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BevK   
6 Nov 2009
Life / UK expat recently moved to Warsaw - lots of ongoing questions :) [27]

Never did that in the UK, is it specific to Poland that this advice is given? If so, then fair enough to post it I guess but there is a lot of this "boil the tap water" and NO ONE can actually say what the benefit is actually meant to be.

Anyone out there know? LOL Let's say specifically in Warsaw where there isn't a massive public awareness campaign about micro-organisms in the water (and if you have to boil water for 4 minutes to kill bugs it still tastes like crap, literally, just with dead crap not live crap).

The Brita filter I had in the UK (and wish I had brought) was designed to stay in the fridge.
BevK   
6 Nov 2009
Life / UK expat recently moved to Warsaw - lots of ongoing questions :) [27]

OK what IS the deal about boiling water?

If you need to boil water it is usually to kill micro-organisms and it needs to be boiled for a about 4 minutes or so as anyone who remembers standpipes and water shortages in the UK in the past will tell you (yes I am that flipping ancient I can remember the 70s!).

JUST boiling it means nada except you have hot water. I don't drink tap water straight but I didn't in the UK either unless I had to, other than this fine and delightful stomach bug which many many people have had recently I have been fine (and didn't even have ANY tap water boiled or otherwise for days before that baby hit!).
BevK   
6 Nov 2009
Life / Large Polish cities with the fewest # of native english speakers? [15]

If you are good then try your luck in Warsaw. There are plenty of crappy people calling themselves teachers, as well as people who can actually do what they claim! 300 or so schools in Warsaw - but equally there are a lot of people here who already have a toehold.
BevK   
6 Nov 2009
Life / Are there any good vitamin shops in Warsaw? [9]

You could try Vega - there is a small (cheap) veggie/vegan restaurant and a wholefood shop. Maybe?

It's round the back of Kino Femina, there is also a little alleyway leading to it (probably easier to find via the alleyway) from Jana Pawła just past (I think!) Świat Herbata, certainly past the kiosk.
BevK   
6 Nov 2009
Life / November 11th - Independance Day in Poland [28]

Nov 6, 09, 17:50 - Thread attached on merging:
11th November a "holiday" in Poland?

No work listed for me that day, which might just be one of those things (and right now would be quite nice to have a breather as Wednesdays have been very manic for weeks) - notice the same for the week after (Thursday as I recall).
BevK   
6 Nov 2009
Life / Why do Poles and other Europeans use the Lords name in vain so often ???? [28]

If your faith is strong enough, away_guy, then you can surely trust that the creator of the universe, who made us in his image and gave us free will and also made EVERYTHING can deal with people in his own way right?

Without you having a problem with how other people live.

In my book, that's called "intolerance".
BevK   
24 Oct 2009
Food / Warsaw: where to find DECENT chickens and marzipan! [12]

I knew they'd move me!!!!!!! At least this is a forum that gets traffic but I am not asking about Polish food lmao. I think they just like moving me cos they know I will grumble. Just kidding.

I wouldn't waste good Luebeck marzipan for this purpose, I am going to make a Nigella Lawson cake which isn't conventional: you take a whole block of the usual sugary marzipan, cut it into cubes and freeze it. Then you chop dried pears, good quality fruits (I am going to use jumbo raisins and MAYBE dried cherries) and you macerate them in Bacardi for a few days - then make the cake mix, add your boozy fruits and the frozen marzipan cubes and bake it slooooooooowly (which is why the marzipan is frozen) and it is heavenly heavenly heavenly.

Thanks re the chicken, even in the Piotr i Paweł I went to there was the usual intensively reared fishmeal fed stuff (urgh).

My friend claimed you can get marzipan everywhere and I said he was getting confused with the chocolate covered stuff which is not what I want:) So thanks for proving me right.

Harry, does this mean the Hilton lunch on Xmas Day is expat hangout hell/heaven (depending on your perspective)? I am torn what to do for Xmas Day itself, I am going to see the family in the UK just before Xmas and coming back on Xmas Eve (want to be in Poland for Wiligia). Boxing Day is sorted (hence need for a cake!) - was thinking I'd zonk out and enjoy not having the Queen to laugh at for a change but what DO people do here on Xmas Day if they are still early into the process of integration (i.e. not married to someone Polish or dating someone Polish etc etc).
BevK   
22 Oct 2009
Food / Warsaw: where to find DECENT chickens and marzipan! [12]

I hope this doesn't get moved elsewhere with less traffic esp as there's the question about steak still in this section!!

