One of the first people we had pleasure talking to was Rassul who came to Poland from Kazakhstan.
I have decided to study abroad just when I was about to finish my high school about six years ago. My mother had been working in a company which had a department here in Krakow, that is why we have decided that Krakow is going to be the best option for me. To this day I have remembered my first experience in Poland. I was terrified when I heard the language, I thought that it is going to be impossible for me to learn it and what’s more to study using Polish language.
My first trip to Krakow lasted few months, I was living in a student’s dormitory and I was learning Polish language in Centrum Języka i Kultury at Gordzka street. Unfortunately the first few weeks was tough, it is hard living in Krakow not knowing the language. But with every new Polish word I was getting more comfortable living here.
And after these few months you started studying at Jagiellonian University?
Oh it wasn’t so easy. After I have ended my language course I went back to Kazakhstan for a summer brake. I came back to Poland in November, one month after academic year has stated. I was late and I have forgotten almost every Polish word I had learned before. I had to relearn almost everything but the people I have been studying with were happy to help me so everything went better than expected.
What was the most unusual thing about Krakow?
When I visited Krakow for the first time I went to see a football match together with my American friend. Five-six years ago football was not a popular sport in Kazakhstan so I didn’t know what to expect. In short we have unknowingly went to a local derby match between Wisła Kraków and Cracovia. Emotions were out the roof but it was to much for a first time. I have never experienced anything like that.
Can you name couple things you like about Krakow?
Krakow is very slow city, but in a good sense. I really do enjoy spending my time in numerous coffee shops with my friends. And when the weather is good I like to sit near Vistula river.
Can you recommend any must see things in Krakow?
When visiting Krakow you have to go and see Wawel castle. It is a magical place, you are not going to see anything like that in my country. It is good to try polish cuisine. Myself I like to eat dumplings with fruits and don’t forget to try żurek soup you will not regret.
What about night live?
Personally I think that it is one of the best things in Krakow. You have to go out in the evening and see it for yourself. I love to wander through different bars and clubs. I often like to go to places like Stary Port on Jabłonowskich street or Pijalnia Wódki and Ambasada Śledzia.
Do you have any advice for people who think about visiting Krakow?
The most important thing is to have an open mind and do not meet only with people you came to Krakow with. Polish people are open and always willing to help, do not miss any opportunity. Krakow has taught me a lot about different approaches to life. Unfortunately I know that in a couple of months when I finish my studies I will have to leave Krakow and go back to my country. When thinking about future I already miss Krakow.