So I’m going to Warsaw

It’s been so long since I learned I’m going to Warsaw, it almost seems like a dream. So many things have happened since then and so many times I’ve said I wouldn’t go, that I almost stopped planning my stay there.

My colleague has made some phone calls to the college and it turns out things are in order and I will leave at the end of September. It’s like I won a second scholarship really, because I had given up the first time.

The truth is I’m terrified. It’s not the distance frightening me, I’ve travelled many times before, but the idea of speaking another language for five months and not understanding people in the street is .. well… frightening!

I’m starting to worry about exams there and I’m shopping for a laptop: I’m surfing the net actually looking for a good offer.

I’ve been told the Polish are hospitable but reluctant to speak in English. So I shouldn’t expect a very warm welcome from my colleagues. I hope that’s not true, I’m actually hoping for a socially rewarding experience: many people to meet, many places to see, many things to do… I want to see the country and try new things, scary things even.
I hope I’ll find an apartment to rent, it’s difficult to imagine myself not having my personal bathroom for a few months; comfort matters especially considering I will have a lot of things on my mind being far away from home. Of course I will be fine staying in the dorm as well, but I’d rather have more privacy and the conditions to invite some friends over for pancakes and a cup of tea (in the dorm there are no fridges or ovens) and enough space to throw my things all over the place.

I guess those months will pass like minutes. The first one will probablly be over before I get the chance to unpack, since there are so many things to do on arrival: paper work mostly. God, I hope I’ll feel fine there. I’m going to spend Christmas in Poland! It’s going to be the first one away from home.

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  • bby.
    24/07/2006 at 12:17 AM

    I’m also going to Warsaw, but just for two weeks in August. I will tell you more when I’ll come back. In September.
    It will be a great experience. I assure you.
    Trust yourself. And trust the people.

  • Mihai
    24/07/2006 at 12:21 AM

    Andressa and bby: Do you have a colleague named Teodora?

  • andressa
    24/07/2006 at 12:22 AM

    Mihai: what colleague? where?

    bby isn’t my colleague, by the way, at least i don’t think so…

  • bby.
    24/07/2006 at 1:33 AM

    I am not 🙂
    Andressa, I sent you an e-mail [I used contact[at]overheardinbucharest.ro because I didn’t know any other e-mail addres].
    Hope it helps.

    Mihai, I don’t know any Teodora.

  • stingo
    24/07/2006 at 1:50 AM

    I don’t know any Teodora either. 🙂

    Warsaw is beautiful, you’ll love it. (And people are so not reluctant to speak English!)

  • Meme
    24/07/2006 at 3:12 AM

    Yep, she/they/we has/have a coleague named Teodora, but everyone knows her as Dora. Does this ring a bell? 🙂

  • madmax
    24/07/2006 at 4:00 AM

    wow…it’s like a joke…I’m laughing, I’m loosing my f..g english…good food, but, stay without fast…food !

  • madmax
    24/07/2006 at 4:09 AM

    Blogul este o modalitate de ati asigura un fel de “I’m already inside” sau e un fel de prototip folosit ca sa ajungem la aia mici sau mai mari…ia..uite ce am facut eu….un blog…ce buna sunt…mai slaba decat niste grase care incearca sa imi faca concurentza…:-)bravo tie ! keep it like that !

  • Ionuka
    24/07/2006 at 5:47 AM

    Studying in another country is awesome! It has been the most challenging thing I’ve done so far. Also, you get to meet a lot of great people with similar academic interests. Good luck!

  • monsoux
    24/07/2006 at 7:59 AM

    Beautiful! You’ll be just fine and it’ll make for an interesting read. Enjoy!

  • Strainu
    24/07/2006 at 10:18 AM

    Recommended laptop: HP nx6125 (if you don’t need anything fancy). Good luck in Poland!

  • blowfish
    24/07/2006 at 6:35 PM

    Andreea sa-mi dai in mail mai multe detalii eu sunt in Brno, Cehia si sunt la vreo 200 +xx km de Polonia. Referitor la limba o sa fii suprinsa ca majoritatea nu vorbesc deloc engleza si sunt extrem de persistentzi in a-ti vorbi in poloneza no matter what 😛
    anyway o sa-tzi prinda bine plimbarea asta.

    so daca vrei imi trimitzi mai multe informatzii si ne gasim
    take care si felicitari pentru bursa

  • Dragos
    24/07/2006 at 10:34 PM

    I am pretty sure there are couple of AIESEC trainees from Romania in Warsaw; if not in warsaw, there are for sure in other cities. It helps when you visit some towns, maybe they can help with accomodation and city guiding.

    AIESEC Warsaw

    AIESEC Poland

    Enjoy your stay there and take the most out of it 🙂

  • Ioana
    25/07/2006 at 2:05 AM

    Vei sta la camin? Sigur o sa ai prin preajma alti studenti Erasmus, Socrates, etc.
    Si poate ca polonezii sunt mai reticenti la a vb engleza, pentru ca vb mai degraba germana … dar tinerii, vorbesc engleza.
    anyway, e normal sa iti fie teama, dar … o sa vezi ca o sa iti prinda tare bine experienta asta.