The Fabulous Poland Project was inaugurated with a trip around Poland - a heart-shaped route, because I privately call this trip "I love you, Poland". It was a beautiful culmination of my 12-year adventure with traveling around the country, the last great journey around Poland before going abroad, and also a general rehearsal before the adventure of a lifetime - a trip around Europe.
The route of the "I love you, Poland" expedition started in my hometown Gorzów ran successively through the following provinces: West Pomeranian (Szczecin, Trzebiatów, Kołobrzeg, Koszalin), Pomeranian (Miastko, Bory Tucholskie), Kuyavian-Pomeranian (Tuchola, Bydgoszcz, Toruń, Golub-Dobrzyń ), Warmian-Masurian (Olsztyn, Giżycko, Mikołajki), Podlasie (Suwałki, Augustów, Białystok, Białowieża, Grabarka), Lubelskie (Biała Podlaska, Polesie, Lublin, Kraśnik), Podkarpackie (Stalowa Wola, Rzeszów, Sanok, Bieszczady), Małopolskie (Beskid Niski, Gorlice, Bochnia, Kraków, Oświęcim), Śląskie (Katowice, Chorzów, Gliwice), Opolskie (Krapkowice, Opole, Niemodlin), Dolnośląskie (Strzelin, Ślęż, Wrocław, Legnica, Polkowice), Lubuskie (Nowa Sól, Green Mountain).
During the expedition there were 26 meetings for children in Libraries in various regions of Poland (cities, towns and villages), in which over 500 people took part, including children, teenagers and adults. Each such meeting consisted of five segments:
I. Introduction, a few words about me and my travel experiences, and above all an attempt to find the answer to the question: where exactly is Fabulous Poland.
II. Emphasis on local patriotism, i.e. do we really know what is interesting in our immediate area - in this part the participants of the meeting in Bydgoszcz and in Łęczna near Lublin showed great, but kids were also sensational in many other places.
III. A great test of knowledge of Polish legends and folk tales - in which the participants of meetings from Miłki in Masuria, Lublin and Gorlice in Lesser Poland proved to be the best. The latter approached the challenge most sportily and did not give up until they beat the result of their predecessors.
And what Polish legends polish children know best? The Legend of the Wawel Dragon is unrivaled in the first place - only this one was mentioned at all my meetings. The second most frequently mentioned was the Legend of Poznań Goats, and on the third the Legend of the Warsaw Mermaid. The top five also included the Legend of Lech, Czech and Rus and a the Legend of Mr. Twardowski.
IV. Seven habits that are worth shaping to make it really fabulous in Poland in all respects, including talks about the risks associated with it.
V. A fabulous photo session, which is time for pure madness and unleashing the imagination at the end of each meeting.
During this trip I received a lot of good from people I met on my way, including first and foremost from the Librarians of Polish Libraries, both small and large, so now I would like to thank you once again for everything.
|happy return home|