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Short: Summer breeze

WARSAW / Pole Mokotowskie park.This vast (one of the biggest in the capital) parks has some crowded as well as secluded places. A fantastic place for a picnic, taking a slackline and few friends or a bike ride.

I'm in between things at the moment working towards regaining my attention to elements that really matter thus not much is happening here in terms of longer texts. Two to four trips in Europe and beyond await me in the upcoming months and you can expect new photographs pouring in starting September. For the time being I'm using the summer and close proximity of park to unwind and rethink things. These few shots I've taken recently around Poland.

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Short: Evening Warsaw

WARSAW / A flower seller on Nowy Świat street.

It's a diverse place with more and more people that come here and settle due to the professional opportunities and great access to culture and various events. That's one of the things that makes it interesting in the evening. Streets are full of people in the centre almost every day, whether is weekend or Monday evening. Yet it's possible to find at times a secluded place just for you. It's a bit of a conundrum for me to grasp but probably the time flies differently here. Below you can see few photos from a simple stroll.

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Warsaw's neon lights

They gain interest of the passerbys. They are old school and can be bent to resemble handwriting or almost any font or shape that you desire. They were once present in vast amounts especially in Warsaw which was a self-proclaimed "mecca" of this type of art. Since the change of system in Poland their disappearance started to be inevitable giving way to the new, cheaper, methods of advertising. The neons once forgotten are having their next honeymoon as more and more places appreciate them to lure potential customers or pay respect to the retro form that they resemble. Neons are back.

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A never-ending horizon

WARSAW | Palace of Culture and Science as seen from the 42nd floor of Cosmopolitan Twarda 4 in early evening.

There are these places that let you experience the world from hight above in the sky as if from a birds perspective. Although I've seen a few such places (most awe-inspiring being The Shard) they keep on mesmerising me with their endless horizon and illuminating city lights. The world seems so small and you atop of it all. For some it may inflate their ego and for others it may show the wonder of human thought, engineering and how we, as human beings, transform what's around us. Sometimes altering forever what we found in the first place.

On Wednesday I had the pleasure of visiting the 42nd floor of a skyscraper Cosmopolitan Twarda 4 constructed in recent years (2014 to be exact) in Warsaw. The weather was just perfect and I couldn't imagine a better opportunity for the photo session I was to hold. Warm, sunny, blue sky with some clouds here and there. The building, for the time being, is the second highest construction in the capital and third in Poland (according to Wikipedia) being 160 meters high with 44 storeys. As the name suggests it's based on Twarda street. What it offers to it's inhabitants can be found on Tacit Investment website. Kudos to Ms Agnieszka for having me! 

Below you can see how the capital city of Poland looks like from over 150 meters above the ground.

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A journey for a smile

It's when I started fulfilling my dream of travelling giving the foundations for #projects. It's like a bug that's incurable once you get going. It gives you freedom and you have to give back with expanding your comfort zone. You meet dozens of people which help but it's you that make the decisions if you'll use their help. I'm talking about hitchhiking of course but let's begin from the start..

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Miniature Poland

Poland in miniature. Shots from ‪Slupsk‬, ‪‎Leba‬, ‎Gdansk‬, ‎Malbork‬, ‪Torun‬, ‎Warszawa‬ and ‪Wroclaw‬ by Joerg Daiber