Friday, 2 January 2015

Upper Silesia - Katowice again

2nd January 2015

So the second day of January and our life comes back to normal. On Wednesday we come back to work but only for 18 days because on 1st February we start two-week winter break. Wow, time flies so quickly. And it is high time to come back to our permanent place of living.
Upper Silesia it is a region which most of Poles call "Black Silesia" - why ? Because we are well- developed but mainly coal mines and factories are here. So unluckily we have the worst pollution in Europe and 136 days yearly we experience smog and alert of pollution. So it is a negative aspect of living there but there are a lot of opportunities here of work, education and so on....
Most of Silesian have two houses the permanent and the temporary one because we must escape for a while to get fresh air.


All photos were taken in Katowice - capital of Upper Silesia Province - on 15th December 2014

 The centre of the city
 The monument of Silesian Uprisings- three wings symbolise three uprisings.
 The biggest block of apartments here




 The local park in the background Pizza Hut


The kindergarten

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18 comments:

  1. Nice shots of the city and neat to see a Pizza Hut! Sorry to hear about the polution!

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    1. Bethany you are right but in the past the situation was worse

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  2. Here the air is very clean but for part of winter, as the city is in a valley and the smoke from the chimneys of those that have them, hangs..

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    1. at my place there are too many coal mines factories and the traffic so heavy. 4 million people live here

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  3. The bird sitting on the fence in the last photo is nice. I lived in a coal mining town in my teens. Aside from the smog, house roofs were full of coal dust and a fire hazard.

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    1. Andrew, at my place our windosills are dirty so we must clean ii every month and the windows,too

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  4. i am sorry for the air pollution! that must be difficult at times! glad you have a place to get away.

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    1. It is very difficult in the winter when evetybody heats their flats because some use coal

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  5. It is good that you have your summer place!

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  6. How sad, when it is such a beautiful place. Maybe there will be some development in controlling the smog and pollution. Nice that you will get another break soon to escape to your temporary house. Many Texans have a house in the North US to escape the summer heat in Texas.

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    1. Linda there is a system of control and there are a lot of restrictions so the situaton is better now

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  7. The Uprising monument is very interesting and looks huge. So does the advertising on the tall building behind. Too bad about the pollution.

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    1. Cynthia living in a big conurbation has positive and negative aspects

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  8. It looks like a nice little town but how sad about the air. The three wings are quite interesting.

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    1. Betty it is a big city 400 000 people live here. In Siulesian conurbation 4 million

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  9. that is one huge apartment building. the uprising monument is very interesting.

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    1. 3000 people live in the huge apartment . Can you believe..

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