I found out on Monday (yes, this Monday) that I will not have accommodation arrangements on my arrival in Warsaw. The College does not provide accommodation for its students, I’ve just learned.
So I’ve been sending dozens of emails and made tens of phone calls to see if the apartments I read about in some announcements are still available. No luck so far.
Most apartments have been rented already, as school starts in a week or so, and if they haven’t, they’re unaffordable. I’ve received some replies, most of them with bad news – no rooms available. One of the funniest replies was from a girl who told me the apartment is still available and will stay that way until she returns from her vacation and after that she would start “interviewing” potential room mates – showing them the apartment and making conversation. As I am still in Romania and I’m trying to find a place to stay before I get there, I answered that I could send her some pictures of me to start getting to know each other better. (I’m afraid I’ll also face prejudice concerning Romanians, hope I’m wrong. Because I do wash my dishes and stuff!!)
I have written so many emails asking about accommodation that I have lost my mind. I actually asked a person, by email, whether the two room apartment has two rooms! 🙂 What I wanted to know was whether the two rooms are furnitured as bedrooms – so I could share it. But it didn’t come out right.
The good news is that most apartments I read about in announcements allow pets:
- yes — cats are OK – purrr
- yes — dogs are OK – wooof
This is how it’s posted. I love it. I’m thinking of adopting a cat during my staying. But what do I do when I leave? I could give it to an animal shelter, but… It would break my heart.
Also the apartments have Internet access 😀
The bad news is that… I can’t find an apartment! I’ll end up in an expensive hotel, trying to find a room to rent. I so don’t want that!
Eight days left.
Oh, buying the plane ticket was another adventure. I exchanged emails with my travel agent and made silly remarks such as: “Could you find a plane that takes off when the sun is up on the sky?” – the answer was no, only business class tickets were available in the afternoon. So I replied: “The ones who wakes up early in the morning are… poor” (Romanian saying: Cine se trezeste de dimineata… e sarac!).
Meanwhile, until I find accommodation, I found out that the Polish Institute is hiring a secretary- see here. I think I qualify for the job – I do have a sense of humour and I want to learn Polish! 🙂