Orientation Week has come to an end, though the real adventure is only just beginning! Check out the news for everything that has been happening in this first week for newly arriving Erasmus students in Poznań.

Monday, February 26th. The day has come! 26th of February marked the first day of Orientation Week. A welcoming ceremony for the new students came first – and the participants were introduced to a handful of useful information about how to easily adapt in a new place and what to do to always stay safe. Later in the day the welcome event moved to 9stóp, where Flag Party turned out to be just a starting point for some more fun! The first day of Orientation Week ended with a huge Cuba Libre party which united students from all Poznań’s universities. This was without a doubt the beginning of a great semester ahead!

Tuesday, February 27th. 18 Erasmus+ students watched over by Joanna – our Erasmus Ambassador – went for an unforgettable trip to the Malta Thermal Pools. It’s one of those events which have already become ESN’s trademark! Multinational representatives from Turkey, Hungary, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, Italy and France made active use of the whole two hours of fun entertaining themselves on the water slides, swimming outside fighting through some dense vapour (and freezing hair) to then relax their tensed muscles in a salty water pool. Earlier in the day Erasmus students also got a chance to go sightseeing around the city and learn all about the mysteries of Poznań, which will serve as their home for the next half a year. Let’s hope that this time will grant them only the best memories!

Wednesday, February 28th. Despite the morning being a bit chilly, a large group of Erasmus students travelled all the way to the Ligawa rink to give ice skating a try. That’s right, give it a try – most of them were only having their skating debut! Great fun in fantastic atmosphere lasted for a whole hour. The next event of the day, Pub Crawl, was in turn both an excellent opportunity to make new friends, but also to explore the most popular pubs in Poznań. Some small challenges awaited the participants on their ways – among other tasks, they had to deal with Polish tongue twisters or take a selfie with a stranger. In each pub the groups played a variety of games, which allowed everyone to get to know each other better and spend time in a great company in a very informal atmosphere. All the groups finished their crawls in Kultowa Pub – the place every Erasmus student should be familiar with. And that is also where everyone could exchange their stories of the night and party till late morning hours!

Thursday, March 1st. Lech is a beer brand popular not only locally, but also nationwide – and made in Poznań! Erasmus students from Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Greece, Romania and Korea took the chance to follow the whole process of its creation in hopes of finding out some new interesting things, and the English-speaking guide did not let them down! Walking them through the spacious rooms of Lech Brewery he was sharing stories in an interesting and easy-going manner. Equipped in knowledge about what happens to a beer before they get to hold it in their hands and historical fun facts from the company’s past, they finished their journey with a beer tasting, choosing one of the three kinds of beverage. Lucky them!

Friday, March 2nd. A visit at Porta Posnania, an interactive museum of the Ostrów Tumski district’s history has also become a must during for the Orientation Week adventure. Audiobook guides helped our Erasmus visitors forget about the world around them and come face to face with interesting facts from the very rich past of this historical area of Poznań. Part of the group later went on to see the nearby Cathedral and finished their outing with a dinner made of the most traditional Polish dish – pierogi. This day just couldn’t have been any better!

Saturday, March 3rd. Orientation Week could not be complete without a proper finish – the European way! Having collected so many diverse experiences during the passing week, our Erasmus students could not miss out on the last event of them all – and this is how Buddy Day and Eurodinner in one came to life. Each participant was faced with a task to prepare a traditional dish representing their homecountry, as a result of which the tables in 9stóp were full of a colorful range of culinary masterpieces. Following this great feast, everyone engaged in a spontaneous game of short one-minute conversations in pairs. The rest of the evening was overcome by music. However, this was just the beginning...

Saving the best for last, here is our cherry on top – a trip down memory lane from our 2017 Erasmus student, Pedro Henriques from Portugal, who has taken it upon himself to tell you all about why once Poznań, always Poznań… Read on to find out what makes him wanna say “dziękuję bardzo” to the people of ESN!

Well... It isn’t easy to sum up such an experience as one year at the wonderful UAM Poznań. Everything together makes this experience amazing – the city’s academic environment, all the staff of UAM, all the people of our amazing ESN section, our trips, our parties... I would like to stress out the importance of our SocialErasmus project’s activities, such small gestures that make such a huge difference in the locals of Poznań. I want to say dziękuję bardzo (thank you very much) to our ESN UAM Poznań members for their tireless efforts to make our months in Poznań truly unforgettable!”

Thank YOU, Pedro!

 

Friday, March 9thErasmus in School with ESN UAM Poznań

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