Turkey – Istanbul

Inside Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Inside Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Many people start their Turkish adventure in Istanbul. And no wonder why, it’s a beautiful city with many attractions for tourists. It has also a great history and used to be known as Constantinople or Byzantium. And it’s also one of these cities that easily could be mistaken as a capital. The capital of Turkey is, of course, Ankara. Have you been to Ankara and Istanbul? So which one of these two do you think is more beautiful? 馃槈

What are the main attractions in Istanbul? Well, there are many. Even its location is very interesting, partly in Europe, partly in Asia, by the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, so you can also enjoy the Bosphorus. In Istanbul, you’ll find buildings from different periods. However, if you don’t have too much time, visit the Hagia Sophia, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (known as the Blue Mosque, in today’s photo), Yedikule Fortress, and take a walk to simply enjoy the Old City.
If you’re not in a hurry, I’m sure you can easily fill a week in Istanbul with its many, many attractions.

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Wiele os贸b, w艂a艣nie w Stambule rozpoczyna swoj膮 “tureck膮 przygod臋”. I nie ma si臋 co dziwi膰, poniewa偶 jest to pi臋kne miasto oferuj膮ce mn贸stwo atrakcji turystom. To tak偶e jedno z tych miast, kt贸re 艂atwo mo偶e by膰 wzi臋te za stolic臋. Oczywi艣cie stolic膮 Turcji jest Ankara. Czy byli艣cie w obu tych miastach? Kt贸re bardziej Wam si臋 spodoba艂o?

Stambu艂 to miasto o wielu twarzach a bogat膮 histori膮, w kt贸rym spokojnie mo偶na sp臋dzi膰 tydzie艅, a ka偶dego dnia zwiedza膰 inne zak膮tki i zdecydowanie si臋 nie nudzi膰. Samo po艂o偶enie Stambu艂u jest ciekawe, poniewa偶 cz臋艣ciowo znajduje si臋 w Europie, a cz臋艣ciowo w Azji. Stambu艂 le偶y po obu stronach cie艣niny Bosfor, nad Morzem Marmara i Morzem Czarnym.
Je偶eli macie tylko 鈥瀋hwilk臋鈥 w Stambule to przede wszystkim wybierzcie si臋 do Hagia Sofia, Meczet Su艂tana Ahmeda (zwanego B艂臋kitnym Meczetem, kt贸rego wn臋trze przedstawia dzisiejsze zdj臋cie), Twierdzy Siedmiu Wie偶 (Yedikule) oraz pospacerujcie po Starym Mie艣cie.

Turkey – Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse 2006, Turkey
Total Solar Eclipse 2006, Turkey

As I told you yesterday, my first trip to Turkey was very special and connected with my profession. I’m aware, it has almost nothing in common with traveling in Turkey, but I’m an astrophysicist, so I had to show you this picture. 馃榾

First, I went to Turkey in March 2006, hoping to observe a total solar eclipse by myself. And we’re very lucky, the weather was perfect and everything went fine. My camera wasn’t so good that time, but I managed to take some pictures. If you ever have a chance to witness a total solar eclipse, I can really recommend it! It’s a very unique experience, for everyone, not only for scientists! 馃檪
I really enjoyed it, not only the spectacular sun, but also nature that behaved in a special way. We’re outside Konya, completely alone, and could really observe how birds and other tiny animals behaved differently, and how silent everything became when the sun was completely covered. Simply amazing!

