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Curious..!  
28 Oct 2007 /  #1
Hello,

I am a Polish-American whose family has been living in America for a few generations now. I am a military officer and am currently going through pilot training. I was selected to go to a NATO combat pilot training program (where I am now) that we (the US) host. This program has many privileges training and career wise, but also in that I am training with officers from some of our European allies.

Training and socializing with them was made me aware of some of each of their day-to-day customs that are unique to their home country (examples: differents toasts, the italians greeting with a kiss on each cheek, etc). This has made me curious as to what customs my Polish background might contain.

I tried looking online and mostly found information on holiday traditions.....

Whatcha got for me???

Thx!!!!
Wroclaw 44 | 5,386  
28 Oct 2007 /  #3
and to be extra polite... shot glasses
OP Curious..!  
28 Oct 2007 /  #4
Haha, vodka, of course.

Is Belvedere popular in Poland?

It sure is good.
Frank 23 | 1,183  
28 Oct 2007 /  #5
Vodka...

Yeah G...weres your manners.......suppose its just pass the bottle around at your place, use your cardigan sleeve to wipe the top of it...I despair!!
Wroclaw 44 | 5,386  
28 Oct 2007 /  #6
Is Belvedere popular in Poland?

To be honest. It's for tourists.
Frank 23 | 1,183  
28 Oct 2007 /  #7
It's for tourists.

Oh, have we been fully adopted W?...official...got a stamp from Mr Tusk yet?

Remind me of your origins..........?...:)...:)
OP Curious..!  
28 Oct 2007 /  #8
What would be a native Polish drinker have for a drink of choice, then?

And besides the beloved Vodka.....what else? I'd sure think that my ethnic background contains more than just alcohol. Not that I'm not a fan ;)
Wroclaw 44 | 5,386  
28 Oct 2007 /  #9
What would be a native Polish drinker have for a drink of choice, then?

Go to the vodka thread for ideas. Yes, I am serious.

I'd sure think that my ethnic background contains more than just alcohol

Don't go kissing men. unless you're particularly close friends of course.
z_darius 14 | 3,968  
28 Oct 2007 /  #10
Be extra polite to women.
When invited by someone to their home, on a first visit it's nice to bring a fresh cut flower or two for the lady of the house. Depending on the degree of intimacy with your hosts (I don't mean anything explicit here) it's OK to bring a token bottle of something for the man.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,386  
28 Oct 2007 /  #11
some of each of their day-to-day customs that are unique to their home country

Good manners and etiquette.

You open the door and you are the last one through it.
OP Curious..!  
28 Oct 2007 /  #12
Thanks.... And don't worry, kissing dudes isn't my thing
_Sofi_  
28 Oct 2007 /  #13
Be extra polite to women.
When invited by someone to their home, on a first visit it's nice to bring a fresh cut flower or two for the lady of the house. Depending on the degree of intimacy with your hosts (I don't mean anything explicit here) it's OK to bring a token bottle of something for the man.

That is very sweet :)
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
28 Oct 2007 /  #14
Be extra polite to women.
When invited by someone to their home, on a first visit it's nice to bring a fresh cut flower or two for the lady of the house. Depending on the degree of intimacy with your hosts (I don't mean anything explicit here) it's OK to bring a token bottle of something for the man.

True...
OP Curious..!  
28 Oct 2007 /  #15
Soo to sum up the replies so far.....vodka, flowers, and vodka? Haha
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
28 Oct 2007 /  #16
dont shake hands across a doorway

dont take a light from a candle
Wroclaw 44 | 5,386  
28 Oct 2007 /  #17
Soo to sum up the replies so far.....vodka, flowers, and vodka? Haha

No.......... Good manners. Polish people have a particular way of making you welcome and looking after you. This is one of the things visitors to Poland remember.

dont shake hands across a doorway

or kiss hello/goodbye. across a doorway that is.
szkotja2007 27 | 1,498  
28 Oct 2007 /  #18
or kiss hello/goodbye. across a doorway that is

Yep, I've come across this one. I found it quite unusual as its usually when people are leaving the house you would give them a kiss.
LATINA 3 | 73  
28 Oct 2007 /  #19
LOL. This was really FUNNY and really true. My boyfriend's roommate used to kiss my hand. It's really sweet!!! Polish guys are very romantic and very drunk.
OP Curious..!  
28 Oct 2007 /  #20
Polish guys are very romantic and very drunk.

Haha, Latina. I know I drink my fair share, when appropriate..you'd have to ask my GF about the other one tho :P

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