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Nepal – Monks in Kathmandu

Monk in Kathmandu
Monk in Kathmandu

It’s not unusual to spot buddhist monks collecting alms at Durbar Square in Kathmandu. In the picture is one of them, together with pigeons. 馃槈

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W Katmandu jest tak偶e wielu buddyjskich mnich贸w zbieraj膮cych dary na Placu Durbar. Zdj臋cie przedstawia jednego z nich, razem z go艂臋biami.

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Nepal – Sadhu

Sadhu in Kathmandu
Sadhu in Kathmandu

In Hinduism, “sadhu” means a holy person. You’ll meet many of them in India or Nepal, mostly men wearing yellow-orange or white clothes, or almost naked. Often wearing long hear and long beard, and smoking.

Be careful while taking pictures of them, if they see it, they want some offerings from you.

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W hinduizmie, “sadhu” oznacza 艣wi臋t膮 osob臋. Wielu sadhu mo偶na spotka膰 w Indiach czy Nepalu, z regu艂y s膮 to m臋偶czy藕ni ubrani w pomara艅czowo-偶贸艂te lub bia艂e stroje, bywaj膮 te偶 prawie nadzy. Cz臋sto te偶 maj膮 d艂ugie brody.

Uwa偶aj robi膮c im zdj臋cie, gdy to zauwa偶膮 przyjd膮 aby domaga膰 si臋聽datk贸w.

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Nepal – Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square

Durbar Square means the square in front of a palace, so in Nepal there is Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur Durbar Square in Bhaktapur etc. It’s always a beautiful square with important, historical buildings.

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“Durbar Square” oznacza plac znajduj膮cy si臋 przed pa艂acem, wi臋c w Nepalu mo偶na odwiedzi膰 kilka Durbar Square, w Katmandu, w Bhaktapur itd. S膮 to zawsze pi臋kne place z wa偶nymi, historycznymi budynkami.

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Nepal – Festival

Colors in Kathmandu
Colors in Kathmandu

I visited Kathmandu during the Dashain Festival. It’s the longest and very important festival, so there were many people, everything was colorful, and everyone got its blessings on the forehead. All festivals give plenty of opportunities for taking colorful pictures!

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Mia艂am okazj臋 by膰 w Katmandu podczas festiwalu Dashain. To bardzo ciekawe m贸c do艣wiadczy膰 jednego z tutejszych festiwali, a tym bardziej, 偶e Dashain festiwal jest jednym z najd艂u偶szych i najwa偶niejszych festiwali. Zrzesza go艣ci z ca艂ego Nepalu oraz z Indii. Wszyscy i wszystko jest kolorowe i ka偶dy dostaje b艂ogos艂awie艅stwo na czo艂o. Dla turyst贸w, taki festiwal to dodatkowa okazja do kolorowych zdj臋膰!

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Nepal vs. India

Cycle rickshaws in Kathmandu
Cycle rickshaws in Kathmandu

Just after arriving in Nepal I got the impression it’s like modern India. Probably, it’s because Nepalese are mostly Hindu, so many women wear sari, men look like from old photographs, and streets are full of many so-called “cycle rickshaws” (like in the picture). And of course food is so similar! You may argue with this, but it’s just a first impression of someone who had been once to India.

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Moje pierwsze wra偶enia z Nepalu, sk艂oni艂y mnie do por贸wnania z Indiami. W Nepalu hinduizm jest dominuj膮c膮 religi膮, na ulicy wida膰 mn贸stwo kobiet ubranych w sari, pan贸w w charakterystycznych czapeczkach i stare riksze (jak te na zdj臋ciu). I oczywi艣cie jedzenie jest do艣膰 podobne. St膮d Nepal wyda艂 mi si臋 “nowoczesnymi-Indiami”.

Mo偶ecie si臋 z tym nie zgodzi膰, to tylko pierwsze wra偶enia osoby kt贸ra wcze艣niej zwiedza艂a Indie.

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Nepal – Prayer flags

Prayer flags in Kathmandu
Prayer flags in Kathmandu

While visiting Nepal or Tibet for sure you’ll see plenty of prayer flags. You can find 5 colors of them that represent 5 basic elements. Blue color symbolizes the sky, yellow is for earth, green for water, red for fire, and white symbolizes air.

