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The Polish immigrants' vacations in Poland - it used to be different


Maryska  
8 Jan 2007 /  #1
I'm Polish living in the US (as most of you I guess). I fly to Poland every 2-3 years for vacation. Being an immigrant, I was in Poland 5 times now.

I noticed an interesting "trend" - my first two visits to Poland were just to meet with my and my husband's family and do nothing else but... visiting them. But since the third visit I and other people/families from the US I know don't spend a lot of time in Poland - we just go for a couple or a few days to visit families, and the rest of vacation time we spend traveling to other European countries (or even to Africa) because Poland seems to be not very interesting any more.

Did any of the Polish immigrants feel the same?
hello 22 | 891  
8 Jan 2007 /  #2
I now fly to Poland only when I have to. I like to see the nature and stuff, but after a few days I have to find a place for a change and go to Czech or Austria. In winter Poland and Polish people are bleak (at least in smaller towns).
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
8 Jan 2007 /  #3
really interesting points you two... i keep thinking that poland would do really well to develop both its national tourism and the way it markets itself as a tourist destination
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
8 Jan 2007 /  #4
because Poland seems to be not very interesting any more.

I really feel devastated... :(

:)
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
8 Jan 2007 /  #5
dont worry G... i used to feel the same way about london...
OP Maryska  
8 Jan 2007 /  #6
"I really feel devastated..."
I can sense an irony here. It's not that I don't like Poland or don't identify with Poland anymore; it's just seems too small and everything is the same as I remember it. Being a teenager everything was different and bigger :).

Now all these Tescos and other new constructions - it's not very appealing from a tourist's point of view. The new Poland looks like "Walmart vacation package in Poland" (no offense here).
lef 11 | 478  
8 Jan 2007 /  #7
I can relate to this topic, (still want to live in Poland) but I find the place for want of a better word, heavy . how many castle/churches can you visit, some of the lakes are now so polluted that there not worth going to, night clubs, yeah still cheap but risky.food yeah but you can buy good food anywhere, the people friendly but after a while you get sick of the wingeing, the weather sometimes good, probably better in the place you come from, I've been there done that, what else do you do, oops you spend all your time with your mates drinking vodka and learn all about hangovers.

It would have been cheaper visiting places in your own country, at lease you wouldn't suffer any hangovers.
hello 22 | 891  
8 Jan 2007 /  #8
poland would do really well to develop both its national tourism and the way it markets itself as a tourist destination

That would be a smart move. But tell it to the Polish government and they would go: "HUH? What are you talking about?"
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
8 Jan 2007 /  #9
"HUH? What are you talking about?"

yeah... sad...
OP Maryska  
8 Jan 2007 /  #10
Lef, you are a good observer. It's still always fun to go to Poland, but after two nights I feel like I need a change and go back to the "big world". Then when I get tired of the city noise, I feel like going to Poland again. But given the fact that the U$ dollar is weak, my husband is not so willing to go to Poland often now.
lef 11 | 478  
8 Jan 2007 /  #11
But given the fact that the U$ dollar is weak, my husband is not so willing to go to Poland often now.

Thats the bottom line...I remember the days when a bottle of vodka was worth $1US, when you now pay 20zl you feel your being ripped off, Poland is still pretty cheap to live in if your from overseas, but form the tourist point of view after you take away airline fares/insurance and the hassle its not all that cheap.

I've noticed the noise and pollution in Warsaw pretty bad, the streets need to be modified to handle the amount of traffic.
To be honest people prefer to go to Thailand, where they enjoy cheap living, food, accommodation and excellent beaches (much cheaper than going to poland)

Yeah it is fun landing in Poland.
hello 22 | 891  
8 Jan 2007 /  #12
Yeah it is fun landing in Poland.

Polish pilots are said to be one of the best in the world.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
8 Jan 2007 /  #13
To be honest people prefer to go to Thailand, where they enjoy cheap living, food, accommodation and excellent beaches (much cheaper than going to poland)

is it fair to make this comparison lef - other than they are both cheaper than Oz and the UK, thailand and poland dont have a great deal in common...
hello 22 | 891  
8 Jan 2007 /  #14
I'm not a fan of exotic countries like Thailand either, but a big plus of Poland is that it's located in the center of Europe. From there you can easily travel both East and West (South and North too). So while Poland is not a prime spot as far as the climate is concerned, it's a good base for further exploration of Europe.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
8 Jan 2007 /  #15
I'm not a fan of exotic countries like Thailand either

dont get me wrong, H, thailand is one of my favourite countries... i just dont think you can really compare the two...

... agree with your point about poland's location...
lef 11 | 478  
8 Jan 2007 /  #16
Don't get me wrong BubbaWoo, I like Poland, but Thailand/Vietnam are exciting places to visit, you known something different and really really cheap. The people in those countries are very gentle and very nice. Most people who visit go back a second and third time.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
8 Jan 2007 /  #17
Thailand/Vietnam are exciting places to visit

agreed

Most people who visit go back a second and third time

i fall into that category...
lef 11 | 478  
8 Jan 2007 /  #18
keep thinking that poland would do really well to develop both its national tourism and the way it markets itself as a tourist destination

What are the selling points for people to visit Poland?
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
8 Jan 2007 /  #19
I can sense an irony here. It's not that I don't like Poland or don't identify with Poland anymore; it's just seems too small and everything is the same as I remember it. Being a teenager everything was different and bigger .

OK. Maybe then your Bush should help us to conqer Germany ?

some of the lakes are now so polluted that there not worth going to

I don't want to scream "Poland always the best", but pollution now is at worst half of that 15-20 years ago in next years we are getting billions from EU on enwironment protection, so whay are you spreading such ********* ?
pavl  
9 Jan 2007 /  #20
I go to Poland in summer when it's nice in all parts of Poland. Other seasons - I prefer warmer countries. In winter the weather even in Tatra are is either warm or cold (bad news for ski lovers).

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