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Frequently Asked Questions about the EGG school



1. About the travel

1.1. When is the best time to arrive and to leave?

Arrival: Sunday 27 July. Departure: Saturday 9 August. The dorm will open its doors to us in the afternoon of Saturday, July 26th

1.2. Do I need a visa?

See the Lovely Local Lublin website for an information about visas.

1.3. What is the nearest airport?

The closest airport to Lublin is Warsaw. Everything else that you might consider stinks and involves extended trainrides.

1.4. How do I get from Warsaw to Lublin?

The fastest way is by bus, but you can use train as well. See http://republika.pl/linguisticssummerschool/movingabout.html

1.5. What about taxis from the airport, etc?

You should avoid those taxi cars that wait on the airports and on the bus/train stations. Take them only when you have to do it (hurry, late night...).
Taxis to the city centre cost approximately Z35-45, i.e. $10 (journey time - 20 minutes). It is advised to book an official taxi and to confirm the price before setting off. Taxis may be hired in the arrivals' hall at the airport (cost - Z2 per km).
Taxis in Lublin cost more or less the sme regardless of company. The main rule is: if you order taxi by phone (even payphone from the bus or train station) it costs less than if you take it from the taxi rank. If you MUST take it from the taxi rank, I would advise to take those which look like call-taxis (they have big white TAXI on the roof of the car and big telephone numbers, e.g. 916, 9622, 9644). The more expensive taxis will only have a small TAXI light thing on the roof.

1.6. What do I do once I arrive in Lublin?

A small guide how to get to our dorm called Amor (Lovely, a guy with a bow and arrow!) from:

A) Railway station

Having arrived in Lublin railway station get off the train! :)
If you leave the main building of the railway station (the one with a fallic indoor sundial) go down the stairs, and you will see a trolley-bus stop. You take a trolley-bus number 150 and you have to get off at the sixth bus stop (counting the one that you get in as the first one). The ticket can be bought from the driver (have change!). Ask for "Normalny, 30minute" (this will be your first experience with Polish sibilants so either try this: "normalny tshydzestominutovy" or write "30min normalny" on a piece of paper and show it to the driver, it will cost 1,90zl (in newsstands) or 2,10 from driver) THE TICKET MUST BE PUNCHED IN A BOX INTO WHICH YOU STICK THE TICKET TILL IT CLICKS
Some landmarks on your way:
- Sports stadium on the right (between the second and the third bus stop),
- Victoria Hotel on the right (between the third and the fourth bus stop, UP-HILL),
- Pizza Hut/KFC on the left (just before the bus turns left, at this stop you will see a park through the windows on the right, and swans - if you are lucky. this is time to get ready for getting off at the next bus stop, it is just after the park on your right ends),
- On the way to the final stop you will have park on the right, while on the left you will see some green trees, a huge redbrick theatre which looks like it will never be finished, then a small white hotel MERCURY, then bigger white University building of KUL, then, behind a green wooden fence you will see a huge modern glassy brown 10 storey building. That is the venue of your classes as of Monday, 28th!
- Get off when you lose sight of the green fence on the left and the park on the right.
- You are in Aleje Raclawickie! Continue along that street till the next traffic lights (80metres). Cross the street to the left and into Sowinskiego street, you are nearly home. On the left you will see BAR RACLAWICKI with moderately priced PIEROGI, down along the street you will sea a concrete white overpass. When you get to the overpass, turn right, and go along the small alley. The orange-yellow-green building in front of you is your dorm Amor. It is the place where you are going to spend your two unforgettable weeks in Poland. J We will be waiting there for you!!! Entrance: under the columns on the left. If you live in other dorms than Amor, they are alphabetically arranged behind Amor.

B) Bus station

Having arrived in Lublin bus station do not forget to get off the bus! :)
Get into the main building of the station with "Dworzec Glowny PKS" written on it. On leaving it you will see a big shop called Nova and the Lublin Castle on the left on the hill. Your bus stop is 20m in the direction of the castle, on your side of the street. To get to Amor you have to take one of the following busses: 5, 10, 18, 57 and get off at the fourth bus stop (counting the one that you get in as the first one).
- On the way to the final stop you will have park on the right, while on the left you will see some green trees, a huge redbrick theatre which looks like it will never be finished, then a small white hotel MERCURY, then bigger white University building of KUL, then, behind a green wooden fence you will see a huge modern glassy brown 10 storey building. That is the venue of your classes as of Monday, 28th!
- Get off when you lose sight of the green fence on the left and the park on the right.
- You are in Aleje Raclawickie! Continue along that street till the next traffic lights (80metres). Cross the street to the left and into Sowinskiego street, you are nearly home. On the left you will see BAR RACLAWICKI with moderately priced PIEROGI, down along the street you will sea a concrete white overpass. When you get to the overpass, turn right, and go along the small alley. The orange-yellow-green building in front of you is your dorm Amor. It is the place where you are going to spend your two unforgettable weeks in Poland. J We will be waiting there for you!!! Entrance: under the columns on the left. If you live in other dorms than Amor, they are alphabetically arranged behind Amor.


