Krakow – The City of the Dragon

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How do you kill a powerful and arrow-proof Dragon, which is haunting and terrorizing your town? No, dear Skyrim fans, you never thought of this solution on your hunt. Krak the shoemaker decided to simply make him… explode. The full story of the Dragon of Wawel is available here, but for those who cannot wait (!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!), Krak prepared for the Dragon a lamb, full with spices and sulphur. The dragon got so thirsty that he blow up, after drinking half of the Vistula river.

20160305_111033Vistula river – how is looks like when no dragon drinks half of it.

Krakow was the city I moved in on November 2013, when my life as an expat started.

It couldn’t be a better choice: it’s a full-international city, in which pretty much everyone speaks english (UWAGA: This does NOT apply to bus/taxi drivers), and there is a general climate of 24/7 party time.
Somehow, the city is small enough to make everyone connected with each other in some weird way.
As an example: I arrived without knowing anyone, and through one of my friends from long time, Laura, I met another Italian guy living in the city. Finally, through him, I got in contact with another friend, which used to live in the same building which became my house for one year and a half: 2 buildings, 2 apartment per each floor (around 16 apartment, each one hosting from 3 to 10 people)…. and only 1 Polish family in the whole building! Even if it wasn’t rare to refer to our flat as “The Italian Flat”, the whole building counted expats from Italy, Spain, Iran, France and so on! It felt like Erasmus again.

After less than one week, I was completely set in Krakow life, thanks to my fellow building-mates Alessandro, Fabrizio, Tiziano and the most “experienced” of us in terms of living in Poland, Roberto. And this was the result:

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Hurray for homemade pasta!

Long story short, living in Krakow for one year and a half was amazing, even if I think that Krakow is really demading, in terms of energy. I know it might be too much, but the comparison that most costantly come to my mind is with London: always active, costantly on the run, a Big Bang of lives and stories that explodes together. If anyone would be interested on moving over there and compare a bit what is like in terms of costs etc, Numbeo and FlyingYak are going to be very helpful.

Also on this visit, I wasn’t deluded at all. I met A LOT of friends in a extremely busy weekend visit (Thanks to everyone!), and I was able to take again long walk in a place that, somehow, it still feels a lot as a second home.

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“Where are we meeting?” “At Mariacki?” “Ok!”

And after this weekend, I am now back in Gdansk, the city which hosts me since June, starting my first day as work-from-home trainee. Amazingly scary, apparently I will need to be “RESPONSIBLE” (Julia, I said it, and I’m not yet freaking out! :D).

But it’s nice to think that, no matter what, there will always be somewhere in the map a place like Krakow to recharge.

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