greeks held to welcome spring and honor the beauty of life. For Brazilians, Carnival is thier pride and opportunity to honor the beauty of human body - like the ancient Olympic spirit - and express the unique culture of the Brazilian Samba dance through traditions.

Below I put some video from carnaval. I hope you will enjoy it :)