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Moving to Gdansk. Tuition, community, apartments questions


Czestochowa 9 | 50  
11 Mar 2007 /  #1
Hi All,

My Story:

My interest in Poland (I'm from the UK) comes from dating a girl from Czestochowa for 3 years or so, we are no longer together but I've been to Poland many times in that time period and love going there.

I'm a bit fed up with my current situation and later this year intend to move to Gdansk for 6 months to spend some time developing a few business ideas and learning Polish.

I have a side business online which generates around $1000 a month at present which I'll use as income with my savings in reserve should that drop off at any time.

My Polish is basic at the moment but I can get by in most situations.

Questions:

I've a couple of questions that someone can hopefully answer:

1) Has anyone had experience of Polish tuition in the Gdansk area or can recommend lessons via Skype that kind of thing? one on one learning would be ideal if not classes would suit me fine.

2) Ex-pat community in Gdansk, are there any social kind of events or just a case of finding likewise people on forums such as these.

3) I've been looking at apartments to rent for 6 month periods online and most of the decent ones seem to be around 2000zl a month, my knowledge of the Gdansk real estate market is not great and only comes from websites.. does this seem about right for a nice apartment or a little too much? anywhere else I can look e.g. local papers etc?

Any advice would be great, thanks in advance

:)
Member 223  
11 Mar 2007 /  #2
Trade English lessons for Polish lessons.
OP Czestochowa 9 | 50  
11 Mar 2007 /  #3
Something I'd consider yes, I'd prefer someone qualifed to teach me though so me offering English in return might not be suitable.

Good idea though, thanks.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
11 Mar 2007 /  #4
Has anyone had experience of Polish tuition in the Gdansk

ive a course booked at the sopot school of polish for the first 2 weeks of april - looks the best in the 3Miasto...

Ex-pat community in Gdansk, are there any social kind of events or just a case of finding likewise people on forums such as these.

theyre there... just like most places... the expat community varies grealty... see if you can meet glenn in papryka on a wednesday night... he's an american and is good at making introductions... but lets face it... why limit yourself to hanging out with expats...?

I've been looking at apartments to rent for 6 month periods online and most of the decent ones seem to be around 2000zl a month

in most areas of gdansk/sopot this is at the higher end of the scale and will get you something pretty nice... check out this site for a better idea

trojmiasto.gumtree.pl/trojmiasto/trojmiasto-mieszkanie-wynajme_ 4545_1.html
Member 223  
11 Mar 2007 /  #5
bubba has a point. Hanging with ex-pats won't teach you Polish.
Giles  
12 Mar 2007 /  #6
Hello, I've got a flat ready to rent around beginning off may. However, it is not in Gdansk its in Wejherowo, which is outside the tri-city, but within 20 mintues drive of Gdynia, 30 mintues from Sopot and 40 m minutes from Gdansk approx. There is a decent rail link from Wejherowo to all three places. The flat is 30m2 new build will furnished and around 1200zl per month. mail me if interested.

Giles
OP Czestochowa 9 | 50  
12 Mar 2007 /  #7
ive a course booked at the sopot school of polish for the first 2 weeks of april - looks the best in the 3Miasto...

Just checked this out and it looks very interesting.

Especially the 15 week course which would give me 3 months to get going and then evaluate. Anyone been here? can recommend this?
Giles  
12 Mar 2007 /  #8
I think you would really enjoy the Tri-city area. i'm relocating very soon over there from london.

Mieszkanie, GDAŃSK, PRZYMORZE, OPOLSKA, 27 m2

Wartość: 600 PLN
Nr oferty: HA00039
Operacja: WYNAJEM
Województwo: Pomorskie
Powiat: GDAŃSK
Miasto: GDAŃSK
Dzielnica: PRZYMORZE
Ulica: OPOLSKA
Powierzchnia: 27 m2
Piętro: 2
Liczba pięter: 4
Ilość pokoi: 1
Ogrzewanie: C.O.

Opis
OD 15 MARCA 2007R. Umeblowane - kuchnia i pokój wyposażone.Internet i dwie kablówki/SATRA, UPC/. Wynajem na dłużej /min. 1 rok- możliwość negocjacji ceny/, dla solidnych. Opłaty ok. 200zł + kaucja 1000zł do uzgodnienia. z

This was just one example of a flat to rent in Gdansk. go to Onet.pl and check their site.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
12 Mar 2007 /  #9
got any experience in running handlowy gastronomiczny type things G?
Giles  
12 Mar 2007 /  #10
you mean restaurants and bars?
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
12 Mar 2007 /  #11
yeah - with an emphasis on grilled food
Giles  
12 Mar 2007 /  #12
Yes. And what you thinking?

You are going to open a Nando's concession?
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
12 Mar 2007 /  #13
allegro.pl/item174180479_pawilon_handlowy_gastronomiczny_se zonowy_super_.html

You are going to open a Nando's concession?

lol
Giles  
12 Mar 2007 /  #14
15,000 zl. to buy!!!! Wow cheap. hmmm

hey thqats a good idea. Whats the location like?
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
12 Mar 2007 /  #15
depends on the location obviously and there will be ground rent to pay on top...

... but yeah... looks nice

Whats the location like?

dunno - will get my pard to call up later
Giles  
12 Mar 2007 /  #16
The thing which my missus and i were thinking is unless you have family working on your premises or that you pay a really top wage. Or you actually work the site yourself, there would be too much pilfering from the tills.

Having said that, over the summer months that little place in the correct location would definately rock.
Michal - | 1,865  
17 Apr 2007 /  #17
Go to a city like Gdansk and look at the outskirts and see what a dump the place is and how many billions of dollars will be needed to even sart to put the place right before starting to worry about simple words in context.
witek 1 | 587  
17 Apr 2007 /  #18
Gdansk is a dump? :(

have you seen south side Chicago? New York or L.A. ? they are dumps .
witek 1 | 587  
17 Apr 2007 /  #19
Gdansk may not be perfect however it is a beautiful town :)



BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
17 Apr 2007 /  #20
gdansk old town is indeed picture perfect... but a hell of a lot of the city is ugly as sin... same goes for gdynia, reda, rumia etc etc

lets just face it... there was a certain period in the not too distant history of poland when architecture just went to pot... doesnt seem as tho this period has really ended either... which is puzzling...
Giles  
19 Apr 2007 /  #21
Like 1960's England.... what were planners thinking. Gdansk has satelitites of old grey communist blocks, however, many new estates are being built and they aren't so ruff.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
19 Apr 2007 /  #22
poland and the olish have always stuck me as a very design conscious and competent nation... i mean... look at the gaudiesque edifice they have put up on Monte Casino... one of a kind!

but overall, this national talent doesnt seem to transfer itself well to much of what has been built in recent years... so many of the new buildings remain unimaginative boxes...
Guest  
22 Aug 2008 /  #23
check out this site ww.learn-polish.pl

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