I arrived in the picturesque city of Poznan on a warm July’s day. Not long after I set foot outside the airport, I was greeted by my ever present IASTE mentor Anna Kowalska without whom it would have been immensely difficult to settle down as quickly as I did.
Poznan is a very interesting place with a lovely balance of both culture and history, as well as a vibrant modern lifestyle. I was particularly impressed by the Politechnika which looked like it was built the day before I arrived. To this day I have never seen as much shopping centres in close quarters as I have seen Poznan! One simply cannot forget to mention the country’s speciality, that is the Vodka or in polish form, “Vudka”. It is not an overstatement to say that it can be very intense! Whilst in Poznan I had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people and the best thing yet, my home country was never too far away as the nearby lake was actually named after our own country.
I worked for ten weeks at a german global medical device company which was situated approximately two hours from my home. It was inevitably quite a challenge to commute for such a long period of time everyday, however I believe it was all worth it in the end as the work experience I amassed was nothing short of invaluable.
Besides Poznan, I also had the opportunity to visit the capital Warsaw as well as Berlin for a week, with my much missed girlfriend, which was quite a pleasant long break.
All this would not have been possible without IASTE’s continuous diligence and wide ranging connections. For this I am tremendously thankful and I would gladly recommend this organization to anyone as they can truly deliver an experience you cannot forget.