Photos

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Sometimes, pictures tell more than written stories. Enjoy some of photos from various moments of my life, arranged in different galleries. Enjoy viewing them!


Race against the time

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Monsoon rains are arriving to Bangladesh. While rains are a blessing to farmers in many parts of the country, they are a real curse to the Rohingya refugees of Myanmar, who found refuge in the southern region of Bangladesh, around Cox’s Bazar. 

The area is home to the largest refugee camp in the world, often referred to as ‘The Magacamp of Kutupalong’, where some 600,000 people live. There are smaller camps in its vicinity too, bringing the total population of refugees in this tiny part of Bangladesh to around 1 million. 

While the people of Bangladesh are very hospitable, accommodating to their guests and always happy to lend the helping hand to the their guests, the mother nature is far less favourable. The camps are located among steep hills, which are mainly composed of sands. These areas are completely inappropriate for building any kind of residential infrastructure, let alone shelters for one million people! The main worry is that the heavy rains cause hills slide, valleys flood: which is a source of a grave danger to safety of people living there. The risks are not only related to immediate danger to body integrity (especially being buried in landslides), but also to public health issues. Flooding in the area with little and poor sanitation infrastructure, with poor access to potable water, in the area that is severely overcrowded makes the people extremely vulnerable to water-borne diseases, such as cholera, or diseases such as malaria or hepatitis A (and many, many others). Rains and muddy road also make it so much more challenging to bring supplies. Getting food, medicines, or anything else becomes a logistical nightmare!

So the race with time continues. Refugees and aid agencies of all sorts try prepare to minimise the effects of the disaster that will strike on many fronts. Reinforcing houses, levelling hills, building flood protection trenches, reinforcing mud roads, moving people to safer grounds, stocking up on medicines, vaccinating people, making latrines safer… The tasks are overwhelming, and we will clearly not be ready - however hard we try - we are just out of time already. However, as the struggle continues, the hope carries on too. 

I salute the refugees, countless Bangladesh communities of Cox’s Bazar and countless number of aid workers trying to get ready for the emergency to come! Please look at the pictures here to admire their work and the beauty (yes, I insist saying - BEAUTY) of the camps!


Learning my new adopted country: Portugal

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April 2018 is marked with a visit to Óbidos in Portugal, a small town in central-western part of the country. As you may know, Óbidos has become my adopted home - the European base of mine, in addition to my native Nowy Sacz of Poland. The pictures in this gallery show my journey through the town itself and through places around it. Moving in to Óbidos motivates me to learn about my adopted country, which turns out to be wonderfully pretty and friendly indeed. Check out for yourself by watching the pictures in this gallery

Early spring in Vienna

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While travelling to Lisbon (and from Lisbon), I had a chance to explore a bit of Vienna. Vienna, and Austria in general is close to my heart, as this is where my father was born during the 2nd World War. As usually, Vienna does not disappoint. It is just a wonderful city that is so worth visiting!

Magical Sukhothai

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Beginning of March brought a long weekend for us in Thailand. Together with Tahir, and some other friends, we decided to visit a new place: Sukhothai and its vicinity. Sukhothai is around 400 km north of Bangkok and is primarily known for its ancient town (which is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List). The place turned out to be magical and definitely has become my favourite in Thailand. Except beautiful architecture, there is also some stunning nature too! Judge it on your own, by visiting this gallery.

Travelling to the Pacific to help bridging humanitarian needs caused by the Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita

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The Pacific is incredible in so many various ways. People are warm, hospitable, and live their lives as if tomorrow never existed. The countries in the region are of exceptional beauty, which many of us tend to associate with ‘paradise on earth’. Yet, the islands of the Pacific are frequently ravaged with powerful storms and cyclones, which can destroy literally everything on their ways and pose a real threat to people’s well being and frequently their very existence. In February 2018, a very powerful cyclone, referred to as Gita hit the islands of Tongatapu and 'Eua in the Kingdom of Tonga. As it became clear that the scale of devastation was going to be big, I was sent to the region to help bringing humanitarian needs that the disaster brought to the country. 

The gallery (click for link here) shows the images from the trip: You will be able to catch some glimpses of Tonga - its beauty, but also the destruction that the calamity has brought to its people, nature and infrastructure; and also Suva of Fiji, and Sydney of Australia - the two places that I visited on the way to and from Tonga. 

Mum visiting Thailand

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Felt really happy to see mum visiting us in Thailand. Together with my Icelandic friends, and Tahir, we had a wonderful time having mum in the country. Here are some pictures from this special time together!

Thailand A.D. 2018

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It is already my 4th year in Thailand with ECHO. To mark the anniversary of living in this country, as well as my gratitude for hosting me to this amazing country and her people, I am creating this new album that is meant to collect some random pictures of my life in Thailand. The album will be updated throughout the year, so please keep on returning!

Typhoon Tembin: the humanitarian consequences for people of Mindanao in southern Philippines

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Christmas 2017 was a busy period for the humanitarian aid agencies working in the southern part of the Philippines. The rather weak tropical storm, referred to as the Typhoon Temblin brought an unusually high amount of rainfall. This in turn, cause massive destruction of communities. Flash floods and widespread mudslides devastated and in some cases wiped out entire villages and communities. Hundreds of people lost their lives and around half a million were affected in one or another way, with thousands and thousands losing their houses. The situation is even more complicated, given that the catastrophe took place in areas and vicinities of Marawi, where an active conflict and displacement due to the conflict still is ongoing. 

Here are some of the pictures from the assessment mission and rapid response mission from the place. 

As we celebrate Christmas, please consider supporting people who may have suffered. Donating to the Red Cross, or to Action Against Hunger: the organisations that do an amazing work to provide the most needed relief to the victims of this calamity!

Ancient Thailand in a nutshell

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Just at the outskirts of Bangkok, there is an amazing park, where one can admire replicas of the most important Thai architectural wonders. 

Here are some pictures from a day in this amazing park, referred to as ‘Ancient City’. Some of the pictures were taken by Tahir. 

In addition, you may find some information from the ‘Ancient City’ at this official link of the ethnographical museum

Spending time with Mum

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Sadly in November 2017, my Dad passed away. Clearly, this was a very sad and traumatic experience for the family. In order to honour Papa, and spend time together with Mom, we decided to go for a retreat to Karpacz in western Poland. We also made some side trips to towns in the Czech Republic and Germany. Here are some pictures from the trip


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