/ The strangest things in Poland
Washing machines with no hot water hookup.
- the washing machine heats the water inside
all on its own, you see... I've heard it's actually more efficient that way.
No screens (skeeters, I think they call 'em here) in the windows.
- skeeters? Well, never mind. I hate them things either way. Windows are there to be opened wide and leant out of, and if I hate flies so much, I can always install a screen, they're available.
Shops where you have to tell someone behind the counter what you want. Everywhere.
- Where do you live? Out in the country somewhere? The counter style shop has been in decline in Poland for many years now. I'd say supermarkets are the norm now.
No 24 hour convenience stores.
- ??? There's lots of 24 hour stores... again, where do you live?
Paying your bills at the post office.
- How's that different from any other country? You can pay your bills online or at the bank if you want to...
An entire supermarket aisle dedicated to ketchup (catsup, whatever).
- so there are
supermarkets after all! ;-P
The near absence of, or extreme prices for stainless steel kitchen utensils.
- all my friends have them, personally I hate the stuff, but never found it difficult to buy.
Air conditioning in a house is unknown.
- in the Polish climate, you don't need AC, you need a good heating system ;-)
Freezers and ovens seem optional in kitchens, as do ?washing machines?.
- Washing machines are put in the bathroom, where they rightly belong - or in the laundry room, if someone has the space. A medium sized fridge has enough freezer space for the average family, and cookers come with ovens, so where's the option (of not having any?)
Maluchs(Maluchy?), those little Fiats.
- those are Italian, actually...
Buying milk at room temperature, that doesn't expire for 3 months.
- UHT processed. You do need to put in the fridge after opening, though, and it'll not last three months opened anyway ;-P
It's preferable to dig around your pockets and spend a minute and a half giving the cashier exact change, instead of them making change for you to speed the line along.
- I flatly refuse to hunt for change and the change is found for me pronto. I just don't get all flustered about it. On the other hand, if I do have the change and know it, I am happy to hand it over. Never been given a dirty look or anything. Just don't act guilty when you say "no".
Bribing your doctor.
- never have, never will, have been very happy with my healthcare.
If people believe they must bribe doctors, who's to blame when some doctors succumb to the temptation? I just refused to acknowledge this, and have never been pressurized into bribing anybody.