C) Taxi
Ask to be taken to Akademik AMOR
The taxi will cost 10-25zl depending on time of day or company

Tickets: (Tickets for buses and trolley-buses are the same.)
a) State-owned buses.
In order to avoid problems with our ticket inspectors we advise buying "normal" 30-minute ticket. You can buy it in newsstands, it costs 1,90 zl. You can also purchase it from the bus driver but then it costs 2,10 zl.
You will also need the same ticket ("normal" 30-minute one) for each and every luggage that exceeds 120 cm3. Rucksacks and big suitcases usually count as a person.

b) Private buses..
Apart from state-owned buses you can get around Lublin in private transport. Numbers of buses are the same but the fees are lower: in a bus you pay only 1zl with no further charge for luggage.
HOW to spot them?
Just look for a small 'p' marked in yellow on the bus timetable. All private buses have big yellow stickers with: PRYWATNY or KOMUNIKACJA PRYWATNA written on them.

TIMETABLES!

A timetable for each bus consists of three small tables:
- first one for weekdays, in Polish: Powszedni,
- second one for Saturdays, in Polish: Sobota,
- third one for Sundays and holidays, in Polish: Niedziele i dni swiateczne.

BE CAREFUL TO CHECK THE RIGHT DAY WHEN YOU ARRIVE!

While travelling Polish public transport take special care for your luggage! Pickpockets are everywhere! :)

2. About the hostel

2.1. What kind of place are we staying in?

A student hostel/dorms of the Lublin university. It is a pretty austere place: it is a building from the 50s (the oldest dorm), with three-bed rooms only. Yes, you will share with two other persons. The showers and the toilets are shared by the whole floor (but you have the luxury of running water in the room). Some rooms have (empty) fridges. There is a kitchen available on every floor with an oven and heating facilities and a table, but no pots and pans. Access is 24h, through a porter at night. It is a 5 min walk to the classrooms, 15 min to the old town.

2.2. Where is the hostel

Dom Akademicki UMCS "Amor"
ul. Radziszewskiego 18
That's 2-3min walk from the classrooms

2.3. Do I need to do anything in order to book my hostel room?

If you are correctly registered, no. People who are registered and requested a space in the hostel, automatically have rooms allocated in the student-hostel where we all stay.

2.4. Does the hostel include meals? Are any meals provided?

No, meals are your responsability. (The hostel is a bare-bone no-comfort student-dorm, and does not provide things like meals)

2.5. Can I bring my wife? children? mom? pet?

No. We cannot provide space for people other than the participants.

2.6. Can I choose my roommates?

Yes, if you organise with them beforehand.

2.7. Is there enough room for all of us?

Yes, the hostel has room for 155 students -- there are less than 140 confirmed participants, so we will all fit in nicely after all.

3. About the registration

3.1. What happens if I submit my registration form several times?

Only the last one will be counted.
(If you submit them with the different names, then they will all be counted and you will receive the shame-of-the-egg punishment for giving additional work to organisers.)

3.2. If I register, can I later decide to withdraw my registration?

Yes, of course!! Just send a msg to egg-withdraw@auf.net and you will be automatically removed from the list of participants.
We do request though that you tell us before June 1st.

3.3. What is this stuff about a mailing list?

When you register, you are automatically subscribed to a mailing lists for annoucements about the school and for general discussion. (Notice that you must remain on that mailing list as long as you are registered with the school, we need a way to reach you!!)

4. Grants

4.1. Are grants really only for Central/Eastern Europe?

Yes. See the blurb on the purpose of the school for a brief explanation of why this is. It would be great if we could give out more money, but we're on a shoestring budget and it's already difficult like this...

4.2. What about people from Central/Eastern Europe living abroad?

That's to be seen on a case by case basis. But in general preference is given to those living out of reach of all these nice dollars ;-)

4.3. Is it true that grants are given only to people who stay for the whole school?

Yes!! And we are pretty strict on this (see question 4.5)

4.4. When will I know if I received a grant?

Since the deadline for applications is 15th may, it'll be a little after that: around end May.

4.5. I have a travel grant, how does reimbursement proceed?

You are expected to pay your travel, and then be reimbursed during the school. The reimbursement will be at the end of the school. We will be pretty strict on this, as there has been some abuse in the past.

5. About the classes

5.1. Are all classes in English?

Yes

5.2. Where are the classes held?

The classes will be held at floor 6 of the new building of KUL. The address of KUL is: Al. Raclawickie 14

5.3. Am I supposed to attend all the classes?

No way!! This school is supposed to be benefit you, not stuff too much down your throat!! So attend as much as you can digest, and only the parts you are really interested in.

5.4. Can I attend classes from all three tracks?

Yes, of course.

5.5. When will the schedule be known?

Scheduling is a long and difficult process. Wish us luck...

6. Misc

6.1. Where do I exchange money in Lublin?

The money situation is the folowing. Changing money is no problem. There is no commission in Money Exchange but the rates are not the best. Gienek says: "the rates are mildly competitive - whatever that may mean to you." It meant nothing to me personally, but I thought I'd pass it on anyway. ;-)
You can exchange almost any currency: dollar, euro, pound, Swiss frank, less commonly Forints, Lewas etc.
Lublin has plenty of cash mashines on which any VISA, MASTER CARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, MAESTRO, DINER'S CLUB should work. So, changing money and getting cash is no object really...

6.2. Will there be an internet connection available?

Probably not. But there are many internet cafes close to where the school will be held. A veritable virtual tour of some of them starts here: http://republika.pl/linguisticssummerschool/
How much do those internet cafes cost? Around 5zl/hour (1.1 euros).

6.3. Who should I contact if I have more questions?

First make sure that the answer to your question is not on this website!! If it's not, then you have two options:
- either you feel your question is of general interest, in which case you should send an email to the entire mailing list (where every registered person will receive it), at egg.03@auf.net
- or you feel it is a private issue that would not interest all the participants to the school, in which case you should contact the organisers directly, at summerschool@auf.net


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