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Celebrating Children’s Day in Krakow

We were invited to join the Children’s Day organized by Krakow Culture Center, Podgórze Culture Center on the 5th of July 2021. As lockdown was not in power by that time there were many different celebrations all over Krakow. We didn’t know what we were invited to and how it will be. It was the celebration of Children’s day. It…

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A story of finding a scorpion in our backyard, India

What was it like to find a scorpion in our backyard? Well, I wasn’t there at the exact moment but the story is longer than that. I never thought of meeting a scorpion in India but well, life can be exciting! We lived in India already for a few months and this time we were renting a place in Auroville…

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Our story of spicy food in India

How to deal with spicy food in India? When you are in India for the first time you certainly search for not spicy food, if you are like us. And maybe you already know, India is full of spices. So, when you want to eat something, no matter is it street food or a restaurant, you should ask for not…

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Auroville: Last School - The Best School Of My Life

Auroville: Last School – The Best School Of My Life

How does the perfect school look for a teenager? A school named ‘Last School’ from Auroville was the best school of my life. I was 13 years old when we moved to Tamil Nadu, Auroville. It was already 3rd month of our stay in India. At that time there were holidays, so it was a perfect time to join the…

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Winter in Krakow

Winter in Krakow

This winter was weird. It snowed well at the beginning of December and then in January. Afterward, it was only some sporadic snowfall. But we managed to take advantage and went outside into the cold a few times to make a snowman and to sled. Furthermore, there were many other snowmen all over the area. We made one big and…

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How Coronavirus came to our life

What is Coronavirus? It came to us like thunder from the sky. I don’t exactly remember but it was somewhere in January when I woke up early in the morning, getting ready for school, when my dad, who is familiar with all the surrounding news, informed me about the new virus spreading in China. We didn’t take it seriously nor…

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My first ‘price labeling’

As I turned 18 my doors to get a job were open. All dough there was still the case of sanepid card which are the tests that confirm your health and your ableness to deal with food. Having not yet done these tests means limited choice in choosing work. I thought to try with something like a seller in one…

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Film about Mother Katarzyna and Augustian Sisters

Hello everyone!!! As you might know, I am Maya and I attended the Saint Rita High School in Krakow. While I was in third class, there was organized a competition for the best film about Mother Katarzyna and Augustian Sisters. Together with a friend, we did it for 3 weeks and hoped to win. In the meantime, we interviewed the…

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Indian Visa in Bangladesh

That’s it friends. I have recently described in detail how to complete the visa application correctly and what the Indian visa procedure requires. We did all the necessary activities. One of the applications we corrected twice, using the computer at the Visa Center for the second time thanks to the courtesy of the clerk who was selling the coffee. Submission…

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From Khulna to Dhaka

When we got to know that at Khulna we can’t make Indian visa we headed to Dhaka. 18th in the morning we started packing. At 12 we left our bags in the office room and went to kill time. We had a bus ticket for 7 pm which meant that we had all day to spend. So we made a…

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Khulna and Indian Visa Center

Can you make an Indian visa in Khulna, Bangladesh? While traveling from the borders of India to Bangladesh we went by bus to Khulna paying 150 Taka (1.77$) for one place. To Khulna We arrived on the 15th in the evening, and our aim was Jalico Hotel. We paid for a rickshaw 100 Taka but he didn’t know where the…

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By train Puri – Kolkata

Journey 8th  in the morning we woke up and made all we could to organize and pack everything. Dad went to manager and ordered a rikshaw for 5 o’clock. At 8 o’clock we had the train. When we did everything we ate lunch, packed some food, and had cleaned a little bit. At the right time we took our bags,…

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Journey: Puri to Dhaka

22 September So finally after 2 weeks of travel, we are home again. Bangladesh with its culture and people welcomed us. The religion in Bangladesh is Islam which is an interesting new experience for us. People are different and surroundment is too. Kolkata So 8th of September we packed and went by train from Puri to Howrah, which is attached…

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Tickets Puri – Howrah/Kolkata

Few days before our journey we went to the train station to buy a ticket. Our new destination was Kolkata. Train Apps I have few apps on my phone that track the trains. I used them to check the available trains but it had no use. Each showed the same which wasn’t true. There were few available; One had no…

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Maya’s 17th birthday

23rd July I had my 17th birthday. I actually kind of forgot about it, I mean to write about it. Now I understand, I woudn’t say adult but, grownups in not being so excited about a birthday. I was happy but not so excited as the previous years. Its just another year; cake, more food, playing with sisters, new things….