Supermarket chicken is bleurgh, I realise I am spoiled in wanting decent chicken and preferably organic/free range. Yes I know it will cost plenty but I am thinking for a special occaision. Where can I get this in Warsaw? The usual answer is "in the country from a farmer" which is not much use!

Secondly, has anyone seen marzipan? Not the stuff in chocolate, blocks of proper marzipan.

Thank you :)
BevK   
14 Sep 2009
Life / Shopping (clothes, bedding, etc) on Budget in Warsaw [6]

The Carrefore is excellent - if you are going to Arkadia you could also check out Leroy Merlin for some things too.

Merged: Are there any shops which sell clothes dye to smarten up colours, in Warsaw?

I'm thinking like Dylon Machine Dye type of thing - I just want black!
BevK   
10 Sep 2009
Law / Average rate for proofreading English in Poland? [14]

I guess he would be guarding it as he keeps getting sacked from other places...

Thanks ukpolska - I've already started putting feelers out. I guess my CV will help as it has professional PowerPoint experience listed on there too. I've been here four months now and I think it's time I got off my backside more :)
BevK   
10 Sep 2009
Law / Average rate for proofreading English in Poland? [14]

I wonder if anyone could advise me of who to approach re proofreading. I do know someone who does this but he guards the info very jealously: I don't think he is too secure in his tenure with the agency from the things he is saying.

I have a lot of experience: proofreading, creating templates for customer service departments/customer service handling to board level etc. I've proofread for a Doctor who was giving a presentation in Boston however he wanted to do that via an English course at the school where I am working.

Where do I start making myself known please? Email reply welcome!
BevK   
8 Sep 2009
Life / DIY store in Warsaw [6]

Just go to Arkadia to Leroy Merlin - there are other branches of it but you'll like Arkadia - lemme know if you want to go, I am sort of on the way up there anyway :)

Marki is well worth the journey, not that far and you can go to Piotr i Paweł supermarket which has a FEW interesting bits and pieces above the usual stuff.
BevK   
19 Aug 2009
Food / Where to buy Cheddar in Warsaw? [58]

Agreed.

However I'd also say that I have simply not found a Polish cheese which is anything like as strong as Cheddar. I love Polish cheeses, don't get me wrong, can anyone recommend a strong cheese? (Not blue cheese, or anything sheepy etc, Cheddar strong!)
BevK   
19 Aug 2009
Life / More Polish supermarket griping...this time about customers [29]

I let people in front of me if they have just one item regardless of whether it's a guy or another woman, especially if they are old people. I was brought up nicely! The only time I wouldn't is if they were being idiots/obnoxious.

I do hate it when people are almost literally "up your arse" as seems to happen in queues in Warsaw lol.
BevK   
27 Jul 2009
Life / Is there an English shop in warsaw ? [17]

I managed to infect myself with a longing for crumpets (was never too worried by them in the UK) by buying a packet at Robin Hood airport on the last jaunt home. I'm going to start making them myself I think. When I get a decent oven will start making a few home comforts for my friends.
BevK   
22 Jul 2009
Life / Differing Brand Names In Poland/Europe and the UK [20]

Two others
UK: F*ck off! There's no way I'm eating that!
Poland: Golonka.

Poland: F*ck off! There's no way I'm eating that!
UK: Pot Noodle.

LOL!!!!!

I believe Frito Lay bought out Walkers years ago.
BevK   
22 Jul 2009
Life / Is there an English shop in warsaw ? [17]

Try all the stuff out there ...

Also, if you are really desperate try Piotr w Paweł - there's one at Marki (end of the line for bus 190 390 and others, also an IKEA there). Other busses via ztm.waw.pl

Empik carry English papers and newspapers but they cost a bomb.

There's a limited range of M&S frozen foods (often the ones which were meant to be sold fresh) at the Zloty Terase branch, the Arkadia branch has dry goods, cans and drinks etc.

Świat Kuchnia in both malls carry bits and pieces but seriously, learn to love Polish! If you can afford to regularly shop at either of those places then you have a much better paid job than I do!