I arrived in Warsaw on February 3, 2011. It was cloudy, snowy, windy and -10 degrees Celsius. Despite the horrible weather this time of year, Warsaw is bustling. The Poles here are well adapted to the weather with adorable boots, coats and scarves. As a girl, I definitely noticed the shoes 🙂 Polish girls rock high-heeled boots like its no big deal!! I am so impressed! School at Kozminski has officially begun as of Valentines Day. The classes are excellent for my major. I am able to take any class from electives, to 1st year students courses, all the way to master courses. The European organization is much different than that of U of L. Each grade and major has a structured outline of classes that fit together in this strange puzzle that is really confusing if you are only studying abroad for a semester. The good thing is, once you figure out the schedule and where to locate the courses/syllabi, it is really easy to chose the classes that are best for you. I am taking 10 classes this semester totaling 15 credits at U of L. The classes offered are focused on globalization, international business, management and finance in particular. This ends up being a great complement to the marketing and economics focus U of L offers.
The actual city of Warsaw is really beautiful. I have been learning the history of the city, which makes me appreciate even more just how far Poland as a country has come in the last 20 years (since 1989 when the Berlin Wall officially fell). The Pole’s ability to adapt and move forward is one major advantage of studying here because you get to see first hand the effects of communism vs. capitalism.
There are a ton of things to do in Warsaw. The museums here are so intense. The history from WWII will emotionally drain you, but it is absolutely an integral part of studying here. Also, The Old Town on Novy Swiat (google it or see images below) is amazing. When you see the pictures, make sure you realize that this street has been rebuilt at least twice because of war. The city is incredible considering all the history it carries.
So for fun… haha there are clubs, pubs, bars jazz clubs, karoke and anything else you could be looking for. The clubs are unreal. If you like dancing, you will have a BLAST! Some clubs play house music (which is like mixes of songs, but not top hits) and others play music you will recognize. Either way, the atmosphere is great. Club Capitol, Nine Club, Platinum and Bank club are the ones I am most familiar with. Dress is pretty fancy; so for girls its definitely heels and a nice outfit and for guys usually a button-down shirt.. think 4th street live kind of clothes. There is usually not a cover charge, but if there is, its only like 15 PLN (zloty, their currency for the moment.. eventually it will be the Euro) but its only about $5, so its pretty standard. 🙂
ESN or Erasumus Student Network is the party network. Its free and you are automatically in to most clubs if you say you are with Erasmus. The parties are basically all international students having a good time, drinking or not 🙂
For now, that is all, but as it gets warmer, I will post again!