Geckos, lockdown announcements and the start of something new

Natalia Wilkowskaon 2 March 2021

The end of lockdown in the UK is in sight, and now we're catching up with student Natalia to see how she's feeling.

Could it be the end of the lockdown? It's Wednesday and I've just heard the Prime Minister’s announcement and it’s music to my ears. In fact, it’s music to everyone’s ears. Of course, it’s still unpredictable and all depends on how well we respond to the changes, but I’m thinking of returning to the UK soon and getting back into the swing of things. 

In all my excitement, I’ve already planned a trip with my partner to the mountains next week for some skiing and snowboarding but it is getting quite warm in Poland so we still not sure if there will be enough snow. Holidays are back on the cards, people!

My sister has already gone on holiday and seems to be having a great time, so I’ll be sure to update this diary with photos when I’ve got them. (She’s trying to be retro by using an old-school camera). Unfortunately for me, I’m doing a bit of pet-sitting for her, and sadly the pets are far from furry and cute - she left her little geckos friends at home. Which means someone has to feed them - and yeah, that's me - yuck. I had to buy three boxes of worms and crickets and feed them by hand. I won’t be volunteering for that job again. 

As part of my routine for this 'new normal’, I visited my friends last week. We played some board games and had some drinks so it was a really nice evening. If you are looking for new board games, I recommend Splendor, Paper Tales and iLos. They are strategic games so they require some thinking, logic and planning skills but it’s a great way to work on them and have fun at the same time. If you are a competitive type of person, they’re perfect. And a quick but hilarious game - 5 Seconds. It’s my favourite - easy because you have just five seconds to answer the question - but tons of fun especially at parties. Try them out!

Last week, I mentioned that I'm going to start the Online Exchange Programme. I had my first day on Sunday so they told us some general information about the course and it sounds really interesting. There are a few courses on different days focused on language, culture and China as a country, and after the course, I’ll get a certificate which will definitely be a nice boost to my CV. I can’t wait to start! I'll let you know how I'm doing with the Exchange Programme as soon as I’ve done the first lectures.

See you next week!

Natalia Wilkowskaon 2 March 2021