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The Beauty of Eastern Europe: The Polish Countryside

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“Wherever you go, go with all your heart”.
– Confucius

Today I am rushing around preparing the house for the arrival of my lovely Spanish friend Isabel tomorrow. We met in 2007 when my Spanish teacher Mrs Wood showed me her photograph and informed me she would be my Spanish exchange. (She also told me Isa was ranked the cleverest in her year and she was completely fluent in English; I was a very lucky host, not all the students were so bubbly and bright..). She stayed with me for a few days, then in 2009, I went to stay with her and her family in Cartagena. We’ve kept in touch ever since – she sometimes helps with my Spanish studies – and I couldn’t wait for her to meet Maia.

Because my room is covered in books and clothes, and the whole house generally needs a little big tidy..I have to storm through this blog post today.

I thought I would share some of the beautiful Polish scenery I witnessed during my short stay. On one day we drove from Walbrzych, Poland to the Czech Republic so I’m not actually sure which of these photos are Poland and which are the Czech Republic, but either way, it’s the Eastern European country side, and I think it’s beautiful.

They’re not the best photographs; we were in a moving car, but I think they capture the tranquility of the open hills and clear skies well enough.

It’s views like this that remind me how much beauty there is in the world still to explore. I get so caught up in day-to-day life that I forget there is still plenty of time, and I have so many more adventures still to go on.

Me to Radek, Maia’s Uncle: “It’s so beautiful, I feel like I’m in the Sound of Music! Do you know The Sound of Music? Julie Andrews?”
Radek: “No..”
Me: “You know! “Do, a deer, a female deer, Re, a drop of golden suuuuuun…Er…The hills are alliiiiiiveeeee with the Sound of Musiiiiic!?”
Radek: “….Yes you have a lovely voice… but I still don’t know what you’re talking about…”. 

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“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection”.
-Lawrence Durrell

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