I’m in Poland! After nearly 16 hours of planes and airports, a train ride, and a taxi with a driver with a language barrier, I have arrived. My colleague, Steven Hecking, and I are officially in Kraków preparing a for a semester of study at The Academy of Music in Kraków. We’ll be studying with composer Marcel Chyrzyński during our stay, and we couldn’t be more excited.
As the term has yet to officially begin, most of the time here has been spent exploring the city (meaning a TON of walking) and getting to know the ins and outs of daily life. I am in the early stages of learning Polish, but fortunately the people here are largely bilingual and can communicate with me via English. I do, however, intend to get some working knowledge of their language under my belt during my time here! With the help of the internet and some very friendly strangers, we’ve been able to locate places such as grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. with little difficulty.
Thus far, I have been able to sample a few different eateries - Polish cuisine, a burger joint, and the loveliest smelling bakery I have ever encountered. The food here is incredible, and cheap! I’ll supply a couple of pictures at the bottom of the post to demonstrate my good fortune in food, and next time I'll have some examples of the beautiful buildings in the area.
I will try and post on my website weekly in an effort to keep everyone informed of my European experiences including composition, performance and general shenanigans, so stay tuned!