We had our first family meeting about Poland the other day. We discussed quite a number of things, including places to visit, and UNESCO World Heritage places. I have decided that I shall choose at least five of the places we talked about, and write a little about them. The first place I have decided to write about is Austria.

Austria is in Central Europe and has about 8.47 million people living in it. Vienna, the capital of Austria, is where one fourth of the population lives. In 1999 the currency of Austria changed to Euro. It is part of the Schengen Agreement.

In Upper Austria, around the towns of Mauthausen and Gusen, there is a group of German Concentration Camps, which goes by the name of Mauthausen-Gusen Concentration Camp. In 1940 it had grown to be one of the largest Labour Camps in Germany ruled Europe.

Austria is a mainly mountainous place because of the Alps. The Central Eastern Alps, Northern Limestone Alps, and the Southern Limestone Alps are all partially in Austria.

The climate in Austria is mainly in a cool/temperate zone. The winters in Austria are cold, generally in the minuses, and the summers are warm, about in the mid twenties.

The flag of Austria is one of the oldest national flags in the world. More than half of the electricity in Austria is made by renewable resources.

It is one of Europe’s most heavily wooded countries, and it also contains a small bear population.

Why does Austria interest me? Because my dad wants the visit a little town of Kilb in Austria. He used to live there from about the age of seven for twelve months.

Czas Honoru – Polish TV Show

We have been watching many Polish TV shows recently, but our favourite one has been one called Czas Honoru. The English translation is ‘Time of Honor.’ We are currently up to season two.

Czas Honoru starts off in 1941 and is based on World War II in Poland. It mainly centres around five men, all members of the Polish Resistance. They have been specially trained by the English. The first episode is mostly about them being trained, and preparing to go back to Poland.

The Polish Resistance group contains Czesław Konarski, Władek Konarski, Michał Konarski, Bronek Woyciechowski, and Janek Markiewicz. These are the five main characters the show centres around.

Other major characters include, Wanda, who is Bronek’s fiancee. Karol Ryszkowski, who is a Pole that later becomes a German spy, he is also the ex-husband of Wanda. Lena Sajkowska who is Janek’s fiancee, she is also a Jew stuck in the Warsaw ghetto.

Doctor Maria Konarska, she is married to Czesław and is the mother of Michał and Władek, she is in charge of the Warsaw hospital. Czas Honoru also centres around the Germans in Poland.

We were quite upset to find out that when we turned season two on for the first time, the actress who played Wanda had been replaced by another actress. We are still slowly getting used to the New Wanda.

For me personally, the only bad thing about watching Czas Honoru is the fact that we have to wait for Mama and Tata to both be home before we can watch more episodes. So that sometimes, unfortunately, means having to wait long periods of time to watch more episodes. And by long periods of time, I mean more than four days! 🙂