Hello from Krakow, Poland!
Today is the last day of May, which is a signal that the end is nearing. By the end, I mean the end of my semester abroad. My last final exam is on June 17th. Time is flying by way too fast!
A lot has happened since my last blog post in April. To start out, my mom visited me in Krakow! It was really great seeing a loved one after so many weeks away from home. She was here for a few days and I was her tour guide showing her around the city. We then went together to visit family in Rzeszow, Poland for the Easter holiday. That was really great since I haven’t seen my family in Poland for about nine years. It was really great catching up with all of them and just enjoying our time together. After Easter Sunday, I went back to Krakow alone and my mom flew back to Chicago from Rzeszow. Below is a picture of my mom and I with a traditional Polish Easter basket.
The following weekend after Easter I went on a study trip with my study abroad program. The trip was about a week long and we traveled via bus to Hungary and Romania. The major place we went to was Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Besides that, we went to a bunch of small towns around Hungary and then in Western Romania. While in Budapest, we had a discussion panel session at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs. There we talked about the Visegrad countries (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic) and their relations and policies with each other and the rest of Europe. Budapest was definitely the highlight of the trip. One of the things we did there was spend half a day at the Széchenyi thermal baths. These were so relaxing, I loved it! Below is a picture of the view of Budapest from St. Stephen’s Basilica.
The week after the study trip, I went to Prague, Czech Republic for the weekend. Prague is a really fun city, it’s very similar to Krakow. In Prague I met up with a few friends who are also studying abroad. We took a tour of the city, saw the castle district, and went bungee jumping! We decided to go bungee jumping because we wanted to do something exhilarating! It was awesome. We jumped off a bridge about an hour away from Prague that was 62 meters high! Below is a picture of me right when I jumped off the bridge.
The following week after Prague, I stayed in Krakow. That week in Krakow was “Juwenalia” which is a week long student holiday. There are concerts every day, a variety of other events, and a parade to the city center where the students get the symbolic key to the city. It is a very fun and laid back week. It was especially big this year because it was also the 650 year anniversary of Jagiellonian University, where I am studying this semester. Jagiellonian University is the oldest one in Poland and the second oldest in Europe. I went to the burying of the time capsule which will next be opened in 50 years!
Since Juwenalia, I have not been doing much traveling outside of Poland. I have just been enjoying Krakow and studying for final exams. Time will most definitely fly by quickly and it will be the end of my studies for the semester. I am excited to finish school and to keep living life to the fullest in this great city. I will post one more time after my semester is over! Till then!