I would like to introduce you the new author of Enjoy Wroclaw’s blog. I’m going to present more opinions about Wroclaw in foreign eyes. Claire will describe Wroclaw from her perspective. What do you think about the new category? Feel free to share your opinions.

As a foreigner living in Wroclaw, how do I see my adopted home? And, after a whole year of living here, does it still seem special to me? Do I still get that sense of living far away from home every time I step outside the front door? My one and only answer to that question is yes. There is one aspect of Wroclaw which differs greatly from my homeland, and that it the architecture. Coming from a tiny island dotted with fisherman’s cottages and the ubiquitous British semi-detached houses, arriving in Wrocław was certainly a shock to the system. By shock I am not implying anything negative. In fact, I was completely taken aback by the beauty of the Rynek with its brightly coloured kamienice, the wide-open space and the hum of activity all around. We simply do not have this kind of square in the UK and it still fills me with happiness every time I go there. As a foreigner, I still look at everything, and to an extent watch everyone. I have found during my time here that the Rynek is an excellent place to go for relaxing coffee or beer and watch the world go by.

Other parts of the city which managed to retain some of their original architecture also fascinate me.  I am particularly fond of parts of the city centre such as the area behind Pasaż Grunwaldski and parts of Traugutta. Many natives of Wroclaw tell me that these areas are dangerous but for me they signify lively and up and coming neighbourhoods, no longer only filled with older members of society. Now I notice a huge variety of independent food shops, florists and clothes shops lining the streets. This adds to the slightly boho atmosphere in these parts and is a refreshing change from the mass of chain shops visible in every medium to large British city. As I walk home in the dark by myself on a chilly October evening I have the overwhelming sense that I am safe. After all, I can’t even imagine taking such a risk in other cities I’ve lived in such as Birmingham. For me, Wroclaw has all the attributes of a large city without the negativities that usually come with it. I’m sure that many fellow foreigners, or those who have lived abroad will agree with me.

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