Allow me to provide a brief background. Poland is where I was born and lived for the first four or so years of my life (read more about me here
). Naturally, I don't remember much from those first few years. In the many years since then, I have been back several times but usually for only two to three weeks at a time. Each trip I've taken back to Poland since settling in Canada has been an opportunity to learn more about the country, especially in my more-reflective, wiser years. As I stare out at an oh-so-blue Sydney sky today, I think of my friends and family in the Northern Hemisphere and how they can only dream of summer right now. A perfect time to look back at the longest period of time I have spent in Poland since moving away - two and a half months in the summer of 2015 - specifically the moments in the Polish countryside. Golden wheat-fields, reflective lakes, towering pine trees...
|Gold as far as the light can see|
|Skinny pine trees dominate the forest|
Polish forests are full of deliciousness, not just for the eye but also for the digestive system.
|Gotta love cousins who will spend hours picking forest berries |
If you know your way around the edible fungi world and are in Poland during the autumn, you may also find mushrooms of different varieties.
What better way to explore a countryside than by bike? There are endless roads, paved and unpaved, to purposefully lose yourself in. You may even come across a quaint lake to take a dip in.
|Lakes, lakes and more lakes!|
|Taking in the sunset on a summer's night, dockside |
|Quality time with man's best friend on one of many tranquil lakes|
|Those summer sunsets|
|Going back in time on a rowboat|
|There's plenty of wildlife to spot if you keep your eyes peeled|
Such wonderful memories from this summer. I had a chance to get to know my family on a deeper level and experience parts of Poland that I hadn't previously been to. Do zobaczenia, Polska!
Pieknie napisalas. Jestem z Ciebie dumna.