8 things Ukraine should learn from Poland or what makes me feel European

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After living almost five years in Poland, I am still being asked by my Ukrainian relatives “Why Poland? Why did you leave your motherland for that country?” or “What does Poland do to you that Ukraine does not?”. Sometimes I enumerate the reasons I chose Poland as a second homeland, but in most cases I just repeat: go and live there for some time to feel the difference.

And the difference exists. It touches upon all the spheres of social and individual life. It is hidden in the mentality of Polish people, their way of life and potential opportunities. Continue reading

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Visiting the butcher – “U Rzeźników” review

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With more and more vegan restaurants cropping up in Poznań at an exorbitant rate, connoisseurs of meat will appreciate places like “U Rzeźników” even more. Established in October 2015, “U Rzeźników” almost completely disregards meat-free dishes and focuses on satisfying its clientele with beef and pork. Located on Kościuszki Street, the restaurant makes good use of its close proximity to three universities and offers discounts for always-hungry students. Nevertheless, “U Rzeźników” does not restrict itself to one “target audience” and everyone is more than welcome to visit it, as long as he or she loves meat, of course!

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Ratuszowa restaurant: review

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Ratuszowa restaurant is the embodiment of traditional Polish cuisine. It is located right in the heart of Poznań at 55 Stary Rynek. Being one of the top restaurants in the city, Ratuszowa offers a wide range of mouthwatering Polish dishes. Continue reading

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Why should you become a vegetarian?

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For current society, vegetarianism has become a popular topic. Not a surprise – on the internet

there are a lot of videos showing cruelty towards animals and real breeding conditions. Some time ago people were not that aware of animal abuse, but now more and more of them do not want to take part in this heinous process.

Fortunately, there are many opportunities which make being vegetarian easier than ever. Here is my list of examples showing why you should become a vegetarian.

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The story of how we became the people of tomorrow

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It was a simple sunny day in May 2017, nothing foreshadowed the trouble. I was doing yet another assignment when suddenly I noticed an advertisement for an event I had been dreaming about for ages – Tomorrowland. Now I cannot recall what exactly my reaction was, but what I made was, probably, the fastest decision in my life – to buy the tickets.  My husband was not very excited about my spontaneity, but it very soon turned out to be one of the greatest decisions of our lives.

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Your perfect Erasmus destination

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People who decide to go on Erasmus encounter a seemingly trivial problem which frequently turns out to be more serious than you might expect. They do not know where to go. There are students who, prior to choosing their new home, browse through the Internet in order to find as much details about their possible destination as they can. And then there are those who simply do not care if they end up in Germany, or Macedonia, or somewhere else.

Whether you belong to the former or the latter, in the end you have to go somewhere. No matter how much or how little you have already read about different places, this is ultimately your choice and only you can decide what will be the best for you. You might, however, be influenced by somebody’s advice. And I am here to offer you a piece of advice. I will try to convince you that even if you have not realised it yet, Aveiro in Portugal is the place you just want to be. There are hundreds of reasons why, but since seven is said to be a perfect number, I will present only seven. Here are main reasons why you should brush off other destinations and simply choose Aveiro.

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Hello from the other side – a view on what is going on in social media

“Erm… Why do I keep seeing this odd ad on Facebook?”

Chances are you have asked yourself this question a number of times since you joined social media websites. The ad of your concern might be a very weird advert, promoting cat food or some fancy cat facilities. And you haven’t even seen any feline in years, as your neighbourhood resembles a desert devoid of any furry creatures. So why would you need a can of tuna dedicated specifically to kittens? You won’t eat it yourself, will you?

Oh, perhaps you remember that fan page you liked a year ago? The one with funny animal videos, where you saw a dog’s attempt at riding a bike? And that funny video posted by some other fan page? Gotcha!

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Travel until you drop

Imagine you are on a wonderful, pristine beach, isolated from tourists and shopping centres. You are exhausted but very happy after the whole day spent on visiting the neighbouring national park and admiring beautiful, unspoiled nature. You are relishing delicious rice with vegetables, cooked specially for you. Locals greet you with a smile. You will have the last dip in the perfectly warm water after the sun sets down on a faraway mountain. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?

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Habits that might change your life

 

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Many people have searched for a perfect solution, a golden mean, that would resolve all their problems concerning time management, troublesome relations with co-workers, an inability to refuse, or a break down in a relationship. Unfortunately, it turns out that there is no suitable solution for everyone. What one might do to improve their situation is, as Jackson sang, “starting with the man in the mirror” (Jackson 1988), and although the effects will not be visible in a day or even a month, the long-term consequences of the actions taken today will bear astonishing fruit in the future.

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Female appearance should be all you care about in sports

MILI1The story of 8-year-old Mili Hernandez tells us something really important. It is okay for girls to like sports. Why wouldn’t they enjoy activities for boys if they know they are fun and valuable? When females play sports, however, they should not cross some lines. When we watch women’s football, we want to see females. Long hair, especially used in catfights, is how we differentiate what teams we watch. Why create confusion? How are we to know if the players running on the field are not just long-haired men trying to win in an easy match? After all we do not want to see men when we finally decide to watch women play sports.

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