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2017/2018 NR 1 - My holiday in Croatia

So the holiday is over... I hope everyone have taken a rest and returned to school with renewed energy. Probably, all of you travelled somewhere and enjoyed some amazing moments. I would like to tell you about my camp in Croatia which I still recall very well.

31The camp took place in July in a pleasant town Crikvenica. We had a hotel right by the sea so the views were even more beautiful than it was typical to Croatia. We also had a few trips. The first took us to the Plitvice Lakes. I have no words to describe those views! We passed between the rocks with flowing waterfalls . We could see them closely thanks to a boat trip. You just need to be there to find out that it really is so beautiful.

The target of the second tour was Slovenia. We went to the Post Cave. It was very cold inside, around 8°C. The cave has 20 km of underground halls and corridors. We travelled the first 4 km in an electric train. We felt a little bit scared because there were big icicles everywhere above us. In general, the cave made an amazing impression on me and I would recommend everyone to go there.

During another trip we visited two Croatian cities. First, was Pula. We had opportunity to see a famous building very similar to the Coliseum in Rome and the Temples of Roma and Augustus. Then we went to try the famous honey, for example of raspberry or lavender taste. When you are in Pula, you have to go there. The second city was Rovinj. It was a charming little town reminiscent of Italy. There we saw St. Euphemia church.

I know that many Polish people come to Croatia, and I think it is not without a reason. Not only because there are beautiful views, but also there are many places to visit. In Croatia you can’t get bored! So if you haven’t been yet to Croatia then maybe it’s worth to go there on your next holiday?

Ola Zatyka (2d)

2017/2018 NR 1 - Interview

We are all teens and all of us have better or worse problems with our complexion. There is nothing strange or wrong about that, but we somehow have to survive that difficult time. I strongly discourage you to follow your own inventions how to fight acne. That is why I asked a professional beautician with 20+ years of experience for advise on how to look after your complexion.

- What are the simplest solutions to problems with teenage complexion?

Katarzyna Nagłowska: The most important thing is to recognize the root cause of the problem. Sometimes, teenagers have problems with naturally oily skin and pimples, but it may become more serious when it is about the acne.

- Are acne and pimples not the same?

KN: In fact, they are not. The typical skin problems usually can be tackled using good moisturizing cosmetics. I recommend periodic facial cleaning in a beauty salon and professional treatments. Such services are not expensive at present and they definitely can help. Among our clients there have been girls aged 11 and 12 years.

- What about acne?

KN: It's a difficult and complex topic. An illness can be the root cause of acne. Therefore, we always advise you to consult a dermatologist. Once the proper treatment is in place, a beautician will be able to help better and to make the transition through that difficult period more comfortable.

- There are many tips in the Internet. Is it a good source to base on?

KN: You can read them, but you would better not do anything by yourself! Remember, this is your face! You have it for your whole life. Better ask your parents to take you to have a professional consultation.

- Do the boys also seek for such advice?

KN: Of course. There is nothing strange about it. More and more boys and men come to us with their problems. “Dr. Google” does not know everything and often can harm you.

- Thank you

Zuzanna Dziedzic (2d)

2017/2018 NR 2 - Christmas is coming

Christmas is coming. Because of that we all usually fall into the craze of shopping. Ania Lasota, cosmetic advisor at Rossmann drugstore, will advise those of you who do not have an idea for this year's gifts and would like to help Santa Claus.

Have you started a typical Christmas shopping experience?

Ania Lasota: In fact, we noticed that there is an increasing interest in buying holiday gifts. Therefore, the range of cosmetics, Christmas decorations and small gifts appeared in our assortment.

What are the most popular trends this year?

Ania Lasota: Perfume – as usual. Cosmetic companies have taken care to introduce new fragrance lines - for mature clients, of course, with a hint of musk, and fragrant floral fragrances for young ladies.

And what to choose when we do not know the taste of the person we want to give the gift to?

Ania Lasota: If not perfume, then there are many other suggestions. These can be shower gels and bath salts, scented candles, Christmas decorations. Of course, we also recommend colorful cosmetics. We have many make-up sets, nail polish, sensual body lotions.

And how about a gift for a man?

Ania Lasota: Shaving, modern, traditional or electric razors, shaving fluids, and cologne. Good anti-wrinkle creams for men are getting increasingly popular.

