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What do you live in, apartment, house, car?


drew128 3 | 55  
27 Sep 2009 /  #1
More aimed at the British who have moved here. What do you live in, apartment, house, car? Does in compare well with what you left in the UK? City, town or village?

My wife and I live in her home village, we built a house on the end of her old home, electric done by her brother, roof by an uncle and his sons, walls and plastering by 4 old chaps in the next village. Compares very well with a rented house in the UK were non of the doors would close and we could hear everything going on next door.

I quite like the totally lack of creaking stairs and floorboards, its the first thing I notice when I get for a visit to the UK.
Englishpoznan 4 | 102  
27 Sep 2009 /  #2
I live in a modern flat which is a first for me and I miss the creaking floorboards!!! Also I miss the high ceilings and spacious rooms!! They build flats here for dwarfs!!
OP drew128 3 | 55  
27 Sep 2009 /  #3
I understand that Englishpoznan we have many friends who live in apartments in cities and yes a few of them do seem compact. I lived in a tower block in the UK a few years ago, were you could hear the people to the side and below and really hear the people above, it seems the apartments we have stayed in overnight in Poland suffer less from that.

I suppose is worth saying living here has allowed us to build a house with our own money, so its all ours, thats something we could not do in the UK.
beckski 12 | 1,617  
27 Sep 2009 /  #4
old home

Live in the U.S. but I adore old homes. Own a two-story, 100-year-old home. Share it with my little Chihuahua. Seems like something in my house tends to break down, almost on a weekly basis . Don't mind, because I love the nostalgic charm of my home. Plus my house payments are dirt-cheap, less than most rent payments in actuality.
Englishpoznan 4 | 102  
27 Sep 2009 /  #5
Drew, I agree with the soundproofing issue even in old victorian terraces back home you can here your neighbors day and night. you are right about being able to build your own house here. I hope to do the same within the next few years and it is certainly something I could never afford to in England
andrewwright 8 | 65  
27 Sep 2009 /  #6
We live in house built in 1929 split in two upstairs and downstairs,my fiancees parents up us down outskirts of a quite little village just inside 100s of acres of forest with lovely views over looking one of the longest lakes in Poland,we came out of a little chalet in which was accommodation rented from work,before that we had a beautiful rented flat but on the edge of a main road opposite a noisy shop next to a football social club with music till 2 and fights till 4 in the morning,the only thing i hear at 4 in the morning here are the dears running
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
27 Sep 2009 /  #7
I live in an old farm , built in 1936 , with very few improvements done since , needs a new roof , new windows , new wiring , and a host of other stuff... In winter its as cold inside as it is outside , and its misery....BUT....in the summer its perfect , peacefull with beautifull views over open fields.....My intention was to rough it here for a year , untill i had the money from the sale of my house in the UK to make improvements , but that went down the pan , so i have had to rough it out here for five years....Got another house in the UK to sell some day , when my dear aunt who lives in it passes on , but for now i live the life of a peasant farmer...no i would not give it up to return to the UK , i am staying...!
andrewwright 8 | 65  
27 Sep 2009 /  #8
Other than the house we live in now,My fiancees family own a bungerlow in the middle of the forest no hot water,no bathroom/shower room toliet, no gas, no tv and only one tap inside which is very cold water,only cooker is a log fire and no heating,we lived ther for 3 months over the summer as we rent our rooms out for extra income,(see rooms for rent siemiany (POLISH FORUMS)(GOOGLE) thanks adminX) would never change this bungerlow for anything we had in the UK had,only 1 thing bad about where we live i cant get a bloody job,Somebody employ me please, thanks, LOL
time means 5 | 1,310  
27 Sep 2009 /  #9
bungerlow in the middle of the forest no hot water,no bathroom/shower room toliet, no gas, no tv and only one tap inside which is very cold water,only cooker is a log fire and no heating,

Where i come from that's called a cave :-)

Good luck with the job hunting!
andrewwright 8 | 65  
27 Sep 2009 /  #10
I believe caves are under ground,only stairs we have go up and we dont go down to get to them lol,I know what you mean though,but its so peaceful,like a lot of poland

SOMEONE EMPLOY ME. :)
ChrisPoland 2 | 123  
26 Oct 2009 /  #11
We rented for a couple of years until we decided to stay here and then we decided to buy an apartment. I wanted to buy an old one because like beckski I wanted the charm of something old. My husband who is Polish wanted to buy something new and said that charm is overrated. I have had many opportunities in my life to have something new so I decided to give my husband that :) We live in an osiedle and I used to make fun of people who did but now with kids I couldn't imagine living in the city center. We have playgrounds and stores and places to stroll.

But....we also bought a house. It's an old farmhouse and it is sucking the life out of us. New roof, new windows, a bathroom (for the first time), electricity!!! and...we ran out of money before we put in central heating or any kind of heating for that matter. It's so darn quiet there and all the guys at the village shop call me Lucy ;)
polishmeknob 5 | 155  
29 Oct 2009 /  #12
I live in a flat built in the communist times. The corners lack 90º and the walls have that nice "unfinished poured cement" texture. The linoleum floor has holes in it to reveal the concrete beneath and it generally disintegrating. Plus, the circuitry is less than stable.

But I do have a new fridge!
terrabull 4 | 32  
1 Nov 2009 /  #13
We live in a flat built during communist times, but it's been updated a lot since then, we have nice floors, remodeled kitchen and bathroom, I happen to like it. Of course it doesn't compare to life at home in the USA by living in our own house with a big yard, but I don't mind the apartment life either. We live on the top floor and have 2 floors to ourself and it's on the corner of the building, so it's nice and quiet. Except when our neighbors are blasting some T-Love :)
SzwedwPolsce 11 | 1,595  
1 Nov 2009 /  #14
Except when our neighbors are blasting some T-Love

You should enjoy their sense of humor.

"Zawsze zakładasz stringi w niedzielę - Zawsze wyglądasz ładnie w kościele"
So, I hope you were in church today.
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
1 Nov 2009 /  #15
the circuitry is less than stable.

You should try living in my 1936 farmhouse...i switch on my outside light....and the whole village is plunged into darkness....
terri 1 | 1,665  
2 Nov 2009 /  #16
Although I don't live in Krakow all the time, I have a flat in an old building near the centre. It needs renovating, but the location is what sold it to me. One thing though, every time I switch the TV on, I cannot have any other electrical item, as the fuse blows straight away. As yet no central heating, no re-wire, no new water pipes, no new floor (it creaks in parts). Climbing into the small square bath is enough exerciuse for a week. But one day - it will be wonderful and be home.
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
2 Nov 2009 /  #17
Reminds me of a joke....whats black and sooty and hangs from a ceiling....? a Polish electrician...!
CacyUlcia 2 | 46  
2 Nov 2009 /  #18
You should enjoy their sense of humor.

"Zawsze zakładasz stringi w niedzielę - Zawsze wyglądasz ładnie w kościele"
So, I hope you were in church today T. Love - Polish Boyfriend (wersja polska) .

HA HA HA!
I haven't heard of T-Love before, this video rocks, I love it! :D
terrabull 4 | 32  
2 Nov 2009 /  #19
LOL I love that!! I need to show it to my husband, he'll crack up.

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