Free time in Gdanks and how to spend it? Wait, do MathMods international students actually have free time finally? Oops I don’t speak Polish – how to stay connected? The answers to exactly these questions are here for you!
Contributor: Veronica [Costa Rica] & Gautham [India]
How to stay connected
When you arrive, you might be greeted by the International Student’s office with a Lyca SIM Card (http://www.lycamobile.pl/en/) or by the ESN Gdańsk crew with a Vikings SIM Card (https://mobilevikings.pl/en). You can also order them online. Of course, these are not the only options, but those are pretty good.
What to do
Tricity is a vibrant area, and there’s always something to do for every type of mood. ESN Gdańsk is also a very active group with lots of events, particularly on the first weeks of the semester (Orientation Week) and also planning trips to other cities in Poland. The following might help you in finding special events and what to do.
Pitu Pitu (http://www.pitupitu.pl/trojmiasto/)
Erasmus in 3city 2015/2016 – OFFICIAL ESN GROUP (https://www.facebook.com/groups/473644049453535/)
ISA – International Students Association, GUT (https://www.facebook.com/groups/429426853890814/?fref=ts)
Language Exchange Club Gdańsk (Trojmiasto) (https://www.facebook.com/groups/531664423515010/?ref=browser)
Poland has a lot of nice places to go, and there are nice towns near Gdańsk for one day trips. Don’t be afraid to explore a little, and when in doubt you can always ask.
I hope you have lots of fun and enjoy your time here as much as I have.
Oops I don’t know what to do in Gdansk
Anyway let’s talk about the fun part of being in Gdansk basically the things you can see and visit in and around Gdansk. First things first, before even the class starts go to the beach there are 3 beautiful beaches you can go to in the tricity which includes Sopot (or what we call the party hub) and Gdynia area as well as some beaches near by call HEL(yes you read them right it is pronounced as HELL) which are supposed to beautiful and enjoyable if the weather permits. So go and enjoy before the winter starts. The old town of Gdansk is historic and since winter is coming, you will have some beautiful decorations for christmas and some christmas markets as well , which are enjoyable to walk through and have something to eat and drink. There are various museums as well like the westerplatter (where world war 2 began), the National Museum and then there is the Museum of world war 2 as well. And of coarse you can never go to Gdansk and not see the Basilica of St. Marys, which is a magnificent church right at the middle of old town and is the 3rd largest brick church in the world. As soon as you reach Gdansk, there could be some free tours of Gdansk old town, which you could take part in, that will take you through all the landmarks. This tour ends by Mid- September so hurry up again.
There is a lake district called the Masurian lakeland which has 2000 lakes and it is to the north east of Poland around 3-4 hours by train(http://www.masurianlakedistrict.com/). There is the worlds largest castle by “surface area” like 20 minutes by train called the Malbork castle (http://www.zamek.malbork.pl/index.php?lang=en) . It is beauty in itself to look at and a pleasurable experience to walk through during a warm sunny afternoon. Then obviously you should visit the capital city of Warsaw and the former capital city of Krakow, both of them have beautiful museums and churches that will take your breathe away. Disclaimer : Krakow pretty much has an old town which has a castle and few museums… shouldn’t take more than a day to see and Warsaw has many monuments and national building that could be interesting for historians
Now to get around the city , there are trams and buses within the Gdansk city and pretty much connects any place you want to see and if you want to move within the tricity area, SKM is your best bet. All the websites and details are already posted in one other blog so I am not going to bother explaining all that. But in general Poland is a beautiful place, especially Gdansk, you should travel fast and quick in our case because nobody loves to travel during hibernation season.
Oops I don’t know Polish
This is it guys, the most important question….. how do I understand polish? When you get there and see words that have way too many consonants put one after the other with no vowels in between making your brain work in ways you never thought it could work and your tongue to twist in ways you thought shouldn’t be twisted, it will hit you….. all the vocabulary you need in poland is Dzien Dobry and Kurwa the former meaning good morning and the latter has loose meaning from a certain famous F- word to a loosely used S -word that means poop in kids language. So guys and girls who will be blessed to live their foreseeable future in Gdansk, don’t bother taking any of our advices, because you need to make your own to enjoy the polish experience.