“It has been said that Poland is dead, exhausted, enslaved, but here is the proof of her life and triumph.”- Henryk Sienkiewicz
For the past 9 months I have been living in Poland. I decided to change my life drastically and although it was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, it has definitely been the most rewarding.
|Warsaw Old Town|
I have learnt to how to be alone and fend for myself. Coming home from a long day at work to only having yourself as company took some getting used to. I am used to drama in my life and all of a sudden, it was completely drama free. When I was living at home in South Africa, the house was always full. That, and coming out of a turbulent relationship, moving to a different continent at the age of 22 and dealing with a different life style was the best thing I could have ever done fore myself. The transition to living on my own was difficult; slightly depressing, but I have come out the other side a stronger, more confident, more efficient version of the girl that left her friends and family crying at the airport all those months ago.
|Over looking the Visla river and the new football stadium in Warsaw|
During my stay in Poland, I have been teaching English at a private language school in a city called Radom. It’s relatively small in comparison to some other, more impressive cities in Poland, but I made my home here and I have been content. The friends I’ve made here are for life.
The beautiful thing about Poland is that it’s old; there’s no other way to describe it. The architecture, the history, everything about this country is amazing and not to mention interesting. Areas of Poland are dated as far back as 900AD. Many people come to cities like Warsaw and Krakow to see relics of WWII but there is so much more to this country than people realise.
There is Wroclaw and Poznan to the west, Gdansk to the north, and Lublin neighbouring Warsaw and so many others dotted around that you can’t just visit once. It is a country that calls your soul to return time and time again.
|The river Odra in Wroclaw|
The food here is delicious! From pierogi (dumplings) to barszcz czerwoni (beet root soup), local beer to vodka, paczek (donuts with raspberry jam) to gofry (waffles); the food here is wholesome and good. Most families don’t like eating out at restaurants but prefer a good home cooked meal.
The country is also budget friendly in comparison to the euro. Most people don’t think of Poland as a first choice when thinking visiting Europe but it really should be. The cost of living is low, people are helpful, the vodka is great and you leave each city you visit with a sense of experiencing magic.
Take the time to visit this gem, whether you’re looking for parties, war stories or beautiful architecture, this piece of land will have whatever it is you’re on your journey to find.
|Wroclaw Old Town|