Hello there 🙂 thought I would share a different kind of post today- a life update kind of post. Those of you who follow me on Instagram already might know that my blog was featured in the newspaper. I decided to write a post about it and share the article in English for my readers and friends back home in India.
Last month I received a call from a journalist for a very popular Polish Newspaper here in Krakow- Dziennik Polski. I was surprised at first, as he said that he wanted to talk to me about an article he planned to write; something about foreign bloggers living in Krakow. I have only started blogging about a year and a half and wondered at first if I should say, yes! He said that we had to meet quickly as the article would be published on Saturday and it was already Thursday. Which meant we had only that evening to have a conversation and then he would write the article on Friday before it went for publication later on Friday evening. I did not think twice and said YES!
We talked about how and why I came to Krakow and my life here. We also talked about my likes, what I do for a living, we talked about my blog and what its like to be a foreign blogger in Poland. This was the first time that I have had this wonderful opportunity and thought I would share the experience with you. So without further ado here is the translated version of the newspaper article.
Dziennik Polski (Originally published 22nd April 2017)-
New posts are published in between working in a corporation and going to the gym. On the blog ‘Indian Girl in Poland’ she writes mostly about her life and a bit about fashion. Doreen, a small brunette, poses in the photos against the background of all known places in and around Krakow. Tauron Arena, the colorful stairs in Podgórze, Kotlarski bridge etc. Doreen also shares with her readers her travel experience. Not only of faraway places but also around the streets of Krakow – “I also try to write about Krakow, because not many people abroad/back home know this city well” – say’s Doreen Pinto, who comes from India. She belongs to a modest group of foreign bloggers who lives in Krakow. And most importantly, they are bringing their glimpse of the capital of Malopolska to the world!
Even a few years ago, Doreen did not know much about our country. Before coming to Krakow she was aware of Pope John Paul II – she recalls. The blogger was raised in the city of Mangalore in the South of India. Doreen, unlike most of the people in her homeland, is a Christian – “many people are surprised, because India is associated mainly with Hinduism and Islam”– she says.
She spent last Christmas at home with family they had a tree but without snow! However, the blogger has become accustomed to the Polish climate. – “I came to Krakow for the first time in June 2012. At first I was wearing thick sweaters, because it was terribly cold for me”
Doreen is working in the financial department of a large US IT company and has started her career in India. She always wanted to try to work abroad, but she did not expect an offer from exotic Poland- “My manager presented me with a proposal to transfer to Krakow. At first I did not know where the city was. Fortunately, it turned out that it was Europe, where I had previously traveled”– indicates Doreen. Before she came to Poland, she had traveled to Great Britain and Czech Republic.
Her closest relatives were happy when they learned of her move to Poland. “Most families in India are conservative and could not agree to leave their daughter to go to the other side of the world. But my family is open and I can count on their support” – says Doreen.
Today, the blogger from India knows the city where he has lived for almost five years. “I love to walk to the Main Market because I live in the neighborhood. In addition, I like to relax at The Forum“. Many of these places are scenery for the fashion photos that she has for her blog.
The role of the photographer is played by her boyfriend, who is a Pole. They met in Krakow and they worked together in one company. Her boyfriend supports not only in running the online blog, but also in overcoming the language barrier- “I try to learn Polish, but it is very difficult for me. Although I tried to learn the language I do not feel the need to use it every day as most of my friends talk with me in English”
The blogger realizes that more and more foreigners are moving to the capital of Malopolska. This is confirmed by the data of the Voivodeship Office in Krakow. Only last year more than 20 thousand. Work permits for foreigners in Małopolska. Among the most popular nationalities that settled in our voivodeship are guests from neighboring countries like Ukraine, Moldova or Russia. However, close to them are the high number of visitors from India, who are undertaking permanent work on the Vistula River (in 2016 308 permits were issued to people from this country).
Probably a large part of them work in outsourcing, that is, execution of orders by external companies. Not without reason Krakow is called the European capital of outsourcing. – “It is good for the city, because many foreign workers have a chance to get to know Krakow. However, they do not leave much money as they would if they were tourists and understandably send their money home to their families”
For Doreen Krakow is open to the newcomers to the city. She has never encountered discrimination while living here. On her short list of disadvantages of life under the Wawel, smog takes the first place-“I come from a country where there is also a large problem with air pollution. However, in my homeland most people do not take this problem seriously”– says the blogger regretfully. And her advice to the people of Krakow would be to do carpooling whenever possible.
Her current blog has been running for a year. In addition to the fashion posts, she also writes about reviews of places in Krakow-“I love Polish food, and I like Polish dumplings the most. In addition, I have recently turned vegetarian and I check the restaurants where the kitchen serves veg food” – she adds. However, she believes that the choice of the latter is still too small.
Well let me know what you think? I am still buzzing with excitement over it.
For my Polish readers here is the Polish version in Newspaper Clip
Thank you for reading <3
Disclaimer: I am truly grateful for this wonderful experience.