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Nepal: Tomato consumption and funny facts

Today I would like to say few words about funny fact we have here. Our attitude towards tomato For us it’s normal to eat raw tomato. We make salad of it. And some of us, (like my father) like it so much that we eat it plainly. I mean that when my dad is hungry we can just take a bowl of…

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Anna’s birthday and Easter in Kathmandu

On 1st April was Annas 5th birthday. It happened to be that her birthday is the same day as Easter. Already month earlier Katia had a wish to paint eggs, anyway, eggs were forgotten and gifts were more important. However, after the birthday celebration we painted eggs. Gifts and cake In accordance with the birthday mode, which we invented recently…

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Nepal – The winter is coming to an end or was it just my sister

Today sitting with a computer, as usual, I heard something that made me froze (even more than I was already). Winter in Nepal and first cold night Now Nepal is covered in the cold wind with cold air and snow on the peaks. We were so lucky not to, meet snow, my sisters wouldn’t appreciate my thought. But we still are in a…

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From Dharan to Pokhara – Bus

Finally we decided to leave Bhedetar and head to Pokhara. The bus we bought sits in was going through all of Nepal from Dharan to Pokhara. And it meant 14 hours of journey with very small breaks. One sit costs 1170 Rs (11.7$). So we took 4 sits for 4400 Rs (44$) with a small discount. I have to bring…

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Meeting with Karmapa the 17th

23 of February, Thursday Today we had an audience with Karmapa. Yesterday my mother had booked a private meeting with 17th Karmapa. One of our friends told us about this possibility. So my mom didn’t miss it. We got ready and went to the monastery 1 pm where we were suppose to get private audience with Karmapa. There we went…

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Santiniketan: Visit to Amar Kutir

One day we wanted to see what is behind our house. There was a park with very unique trees.  Called Shorea robusta. It grows only in area from Myanmar in the east to Nepal, India and Bangladesh. For me, park made of this trees looked strange and weird. When you come into a forest like that you can start to feel like an ant. So small….

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Master your self

Today we have got quiet an interesting idea… To master our selves. To do this we chose 3 kinds of habits and had made 1 day in a week for each of them: Day of being satisfied – ‘With our thoughts and posture we build our world’. That’s why we should keep our minds happy no matter how bad we…

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Auroville: Sadhana Forest

1st of May 2015, Friday Sadhana Forest is a part of Auroville which is an ecological experiment. Everyone wakes up early in the morning. Who doesn’t feel cold at 6am, takes a shower in an ecological system, saving water. Morning gymnastics for sleepy youth and then we are getting divided into groups. One group takes care of the forest, plants…

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Journey to the east, Tamil Nadu

30th April 2015, Thursday The time has come to choose the region of India, where we want to spend the rest of our remaining six-month visa… and maybe more…. The choice fell on Auroville, an international city founded by Mother – The Mother – along with Sri Aurobindo. We wondered for some time and we thought it might be something for us….

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Santiniketan: Breath taking adventure

One day I went with my mom to see Deer Park. What a surprise was when it turned out to be not a Deer Park but a Park with some birds only. Our journey started early in the morning. We agreed to go out at 6-7am. But because it is almost impossible for me to wake up so early I…

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Colva, taste of the exotic

Living 2 months in Goa with 4 kids

22nd of April 2015, Wednesday When we got bored with the big city we took the bus and went to the town called Margao. Between 4.00pm and 7.00pm, we were still passing Mumbai streets. The Sleeper Class in our bus offered us some comfort all night and at 8.00 in the morning we reached Goa state. Twenty minutes by rickshaw…

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Our first impression when we saw India the exotic country.

Our first impressions of India

28th of February 2015, Saturday So, we reached Mumbai on the 26 of February early in the morning. The big surprise was that we could take off the warm clothes we were wearing… sitting in the airport we were still wearing our coats because we couldn’t believe in our happiness… We sat on the plane 25th of February – Katia’s…

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Long preparation for a journey to India

Preparation for a journey to India

20th of February 2015, Friday The decision was made just before Christmas. We have no business here… this is a time for something that has long been waiting for: the realization of our plans from 15 years ago! In principle, the decision of flight – according to plan – was almost equal to 2 months. So the minimum that is…

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Journey to West Bengal, India

Journey: Gaya – Santiniketan

Just Before Yesterday, we had arrived at a small town called Santiniketan. It took us 2 days to get there. 4th January 11am we left our Guest House in Bodh Gaya and we went to Gaya train station. Our train to Bardhaman was supposed to arrive at 9pm. Before it, we decided to eat something and take a little rest….

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How we extend visa in Nepal and how much it costs.

Introduce

Hi!!! My name is Maya. Welcome to our site. This Blog is about our travel. Mostly India. I am traveling with my family, parents and 3 small sisters. We travel a lot to visit new places and learn about different cultures and religions. I want to share my experience and my knowledge about places, food, transport and many more. Thanks…

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