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Tak jak wczoraj wspomnia艂am, moja pierwsza wizyta w Turcji by艂a zwi膮zana z moim zawodem i pasj膮. Wiem, 偶e to prawie nie ma nic wsp贸lnego z podr贸偶owaniem po Turcji, jednak z racji 偶e jestem astrofizykiem, musia艂am Wam pokaza膰 to zdj臋cie. 馃檪

To by艂 marzec 2006 roku, gdy po raz pierwszy wybra艂am si臋 do Turcji, wtedy z marzeniem o zaobserwowaniu ca艂kowitego za膰mienia s艂o艅ca. I uda艂o si臋, pogoda by艂a idealna! 馃檪 M贸j 贸wczesny aparat fotograficzny nie by艂 najlepszej klasy, ale uda艂o mi si臋 sfotografowa膰 r贸偶ne fazy za膰mienia. 馃檪 Je偶eli kiedy艣 b臋dziecie mieli okazj臋 do艣wiadczy膰 ca艂kowitego za膰mienia s艂o艅ca, to bardzo, bardzo polecam! 馃檪 To niesamowite prze偶ycie, nie tylko dla naukowc贸w! 馃檪
Na za膰mienie, znale藕li艣my odludne miejsce, niedaleko Konya i dzi臋ki temu zachwycali艣my si臋 nie tylko s艂o艅cem, ale i przyrod膮, kt贸ra dos艂ownie ucich艂a i zamar艂a na czas ca艂kowitej fazy za膰mienia. Jedyne w swoim rodzaju do艣wiadczenie!

Turkey – Introduction

Nazar (amulet), Turkey
Nazar (amulet), Turkey

In March, I want to show you the beauty of Turkey. Have you been to Turkey? Since many years, I think Turkey has been a popular touristic destination. I’ll show you some of the places I’ve visited during my two visits. First time, I went to Turkey by car from Poland, it was a very special trip, and tomorrow, you’ll see why. 馃檪
Second time for visiting Turkey’s excavated ancient sites, and they’re very impressive!

And just a word about today’s picture, do you know what’s in it? This blue eye is a nazar, an amulet believed to protect against the evil eye. I think, it’s the most popular souvenir from Turkey, however you can find it in many other countries!

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W marcu, chc臋 Wam pokaza膰 pi臋kno Turcji. Byli艣cie w Turcji? Wydaje mi si臋, 偶e od wielu lat Turcja jest bardzo popularnym kierunkiem na letni wypoczynek. Zaprezentuj臋 Wam kilka z moich ulubionych lub wa偶niejszych miejsc, kt贸re warto odwiedzi膰. Dotychczas, by艂am w Turcji dwa razy. Pierwsza wizyta by艂a zwi膮zana z moim zawodem, jutro opowiem Wam wi臋cej. 馃檪
Drugi raz, zaplanowa艂am zwiedzanie staro偶ytnych ruin w Turcji, s膮 niesamowite!

I jeszcze kilka s艂贸w na temat dzisiejszego zdj臋cia. Wiecie co przedstawia? To tzw. nazar, czyli amulet maj膮cy chroni膰 przed “z艂ym okiem”. Wydaje mi si臋, 偶e jest to najcz臋艣ciej kupowana pami膮tka z Turcji, chocia偶 to niebieskie oko jest popularne r贸wnie偶 w wielu innych krajach!

Norway – Final impression

Northern lights, Snow Hotel, Kirkenes, Norway
Northern lights, Snow Hotel, Kirkenes, Norway

And today, I finish my winter Norwegian experience. For the last picture I chose another kind of northern lights. This time, you see “dancing” northern lights. They’re not so strong here, but I guess, you can feel the movement. 馃檪

And my traditional question, how did you like February on my blog? I know, I focused basically on two places, Oslo and Kirkenes in winter. I had a great experience there, so I wanted to share it with you and show the beauty of snowy winter, hopefully I managed. 馃檪

p.s. Stay tuned! Tomorrow, we’re starting a new series, I can promise there is going to be lots of Sun. 馃檪

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I dzisiaj, ju偶 ostatnie zdj臋cie, ko艅cz膮ce zimow膮 seri臋 o Norwegii. Na t臋 okazj臋 wybra艂am jeszcze jeden obraz zorzy polarnej, tym razem “ta艅cz膮c膮”. Zorza tutaj nie jest zbyt intensywna, ale my艣l臋, 偶e mo偶na “poczu膰” jej ruch. 馃槈