When do you expect the biggest crowd of shoppers?

Ania Lasota: We have already got more customers than usual, but we expect the biggest madness right before Christmas. That is why I recommend early shopping so that you can enjoy the atmosphere of holidays without nerves and unnecessary stress. There is nothing worse than chaotic shopping when you have no idea what to buy.

Thank you very much for the talk and advice. I wish you the wonderful Christmas atmosphere, although the weather is still typical for autumn.

Zuzanna Dziedzic (2d)

2017/2018 NR 2 - London

In this article I want to describe one of the most popular cities in Europe. Of course, I’m talking about London- the capital of Great Britain and England. London is the city where tourists are very willing to come. Not just to study or find a job there, but because there are so many interesting places and attractions. So now I want to describe some places in London which, I think you should visit.

Tower of London is a popular attraction in London. Its height is 30 meters and the walls it is surrounded by are 3,6 meters thick. It makes a really big impression not only because of its height, but also because you can see White Tower and treasury with jewels there.

I think the most popular attraction in London is Big Ben. This is the name of the clock tower of Elizabeth Tower. The name Big Ben now refers to both the bell and clock and the tower itself. In August 2017, the repair of the bell began, and it will last for 4 years. Because of this, the building does not make such a big impression, but everyone hopes that after the renovation it will look better than before.

Next attraction is the most popular bridge in London- Tower Bridge. It is one of the most visited London landmarks right after Big Ben. A characteristic feature of the bridge are the two main towers, linked by two pedestrian bridges. On the 25th anniversary of the crowning of Elisabeth II it was repainted in three colors: blue white and red. I think that the bridge looks better and attracts more tourists.

The fourth attraction in London is Buckingham Palace. Is a place of state celebrations and official meetings of heads of state. For the British the palace is one of the symbols of Great Britain. A part of the palace is accessible to tourists, so you can see what is hidden in this amazing place.

If you want to have some fun you can go to London Eye. This amazing wheel is 135 meters high and its full rotation takes about 30 minutes. This is incredible that it allows passengers to get in and out without stopping!

I think in London you can’t be bored and everyone will find the right attraction for themselves. Maybe you should devote some time during the next long weekend, winter holidays, may days or even holidays and spend it with your family or friends having fun in London. :)

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Ola Zatyka (2d)

2017/2018 NR 3 - The city of Dubai

It is possible for some of you to plan to leave for Easter or even for a May long weekend. Recently, many people have been going to Dubai. Maybe because there you can see amazing buildings, local attractions and other people with different traditions than Polish people. I think this city is interesting and perfect for tourists.

32Firstly, I think the buildings in Dubai make an impression and you must see some of them. The first building is Burj Khalifa. It is the tallest building in the world – it is 828 meters tall. The overall look and plan of the tower refers to the desert flower and Islamic architecture. Unfortunately, the photo will not give this amazing view, you have to see it live!

Next building is Emirates Office Tower. It was on the 32nd position in the ranking of the tallest buildings in the world. It is a 54-floor office building connected by a shopping boulevard to the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. Concrete and glass were mainly used for the construction.

The last building is Rose Rotana Suites. It interests me because of its shape and appearance. It immediately catches the eye and you cannot pass by indifferently. It is the 41st one in the ranking of the tallest buildings in the world.

I found one attraction that I think will appeal to everyone, whether adult or child. This is Wild Wadi Water Park. There is everything you can dream of: 3 pools, 17 water slides, waterfall, 2 gift shops, 3 restaurants and 2 snack stands.

At last, I want to tell you about people and traditions in Dubai. When you go to Dubai you must remember that it is a Muslim country and Sharia law is used there. Arabic women are not allowed to take pictures without their consent, and the consent of their husband or other man accompanying a woman. Generally, women in Dubai can dress freely and have additional rights. For example, in the offices and at the banks, there is the possibility of using additional windows specifically for women and in public transport they can use special seats.

I think Dubai is for people who would like to know new cultures, meet new people and go sightseeing. The upcoming free days are an ideal opportunity to visit this amazing place :)

Ola Zatyka (2d)

2017/2018 NR 3 - Interview: Wojciech Pomski

For today I prepared an interview with a skiing instructor, Mr. Wojciech Pomski, who mentioned the most important rules of getting ready for the season.

