Equine Welfare and Management in Poland
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Students will stay in university dormitories in Rzeszow and at bed and breakfasts on overnight excursions.
UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange alternative lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.
Several group meals will be included on the program. Student dormitories have access to a kitchen and there is a grocery store and dorm cafeteria within walking distance.
This program includes:
- A tour of University of Rzeszów
- A tour of Rzeszów (city center)
- A tour of Rzeszów Cellars
- A visit to Cracow
- A visit to Skansen in Sanok
- A visit to Auschuwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp
- A visit to Wieliczka Salt Mines (a UNESCO World List of Natural and Cultural Heritage site)
- A visit to the Wawel castle in Cracow
- A nature hike in the Bieszczady mountains
- A horseback ride near Tabun Ranch
Activities are subject to change.
Situated at the feet of the Carpathian mountains, Rzeszów is the capitol of the agriculturally rich Podkarpacie region. The region has a large equine presence, with many stables, and breeding facilities within driving distance from the city. Rzeszów is home to two major universities. Uniwersytet Rzeszowski, the region’s largest academic institution. This modern city offers a culturally grounded and honest view of life in Poland. Due to the strong university presence, many of the city’s 188,000 residents speak Polish as well as English, making the town easy for international students to navigate. Rzeszów has an excellent public transportation system and is within driving distance to several UNESCO World Heritage sites, beautiful national parks and to the cities of Cracow and Warsaw.
If you’re partial to good home cooking, the way your grandmother used to make it, you’ve come to the right place. Polish food is based largely on local ingredients like pork, cabbage, mushrooms, beetroot and onion, combined simply and honed to perfection. Regional specialties like duck, goose and trout keep things from getting dull. As for sweets, it’s hard to imagine a more accommodating destination. Cream cakes, apple strudel, pancakes, fruit-filled dumplings and a special mania for lody (ice cream) may have you skipping the main course and jumping straight to the main event.
Castles to Log Cabins
The former royal capital of Kraków is a living lab of architecture over the ages. Its nearly perfectly preserved Gothic core proudly wears overlays of Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau, a record of tastes that evolved over centuries. Fabulous medieval castles and evocative ruins dot hilltops around the country, and the fantastic red-brick fortresses of the Teutonic Knights stand proudly in the north along the Vistula. Simple but finely crafted wooden churches hide amid the Carpathian hills, and the ample skills of the highlanders are on display at the many skansens (open-air ethnographic museums).
Away from the big cities, much of Poland feels remote and unspoiled. While large swathes of the country are flat, the southern border is lined with a chain of low-lying but lovely mountains that invite days, if not weeks, of splendid solitude. Well-marked hiking paths criss-cross the country, taking you through dense forest, along broad rivers and through mountain passes. Much of the northeast is covered by interlinked lakes and waterways ideal for kayaking and canoeing – no experience necessary. Local outfitters are happy to set you up for a couple of hours or weeks.
A Thousand Years
Poland’s roots go back to the turn of the first millennium, leaving a thousand years of twists and turns and kings and castles to explore. WWII history buffs are well served. Tragically, Poland found itself in the middle of that epic fight, and monuments and museums dedicated to its battles – and to Poland’s remarkable survival – can be seen everywhere. There’s a growing appreciation, too, of the rich Jewish heritage. Beyond the deeply affecting Holocaust memorials, synagogues are being sensitively restored, and former Jewish centres such as Łódź and Lublin have heritage trails, so you can trace this history at your own pace.
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