I jak zwykle zapytam, jak Wam si臋 podoba艂 luty na moim blogu? Wiem, 偶e skupi艂am si臋 praktycznie na dw贸ch miejscach, zimowych Oslo i Kirkenes. Jednak chcia艂am podzieli膰 si臋 moimi cudownymi chwilami i pokaza膰 Wam pi臋kn膮 zim臋. Mam nadziej臋, 偶e mi si臋 uda艂o. 馃檪

p.s. Jutro zaczynamy now膮 seri臋, i mog臋 ju偶 obieca膰, 偶e b臋dzie du偶o S艂o艅ca. 馃檪

Norway – Eating crabs

Eating crabs, Snow Hotel, Kirkenes, Norway
Eating crabs, Snow Hotel, Kirkenes, Norway

Eating king crabs is also part of the “fishing king crabs” experience in the Snow Hotel in Kirkenes.
After fishing, it’s time to observe how king crabs are prepared (i.e., cutting off the legs from the body) and cooked. The recipe is quite simple, some 20 minutes in salty water and the crabs are ready to be eaten, preferably with the right ambience like in a cosy farmhouse by a lake. 馃檪

In the picture, you see a crab’s leg. At first, eating them sounds a bit complicated, but you can master it very fast. 馃檪 Its meat has a kind of sweet taste and it’s very soft and delicious! I wouldn’t mind to have a meal like that everyday! 馃榾
If you ever have the chance, try it! Of course, I can recommend fresh crabs from Norwegian fjords. 馃槈

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Jedzenie krab贸w kr贸lewskich to nieroz艂膮czna cz臋艣膰 “艂owienia krab贸w” – wycieczki w Snow Hotel, Kirkenes. Gdy kraby s膮 ju偶 wy艂owione, mo偶na podpatrze膰 jak si臋 je przyrz膮dza. Przepis jest bardzo prosty, wystarczy je pogotowa膰 w osolonej wodzie oko艂o 20 minut. A nast臋pnie w uroczym, cieplutkim domku nad jeziorem, mo偶na je skonsumowa膰. 馃檪

Na zdj臋ciu wida膰 jedn膮 z n贸g kraba. Pocz膮tkowo jedzenie krab贸w kr贸lewskich wydaje si臋 by膰 pewnym wyzwaniem, jednak szybko t臋 sztuk臋 mo偶na opanowa膰. I w ko艅cu odpowied藕 jak smakuje mi臋so kraba kr贸lewskiego – jest rewelacyjne! Jest to pyszne, delikatne mi臋so o s艂odkim posmaku, i szczerze m贸wi膮c, nie mia艂abym nic przeciwko aby je艣膰 taki posi艂ek codziennie! 馃榾
Je偶eli b臋dziecie mieli okazj臋, to bardzo polecam spr贸bowa膰! Oczywi艣cie, najlepsze kraby to te 艣wie偶o z艂owione z norweskich fiord贸w. 馃槈

Norway – King crabs

King crab, Snow Hotel, Kirkenes, Norway
King crab, Snow Hotel, Kirkenes, Norway

Fishing Arctic King Crabs on the frozen fjords of Kirkenes is another unique experience from the Snow Hotel. I have to say, at the beginning, I didn’t expect too much out of this. However, it happened we had a really great time! So if you are planning to go there but still unsure about doing “king crabs fishing”, trust me, it’s really worthy!

Fishing them is relatively easy, just be careful while holding king crabs, they are huge!

