Dżamsran Norovdondog, one of the most respected and the best known Mongolian doctor in Krakow, told us about his Polish adventure.
In 1992 the young doctor from Ulan Bator took part in Polish-Mongolian Exchange organized by the Fund of Natural Medicine in Warsaw and then he came to Krakow as the Specialist of alternative medicine. After 5 years he set up his own office near ul. Piłsudkiego. His experience and knowledge are widely famous among people in Krakow.
Doctor mentioned that he met many Polish people in Mongolia in 90s. Most of them was working in geology or trained for international competitions in box and wrestling, which were organized in Mongolia every 2 years. That is why he knew a lot about our country. Moreover, he loved reading about Europe and watching Polish classic TV series such as: “Four tank-men and a dog” and “Janosik”.
Furthermore, the doctor encourages to explore Polish culture and history, most of all the legend of St. Mary’s Trumpet Call. According to a popular 20th-century legend, during a Mongol invasion of Poland (the invasion usually cited is that of 1241), Mongol troops approached Krakow. A sentry on a tower of St Mary’s Church sounded the alarm by playing the Hejnał, and the city gates were closed before the Tatars could ambush the city. The trumpeter, however, was shot in the throat and did not complete the anthem, and this is the legendary reason as to why performances end abruptly before completion. The Krakow Hejnał is well-known throughout Poland and has been used as a national symbol. Now, it is played every full hour and is hearable for everyone being in the main square.
The doctor also recommends visiting old taverns and restaurants with polish live folk music. For example Feniks, the restaurant near ul. św Jana. Traditional décor, music from 70s. and 80s. make this place perfect for people tired of modernity and those who long for good passed times.
The doctor has been living in Poland for 22 years and acquired the Polish citizenship. He told us that his recipe for a success in Krakow is to know the basics of Polish language, get to know some Poles and work fairly (of course do some tiring paperwork too)!
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