So I’ve only managed to post a couple of times this month, due to various things happening.
Injury! And Polish doctors
Firstly, I was having some problems with my back, which led to multiple visits to Luxmed (my medical provider) and x-rays, tests etc. To fix the problem, I was advised to do physical therapy, and they fit me in at some point in January 2017! Yeah, helpful I know. But you have to get used to that if you don’t speak Polish, you will have a long wait for an English speaking doctor.
Waiting to see a doctor in Poland
The good thing is that by the time you see a doctor, you are already cured! But you still need that pesky L4 to provide your employer, and they can only be back-dated 3 days.
So, instead I decided to take matters into my own hands and I signed up with a personal trainer whose company was advertising on the Krakow Expats group on Facebook (worth joining sometimes). Allforbody (http://www.allforbody.com/) has over 10 locations in Krakow, and the trainers that I have seen are all in top condition, and know exactly what they are doing. My trainer kicks my ass every time but she is also extremely motivating. It’s going well so far and I’m feeling much better, so probably won’t need the physical therapy in January.
Learning the language!
Now, I’m also learning Polish, very, very slowly! I had some lessons when I first decided to stay here, and then some more when I had to learn my wedding vows in Polish. But then I got lazy and stopped for a few years. But a few months ago, I decided to start up again and I’m slowly getting the hang of it. Although I’m still a long way off having a conversation with anyone, I can now kind of understand some things. It’s also nice that I don’t have to order 1/2 kilo of ham or cheese, as I could only say “pół kilo prosze”, which means half a kilo please, and point at stuff. Just to explain why “pół” is easy, it sounds like poo. To ask for a 1/4 kilo, you need to say “dwieście pięćdziesiąt”, or dvar jisty pin dish ant.
Polish is one of the most difficult languages to learn in the world
I’m learning at a local school in Bochnia where I live as it’s more convenient than staying in Krakow after work. It’s Cool School Bochnia – http://csbochnia.pl/?p=1399. Monika, the teacher and owner is excellent and extremely patient. And she needs to be patient with me, I’m not the greatest at remembering anything, let alone all the different ways of saying something simple, like the word – two (2).
It’s going to take a while, but it’s improving and I’m feeling a little more confident each day. Even though my favourite thing to say is “jestem bardzo leniwy” which is I am very lazy 🙂
I’m sure I’ll get there one day and be fluent, but it will take time as with most things.