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Studying the possibilities of living in Poland..


gleite 6 | 38  
19 Jul 2008 /  #1
Hey everyone.
I am studying the possibilities of living in Poland.
As everyone knows, we have know everything about the country before we accept this new idea. I've researching the web, but still I have no answers to some questions... Anyway, would anyone help me, preferably someone that has passed through the same things...

- is food cheap or expensive? breakfast, lunch, meal and dinner (how much $?
- clothing, for the cold climate - cheap? how cold is it?
- transportation - international license ? renting car or buying? in krakow, is everything far or close (e.g. supermarket, bakery, fastfoods, malls)
- bank account (howtos)
- social security number (howtos)
- general expenses like entertainment (what is there to do?)
- rental ?
Well... Help me out.>!
PolskaDoll 28 | 2,104  
19 Jul 2008 /  #2
gleite - The answers to most, if not all of your questions can be found around the site if you use the Search function.
polishgirltx  
19 Jul 2008 /  #3
in krakow, is everything far or close (e.g. supermarket, bakery, fastfoods, malls)

close....it's all i know ...

;)
LwowskaKrakow 28 | 431  
20 Jul 2008 /  #4
would anyone help me, preferably someone that has passed through the same things...

Krakow is definitely a great option for everything including work,entertainment etc .
If you don't have Polish friends yet or contacts who may help and if your Polish is not enough I recommend you hire a bilingual Polish student for helping you to set up your bank account etc.

It creates a small job and it is efficient .
Michal - | 1,865  
20 Jul 2008 /  #5
It now all depends on if you are going to have a good job or not too. I was in Warsaw four years ago and a daily bus ticket cost 2zl. 70 and there were 6zl 40 to the pound. A few weeks ago I was back for my birthday and the same ticket now costs 9zl and the rate is 3zl 80 to the pound. Books are dreadfully expensive too. I was in a main book shop in Warsaw on my last day and a book cost 147zl. If you think about the exchange rate the same book would cost less in England. The good old days of a cheap Poland are long since gone.
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
20 Jul 2008 /  #6
Hi there....I am an Englishman living in Poland...if there is anything i can help you with just ask....I have been living here a few years now , so can tell you all about the good the bad and the ugly....I have no intention of returning to the UK , so i guess that tells you i don,t regret moving here....
Michal - | 1,865  
21 Jul 2008 /  #7
ls you i don,t regret moving here....

It depends on what you are doing there and how much money you have. Every situation is slightly different.
ukpolska  
21 Jul 2008 /  #8
It depends on what you are doing there and how much money you have.

Slightly true, but not always.
The main reasons I stay here are for my daughters education and my wife's closeness to her family.
There are and will be many more opportunities for higher education than in the UK.
Another reason is after working in London for over 15 years the pace of life in Poland is a lot more relaxed, and there are still many opportunities to earn a good living here.

I came here eight years ago with a hundred pound in my pocket, now we have built our house in the country, I have my own business and life is just dandy :)

But as with everything you have to work at it.
davidpeake 14 | 451  
21 Jul 2008 /  #9
Totally agree with you, I was in a similar situation a few years ago, and I enjoy it.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161  
21 Jul 2008 /  #10
is food cheap or expensive?

Almost everything is damn expensive.
Michal - | 1,865  
21 Jul 2008 /  #11
There are and will be many more opportunities for higher education than in the UK.

I think that many years ago, when prices were cheap, it might have been worth the while going to Poland but I am not sure today. If Poland was such an easy country 'to make' in, why are there so many intelligent and well educated but struggling young Polish people in England working long hours for low pay? There must be something wrong with Poland. As for education, England is still great with a wealth of various opportunities. Poland is better? I am not sure about that either.
ukpolska  
21 Jul 2008 /  #12
Poland is better?

I didn't say it's better I said, "There are and will be many more opportunities for higher education than in the UK".

If Poland was such an easy country 'to make' in, why are there so many intelligent and well educated but struggling young Polish people in England working long hours for low pay?

And I think you will find that most of these Polish people have a basic education, which will not provide them with the same opportunities as in the UK.

Almost all of the Polish friends that I know of in the UK of University education are very successful in finding very well paid jobs, admittedly at first they will take a job to find their feet but soon move on to better jobs.

And I am British and talking from my perspective not a Pole's.
secanix79 1 | 7  
21 Jul 2008 /  #13
Hi, i can say that the prices are quit cheaper than other EU countries like france, germany ect.... and depend of course what city you'r going to stay

I was in gdansk and gdynia, renting a flat is very expesive !
Michal - | 1,865  
22 Jul 2008 /  #14
idn't say it's better I said, "There are and will be many more opportunities for higher education than in the UK".

I do not agree with this statement. In England you can study almost anything and then still change your mind by doing another postgraduate course and almost completely changing direction. I know for a fact, that the Poles are quite envious of our open plan education system as in Poland it is where, once you study on an education faculty for example, that is it, its your lot-you are a teacher 'fair and square' to the end of your days, there is no going back or changing career direction as in England. I know of a physics graduate from the University of surrey who went on to specialize in social work and became a seniour probation officer-that sort of thing simply does not happen in Poland.
ukpolska  
22 Jul 2008 /  #15
as in Poland it is where, once you study on an education faculty for example, that is it, its your lot-you are a teacher 'fair and square' to the end of your days, there is no going back or changing career direction as in England.