- Let’s start from the beginning. For those less familiar with this sport, how should you prepare before entering the slope?

WP- Everyone should remember about exercises that strengthen muscles and improve physical condition. Without them, the ride will be unpleasant and even painful, which can lead to an injury. We cannot start exercises a week before the departure, but at least one or two months. That is why it is worth going to the fitness club in advance.

- What exercises should be done?

WP- Most often trainers recommend strengthening training, balance and stretching. Squats, lunges and scissors are recommended for strengthening the muscles. It's worth going running, cycling or swimming to improve your fitness. Balance improves when you do squats on one leg.

- When we are prepared physically, what equipment should we choose?

31WP - First of all, basic equipment includes a helmet, poles and, of course, skis. You can buy your own skis or just hire them, which reduces costs. It is best to have your own helmet and poles. Skis need to be lubricated, have sharpened edges, have proper balancing and well-set bindings. You can lubricate the skis yourself, but it is better to ask a specialist to do that. It is worth informing where we are going and what weather conditions will be there. Experts will use the right lubricant, sharpen the tips at the right angle. Thanks to this, we will stick to the ground better.

- In addition to the equipment, what clothing should we buy?

WP- Thermoactive underwear, good quality sweatshirt, jacket and ski pants are essential. It is necessary to obtain gloves and goggles. Under the helmet you cannot wear a cap, because it reduces safety. When it's really cold, put on a specialist, sport balaclava.

- Should we take any protective cosmetics with us?

WP- Yes. These are, for example, warming ointments, massage oils and creams with a UV filter, especially when there is a blazing sunshine. They are not always useful, but just in case you should have them with you.

- Thank you for answering my questions. I think that this information will be helpful to our readers and this holidays will be successful and safe. I wish you a lot of fun!

Zuzanna Dziedzic (2d)

2017/2018 NR 4 - Lisbon

Recently, I have thought that a long weekend in May is coming, so I decided to look for a place where I can go to. While I was surfing the Net, I found a photo that immediately charmed me. There was a beautiful street in it. I said, "Oh my God, I have to go there!". I’m talking about Lisbon, the capital and the biggest city of Portugal. Maybe you don’t have any plans yet, so it is the perfect solution to go there. But before we go, we should know something about it.

When we go on a trip to another country we must know some basic information. In Lisbon lives 10,8 mln people and they speak Portuguese. Euro (€) is the currency there and directional telephone number is +351. But what about people and culture in Lisbon? Everywhere people are different. It depends on the age of people. In Lisbon, elderly people like sitting on a bench and gossiping with friends. But, regardless of age there is a thing that is the same. Of course, mobile phones.

Everyone likes them, not only people in Lisbon. When you go to Lisbon you must remember one thing: if you want to take a photo of someone who lives there, you must ask for consent. They can be nervous! Thinking about Portuguese culture, fado comes to mind. There are places in Lisbon where it’s possible to listen to it, especially at night.

When we travel, we need to know the best places to visit.

The first building I think you should visit is Pena Palace in Sintra. It is considered to be the most beautiful building of this type in Europe. This is certainly the effect of its amazing colours, as well as the location, because the palace dominates the area.

The next place where we should go is cape Cabo da Roca. It is located on the Iberian Peninsula in the Sintra-Cascais National Park. It is the westernmost point of Europe's mainland.

The last place I will talk about will be the district Chiado. It is famous for shopping, trendy restaurants, cafes and bars, but it is also a very interesting district in terms of sightseeing. One of the famous building in this district is Church of The Holiest Sacrament.

Finally, I will give you some fun facts about Lisbon.

1. A typical, characteristic Lisbon tram is an American tram.

2. In the café Martinho da Arcada, there is a table permanently reserved for the dead poet Fernando Pessoa.

3. Lisbon is the place where the largest indoor aquarium in Europe and one of the largest oceanaria in the world is located. It was opened because of EXPO ’98.

4. There are seven hills in the city: Castelo, São Vicente, São Roque, Santo André, Santa Catarina, Chagas and Sant 'Ana.

5. Vasco da Gama Bridge, which spans the banks of the Tagus River near Lisbon, is the longest bridge in Europe

I hope attached photos will encourage you to spend a few days in Lisbon. There are many attractions, buildings and beautiful views so you can’t be bored there.

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Ola Zatyka (2d)

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