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Living in a Crayon



The two tall student dorm buildings in plac Grundwaldzki are named „Kredka“, the crayon, and „Ołówek“, the pencil. The participants of the summer course were all put up in the „Kredka“. This accommodation was offered to us as part of a package together with the language class, and I chose it because it was a) the cheapest and b) the easiest possibility to find a place to stay Our three „pilots“ were staying with us at the Kredka and helped with any problems, big or small.

Okay I have long outgrown student age and student style so this accommodation was acceptable to me temporarily but I would not want to live there for months or years. For incoming young university students who do not expect too high standards and want company, however, they are an option to consider.


The rooms are furnished - cheaply, and the bed is lousy. The kitchen has a fridge, sink, electric kettle and cooking facilities. Everything else including cups and plates must be brought or bought. Since the kitchen and bathroom are windowless, fresh air and summer heat are a problem. Each room has a small balcony that you will share with the pigeons, who consider it theirs. The balcony would have needed a thorough cleaning to become suitable for human use.


The dorm is organized in modules of two rooms, either single or double occupancy, sharing a bathroom and kitchen. I was very lucky, as the second room in my modul was not occupied and I had bathroom and kitchen all to myself. An unexpected but much appreciated privilege.
After about 10 days, though, the administration revoked that privilege. They wanted to make me move in with someone else who also had an apartment to herself. They pretended that there was a problem with my toilet. I had no problem with my toilet. This other person was a British lady my age who actually had become my friend already from the first day of the course – but we both looked at each other and said, no we don’t want that. The administration would listen neither to us nor to the pilot who tried to help us. Obviously they were not used to such disobedient students.
Then the pilot spoke to the deputy headmistress on our behalf. The deputy headmistress made one phone call and then told us that everything was all right and things would stay the way they were. Given her energetic personality, I have some imaginations about the phone call, how Pani Profesor notified them that This. Is. Not. Going. To. Happen. Hee hee.
We were so grateful! Old ladies like us prefer some privacy…

View from the common room on the 15th floor

My room was on the 9th floor. I had a wide view over the eastern suburbs of Wrocław towards the Olympic Stadium and Hala Stulecia. Those on the other side of the building had the view towards the city centre, but also the sun in the afternoon. The first half of the month was boiling hot with temperatures around 35°. Leaving the windows open over night was not possible because of the street noise and most of all because of the pigeons.

My view with rainbow

Posted by Kathrin_E 16:08 Archived in Poland Tagged wroclaw

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