These crabs go by many names. There is “king crab” because of its blue blood. Some may have heard them by the name “Stalin crab”.
The later one, I guess, it’s a local name given by the Norwegians… simply because these crabs were introduced by the Russians and made with time their ways deep into the Norwegian coastal waters
King crabs are very big, live long and they are aggressive. They eat basically everything on their way. In times and places of food shortage they even eat each others! It has been documented that king crabs destroy ecosystems. In the waters nearby Kirkenes, king crabs have exterminated other species of crabs. However Norwegians try to confine king crabs to particular areas, but with limited success. And, unfortunately, money is always an issue… King crab’s meat is very precious, and there is never an easy solution when economy is in conflict with ecology…

As I mentioned above, king crab’s meat is expensive and you can find it in top restaurants; tomorrow I’ll tell you is whether it’s overrated or not. 馃檪

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艁owienie krab贸w kr贸lewskich na zamarzni臋tym fiordzie to kolejna, wyj膮tkowa atrakcja w Snow Hotel. Cho膰 musz臋 przyzna膰, 偶e pocz膮tkowo nie wydawa艂o mi si臋 to zbyt interesuj膮ce, bardzo mi艂o si臋 zaskoczy艂am. I teraz wiem, 偶e gdyby艣my to odpu艣cili to wiele by艣my stracili!

Samo 艂owienie krab贸w nie jest zbyt trudne. Bardziej wymagaj膮ce jest utrzymanie takie wielkiego stwora. 馃槈

Te kraby maj膮 dwie nazwy, przynajmniej w Norwegii… Pierwsza, oficjalna, to krab kr贸lewski i zwi膮zana jest z niebiesk膮 krwi膮 tego gatunku.
Lokalna nazwa, to “krab Stalina”, a wzi臋艂a si臋 st膮d, 偶e te kraby przyp艂yn臋艂y do Norwegii z Rosji. Jest to do艣膰 agresywny gatunek, kt贸ry 偶ywi si臋 wszystkim (zjadaj膮 nawet siebie nawzajem), st膮d niszczy ekosystem. Dodatkowo s膮 to bardzo du偶e kraby, kt贸re d艂ugo 偶yj膮. W okolicach Kirkenes, kraby kr贸lewskie zniszczy艂y lokalny gatunek kraba. Norwegowie staraj膮 si臋 utrzyma膰 ich terytorium pod kontrol膮, jednak nie zawsze jest to proste, szczeg贸lnie gdy w gr臋 wchodz膮 pieni膮dze… Mi臋so krab贸w kr贸lewskich nale偶y do rarytas贸w, st膮d jest bardzo drogie, wi臋c niestety mo偶na na nim sporo zarobi膰… W takich sytuacjach ekologia rzadko wygrywa z ekonomi膮…

Mi臋so krab贸w kr贸lewskich mo偶na znale藕膰 w najlepszych restauracjach; jutro opisz臋 czy jest przereklamowane. 馃槈

Norway – Reindeer

Reindeer, Snow Hotel, Kirkenes, Norway
Reindeer, Snow Hotel, Kirkenes, Norway

Reindeer is another animal that lives at the Snow Hotel. I’m not sure, what was more difficult, to take pictures of huskies or reindeer, they’re moving all the time… The easiest is to “catch” them while eating or “visiting the toilet”. 馃槈

At the Snow Hotel you’ll find 5 reindeer, mostly they’re brown (like the one in the photo), but one is completely white.

There are more than 100,000 reindeer in northern Norway and only Sami people (S谩mi, Saami, Lapps) can own reindeer. They put some marks on the reindeer’s ears and by those the Sami farmers can recognize them.

And one more thing, in the Snow Hotel, you can also try reindeer meat. I guess, it’s part of the experience, however, I don’t eat meat…

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Renifery to kolejne zwierzaki, kt贸re spotkacie w Snow Hotel. Renifery, podobnie jak husky, zmieniaj膮 pozycj臋 zbyt cz臋sto, st膮d trudno je sfotografowa膰… Najlepiej wykorzysta膰 okazj臋 gdy s膮 zaj臋te jedzeniem albo “korzystaj膮 z toalety”. 馃槈

W Snow Hotel mieszka 5 renifer贸w, wi臋kszo艣膰 jest br膮zowa jak ten ze zdj臋cia, ale jeden jest zupe艂nie bia艂y.

