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The strangest things in Poland


annamaria  
17 Nov 2006 /  #1
What did you find really strange?What really shocked or surprised you? Tea served in a glass, stray dogs, no smoke alarms, or maybe something entirely different...
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
17 Nov 2006 /  #2
The first thing that I noticed was a strange smell in the air. There are also many muzzled dogs and strays. 80-90 yr old women riding bicycles. Shoes off at the door similar to Japan..not strange just different. Having to pay to take pictures in museums. 15 yr olds in bars. Funny looking twins running the country.
krysia 23 | 3,057  
17 Nov 2006 /  #4
1.The way they drive. There's a one lane road and everyone passes whenever they want into the oncoming traffic, which in turn makes them drive onto the side of the road.

2.The way they lock their apartments and cars 10 million times. It's only strange to me because I never lock my house or my car. well, my car sometimes when I leave my chihuahua sitting there so nobody steals him. But not 10 million times.

3. They put ketchup on their pizzas
4. They don't served you ice cold water in restaurants
5. They stare at you if you look different. I have to wear a brace on my leg and all the people were staring at it when I was there. Made me feel very uncomfortable. They make you feel like an alien.
sledz 23 | 2,250  
17 Nov 2006 /  #5
They put ketchup on their pizzas

Ick!!!!!

I put teryaki sauce on mine sounds gross but actually its really good.
lef 11 | 478  
17 Nov 2006 /  #6
they also put corn on there pizzas, yuk
krysia 23 | 3,057  
17 Nov 2006 /  #7
They pay their bills at the post office...
They change tires for the winter...
Cyprian 2 | 69  
17 Nov 2006 /  #8
ok i know some ppl wont like this....but this is what i found to be the strangest..... seeing east indian, black and asian ppl in poland...dont get me wrong i am not racist it was just strange to see them in the ryneks hustling ppl in polish...when a few years earlier the only colored person in poland was olisbalde... times are a changing...
i_love_detroit 1 | 69  
17 Nov 2006 /  #9
OMG that's a good topic.

What's so strange with putting ketchup on your pizza. :P I always thought it's normal. :)

Heh, it's hard to think for me what is strange in Poland because I was raised there...

Maybe that:
1. Nobody cleans after dogs so imagine how lawns look like...
2. After plane lands people claps, at least they used to, this tradition seems to fade away... (it looked strange to even to me, are people happy that the plane did not cruch or what :))

3. Polish eat potatos with everything... Have a lot of names for potatos, depending on region... (ziemniaki, kartofle, pyry, bulwy, I am sure you have more those are the most popular)

4. In most schools if you have good marks you are "kujon" (what is English translation?) because of people jelousity... If you have bad marks you are cool... I could never understand that althought I am Polish.
VladG2  
17 Nov 2006 /  #10
They change tires for the winter...

It's because they have winter's weather.
i_love_detroit 1 | 69  
17 Nov 2006 /  #11
Quoting: krysia, Post #7
They change tires for the winter...

It's because they have winter's weather.

I do not think so... Thwy do not change tires in Detroit either, at least people I know... And weather same as in Poland...
VladG2  
17 Nov 2006 /  #12
Shoes off at the door similar to Japan

It’s same with Korea and Russia. I like it, foot are relaxed, but flour shouldn’t be cold, though.

And weather same as in Poland...

But do they have snow? You would never get same tracking with all seasons tires. It's just safer.

Nobody cleans after dogs so imagine how lawns look like...

Very true for most of Russia, I hate it!
miranda  
17 Nov 2006 /  #13
gossip is a national sport
VladG2  
17 Nov 2006 /  #14
Polish eat potatos with everything... Have a lot of names for potatos, depending on region... (ziemniaki, kartofle, pyry, bulwy, I am sure you have more those are the most popular)

It’s same for Russia, Belorus and Ukraine, too. I like it

After plane lands people claps, at least they used to, this tradition seems to fade away... (it looked strange to even to me, are people happy that the plane did not cruch or what )

Sometimes observed it in Russia, just a way to say thank you to pilots. (guess happy it didn't crash, too)
i_love_detroit 1 | 69  
17 Nov 2006 /  #15
But do they have snow? You would never get same tracking with all seasons tires. It's just safer.

Oh, planty of snow... I aslo wonder how it is possible. I agree also that is safer with changing tires. I was sliding so many times that I waas surprised why the owner did not change tires (it wasn't my car I was just driving). When I asked him why he does not change tires he said: Change tires? Why? :)

Miranda: Gossip? National sport of which country? Poland? I disagree, look how much American gossip about other ppl and celebrities especially, Polish likes to gossip but not that much...

Vlad again :): ok, but Poland is 2nd country of the world if we are talking about eating potatos. So we eat more than Russian, Ukrainian and so on. Guess who's first? Ireland :) (maybe because of Polish immigrants :))
hello  
17 Nov 2006 /  #16
In some region of Poland (where there are still some forests left) you will notice country people with their tractors or horses dragging bales of wood (trees) from the local forest before winter starts. You gotta keep the household warm in the winter. Last year when I visited my childhood place I couldn't believe how devastated the forest I grew up (it was maybe 15 years ago) by was. It shouldn't even be called a forest preserve now as there's one tree every 10 meters (used to be 1 tree every 2 meters).
miranda  
17 Nov 2006 /  #17
Gossip? National sport of which country?