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Podczas wizyty w Nepalu lub Tybecie, nie spos贸b nie zauwa偶y膰 rozwieszonych w wielu miejscach flag modlitewnych. Wyst臋puj膮 one w 5 kolorach, kt贸re symbolizuj膮 podstawowe 偶ywio艂y. Kolor niebieski odnosi si臋 do nieba, 偶贸艂ty do ziemi, zielony do wody, czerwony do ognia, a bia艂y symbolizuje powietrze.

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Nepal – Kathmandu

Kathmandu
Kathmandu

When you go to Nepal, it’s very likely your first stop will be in Kathmandu. It’s a nice, colorful place, full of prayer flags.

On the picture, you can see a stupa with characteristic eyes of Buddha looking in all four directions.

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Gdy wybierzesz si臋 do Nepalu, Katmandu pewnie b臋dzie Twoim pierwszym przystankiem. To bardzo 艂adne, kolorowe miasto, z porozwieszanymi wsz臋dzie flagami modlitewnymi.

Na zdj臋ciu widoczna jest stupa z typowym obrazem oczu Buddy, kt贸re skierowane s膮 na cztery strony 艣wiata.

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Nepal – Introduction

Himalaya mountains
Himalaya mountains

Namaste!

This month I’d like to show you pictures from Nepal – the beautiful and small country I’ve visited in October 2014.

My daily impressions of this month are also to promote aid for Nepal and to honor all victims of the horrible earthquake from April 2015 (and all aftershocks…).

Many places may eventually look the same as before the earthquake and hopefully Nepal remains a popular traveling destination.

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Namaste!

W tym miesi膮cu chcia艂abym pokaza膰 Wam zdj臋cia z Nepalu – pi臋knego, ma艂ego pa艅stwa, kt贸re odwiedzi艂am w pa藕dzierniku 2014 roku.

Poprzez codzienne czerwcowe posty chcia艂abym uczci膰 pami臋膰 wszystkich ofiar strasznego trz臋sienia ziemi, kt贸re mia艂o miejsce w kwietniu i maju 2015 roku, a tak偶e zach臋ci膰 do pomocy dla Nepalu.

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Galapagos – Final impression

Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands

And that’s the last picture from the Galapagos, how did you like the islands? As I mentioned before, I spent 2 wonderful weeks there, learnt so much about the islands and many different animals.

Someone asked me what place I like more, Falklands or Galapagos. Well, both are different, and both are very special. The Galapagos Islands are amazing, but my heart was stolen by the Falklands. I love penguins and I prefer colder places, so it’s difficult for any place to compete with the Falklands in my case. But that’s only my own opinion. It’s worthy to visit both places!

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Dzisiaj ostatnie zdj臋cie z Galapagos. Jak Wam si臋 podoba艂y wyspy? Jak ju偶 wcze艣niej wspomnia艂am, sp臋dzi艂am na Galapagos wspania艂e 2 tygodnie. W tym czasie zobaczy艂am wiele zwierz膮t i przyswoi艂am mn贸stwo informacji o wyspach.

Kt贸rego艣 dnia zadano mi pytanie, kt贸re wyspy bardziej mi si臋 podoba艂y, Falklandy czy Galapagos. Moja odpowied藕 mo偶e nie by膰 uczciwa w stosunku do Galapagos. Kocham pingwiny i lubi臋 “ch艂odniejsze” miejsca, a moje serce zosta艂o skradzione przez Falklandy. Ale to tylko moja prywatna opinia. Warto odwiedzi膰 oba miejsca!

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Galapagos – Corals

Corals
Corals

You don’t need to snorkel to see corals in the Galapagos Islands! And I don’t talk about the broken pieces that can be found on many beaches. E.g., on Isabela Island you can find many coral formations, because in 1954 the island and surrounded coral reef were lifted because of volcanic activities.

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Na Galapagos, nie trzeba nurkowa膰 aby zobaczy膰 wiele korali. I nie chodzi mi tylko o kawa艂ki, kt贸re czasem mo偶na znale藕膰 na pla偶y. W 1954 roku, jedna z wysp, Isabela Island, wraz z otaczaj膮c膮 raf膮 koralow膮 wznios艂y si臋 o kilka metr贸w, st膮d teraz mo偶na tam zobaczy膰 wiele korali.

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