World Water Day 2013

So it’s been a while 🙂 Yes, I know, but believe me we had a LOT to do. Now we are back and what better day to do it than 22nd of March, the World Water Day!

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Everything started in water. There is no life without water. Beauty, mystery, holiness – all is in the water.

I could write once again how important clean drinking water is, how many people in developing countries don’t have the access to potable water, or how little it takes to save the water in our everyday life. But I already did that.

So instead I am going to tell you a story 🙂

Once upon a time there was a very wise man. He travelled around the world and from every country he visited he brought a sample of water. He had water taken from Yusui Mountain Spring in Japan, Lourdes Fountain in France, Mt Cook Glacier in New Zealand and other places.
One day he decided to make an experiment. He gently froze the water and took pictures of water crystals. Their beauty amazed the wise man.

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But the water taken from polluted Fujiwara Dam in Japan made him sad, as it seemed to be dead.

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So the wise man whispered a prayer, and expressed his gratitude and love to the water from the polluted river. It changed everything…

 

 

So the wise man made another experiment. He whispered these words over the water:

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I know I made this sound like a fairy tale. You have to forgive me 🙂 It just seems to be too unreal, too beautiful to be true.
And yea, I’m sure you must have heard about Dr Masaru Emoto and his work.
This is what he wrote about it:
It was 1994 when the idea to freeze water and observe it with microscope came upon me. With this method, I was convinced that I should be able to see something like snow crystals.
After two months of trial and error, this idea bore fruit. The beautifully shining hexagonal crystals were created from the invisible world.

If you want to learn more please check out Dr Emoto website, Facebook and Twitter 🙂

So now what? What does it all mean?
It means we have a power to make a change. With regard to the molecular structure of water, our thoughts, words, ideas and music have a profound healing or destructive effect on the water.
And just to remind you – since the human body is 72,8% water – what we think creates our reality, not just emotionally but physically.
So now when I think about a prayer over water and food, which is practiced almost in every religion on this planet, I know it has a profound meaning. Maybe our ancestors knew it. Just knew, without looking for a scientific explanation…

I’m gonna leave you with this 🙂

With all my love and gratitude
Malgorzata

Photo by Adam Rostkowski; Photos o water crystals from www.masaru-emoto.net

Kilimanjaro – The „Roof of Africa”

Kilimanjaro. The name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds.

It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don’t even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, the summit of Africa.

Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).

Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates.
And their memories.

But there is so much more to Kili than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic.
Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated footslopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias.

Above 4,000m, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen. Then, finally, the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow – and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent.

About Kilimanjaro National Park
Size: 1668 sq km 641 sq miles).
Location: Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi.

Getting there
128 km (80 miles) from Arusha.
About one hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro airport.

What to do
Six usual trekking routes to the summit and other more-demanding mountaineering routes.
Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau. Nature trails on the lower reaches.
Trout fishing.
Visit the beautiful Chala crater lake on the mountain’s southeastern slopes.

When to go
Clearest and warmest conditions from December to February, but also dry (and colder) from July-September.

Accommodation
Huts and campsites on the mountain.
Several hotels and campsites outside the park in the village of Marangu and town of Moshi.

NOTE:
Climb slowly to increase your acclimatisation time and maximise your chances of reaching the summit.
To avoid altitude sickness, allow a minimum of five nights, preferably even more for the climb. Take your time and enjoy the beauty of the mountain.

The information and photo comes from The official website of Tanzanian Parks.

Learn more www.tanzaniaparks.com

New people on board – wanna join us like Colette? Just let us know :)

Summer is over, traffic is back 🙂

Although for us it was a very busy summer, the next months will be even more insane. We are doing so many things! Does anybody know how to extend 24-hours in 240 for example… But I’m not complaining, this is the most exciting time of my life!

So about excitement – we have new people on board! Colette Smith is from now on one of The Kili Crew 🙂

She is the Founder and President of The DAR Project, a non profit organization that focuses on raising the money to send Tanzanian students to college. They do a great job!


Colette fell in love with Kilimanjaro Project, we certainly loved her commitment and enthusiasm 🙂 Just read what she wrote to us:
The Kilimanjaro Project sounds like a fascinating event! I would LOVE to be part of the Kili Crew, and will of course spread awareness and share The Kilimanjaro Project everywhere I can. I’m so glad I found out about your amazing project!!!

We are also glad you did Colette:)

Soon we will give you more details about our cooperation with The DAR Project, as we have a meeting with Colette on Saturday.