I never said it was wrong. Even with cells and TP news travells faster - Polish are unbeatable.
i_love_detroit 1 | 69  
17 Nov 2006 /  #18
In some region of Poland (where there are still some forests left) you will notice country people with their tractors or horses dragging bales of wood (trees) from the local forest before winter starts. You gotta keep the household warm in the winter. Last year when I visited my childhood place I couldn't believe how devastated the forest I grew up (it was maybe 15 years ago) by was. It shouldn't even be called a forest preserve now as there's one tree every 10 meters (used to be 1 tree every 2 meters).

Oh really? I've never saw anything like that, maybe because I am from big city (althought visiting countryside sometimes). And remember that the percenatage of forrest increases, and is above 25%..., so do not give impression that Polish do not care about forest, despite it might be true in your area obviously.

I never said it was wrong. Even with cells and TP news travells faster - Polish are unbeatable.

Ok, did I say it is wrong? (althought I admitt right here, I think it's wrong) :P I believe Americans beat Polish in gossiping... Maybe somebody else would speak up. :)
hello  
17 Nov 2006 /  #19
Yes, during a week of my stay in a Polish country I saw 2 tracktors dragging bales of trees. I knew the guys and I am positive they weren't "forest workers" or something and didn't have any permit :). I'm sure Vlad could confirm it as this is happening in Russia too.

Regarding "forest increases" - that may be statistically true, but when they plant five 3-feet long tree and cut four 50-year old 70-feet tree, there is a huge difference overall :).
VladG2  
17 Nov 2006 /  #20
Vlad again : ok, but Poland is 2nd country of the world if we are talking about eating potatos. So we eat more than Russian, Ukrainian and so on. Guess who's first? Ireland (maybe because of Polish immigrants )

All Asian love rice, I was working for Korean company (LG Electronics) in Korea for two years, and were getting rice three times per day! I were skipping first one, but at the end contracts I was so sick of it. When I return I couldn't eat rice for two years. For sure I would prefer to eat different kind of potatoes
i_love_detroit 1 | 69  
17 Nov 2006 /  #21
Somehow you are trying to prove that we do not care about forest in Poland :P. Ok than let me give you another argument. There are more and more national parks, and they expand their size :). Bears and Bizons are preserved in them... The forest that are choped off are those that were planted in the past. They do not chop off old natural forests... Or at least it's what I heard... All of info I give here are from radio audition, and newspaper article.

BTW, how come in Canada they have so much troubles with bears, and in Poland I have never heard about any problem with them. I know I know, we have waaaaaay less bears than in Canada, but remember that in Poland there are hardly any uninhabited places, and Canada has plenty of them...
miranda  
17 Nov 2006 /  #22
hello is right about teh forest - I lived in a Polish village for 4 months and I have seen it with mine own eyes.
hello  
17 Nov 2006 /  #23
My point is - in the US when people are afraid to pick up a mushroom as it's likely they would pay a $500 fine (it's illegal to remove any kind of undergrowth from parks/forest preserves in the US). In Poland, you can steal a 70-feet tree and nobody will even care as "my neighbour does the same in the winter time".
i_love_detroit 1 | 69  
17 Nov 2006 /  #24
You need to plant 5 trees for every tree you remove... And somehow all the people that I know that buy field did that (ok, there were just 2 guys...) to avoid fine. But again, maybe because I am from city.
VladG2  
17 Nov 2006 /  #25
In Poland, you can steal a 70-feet tree and nobody will even care as "my neighbour does the same in the winter time".

It must be illegal in Poland, too. Now I’m surprised.
Syrena_04 2 | 88  
17 Nov 2006 /  #26
After plane lands people claps

I loved our landing at Warsaw's airport. If people clapped, I could not hear them but I just loved how we were able to disembark right on the tarmac, a la Casablanca. And, lo and behold, there actually were people on the observation deck ! Something I had not seen at a North American airport since I was a child (security prevents outdoor observation in many airports now). For me, it was simply magical.
hello  
17 Nov 2006 /  #27
All Poles are world-class experts in politics and sports.

In a fast-food restaurant (like Mc Donalds or KFC) you need to order like for two people not to leave hungry. The food portions/sizes are like 40% smaller than in the US. Good thing for people who care to be slim :).
krysia 23 | 3,057  
17 Nov 2006 /  #28
But do they have snow? You would never get same tracking with all seasons tires. It's just safer.

Excellent tracking on all seasons tires. Nobody changes tires for winter in USA.
Get lots and lots of snow. Best snowmobile trails around.

In most schools if you have good marks you are "kujon" (what is English translation?)

Kujon is called a "teacher's pet"

Yes, the clapping. Still goes on. I Was on Jugoslavian airlines and they do that too.

Oh. I know a good one. Traffic lights. In Poland first the light is green, then yellow then red. Same as in the US. But in Poland when it turns green again, the yellow light appears just before the green. In US, there is no yellow after the red and before the green.
lef 11 | 478  
17 Nov 2006 /  #29
In a fast-food restaurant (like Mc Donalds or KFC) you need to order like for two people not to leave hungry. The food portions/sizes are like 40% smaller than in the US. Good thing for people who care to be slim .

good point, there also much smaller than the ones in oz, the chips/fries in poland are not nice...too soggy

One thing I don't like about polish society is the way people have to address other people by pani/ pan, mgr engineer etc...in oz that finished years ago...everyone is called by there first name...no barriers...I once address a person by his first name and received a bucket load of abuse..(the usual spin- have you no respect etc)

Be prepared...this will change in poland one day
krysia 23 | 3,057  
17 Nov 2006 /  #30
Yeah, the pan/pani thing.

1.In schools you share a desk with another student, In US you have your own desk.
2.In Poland you carry a worek with tennis shoes for gym class.
3.They have warm milk for lunch breaks. YUK!!!
4.They start kindergarten at age 6, in the US they start at 5
(I have more later)

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