„Ale super, dostałam się na Erasmusa do Nicei!” usłyszałam od mojej znajomej z uczelni i niecierpliwie czekałam, aż zada mi to jedno, najważniejsze pytanie. W końcu padło z jej ust „A ty? Jedziesz gdzieś? Dawaj, pewnie jakaś petarda!”, wyprostowałam się, wzięłam głęboki oddech, na mojej twarzy pojawił się wielki uśmiech „Jadę do centrum wszechświata.” i widząc, że dziewczyna za nic nie wie, o czym mówię, po chwili dodałam „No do Sosnowca, super, co nie?!”. Z tego wszystkiego podskoczyłam z radości i zaczęłam klaskać w dłonie. Chyba byłam jedyną osobą, która była podekscytowana tym wyjazdem, bo patrząc po minie mojej koleżanki można było sądzić, że nie zazdrości mi ani trochę.
4th day of OW
Just because Erasmus life isn’t all about partying and drinking alcohol, we decided to go ice-skating. Some of us were quite scared as it was the first time for some of us but we managed not to break any legs nor hands, of course some of us were very close…
After the event we went home to rest a little and to get ready for the Eurodinner Party, that took place in Bracka 4 Club. Eurodinner is an event organised by ESN and is all about preparing and sharing the traditional and national most common dishes. I have to admit that I was nicely surprised by Erasmus students that were very well prepared! All of the dishes presented by foreigners were delicious, but I must say that Bulgarian table won with their potato pie and amazingly good bread J the Americans made everyone happy with their table. Our polish team didn’t stay behind the competition and prepared various well known courses. Big thanks to EVERYBODY that took their time to cook traditional dishes.
3rd day of OW
One half of the Orientation Week passed, but there are so many things which still are waiting for us. Nevertheless, Wednesday was amazing part of this week, even if the weather did not cooperate with us.
First point of our day was City Game, but it was so cold that our plans had to be changed. Not losing our great moods, we went to French restaurant – Charlotte in Plac Szczepański, to eat some tasty breakfast. We could choose many different kinds of cakes, sandwiches and coffees. When we were waiting for our orders, it was a great occasion to get knows each other a bit better. After eating our breakfast and drinking coffee, we started to prepare for the most international fight in Kraków…
I realize that Erasmus is mainly about studying, but as you study all the local clubs… take your chance to discover Polish folklore and keep up to date with art, music, science and fashion news.
As some of you may know Kraków (or officially Royal Capital City of Kraków) is one of the oldest, largest and most beautiful cities in Poland, often described as the cultural capital of the country.
Kraków is a wonderful and charming city which can dazzle people from all over the world. The amount of magical places in which you can hang out and spend time with friends can make your head spin. From medieval tenements which surround the biggest Main Square in Europe and castle of legendary Polish kings until hundreds of beautiful nooks and each of them has their own little story to tell.
The beginning of a very special relationship…
It’s around seven o’clock of a Saturday morning in late August 2012. I am walking very slowly on the line to board my plane from Stockholm, Sweden to Krakow, Poland. I can see people from different ages and nationalities boarding the plane and it feels like we are going to a very multicultural destination.
After two hours flying we finally land at the Krakow International airport and after collecting my luggage and crossing the customs I go outside the airport and a very friendly man approaches to me offering taxi services and as I considered the offer (76zl) a great deal, I ask him to take me to the FAFIK dormitory, which is the first place where I’ll stay during the first month of my stay. However, I should have known I could have taken the bus 292 from the airport to the center and I would have saved 73zl…
ESN UEK as a local ESN section takes care of international students studying at Cracow University of Economics by organizing various activities for them. Our creative and motivated team divided into several projects is supported by International Programmes Office of CUE.
Erasmus: You will spend a significant portion of your time here either a little bit intoxicated or so seriously drunk you think you can swim across the Wisla (you cannot). I would avoid any classes that begins before 10, you won’t be there. The ESN students are incredibly helpful I must say, so much so that they sacrifice that most essential time: sleep, to spend more time out organising parties and helping the students, serious respect to them!
Kev Whelan, Ireland
I love Krakow
Living in Krakow means to me enjoying life with all 5 senses…
Explore the beautiful scenery. Krakow is like a history book, rustic, nostalgic and every street keeps some secrets.
Erasmus in Krakow is one of the best experiences I ever had in my life. Krakow is a beautiful city. People here are very friendly and ready to help you with everything they can. City during the day is astonishing. Huge main square, amazing cathedrals and Wawel Royal Castle are just few things you have to see in Krakow. I also love night life in Krakow. You can go to have a beer to jazz club, then you can move to rock party and finish your night in electronic club with real DJ’s. I just love Krakow and I will definitely come back after my Erasmus.
Martin Vittek, Slovakia
Before I decided where to go for Erasmus, I had a list in my head about some things I would like to do and some places I would like to go to during my time. I wanted to enjoy sunshine, rain, and definitely the beautiful snow. I wanted to meet a lot of kind, strange, funny and crazy people from all over the world and have a lot of fun with them. To go to lots of parties, to walk for hours, to discover special places. I wanted to at least TRY to learn a new language. I wanted to laugh so much about the crazy Erasmus stories happening to us… Finally, after quite a short time I’ve found the city I thought would be perfect to fulfill all these wishes: Cracow. Now I’m here and all I can say is I don’t regret picking this city at all. Because Cracow is beautiful, magical, funny, really something special. It is just the place to be on Erasmus.
Edit Streit, Hungary