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Did in 2012 what I have never done before

Published a text on Wroclaw Uncut, the most popular online magazine in English from Wroclaw. You can check out the article聽here.

Horseback riding in the forest

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Wall climbing

With Ania and Kamila, my strong trainers

With Ania and Kamila, my strong trainers

Zorbing together with screaming, shouting and laughing out loud

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Rafting in the South of Poland

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Canoeing on Odra River

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Experienced a challenging ropes course activity

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Mountain climbing in Romania

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Traveled to Rome

Amazing ceiling in the Vatican Museum

Amazing ceiling in the Vatican Museum

Discovered Prague, the City of Kafka

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Became an Erasmus student, it is synonymous with partying all week long

One of our "traditional" flat parties

One of our “traditional” flat parties

Moved to Poland

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Fell in love with Wroclaw

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Shared the flat with other 4 people from different countries

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My Erasmus family: Jamie (England), Laura (Spain), Filip (Portugal) and Malte (Germany)

Visited a salt mine

I couldn't resist not to lick the wals :D

I couldn’t resist not to lick the wals 馃榾

Celebrated my birthday in the Alps

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Spent almost all my summer in Milan

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Reinvented the relationship with myself

I started to buy flowers for myself

I started to buy flowers for myself

Cooked polish traditional “Ruskie Pierogi”

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Read human books

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Became the aunt of a beautiful little princess

My niece Beatrice

My niece Beatrice

Had the first vacation with my mommy

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Started blogging 馃檪

Now I feel a deep gratitude for all the beautiful things that happened to me in 2012 and for all the beautiful minded people I have in my life.

Dare to dream, make wishes and be happy in 2013!

All the best,聽Olya!

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Horseback riding and zorbing in Poland

I’m completely in love with the mountains. I can go there every season and enjoy it to the full. In winter it is about skiing, in summer it is about fresh air and cool weather. This fall I discovered some other exciting things you can do in the mountains, like horseback riding and zorbing.

Afera, a great horse

Afera, a great horse

Last weekend, our “entertaining mentors”, 3 polish ex-Erasmus students that take care about our “night life” and cultural聽experience here in Wroclaw, organized for us a trip to Duszniki-Zdr贸j, one of the most popular health resorts from Poland. There are some natural sparkling waters, that are used in treatment of a variety of illnesses. The Spa town is located close to the border with the Czech Republic, in the valley of Bystrzyca Dusznicka river,聽between the Orlickie and Bystrzyckie mountains. The altitude of the place does not exceed 600 metres, still the landscape is charming and you can feel the mountain climate. The surrounding hillsides are covered with spruce and beech forests.

Rancho Panderoza

Rancho Panderoza in Duszniki Zdroj

In the heart of the forest it is a farm called Rancho Panderoza. We’ve spent a great Sunday there. It was the first horseback riding experience for the most of us, so we聽started with a short training. We were tought the basics of the western style of horseback riding.聽聽We’ve seen some of the best competition horses from Poland, they were so peaceful and calm, unable to do any harm.

The best competition horse in Poland

The best competition horse in Poland

Some years ago I got on a horse, it was amazing, but I cannot call it riding, because the horse was guided by his mistress. This time was totally different, after the training we went for a horseback ride through the forest.聽It was something between delight, fear and pain, but at the end it all turned into an incredible adventure.

Horse called Afera

Let me introduce you my favorite horse, Afera 馃檪

Horseback riding training

Horseback riding trainning

Western style of horseback riding

Rancho Panderoza

Duszniki-Zdr贸j, Poland

Rancho Panderoza

Rancho Panderoza

Sledges from Rancho Panderoza

These sledges wait for the snow to come

Almost like Santa's sleigh

Almost like Santa’s sleigh

Great landscape in Duszniki-Zdr贸j

Great landscape in Duszniki-Zdr贸j

Then followed zorbing, also called聽globe-riding, that equals laughs and screems. First establised in New Zeeland, this type of 聽sport and out door activity consists of rolling downhill in an sphere, generally made of transparent and flexible plastic. The orb from聽Duszniki Zdroj was not transparent and looked like a giant football ball. There was place for two riders inside the zorb, so we entered by two and for 3 minutes we felt ourselves austronauts, it was really fun. In the zorbing homeland, people of all ages enjoying this sport are called聽zorbonauts 馃檪

Zorbing in Poland

Zorbing in Poland

Running for the giant football zorb

Running for the giant football zorb

Zorbs have been adopted as a symbol of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.聽According to the Russian Winter Olympics Organizing Committee, the zorbing ball鈥檚 concept of openness fits well with the motto of the big event – “Gateway to the Future.” 聽And also the聽transparency of zorbs also reflect the accessible and inclusive society that Sochi 2014 Games is helping to build.

What else can I say, outdoor activities are lifegiving!

  Duszniki-Zdr贸j

Duszniki-Zdr贸j

Ladybug

Biedronka, the polish word for “ladybug”

Window with flowers

Love flowers at the windows