It feels like I only just sat down and wrote my last blog, but I think that was nearly 3 weeks ago. So again I have heaps of little stories to tell you about 🙂
In the last couple of weeks I have felt much better about my subjects, I feel like I am a lot more organised and I have everything under control. One subject is wrapping up, with an assignment and an exam to do in the next weakish, it will be great to have one less subject to worry about. I also sat one mid-term exam for Cultural Studies (American Masters subject). I had studied my bum off and got myself mentally and emotionally prepared, got to the classroom and all of the professors classes had been cancelled for the week… yep thanks for the notice!! So all of the information I have just remembered instantly left my brain and ran far, far away… But we did it again the following week and I’m just glad it’s over, another assessment bites the dust. With nearly two weeks off over Christmas and New Years, I think we only have about 6 more weeks of classes, I just can’t believe how quickly time is flying by and unfortunately I don’t think it’s going to slow down for me.
Life in Krakow is still amazing!! The weather has been great, I think it sat around 6-8 degrees and I was told numerous times that we were having a very warm November. However, that’s about to change, but I guess it has to happen sooner or later. As I have been away a fair bit, when I am in Krakow I am catching up with friends, catching up on my studies, going to uni, doing my washing and preparing for my next trip away. I have a great little routine happening. But unfortunately I don’t have much more to tell you about Krakow at the moment.
I have done a little bit of travelling in the last few weeks, I am trying to get away each week/weekend. Last time I wrote, I was off to Prague, in Czech… I went with a group of international students and the trip was organised through our ESN (Exchange student social network). Prague was a really lovely city; really old, amazing churches and buildings, great lookouts of the city and of course… Central Europe’s biggest nightclub. We also went to a really random exhibition ran by the vision impaired, in groups you make your way through different rooms of a house, outside in the street, in the garden and in a cafe… in complete darkness, it was a really incredible exhibition, but extremely scary. You open your eyes and expect there to be light, and there isn’t, it was really daunting, but a great experience. I had a great weekend away with great friends, but after too much Czech alcohol, not so good Czech food and an 8 hour bus ride, I was glad to get back to Krakow.
The following weekend I went to Warsaw, the capital of Poland. It was great to finally get there and see all the different areas and buildings that people talk about, when referring to Warsaw. There is a kind of competition about which city is better, Warsaw or Krakow… I found that the two cities were completely different. Warsaw was more like a busy city, with a metro, skyscraper etc, whereas Poland is much more beautiful and cosy. It was also crazy to see all of the buildings in Warsaw that look like they are hundreds of years old but are in fact approximately 50 years old. This is because 85% of Warsaw was destroyed in the Warsaw Uprising in World War II, since then the city has been rebuilt to look exactly as it was in the past. I learnt a lot more about Polish history and I am glad that I had the opportunity to explore the city, but I’m sorry Warsaw, you just don’t do it for me like Krakow does.
My last adventure was to Budapest in Hungary. My gosh, Budapest is a sexy city, my absolute favourite place so far (with the exception of Krakow of course). I can’t even explain how much I love this city!!! Budapest had the most beautiful buildings and so many sights; Parliament, Royal Castle, Fishermen’s Bastion, Matthias Church, St Stephen’s Church, Grand Synagogue, Thermal Baths, more castle, shops, Christmas Markets, lookouts, Margit Island, beautiful bridges… of the list goes on. We had a really action packed 3 days, and walked a ridiculously long way, but the weather was beautiful (I hadn’t seen blue sky in a couple of weeks 🙁 ) so we really made the most of our time there. And then the fourth day we spent relaxing/sleeping because we were hung over and exhausted. The Hungarian wines were pretty delicious, but stay away from Palinka, a Hungarian spirit made from fruit, wow that stuff is fierce. Unfortunately the time had come and we had to leave the beautiful city of Budapest… but after our RyanAir flight, which landed with such extreme force that I nearly slipped of my seat, I was once again happy to be on Polish grounds.
I really am so lucky that I get to travel and explore all of these amazing places, and then come home to Krakow, which is just as great, if not better. It really makes leaving these different places that little bit easier.
When I returned home on Saturday night, I had a massive surprise waiting for me… two letters and two parcels! Wow I am so extremely spoilt! A massive thank you to my beautiful friends for staying in touch, it really means so much and it is extremely exciting to receive letters from back in Aus 🙂 After a long journey, it was the perfect thing to come home too.
I think my final piece of exciting news to tell you about is CHRISTMAS!! Oh yeahhh!! Europe does Christmas soooo much better than Australia (maybe apart from the temperature). The Christmas markets are now up and running, they are really cute wooden huts selling a huge amount of delicious food, hot wine, beer and gifts. All of the streets, buildings and shops are decorated with crazy Christmas decorations and there really is a proper Christmas vibe. Also the ice skating rinks are being set up and I am very excited but extremely scared, being as uncoordinated as I am, it could be quite dangerous; and not just for me, but also for those around me. This will be my first Christmas away from home but I think I am more excited about it than normal, experiencing Christmas in a different country, with different foods and traditions, it is going to be amazing!!
I’ve ran out of things to tell you this time, but I have a couple more travels booked in between now and Christmas so you will hear from me then 🙂