Stay tuned because we came up with a contest for YOU guys! The prize will blow you away!!!!!!!!!! But shhhhh for now 🙂

Check out The DAR Project here

With all my love
Malgorzata

How can we learn from nature


Sometimes you don’t know what to do next.

It seems like you’ve already tried everything and still havent managed to achieve your goal.

You think – if I had this, if I knew that, if I met him or her – but the thing is you don’t.

So what should you do? Give it up? Never…

The simplest ways are the best ones.

A few days ago we had some serious problems with the plumbing in our Brooklyn apartment – believe me, you don’t wanna know the details…
So the plumber came in and said:
– It’s because of the roots. The trees don’t have enough water so they take the water from the pipes. You have roots in your plumbing – bad news for you, good for me.
And he took 75 $ for cleaning the pipes.

So I thought – I have no choice but to be clever. I have to work with what I have, and do what I can.

So instead of fighting against things I cannot change, I started to look for a new option. Because there is always another move.

Did I destroy some plumbing on the way? Maybe I did, and you know what – so be it!

See you on the TOP:)

Malgorzata

Photo: Alexander Rist/TheOwnMoment

 

How much water does it take to produce a pair of jeans?

You think cotton is the most natural fabric? Think again…

Cotton is mostly grown in developing countries. To keep the price low, farmers use the cheapest pesticides to protect their fields from unwelcome guests.
It’s also a thirsty plant – it can take 6.800 liters of water to grow cotton for one pair of jeans. It means your trousers can be „responsible” for pollution of ground water, not to mention an enormous amount of watering to grow the cotton.

So what should we do? We all love jeans, don’t we?
It’s easy. Just look at the hidden price – watch the video made by Gecko and you will know what to do 🙂

 

Check out Gecko website www.greennovate.org and their Facebook profile

Wanna know which jeans brands do care about inviroment and fair trade – check out GoodGuide

The photo shows one of the images taken from the video.

Pictures from America

At the park

One day we were in a little park somewhere in Chinatown. It was hot and humid so we were looking for some shade like everybody else. I was reading a book when an old Chinese man came and started to play a flute. The music was beautiful as well as the instrument he played on – colorful and exotic.

I gave him an applause and he smiled. So I wanted to take a picture of him but he refused. ‚I’m old and ugly’ – he said.

Well to me he was as beautiful as his music 🙂

And then he told me a little story.

„Few days ago I was playing my flute in this park. A lady was sitting nearby reading a book, just like you today. But she did not give me an applause. She called police and told them that I’m making annoying noises. So police came and told me to stop playing.”

Well some people are as ugly, as their behavior…

Chinese man refused to be at the picture, but the squirrels posed willingly

 

At the Grocery

Marcin: Marlboro Ligths please.

Shop assistant: There you go. Are you from Russia?

Marcin: No, from Poland.

Shop assistant: Do you have Marlboro Lights in Poland?

Marcin: …yes…

Shop assistant: And menthol ones as well?

Marcin: …yes…

Shop assistant: Amazing…

 

At the beach

The ocean has it’s moods. Sometimes it’s peaceful and lets you swim, other times it’s angry and floods your towel in the most unexpected moment…

But there are days when somehow you cannot concentrate at the ocean. Why?

Because of Flash and Facey…

Take care 🙂

M&M

An amazing video about Mount Kilimanjaro

This is a movie trailer of David Breashears’ mountain adventure large-format film, Kilimanjaro: TO THE ROOF OF AFRICA.
It shows the beauty of the mountain, the hardest parts of climbing and the breathtaking feeling when the trekkers reach the top.

Just imagine – this is the place where our festival is going to happen…

Learn more about the film here

The photo shows one of the images taken from the video.

The magic of “The Alchemist”

 

 

 

You already know how this book have found me:)

It’s full of the simplest truths and words of wisdom.

Here is a story about happiness…

 

„A certain shopkeeper sent his son to learn about the secret of happiness from the wisest man in the world. The lad wondered through the desert for forty days, and finally came upon a beautiful castle, high atop a mountain. It was there that the wise man lived.

Rather than finding a saintly man, though, our hero, on entering main room of the castle, saw a hive of activity: tradesmen came and went, people were conversing in the corners, a small orchestra was playing soft music, and there was a table covered with plates of the most delicious food in that part of the world. The wise man conversed with everyone, and the boy had to wait for two hours before it was his turn to be given the man’s attention.

The wise man listened attentively to the boy’s explanation of why he had come, but told him that he didn’t have time just to explain the secret of happiness. He suggested that the boy look around the palace and return in two hours.

