The thing I really miss here in Warsaw is playing piano. I started to play the piano again last summer, after several years of break. Now when I don't have a chance to do it, I've realized how much I actually enjoy the playing. It should not be a problem to find someone from here to give me the lessons though, after all Warsaw is the home town of Frédéric Chopin. The only problem could be the language-barrier between me and my teacher. So where to find a piano that I can play? I do have some plans about sneaking to an airport, I'm even willing to give free concerts - especially if and when people want to hear bit-unrehearsed-and-probably-quite-awful piano covers from Game of Thrones.
Few days ago I attended an event which was held in the memory of Chopin. The event took place in the Holy Cross Church. They played the whole Requiem from Mozart as a tribute to him. Oh and the concert - it was amazing. 55 minutes well spent.
I'm planning do an own blog post later explaining more from the courses I am attending here. I want to mention the names of the classes I'm taking part to, so you'll get a better vision of my studies. The courses I'm taking on this semester are,
1. Asymmetric threats,
2. History of European Integration,
3. International Migration,
4. Political and Economic Geography,
5. International Relations in Central Europe and
6. International Protection of Human rights.
I will still have to do some selection, since I am only allowed to do courses worth for 30ECTS, and these six in total are more than 40..
I went to the Museum of Modern Art one day since it is only five minutes away from our University library where I am spending lot of time. They had an interesting art exhibition there, it was a nice and relaxing way to spend a rainy afternoon. There are still lot of museums to see, next I want to go to the National Museum and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
We finally visited the sightseeing terrace on top of the Cultural Palace with Nathalie last week. The views were striking - you could really see how big city Warsaw is in fact. Afterwards we went to an Israeli restaurant (because hummus is life), and we got enormous amount of food for free after we had ordered our meals. It seems it was somehow included to the offer - anyway, good deal, I would say. For those who'll visit me, I will take each and every one of you to eat there!
Few weeks ago we headed to the Łazienki Park with Tuuli. We chose a nice, sunny day to go there and we got to experience the golden autumn of Poland. The park is full of wildlife - the cutest ducks, some scary swans which were coming really close to us and lot of friendly squirrels looking for food. Łazienki park was one of the most beautiful parks I've seen here so far.