In the very center of a beautifully renovated Tykocin main square, on a stone pedestal stands alone hetman Stefan Czarnecki. Holding a golden mace in his right hand, despite over 300 years passed, he still wields symbolic power over the surrounding area. Now fighting an uneven fight against herds of pigeons, he is the only one who remembers time when cobbled streets saw armed knights … Continue reading Tykocin. Great Synagogue / Wielka Synagoga
Narew isn’t by any means a hospitable river. For many ages its swampy valley was a world of its own, intact, undiscovered. Noways it is still barely accessible and its main current is hidden under the shadows of reed stands for the bigger part of the year. Spring is the best season to come here. Narew valley then transforms into horizon reaching flood plains and … Continue reading Podlasie. The Chronicles of Narew / Opowieści z Narwi
Some call Edzna “A House of Echo”. Indeed, this phenomenon can be observed (or rather heard) while standing in between some of the buildings of the old Maya city. Personally, I do believe that this name has another, much deeper meaning. Here, like nowhere else, echoes of the past civilization can be heard. One that fascinates millions of people to this day and one that left … Continue reading Edzna. House of Wise Men of Water / Dom wodnych mędrców
We start our Campeche sightseeing with Malecon, a promenade running alongside Gulf of Mexico. Apart from a refreshing breeze, what’s really attractive about this place is a belt of some excellent restaurants and bars which specialty are fish and seafood dishes. There is a calm and blissful feeling to this place. Cyclists, runners and strollers alike share Malecon fairly with many tourists coming here from all over … Continue reading Campeche. Bucaneers Golden Age / Złota era bukanierów
A sea, waving in silence under a night sky existed from the world’s beginning. This world however was dark and empty. It was not to the gods liking, while they wished for their names to be forever remembered. This is why they created the earth, followed by mountain ranges and riverbeds. When the creation was ready, they brought over animals. Birds appeared on the skies, … Continue reading Merida. Man of Corn / Człowiek z kukurydzy
“You will travel to the west in nine canoes with the chosen people. After nine days, you will find a land with neither rivers nor mountains and you will enter this land. When you find water, you will found the city I have told you about.” Prophecy of queen Atlante led pilgrims to a place, where now stands the city of Izamal. They were people of … Continue reading Hacienda San Pedro Ochil. Short History of Henequen / Krótka historia henequenu
Being way too brutal in his doings, he turns the Indians away from God, instead of bringing them closer to him”. Such is the way a Franciscan missionary Francisco de Toral wrote about Diego de Landa in his letters to Spanish king in the XVIth century. De Landa’s task, as a friar was propagation of the Catholic faith on recently discovered territories of Yucatan peninsula. … Continue reading Izamal. In the Image of Sun God / Na podobieństwo boga słońca.
Though main gate is still closed, there are queues gathering already on a small square in front of the entrance to an ancient Mayan city. First bus will come within minutes, then another, until the population of Chichén Itzá reaches the one from before over a thousand years.We rush to be one of the first ones to enter and have if only a short moment … Continue reading Chichén Itzá. In a Shadow of Feathered Serpent / W cieniu pierzastego węża.
From the top of the ancient pyramid in Cobá the jungle reminds me of a gigantic green carpet. The trees sway in the wind as if their branches were meant to protect the Mayan city from hungry eyes of travellers. They are doing a good job so far. Although it is hard to believe, in the city sprawling on the huge area of 80km2 men … Continue reading Coba. Raiders of the Lost Civilization / Poszukiwacze zaginionej cywilizacji.
Only the sound of rain drops falling on the stone floor breaks the absolute silence around us. In a place such as this, one can hear even the smallest whisper. What sort of secret society used to be meeting here and conspiring in order to take over the absolutely power over the world? In my mind’s eye I can already see Robert Langdon solving another … Continue reading El Jadida. Taking over the World / Przejmowanie władzy nad światem