Summer 2014 Challenges

So much to do during summer, so there will be just one book challenge for July and August. Below are the rules for my two challenges: book and general culture challenge for July and August 2014.

A to Z 2014 World Books Challenge

You can still join the challenge. See the rules of 2014 World Books Challenge.

July & August Rules

Basic Rules

  • Read books from your shelves. Can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.
  • Read one book of your country’s writer.
  • Read one book written by a foreign writer.
  • Don’t reread! Read the books that were standing long on your shelves, without being ever read.

Bonus Rules

  • Read a book in language that is foreign for you.


2014 World Culture Challenge

See the rules of the 2014 World Culture Challenge if you want to join it.

July & August Rules

  1. The theme is geography and travelling.
  2. Choose two of the following activities:
    • Travel to a place you haven’t been before but which somehow connects with culture. It might be in your town, close to your town or further away. It might be a museum, a culture festival, etc.
    • Read a non-fiction book focused on travelling or geography.
    • Watch a non-fiction film/TV series focused on travelling or geography.
    • Go for an exhibition related to travelling or geography.
  3. Write a review about one of those things.
  4. Enjoy yourself!



May challenges

This won’t be about my May 2014 without USA and UK challenge. Here I will write the rules for next editions of my around the world challenges: A to Z 2014 World Books Challenge (May) and 2014 World Culture Challenge (May and June 2014).

Continue reading May challenges

World Culture Challenge March

The region for the the second part of the 2014 World Culture Challenge  is Europe.

March & April 2014 rules

  1. The author/director/artist etc. should be from Europe. If you’re from Europe, learn about other countries. Your own country was a theme for the January and February 2014 World Culture Challenge , which you can still join and do.
  2. You have to participate in any 2 of these activities that are related to the bimonthly topic:
    • read a book, watch a film or theatre play related to the topic of borders in Europe, be it in long time to the past or in more recent years. It doesn’t have to be about current Russia’s aggression on Ukraine. If you want some suggestions: it can be about the  Schengen Area of the European Union, about the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (dissolute in 1992) or the Yalta Conference that decided the borders in Europe after the Second World War. It doesn’t have to be non-fiction, history or politics related. You can read or watch something fictional (like the Nothing to Declare comedy film about the custom officers of France and Belgium just before the border between those countries ceased to exist as a part of the Schengen Area) or culture or psychology related, or about a languages influences, etc. The major theme is the border and it influencing the lives of people. The politics has a strong impact on the culture and life of people, that’s why I decided to pick up this theme.
    • try a European food or dish you haven’t eaten yet. You don’t have to cook it.
    • go for an exhibition related to a European country (other than your own if you’re from Europe). You can also go on a online tour if there’s no Europe-related exhibition in your town. Some museums have online tours around them, just choose one that is somehow related to Europe. Warsaw Royal Castle has a virtual tour through it, tho I recommend reading a bit along it, as it has the tour only without any info.
    • learn to sing (even badly) a traditional song from one of European countries.
  3. Write a post recommending a European author/book, singer/band/orchestra or other artists. Write also why do you think others should check out this person/these people. Try choosing something that might be available from abroad.
  4. Have fun! 😉

Link back to this post if you want to share with others what you did. 🙂

February challenges

January is over, it flew so fast. Especially last days, I didn’t notice when it ended. Maybe because I was too busy lately.

February means some changes in my challenges.

First, with the end of January, The 2014 Sci-Fi Experience is finished. It was (not) a challenge that promoted all things SF. Books, films, etc. I’ll soon write a post summing it up, tho I think I reviewed most things by now.

A to Z 2014 World Books Challenge – February 2014

February means… another challenge for the A to Z 2014 World Books Challenge. The topic this month is NEIGHBOURS. You should read books written by the writers from neighbouring countries. If your country is like Japan, with no land borders, pick up the writers from the closest countries.

The February 2014 obligatory books:

  • A non-fiction book related to the neighbouring country (written by a person from that country)
  • A fiction book set in the neighbouring country (written by a person from that country).

The February 2014 bonus books:

  • A book (fiction or non-ficiton) written by an author from your country, about (set in) the neighbouring country.

You can still read the January 2014 books.

2014 World Culture Challenge

World Culture Challenge is about enjoying the culture from around the world. It’s not only about books, but also music, films, plays, etc.

It’s set as a bimonthly challenge, meaning you have 2 months to participate in that. January and February 2014 challenge is about discovering your own country.

I’m partly done with it.


And of course… all the other 2014 challenges, that I decided to take… and ummm… trying to work on them.

How are you doing with your February challenges? Which ones are you taking part in?

2014 World Culture Challenge

Welcome to my second 2014 challenge! The first one is A to Z 2014 World Books Challenge, encouraging you to read books on various topics from around the world. The second one, this, 2014 World Culture Challenge will also take you on a trip around the world, but it’s not only about reading. It’s about culture in the bigger sense and being well-versed in it.

My reasons for challenge

In Indonesia I was often asked all things about Poland and Polish culture. You don’t notice a lot of things while you’re in your own country. Sure, you hear lots of things, but later on many of those are forgotten. Remembering my one year in Indonesia I’ve noticed I was more culturally active there. I might not go to the museum (much) but I was going to cinema, theatre, for concerts more often. It’s not only about money. I remember the discussions with my friends from different countries about culture – be it books, films or a trait in our own cultures.

It’s kinda sad, that I participated more often when it was something new for me, and I don’t pay a lot of attention when I’m back home. I want to change that, that’s why I’m making a challenge for myself, hoping others will join in their own countries. And I hope we can discover new things from each others.


  • New themes will be given out every 2 months. So, 6 different themes in a year.
  • You can join at any time.
  • The choice for cultural activities you’ll take part in will be your decision. I’ll be limiting them with themes and kind of activities to take. (So I or you won’t always do the same thing you’re used to.)
  • When you participate in activity, choose new things. If you’re reading a book, read something you haven’t read yet. The same goes for film, TV series, music, concerts, exhibitions, etc.
  • After participating in an event, please write a post about it. The info I’m looking about is: basic information about type and topic of activity, people involved (no need for too much details, things like author of the book, or director or major actors, etc.) and your opinion about it.
  • Please tag a post with “2014 Global Culture Challenge” and link to this blog.

January & February 2014 rules:

  1. The theme is your own country. The writer/director/singer etc. should be from your own country.
  2. You have to participate in any 2 of these activities that are related to the bimonthly topic:
    • read a book (you can also participate in January challenge of A to Z 2014 World books Challenge) that you haven’t read yet.
    • watch a film or theatre play set in your own country (which you haven’t seen yet).
    • go to a concert of a singer/band/orchestra that debuted after 2010.
    • go to an exhibition about your own country’s culture/history or showing artists (also designers) from your own country.
    • play a game (board, card , video or RPG) that is related to your own country.
    • learn to make a traditional dish from your country (can be regional). The origin of the dish is unimportant, as long as it’s treated as a traditional dish in your country.
  3. Write a post recommending a foreigner  an author/book, singer/band/orchestra or other artists  from your own country. Write also why do you think others should check out this person/these people. Try choosing something that might be available from abroad (so an exhibition in your town isn’t the best idea).
  4. Have fun! 😉


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Enjoy your travels and discoveries!