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Last September we spent two wonderful weeks in Spain and it was everything I was hoping for. We got to visit interesting and beautiful places but also spent countless hours swimming in the sea, looking for seashells  and building sand castles.

We got there in the perfect time. September is off the season despite high temperatures and a very warm sea water, so there are few people on the beaches. It’s nice and quiet, just as like it.

Two things shocked me about Spain. First, it is nearly impossible to find there someone who can speak English and secondly it’s perfectly natural to sunbath topless. The first day we got to the beach, I thought that maybe we landed on the wrong beach but as I soon realized, it was same everywhere. What I noticed, the older breasts the more shameless. Perhaps with age we get more distance to ourselves and our bodies, or perhaps, we just don’t give a damn what others thing anymore. I wish to get that attitude some day.

 

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Misi wanted to see the ruins of some castle in Oropesa. I wasn’t very excited about the idea of looking at some piles of stones and bricks in hot siesta hours but in the end I was so grateful we went. Those enchanting little streets on the way to the ruins were the most beautiful place I found in otherwise very touristic Oropesa.

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During our trip I was happy to find three polish traces in Spain. There was a painting of sister Faustina in st James’ church in Oropesa and another one of John Paul II in Castellon de la playa. And finally, there was a book by Mikolaj Kopernik (Nicholas Copernicus) in the museum of science.

 

Quilty beach

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We, Polish immigrants, tend to complain and joke about Irish weather. I know people for whom the weather was one of the main reasons they returned to Poland. But this year there’s really nothing we can complain about. First we had some snow in March and now it’s been summer full on for two weeks straight. Being realistic though, we take every opportunity to take advantage of this weather as it may not last that much longer 🙂 .

Yesterday we tried out a beach in Quilty and we loved it. The biggest advantage of it is that you can park your car directly on the beach so you don’t need to carry countless amounts of bags, towels, blankets, balls and buckets to the beach all the way from the car park. Fantastic beach for families.

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June

June is crazy this year. It started with rain, as usual. Kids had time of their life playing with gigantic paddles and I let them jump until their gummy boots were full of water and we had  to squeeze water from socks and trousers before entering home.

All short sleeves and sandals were packed already waiting impatiently for July and our holidays in Poland and Hungary where they definitely will be of some use. But the weather played a trick on us and we had few amazing days when temperature reached 29°C. We even got burned, which is nearly impossible in Ireland 😀 .

On days like those, Ireland is perfect place to live being surrounded with seas and the ocean because beach is never far away 😉 .

Czerwiec w tym roku szalony. Rozpoczal sie jak zwykle deszczowo. Dzieciaki zwariowaly bo mega kaluze i pozwalalam im skakac, ze az przed wejsciem do domu musielismy wode z kaloszy wylewac i skarpety wykrecac. Pralka pelna. 

Wszystkie krotkie rekawki i sandaly spakowalam juz do walizek bo zaraz lipiec i wakacje w Polsce i na Wegrzech wiec tam sie chociaz przydadza. A tu pogoda splatala nam milego psikusa i przez kilka dni temperatura dochodzila do 29°C.  Spalilismy sie nawet, o co w Irlandii nie latwo 😀 . 

W takie dni jak te, Irlandia jest swietnym miejscem do mieszkania bo otaczaja ja morza i ocean wiec plaza jest zawsze gdzies w poblizu 😀 .

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Beach season inauguration

I pronounce beach season open! 🙂

This summer will be extremely exciting for us since I’m on maternity leave and so Misi and I will have lots of days off together. That means plenty of family time and trips, trips, trips. Even though little Misike isn’t particularly fond of car nor pram rides, he’s ok if we don’t stop much 😀 . Also, for the first time, Misi will get holidays during summer and we won’t go to Poland or Hungary so I’ve created a pinterest board with interesting places within Ireland to visit. Green island, here we go! 😀

And here are few picks from our trip to beloved Ballybunion this week.

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July in snapshots

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It’s absolutely crazy, two weeks without a drop of rain, unbelievable in ireland. By the way, it’s my 9th(!) year in Ireland and I haven’t seen here such a weather yet. When it’s so beautiful out I just can’t get organized. I either make  a lunch or not, kids go to bed whenever they want, I’m late to work all the time and I’ve been absend-minded in general lately. But in this chaos, I have so many beautiful moment because we’re either at the park, on picnic, grill or at the ocean. I love sun!!

No szalenstwo zupelne, ponad dwa tygodnie bez kropli deszczu, nie do pomyslenia w Irlandii. Swoja droga, dziewiaty rok mi juz tu mija(!), dekada prawie i takiej pogody jeszcze tu nie widzialam. W taka piekna pogode nie potrafie sie zupelnie zorganizowac. Obiad albo zrobie albo cos tylko rozmroze, dzieci chodza spac, o ktorej chca, ja spozniam sie juz notorycznie do pracy i jakas taka roztargniona ogolnie jestem.  Ale w tym calym chaosie tyle pieknych chwil bo ciagle w parku, na pikniku, grillu badz nad oceanem. Kocham slonce po prostu!!!

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Zycze Wam tak samo pieknych, slonecznych, pelnych dobrej energii dni!