Bielsko-Biała – ‘the city of 100 industries’

As you may know Poland is divided into administrative division, a voivodeship – is the highest-level administrative division of Poland, corresponding to a province in many other countries. My volunteering is in Silesia and in this article you can discover another great city of the Silesia – Bielsko-Biała.

Bielsko-Biała as a city has had its name since the first of January 1951 when officially two places merged together which were located on opposite banks of the river Biała that was also the border between Śląsk (Silesia) and Małopolska ( lesser Poland). This city has unique history because of the location and because of the name itself – both words Bielsko and Biała stands for the word white. Two names comes from two cities which have different backgrounds.

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Trip to Katowice

Hello, welcome to my weekly article on our blog. Today I will tell you about how was in Katowice. Last week over the weekend (when the weather was perfect, not like now) I decided to go on a trip to Katowice. The train journey there, was very pleasant from Rybnik (I am a volunteer there), there is a direct train, the journey is not very long and it is not very expensive either 😊.

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Timisoara vibes

I had luck to spend one week in Timisoara, Romania. I will call it as one of the most perfect weeks in my life. I met a lot of Armenian, Spanish, Romanian and Polish people there and the fun we had together was just incredible.

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Besides being in a youth exchange program first in these 5 months living and volunteering in Poland, I also had a chance to discover a country in one week. It was a great chance to be able to live in a country for some days and everyday have a chance to see something new. Everyday we woke up, had breakfast, great and inspiring sessions, lunch and other stuff and had time to dedicate to ourselves.

I loved these days because I met people I am going to be friends with. I chat with them, speak and share my emotions with them now, even though it’s already been some days I came back, but our connection is alive.

We had trips to the city, saw their most beautiful places, enjoyed our trip while boating on a river. We had intercultural night day and showed and shared our cultures with the others. It was an amazing evening for everyone.

We learnt to act, react among people from different countries and nationalities. How to be a great company. People I spent my time with were just great. And it was so cool to spend a week with people, forget about days and nights, partying a lot and sharing life moments together.

Timisoara is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to. It reminded me of Yerevan, my capital city. Some streets reminded me of Yerevan when I first got there and I was feeling myself as calm as I was feeling in my hometown.

I can literally say that I fell in love with this city and the country. It was an amazing time with my amazing people. Learn, Act, React project in FITT Timisoara was just adorable. And Arus, our beloved Armenian trainer and coordinator, without whom our days would not be that bright and beautiful.

I will never forget Timisoara vibes and Timisoara will never forget us (especially Armenians).