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Ambrose’s welcome

Our son Ambrose was born on 24 of August 2017 in Sulechow town, West Poland. On this beautiful occassion we wrote a small-poem, available for now in Polish only:

Gwiazdy zza okna pięknie błyszczały,
Kiedy na świat przyszedł Ambroży mały,

Dni sierpnia dwadzieścia i jeszcze cztery,
Trzydzieści gram wagi i kilogramy cztery,

Dwadzieścia cztery cale czterdzieści,
Nawet na wadze ledwie się zmieścił,

Jak wezuwiański pióropusz ognia,
Skrzydlaty trzmielik jeszcze nie w spodniach,

Z nadodrzańskiego miasta Sulechowa,
Szczęśliwi rodzice i synek ich zdrowy,

Serdecznie pozdrawiają witając świt nowy,

Angelika, Bogumił i Ambroży Hoder

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Total Moon Eclipse

We were able to watch this very rare astronomical phenomenon from the beautiful place in Poland – among the rocks of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland, next to the medieval walls of the Castle in Olsztyn. Not only the place was a lucky one, but also the weather made it possible at all! Early morning there was a light frost  and the sky was perfectly clear. Above the castle there already towered the winter constellations. We appreciate very much that the officials of Olsztyn decided not to light up the castle, thanks to what the observations were efficient and atmosferic. There were more stargazers along with us. Sometimes they walked over the rocks and walls of the dark fourtress, flashing their flashlights on the background of starry sky with bloodmoon hanged in a void of space… Everything was just beautiful and led us to deep reflections.

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Castle in Olsztyn and total Moon eclipse

One of the most picturesque of the Polish castles towers between high rocks over Olsztyn near to Częstochowa. It is one of the famous Eagle’s Nests of the king Kasimir the Great and comes from XIV century. Comming to Olsztyn by night from the side of Częstochowa you can a see fabulous view! Yes, still this is Poland :-) There is seen the whole character of the visited by us Kraków-Częstochowa Upland. From the walls of the castle you can see the Luminous Mount Monastery as well as the Częstochowa Steel Mill.

Taking the pictures of the castle by evening we were catching each single and possible ray of the Sun, which was covered by clouds almost all the time. Luckily weather let us see and photograph something unusual! Early morning about 3:00 o’clock a.m. there happened an absolutely unique astronomical event – total Moon eclipse. It took place on 28 September 2015 and the area of the Castle in Olsztyn as well as beautiful but cold weather made perfect circumstances for this occassion.

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Jędrzejów Abbey

Jędrzejów Abbey in Poland is the beautiful and old temple, which walls have seen a lot. Here, in the naves and corners you can smell the scent of incense as well as the atmosphere of authenticity and spirituality. We experienced an unusual silence in this awsome place,  an aura of truth prayer is palpable in every peace of the old floor, chipped column, faded frescoes or in an heavenly light seeping through the small windows… The beginnings of this church come from XII century, here used to live and worked blessed Wincenty Kadłubek. It is worth to get here, when travelling between Kielce and Olsztyn near to Częstochowa in Poland. This place is different from the commercialized centers of pilgrimage and “holly” bazaars. This place is the authenticity in itself…

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Gdansk

City-legend, famous all over the world, full of extraordinary and just beautiful! Old Town of Gdansk is symbol itself and can’t be mistaken with any other place. The characteristic Crane-Gate, City Hall and Long Market Street with the famous Neptune statue are real canon, this is just Gdansk! For more, the monumental St. Mary’s Basilica, from the tower of which you can watch whole panorama of the city. This is the city-history. Here trade was developing in the Golden Century of Poland, here people of all world-wide cultures and nations has met. At the Cape Westerplatte there started II world war on 1 of september 1939, when the first gun-shots were fired from a small window in the Lighthouse in the New Port – first of all in the war, which took life from 55 milion people. And finally Gdansk is the place reffered to the name of Lech Walesa and such symbols of the stormy Polish history like: Gdansk Shipyard, 1989, Solidarnosc.

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