Again Michal you inflict us with your dinosaurian views on a modern Poland, many have repeated this before, and you really should not use a minority value as a generalisation.

I know of a physics graduate from the University of surrey who went on to specialize in social work and became a seniour probation officer-that sort of thing simply does not happen in Poland.

A prime example....

But whatever anyone says you will disagree with the and stick to your outdated views.

To the poster don't listen to me, for god sake don't listen to Michal; come to Poland and spend a couple of months here travailing around the country and speak to people first hand. Then you will have a much more balanced view of the country :)
telefonitika  
22 Jul 2008 /  #16
gleite

speak to dtaylor ... if it is definitely krakow you are wanting to relocate to ... state telefonitika sent you his way ... (he is a forum member so pm him) he will provide you with some relevant information regarding this and that

regards from me :)
Michal - | 1,865  
22 Jul 2008 /  #17
I am a forum member too and I was in Warsaw on June 19th so I too know something about Poland I even traveled to Kazimierz Dolny and a lovely little town on the other side of the Wisla river called Janowiec. We had a bonfire outside the old castle on the hill. A really good trip and a very fine babeque as well. I could well recommend it for a holiday but to live there? Another thing all together. There is an expression, 'no way, Jose'!
OP gleite 6 | 38  
6 Aug 2008 /  #18
Thread attached on merging:
Brazilian working in Poland

Hey everyone
I might be moving to Poland, Kraków soon...
Just like other friend asked in other topic, I'd like some overview about the city...
- can i find a room furnished/ or flat for around 600pln ?
- what about food? how much do you usually spent for month?
- clothing, is it too cold ? jackets and trousers are cheaper there?
- about the Euro, when will it happen in Poland ? will things get more expensive ?
- girls ????
- where can i talk instant messanging, just like MSN or ICQ with people in Poland?
Pleaseeeee people, help me out!!!!!!! I am probably reaching Poland by September... not sure, but things are almost ready... :)
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
6 Aug 2008 /  #19
You can find a lot here if you use the search function.
polishgirltx  
6 Aug 2008 /  #20
girls ????

post your picture so i will tell you how big your chances are...
;)

where can i talk instant messanging, just like MSN or ICQ with people in Poland?

gadu-gadu.pl
OP gleite 6 | 38  
6 Aug 2008 /  #22
Ok , take a look at my profile...
and if you wish, add me on GG, I already have my account
We can talk better there. here is my number 10792752
wait for you....
but none of my questions were responded!!!!
come on folks!!

Thanks Zgubiony!
Please let me know how to pronounce your name.... anyway, girl or boy ?
polishgirltx  
6 Aug 2008 /  #23
anyway, girl or boy ?

hehehehe...
OP gleite 6 | 38  
6 Aug 2008 /  #24
I am sorry
i rushed to see his profile... and then i realized he is a man...

anyway polishgirltx, i thought you were going to contact me in GG,
or even post your photo in private, huh ?
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
6 Aug 2008 /  #25
anyway, girl or boy

Man

I thought you were here for information anyway.
OP gleite 6 | 38  
6 Aug 2008 /  #26
I am here for information and for integration...
Excuse me if I expressed wrong my intentions...
anyway, want to do some friends.
And also some advices about the country... here in Brazil we are very spontaneous and we like to play some jokes to break the ice...
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
6 Aug 2008 /  #27
Well, welcome and I hope you find what you're looking for. There's a lot of good information here. Enjoy :)
polishgirltx  
6 Aug 2008 /  #28
anyway polishgirltx, i thought you were going to contact me in GG,
or even post your photo in private, huh ?

i was pulling your leg, sorry....i'm at work anyway...
slow down a bit...we are little slow here ;)
have fun and enjoy new friendships....
OP gleite 6 | 38  
6 Aug 2008 /  #29
Zgubiony,

can u list me some of the top IT companies in Krakow? Or at least tell me where I can find some info about them? And what about flats in Krakow? Zabierzow is where my future company is located, a place near there costs how much??? Please, just give me some ideas!!!!!

Polishgirltx
Wow, that means that you are married and can't give attention to new friends... hehehehee

anyway, you pulled my legs, but never said wheter you liked my photo or not... please, dont think i am pretending anything... just want to meet some folks!!! :) as you showed up before, i am also trying a conversation (chat!) :)

how is krakow weather right now? wanna go for a beer ? LOL :)

Hi there....I am an Englishman living in Poland...if there is anything i can help you with just ask....I have been living here a few years now , so can tell you all about the good the bad and the ugly....I have no intention of returning to the UK , so i guess that tells you i don,t regret moving here....

wildrover,
well if things get done by my side, certainly I'd like to exchange more words with you. I don't want to rush things and then get frustrated. If I get my work visa soon I'll count on your expertise! Thanks for standing your hand for me!! (but tell me one thing though, is it too chocking to learn everything new? language, culture, people, food.... ?)
waelbeso - | 1  
8 Aug 2008 /  #30
good subject, Thank you for all ;)

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