`Meanwhile, I want to ask you to do something` said the wise man, handing boy a teaspoon that held two drops of oil. `As you wander around, carry this spoon with you without allowing the oil to spill.`

The boy began climbing and descending the many stairways of the palace, keeping his eyes fixed on the spoon. After two hours, he returned to the room were the wise man was.

`Well`, asked the wise man, `did you see the Persian tapestries that are hanging in my dining hall? Did you see the garden that it took the master gardener ten years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchments in my library?`

The boy was embarrassed, and confessed that he had observed nothing. His only concern had been not to spill the oil that the wise man had entrusted to him.

`Than go back and observe the marvels of my world,` said the wise man. `You cannot trust a man if you don’t know his house`.

Relieved, the boy picked up the spoon and returned to his exploration of the palace, this time observing all of the works of art on the ceilings and the walls. He saw the gardens, the mountains all around him, the beauty of the flowers, and the taste which everything had been selected. Upon returning to the wise man, he related in detail everything he had seen.

`But where are the drops of oil I entrusted to you?` asked the wise man.

Looking down at the spoon he held, the boy saw the oil was gone.

`Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you,` said the wisest of wise man. `The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.”

 

This fragment comes from “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

You can learn more about Paulo Coelho here:

paulocoelhoblog.com

www.facebook.com/paulocoelho

twitter.com/paulocoelho

 

With all my love

Malgorzata

Marcin’s birthday, a hookah lounge and Yoshi – our Angel – in Washington DC :)

What a weekend!

Our friend Yoshi invited us to Washington DC, just to spend some time together.

Well we had a lot to catch up, since the last time we saw her was six years ago. Time passes so quickly…
Yoshi reserved a room for us in a fancy hotel. What a difference comparing to our basement apartament in Brooklyn. But, it was just a beginning.

Five minutes after we checked in, a waitress come into our room with a bottle of champagne. It was Yoshi’s idea of course. I called to thank her, and she said: „you work so hard, you deserve it!”
So, we had a glass of champagne and went for dinner to an Indian restaurant. What food! Scallops, fired spinach, lovely curry and roasted almond ice cream plus mango creme brulee just to sweeten the evening up.

And then, right after midnight Marcin said to Yoshi: „It’s my birthday, and I’m so glad I can spend this evening with you”
Well ofcourse Yoshi wanted to kill me, because I didn’t tell her anything before. – I could prepare something, like the cake at least! – she said to me.
Well knowing her I’m pretty sure it would be the cake, flowers, mariachi, exotic dancers and who knows what else…

Instead we went to a hookah lounge and had the best time ever. Yoshi has a gift you know – when she appears in a restaurant, bar or club, the place which was empty before, instantly becomes full of people. She should charge for it!

Next day we went for a walk just to see the city. Marcin wanted to have a picture in front of the White House, so we went there.

– A nice house – Marcin said with a certain attitude, which made me and Yoshi laugh until we lost our breaths.

Unfortunately, it was raining so we ended up soaking wet. I had a pool in my ballerina flats so I had to change them, and the only pair I had was fancy high heels. Well, sometimes a woman doesn’t have any choice…

 

Going back to NYC Marcin and I were talking about Yoshi. She is such a wonderful friend, so warm and helpful. We had the best time since we came to US – thank YOU Yoshi, we love YOU!!!!

Malgorzata

Don’t look for the money – and money will find you :)

Here is a little story about money
As you know our project is completely independent and we finance it by ourselves and our veeery few fantastic donors (thank YOU guys! we would never have done this without YOU!!!).

If you’re thinking we were not looking for the sponsorship you are wrong – we did. But the idea of the festival on „The Roof of Africa” seemed to be so abstract to Polish companies, we just gave it up.

Some time ago I was in Cracow with a few friends. We were just walking along the Old Town and talking about a bunch of stuff. I don’t remember how we started to talk about numerology.

– I’m an eight – I said to my friend.

– Then you’re a money finder – she replied.

And right in the same moment I saw her stepping on a 10 Euro bill. She did not even notice the money right at her feet! But I did

Since then I find money everywhere. Yes, they are coins, probably you will find them worthless, but for me they are little signs. Because when you have a one cent coin, you are not able to do anything with it. When you have ten million coins, the situation is different.
Do you know what I mean? It’s called crowdfunding.

We believe that crowdfunding is the best way not only to get the money for an original project, but also to build a community of people who have the feeling of belonging to a creative team.

Because they do – without their coins it would never happen…
So our friends – we hope you will join us.
On our website you will find the donation button. Just use it.
Every coin brings us closer to our goal 🙂

 

With all my love

Malgorzata

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