And then there's the wildlife. The habitat is vast in comparison to what we have here, agriculture untouched my artificial farming practices that have seen the demise of many of our farmland birds, and areas of marshland that make the Cambridgeshire fens look like a suburban garden.
We took a walk along the Augustow Canal on the first evening from the Kaktusik Hotel where Great Reed Warbler were cronking from a modest reedbed. A Tree Sparrow briefly flew out and perched on a naked branch and Fieldfare were a common sight.
This was all after a thunder storm had passed through as we arrived, but as the sun began to shine, the place came to life. A Spotted Flycatcher was seen, again from a back garden and bizarrely, a Common Redstart sang from an aerial of a residential property, not what I was expecting.
A female Goldeneye flew down river (canal) and there were distant yaffles from Black Woodpecker.