W p贸艂nocnej Norwegii 偶yje ponad 100,000 renifer贸w. Cz臋艣膰 z nich nale偶y to Lapo艅czyk贸w. O Lapo艅czykach, czyli potomkach pierwotnych mieszka艅c贸w Skandynawii, m贸wi si臋 czasem jako Saamowie, 艁oparowie, Loparowie, Saami lub Sami, i tylko oni mog膮 posiada膰 renifery.

I jeszcze jedna informacja, w Snow Hotel mo偶na spr贸bowa膰 mi臋sa renifer贸w. Jednak, nie podziel臋 si臋 moimi wra偶eniami na ten temat, gdy偶 nie jadam mi臋sa…

Norway – Sled dog

Sled dog, Snow Hotel, Kirkenes, Norway
Sled dog, Snow Hotel, Kirkenes, Norway

Dog sledding is one of the attractions of the Snow Hotel in Kirkenes, Norway.
It’s a great experience, and I’m sure dogs have lots of fun, since they love running and chasing each others.

I know that huskies look so adorable, however not all of them should be petted. So better don’t try to approach dogs, first ask its owner or someone who takes care of them. And also, enjoy taking pictures of them! 馃檪

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Przeja偶d偶ka psim zaprz臋giem to jedna z atrakcji Snow Hotel w Kirkenes, w Norwegii.
To niesamowite do艣wiadczenie, a jednocze艣nie du偶a frajda dla samych ps贸w, gdy偶 one uwielbiaj膮 biega膰 i goni膰 si臋 nawzajem.

Wiem, 偶e husky cz臋sto wygl膮daj膮 jakby m贸wi艂y “przytul mnie”, jednak nie wszystkie powinny by膰 g艂askane. Najlepiej zawsze zapyta膰 w艂a艣ciciela ps贸w lub osob臋, kt贸ra si臋 nimi opiekuj臋, czy mo偶na danego psa pog艂aska膰.
Samo fotografowanie ps贸w te偶 sprawia du偶o rado艣ci. 馃檪

Norway – Husky

Husky, Snow Hotel, Kirkenes, Norway
Husky, Snow Hotel, Kirkenes, Norway

Do you like dogs? I think, even when people don’t like dogs so much, they still can agree that huskies are very beautiful. Especially, huskies with blue eyes. 馃檪

There are around 150 huskies in the Snow Hotel. They spend winter on the premises, but almost not surprisingly, summer is too warm for them. So, the summer season they spend in colder areas close by (i.e., away from the coast and in the forests inland), where they can happily run. 馃檪

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Lubicie psy? My艣l臋, 偶e je偶eli kto艣 nawet nie przepada za psami, to i tak zgodzi si臋 ze mn膮, 偶e husky s膮 pi臋kne, prawda? Szczeg贸lnie, te z niebieskimi oczami. 馃檪

W Snow Hotel (jako ca艂o艣膰) mieszka oko艂o 150 husky. Jednak tylko zim臋 sp臋dzaj膮 w Kirkenes. Latem mieszkaj膮 w ch艂odniejszym rejonie Norwegii, gdy偶 w Kirkenes jest dla nich za ciep艂o.

Norway – Magical winter

Magical winter, Snow Hotel, Kirkenes, Norway
Magical winter, Snow Hotel, Kirkenes, Norway

It’s one of these pictures, that (for me) winter looks like from fairy tale or like it supposed to look like. Snow covers everything and make it looks wonderful. I know, it’s dark and cold, but it has its charm, do you agree?

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To jedno z tych zdj臋膰, na kt贸rych (wed艂ug mnie) zima wygl膮da jak z bajki, albo dok艂adnie tak jak powinna wygl膮da膰. Wszystko, w uroczy spos贸b pokryte jest 艣niegiem. Wiem, wielu z Was nie lubi zimy, ale chyba zgodzicie si臋, 偶e taka zima wygl膮da pi臋knie?

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