21.10.2017 18:09

I was looking forward to eating Czech dumplings, says Maria

Autor: Aneta Chytková | Kurz: English section | Kategorie: Features and other

A twenty-two-year-old student Maria Wojdyga is from Gdaňsk, one of the biggest and oldest cities in Poland. She decided to study in the Czech Republic and try a student live in Brno for a few months.

Maria, who is very friendly and kind person, is studying Spanish and she changed her home Faculty of Arts at University of Gdaňsk to Faculty of Arts at University of Masaryk in Brno. “The Czech Republic was the only option remaining, others were already taken such as Spain,” Maria explains why she chose this city.  Even she did not know anyone from Poland who studied here before she does not regret. “I have heard that this is very international city where you may meet people all around the world. Brno tends to be called a student city,” Maria continues. She was also very thrilled what the student life would be like.

Latin America attracts her immensely that she has been studying Spanish for three years. She attends a number of classes to learn Portuguese but still it is insufficient to fulfil her desire. She likes exotic languages. “I learn Arabic, too, but it is very complicated language and I am just a beginner. Therefore I would like to find a teacher in Brno,” Maria describes. In Gdaňsk she had a private teacher from Egypt. Not only languages but also helping other people is her hobby. “In Poland I work with Roma children and help them with school issues.“ She really enjoys it even though as a volunteer she is not paid for it.

As you can see she is very talented in foreign languages so she did not have any problem to understand Czech. She hopes that after finishing her studies in the Czech Republic she will be fluent in Czech. “Since I am Polish I understand some phrases and vocabulary is very similar. Czech sounds like my native language and I would like to learn it.” But what does she want to do after graduation in Poland? “I would like to change my specialization and go to medical studies.” Maria wishes to become a physiotherapist.

First days in Brno were not easy, although Maria had visited the Czech Republic many times before. She had visited Prague and Krkonoše mountain near Polish border where she had fell in love with Czech dumplings. “Every time when we went to the Czech Republic I was looking forward eating dumplings.” She is a vegetarian and unfortunately has struggled to find some vegetarian restaurants and grocery shops in Brno. But now she likes Brno city centre, pubs and a night atmosphere. “I made friends with Mexicans and was invited to Mexican party to hang out. We drank tequila, danced to reggae tone and latino music,” recalls Maria.

The young woman claims that the Czech Republic and Poland are very similar. “I see many similarities between how Poland looks like and the Czech Republic, because our cultures are very close. We have same traditions, architecture, same type of people with socks in sandals,” she argues. According to Maria, Poles are more nervous than Czechs. She was surprised by Czech students that knew some basics of Spanish before they started study at university, unlike to Poles. “Before I initiated my studies in University of Gdaňsk I did not speak Spanish, in Poland it is common. We are supposed to learn everything in university. In this comparison Czech students are better and consequently their level of Spain is higher,” Maria summarises.


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