Eurodan in English

August 23, 2005

Well I'm still here in Kraków, and still enjoying it very much.

I get up, go to school and have three hours of individual tuition (I paid for group tuition, but no-one's quite at the same level as I am, either being higher or lower, so I'm on my own), and then I go and eat some reassuringly Polish lunch (kotlet schabowy, cabbage and potatoes being a favourite) and head home for a nap.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that's about as exciting as it gets right now. And I have to say it's a real tonic. It's about as close as I'd like to get to being truly on holiday - i.e. doing absolutely nothing. And it's amazing how quickly you can advance in a language if you put your mind to it!

Anyway - when i get back to Brussels and after I've moved house it will be time to sort out things blogwise. At the moment as you've probably noticed the comments feature is broken, which is an anti-spam measure and a thoroughly depressing one. There are now later versions of blogging software around which apparently are better at weeding out spam, and the plan is to install one of those and have a bit of a relaunch generally. Hopefully before too long!

In the meantime, serdecznie witam z Polski - wish you were here!

Posted by Eurodan at 5:42 PM | Comments (0)

August 19, 2005

Niech żyje Polska! (again)

I must admit that when I first came to Poland back in January of last year, I didn't really 'get' it. It was beautiful enough, and I enjoyed the company of my pal Michał and his friends, but I didn't really have enough independent contact with the place to really get to know it.

This time it's different. And I absolutely love this place.

I'm currently in Kraków, following a two-week Polish course, and coming on in leaps and bounds, even if I say so myself. I've reached that really exciting point where enough sentence pattens are ready-formed in your head and you know enough vocabulary and structures to start making your first faltering steps into the world of conversation - one of the most challenging zones.

And the country, it's just so right, somehow. The centre of Kraków is extremely beautiful architecturally, but packed with tourists. But head out just outside the central hub and you get the real thing - a little bit messy perhaps, but fully functioning, friendly, efficient and great fun. Trams rattling to and fro, shops open all hours, a real sense of healthy bustle and dynamism... a bit like a rather less oppressive version of Germany. (I do hope there are no Poles reading this!)

Anyway... I'm back in Brussels a week on Saturday, but I'll try to write a bit more before then...

Posted by Eurodan at 2:19 PM | Comments (0)

Back to blog