Natalia’s Student Diaries: Home for the holidays

Natalia Wilkowskaon 15 February 2021
dog in snow

This week, Natalia gets a taste of normality again, after returning home to Warsaw. Things have changed a bit since she left though...

After a month of writing my lockdown diaries from the UK, I’m now back in Poland. As soon as I landed in Warsaw, I started to regret my decision, because it's freezing here! If you think that winter in the UK is cold and snowy, wait until you visit Eastern Europe. Today, it’s -15°C, and the snow is up to my ankles. However, I don't mind too much, as I’m used to it; it was more surprising when I found out that winter in the UK is more rainy than white.

The snow in Warsaw

I finally got to meet up with my family. It’s been hard not seeing them for such a long time, especially during Christmas. Now, we have lots of time to catch up.

My dog was jumping up and down with excitement when he saw me. I also found out that my sister had adopted an agama and three little geckos. Imagine my surprise when I saw a giant terrarium in the middle of her room! They are quite cute though, as long as you’re a fan of reptiles.

Rocky enjoying the snow

The agama, whose name is Frank, is my favourite one. But, I was terrified when I saw what they ate; my sister’s room is full of crickets, locusts, and worms, which is a bit too much for me. I don't know how about you guys but living in a house full of bugs sounds insane to me.

Frank, about to tuck into his lunch… Yuck!

The coronavirus situation in Poland is much better than the UK’s. We’re still in lockdown, but it’s nowhere near as strict. Shopping centres, hotels, cinemas, museums, and some entertainment venues are open, but restaurants and bars are still closed. It feels nice going outside to see some art, watch a film at the cinema, and get a taste of normality again. We still have to wear masks everywhere, but at least we can hang out outside.

My best friend is organising her birthday party this weekend. I can't wait to go there and meet all my friends. I haven't seen them for ages! We're going to a laser tag venue to celebrate. Obviously, we’ll need to follow the restrictions, but it’s still a good way to have fun. I've never taken part in something like this, so I’m really looking forward to it. I was always too scared to go paintballing, so this is a nice alternative!

Oh, and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! My other half and I won’t be going out anywhere fancy because of the pandemic, but we're definitely going to spend some time together. We’re planning a car trip out of the city to forget about the pandemic. Try and enjoy yourself this Valentine’s Day. If you’re single, use the opportunity to pamper yourself, with a nice Netflix session or a nice meal. If you’re not sure what to do, why not enter Student Hut’s self-care competition for your chance to win a Lush gift set?

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Natalia Wilkowskaon 15 February 2021