A Summer Month in Wroc艂aw

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View of the city from the 15th floor of Kredka dorm

Wroc艂aw. My beloved Wroc艂aw.

Where to begin and where to end?

In August 2014 I spent the entire month in Wroc艂aw, plus two additional visits in October and December 2015. You are welcome to imagine the amount of photos and material I brought…

I am running a big blog on Wroc艂aw and its surroundings over on Travellerspoint, which has in the meantime grown to more than 50 entries, and actually I don’t want to copy everything in here. In case anyone is interested, here is the link: https://wroclaw-kathrin-e.travellerspoint.com/

Hence this here will be limited to a rather summarized overview, and I’ll probably add a number of reviews on some of the city’s many attractions.

Being a student once more

In 2013 I started learning Polish in an evening class in Karlsruhe. Through two international conferences I got in touch with colleagues in Wroc艂aw who work in a similar field of research as me. I happily tried my very limited language skills on them, to everyone's fun and entertainment, and they helped me with my homework. But then I heard about their university's summer language class, and could not resist.

So I spent August 2014 in Wroc艂aw, transformed into a student again, and dealt with aspekt, czas przysz艂y, czas przesz艂y, przypadki and przyimki and all the other mean details of Polish grammar! Not only was I one of the oldest 'students' there, they put me into a group that was too advanced. Of course I learned a lot, but it was very very hard for me.

During the course we were put up in a student dorm.

Faculty building, the former Norbertine convent in plac Nankiera
The two tall dorm buildings in plac Grundwaldzki are named „Kredka“, the crayon, and „O艂ówek“, the pencil. The participants of the summer course were all put up in the „Kredka“. This accommodation was offered to us a spart of a package together with the language class, and I chose it because it was a) the cheapest and b) the easiest possibility to find a place to stay.

However, I did not spend all my time studying the language. Instead of studying grammar and vocabulary I was out and about in the afternoons and weekends.

Seeing the city, visiting its sights and learning about its history was just as important to me as the language class, and in that field I was more successful! I think I got to know the city quite well, of course just as well as an outsider can.

Kredka (left) and O艂贸wek student dorms

Wroc艂aw gets its share of tourists but they do not dominate the overall picture. The locals have their favourite spots in the heart of the city just like the visitors. Gastronomy is (mostly) yet unspoilt, good and affordable even in closest vicinity to tourist hotspots. A lot of historical buildings have been perfectly restored, and the city is rich in culture.

The traces of its difficult history between Bohemia. Austria and Prussia, between Germany and Poland are visible everywhere if you know where to look and what to look for. World War II has left its mark. In 1945 the population of the formerly German city was expelled. Instead, Poles moved in. Now it is a Polish city. Nevertheless the German past cannot be denied and is regarded with an open mind nowadays.

I herewith declare my affection for Wroc艂aw. Despite being aware of the city's problems, its many ugly spots, dirt and graffiti, poverty and all sorts of people including some not so pleasant figures... I have a warm feeling for the city. 

odiseya says:
I learn Polish too. I would like to visit Wroclaw one day.
Posted on: Nov 14, 2017
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View of the city from the 15th flo…
View of the city from the 15th fl…
Being a student once more
Being a student once more
Faculty building, the former Norbe…
Faculty building, the former Norb…
Kredka (left) and O艂贸wek student…
Kredka (left) and O艂贸wek studen…
My room at the Kredka
My room at the Kredka
Ostr贸w Tumski
Ostr贸w Tumski
The cathedral on Ostr贸w Tumski
The cathedral on Ostr贸w Tumski
Old University
Old University
City hall in Rynek
City hall in Rynek
Rynek, the main square
Rynek, the main square
Old town seen from Skytower
Old town seen from Skytower
Uwaga! Beware of this language!
Uwaga! Beware of this language!
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