This time we had the pleasure of meeting two foreign students, currently studying in Krakow. They came from Shenyang (which is in northern part of China). Li and Chen are two very nice Chinese people who, surprisingly, came to Krakow to study English.
When asked why they had chosen this cit they replied that it was simply because of an agreement between their university in China and the one in Krakow.
What was your reaction when you saw Krakow for the first time?
[Li] I remember that from the very beginning we had problems with buying tickets for buses and trams. It was probably because we don’t know Polish and our English accent is very Chinese so to say. But it was only after we have visited couple other cities in Europe that we have realized it was not such a big trouble in Krakow, we had bigger problems with communicating in buses in Germany for example.
Is there anything specially attracting for an Asian tourist in Krakow?
[Li] I was really surprised that the symbol of your city is a dragon. I didn’t know that this Chinese symbol is used outside of China. I also think that every Asian tourist should try polish cuisine: pierogi ruskie and gulasz made in bread bowl- those especially!
Apart from language difficulties, did you have any other problems in Krakow?
[Chen] Currently our biggest problem is transferring money from Chinese to Polish accounts. It is very expensive and slow. And not every ATM in Poland accepts Chinese payment cards.
Are you going to travel more since you are here?
[Chen] After my exams I am going to Rome. I think that you can and should visit other cities in Europe since you have came here from Asia. And Krakow is a really great place to start because of numerous and cheap flights to many famous cities in Europe.