Anda: Home Of The Twisted Red Ladybug
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Poland, etc.
I come from Romania (from Iasi, to be more precise, which is a very culturally rich city in the N-E part of the country). I moved to Poland more than 2 years ago – somewhere in June 2011 to Krakow (and I live there ever since).
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I missed blogging as I previously had another blog (open for more than 5 years but I just stopped as I was very into volunteering/work/studies at that time and I had no time for breathing) and recently I started being again interested in that and I had one favorite style blog that quite… made me do it again… Sadly the lady that started the blog quit last week.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
It would be this one, about the Food Revolution Day (in May this year, in Iasi, where my sister’s boyfriend and his band played) – I am quite satisfied on how the pics look also.
Also this as it was my first encounter live with an electric cello and it was love at first glance!
Tell us about the ways your new life in Poland differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
It is not a very big difference but the language is the main turn off! It is one of the hardest in the world and even though some words are similar to my language it still was very hard to figure it all up…
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Poland? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
Yes, always be prepared for the worst as when the best will come the surprise will be bigger. If you are part of the EU than it will be easier for you but if not, please be very careful about all the paperwork!
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
Usually it involves speaking the language. First you figure out that “THAT” is a sentence, that “THAT” is a word and after that you are like… WOW! I know THAT word!
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Poland?
- Never say to Polish people that their language is similar to Russian!!!
- Always be prepared for heavy drinking at parties – mainly vodka.
- If you are renting a place in Krakow (city center or the old Jewish district) please make sure the heating system works perfectly as the rooms are high and the heating system is usually old.
How is the expat community in Poland? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
You can find in no time the communities on Facebook but sincerely speaking I did not go to any meeting yet, although I meet fellow countryman/woman quite often)
How would you summarize your expat life in Poland in a single, catchy sentence?
I will not talk about me I will talk of Polish people: Something you need to know about polish people is the fact that they are patriotic and proud (and they love it!)