This was a challenging walk for both Tomek and myself. Tomek speaks little English and I speak no Polish. We both stayed with the task and ended up with a marvelous look at Tomek's views about our world.
Trasa-rowerowa is written in Polish because Tomek is Polish. If you are not fluent in the language Tomek has kindly placed a translation program to the right of the blog. The post will appear in the language of your choice.
Please join me in a nature walk with trasa-rowerowa.
01. Welcome to Nature Center Magazine. We are all anxious to learn a
little bit about you. Tell us what your blog is all about.
Hello. My name is Tomek. I am interested in history and the legislation Polish and the law of the European Union. My blog is a presentation of bicycle routes, of places which are attractive under the historical account and natural, which are often omitted in guides. My blog is aimed at encouraging for healthy rest, as well as is supposed to popularize Poland amongst inhabitants of other countries.
2. Everyone has their own unique story about what gave them the idea to
start blogging. What is yours?
There was a thought at the beginning for caring for my health. When I covered routes, tourist trails, I started discovering beautiful places about which I thought that it would be worthwhile popularizing them amongst enthusiasts of a healthy lifestyle. The first routes which I defeated were in a Kampinos forest put in the near Warsaw. In spite of the search on the Internet I could not find places curious about too many pieces of information which they introduced on this area. It seems that this area perfectly is put and is created for bicycle expeditions. There are abounding places there under the natural account as well as a lot of places connected with history Polish.
03. What do you enjoy about nature and what benefits do you derive from it?
The closeness with the nature, well affects my frame of mind. He is reducing the stress. I am feeling positively. It is giving the possibility of getting to know more information about forgotten places.
04. Each of us has our own way of being with nature. Some people hike,
some take pictures, and some climb trees. How do you experience nature?
I by bicycle I am covering routes, I am observing the nature with every season, her changes, like with every season one place can show the different face. I am watching animals, birds. I am experiencing historical places directly, I am trying to learn about them more and to hand this knowledge over other.
05. Tell us about the most exciting or scary nature related thing that
ever happened to you.
One day travelling through forest, right away close to the border Warsaw, I came across the Elk on the road. So far I could see him in photographs. The huge animal watched me standing in the middle of the road. For a moment we were standing motionless opposite ourselves. After a moment however the Elk went in its direction. I also went farther. I remember this meeting until today very clearly, I regret little is of such meetings in the … life.
06. If you were to take us on a nature tour of your area where would you
take us first? Describe what we would see.
I would like to show the Kampinos National Park which lies close Warsaw. The idea of creating a park here appeared for the first time in the 1920s. In the 1930s the first forest reserves were opened: Granica, Sieraków and Zamczysko. Today, these reserves are much larger and are strictly protected. The park was created in 1959, covering a total area of 407 square kilometers. It covers the ancient Kampinos Forest, and in January 2000 the area was added to UNESCO’s list of biosphere reserves. Park’s flora is rich with around 1245 species of plants, of which 69 are protected. Park’s landscape is a mix of sand dunes and swamp lands with pine trees growing on sand and meadows on swamps. The Park, together with nearby valley of the Vistula, is an important thriving area of many animals. According to biologists, there are 16,000 species of animals, of which the most numerous are insects and birds. Park’s experts are experienced in the field of reintroducing several animals - moose (since 1951), beaver (since 1980) and lynx (since 1992). The park’s area has rich history, here many important events connected with Polish history took place. Reminders of past are numerous and include tombs of insurrectionists from 1863 anti-Russian uprising, war cemeteries from Polish-German war of 1939 and tombs of members of anti-German resistance (1944–45). At the Palmiry cemetery lay many inhabitants of Warsaw, secretly killed here by the Germans in the years 1939-1945. At Żelazowa Wola on the outskirts of the Park there is a manor house where famous composer Frédéric Chopin was born.
07. If you could visit any nature spot in the world, what would it be?
Tell us why.
There are many places which I would like to see, but at the moment Croatia is coming to my mind, on account of the landscape both rich and unusual nature.
08. Each blogger has gained their own insight into writing a blog. What
have you learned that you would like to share with other bloggers?
I would like to say it is worthwhile on the blog coloring entries with illustrations, because attracts it and an interest in there put information is increasing. It is also worthwhile popularizing the blog in different other community and thematic blogs.
09. Where can our readers find you? Give us the name and a link to your
blog. If you have more than one to share, we would all like that too.
You can find me on: Facebook, Google+, Youtube. The link to trasa-rowerowa is
10. Is there anything we have not discussed that you would like to add?
I am encouraging everyone for the active leisure irrespective of the age. Contact with the nature and of discovering it after one's. Of creating own blogs. There are this many unique places which it is worthwhile seeing.
Tomek, thank you for taking a nature walk with us. In reading your blog I have discovered not only the world of nature in Poland but also some history of your country. I encourage each of you to visit Tomek at trasa-rowerowa. You will be happy you did. And please leave a nice comment to let Tomek know you were there. You can mention that Emma sent you.
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