‘Bolek i Lolek’ is a simple cartoon for children that was shown in Poland when SZG was a young boy. He has fond memories of it and we now have in our collection many different ‘Bolek i Lolek’ DVD’s. The children just love this show and I have to admit so do I! It is simply a beautiful children’s show.
We thought that we would share a glimpse into this engaging cartoon with you.
Well today we decided to do some traveling from the comfort of our own home. The trip started out with no real direction, but landed in Bialystok, Poland, the city of SZG’s Birthplace. It is a very beautiful city, and one that I hope to see in the future, for even though SZG was born in Poland, neither his children or I, have had the pleasure of visiting the country of his birth place just yet. But hopefully that will change in time.
Białystok, with a population of almost 300 thousand, is a city located in north-eastern Poland, serving the function of the capital of Podlaskie province. It is the administrative, economic, and academic centre of the region which, due to its exceptional environmental assets, has been termed the Green Lungs of Poland.
The location in the environmentally clean region, full of tourist attractions, as well as the rich infrastructure of Białystok, makes the city and surrounding area a great place for living, recreation and development of tourism.
Białystok has evolved as a place which is the melting pot of different nations, religions, cultures, customs and traditions, where the occidental rationalism meets the oriental mysticism. It has become an example of the integration of ethnic and religious groups, a meeting place for Poles, Byelorussians, Jews, Lithuanians, Germans, Russians and Tartars. The multiethnicity of the city was the reason for the Białystok-born Ludwik Zamenhoff to start his work on the universal language of Esperanto
The location of Białystok, in the proximity of borders with Belarus, Lithuania and Russia, as well as the convenient transportation links, create excellent conditions for developing economic and cultural contacts with the countries of Eastern and Western Europe.
Some great images from around the city are contained within this video. The music is not necessarily the greatest, so if you choose you can turn the sound down.
The follwoing Video is of images of Białystok, and its people taken over 50 years ago. A whole different perspective.
The journey continues, now to decide on our next stop on our trip around the world!
I have always had a love of languages and as such wish for my children to also experience other languages and cultures. When we think about languages in this house the main two that come to mind are English and Polish. The reason behind the choices of these languages are as follows.
English is the main language spoken in our house as we live in an English speaking country and it is the Language that we need to use every day of our lives.
Polish is also an important language for us, which the children and I are trying to learn more of (Dad can speak it fluently as he was born there!). Polish is the Second Language spoken in our Family. Tata (Polish for Dad) and his parents speak this language most of the time when they are together, so it is a language that we are exposed to very often. It is however, for us non native polish speaking people, hard to learn! So we will be focusing in 2009 on improving our Polish language skills as part of our Homeschooling Curriculum and hopefully be able to better communicate with our Polish family members and Polish friends in the new year.
Anyway, in our search to find ways to teach our children languages we have come across the following websites and tools that may just be able to assist some one else in learning Polish as a language too!
We hope that you may find some of these websites interesting and informative and that you may just be able to learn a word or two in POLISH as well! Have fun!!!