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Few questions - Canadian-born travelling to Poland in less than a week


vitalic 1 | 2  
28 May 2009 /  #1
Czesc :)
I am an 18 year old Polish girl born in Canada - I speak the language fairly well and on a daily basis so I have no problems with it. I've been to Poland several times as a child but haven't been there in about 10 years. I also have family all over that I will be visiting and I have a good contact with them. I will be mostly in Warsaw, probably spending 4-5 weeks there with my cousin.

Just a few questions out of curiousity -

I have heard it is unsafe to take a train in Poland - is this true?

How do Polish people view Canadians as? I won't be walking around wearing a big Canadian flag as I will just relax and not look "touristy" in general, but this is just a question out of curiousity.

What should I NOT carry around with me?

What kind of ID is considered "valid" in places such as nightclubs? I have a BC (Canadian) driver's license but I'm not sure how "good" it will be. I'm just a bit nervous about carrying my passport around. I also have an ISIC card but I know it's not really used for valid age confirmation.

Any other tips?

Dziekuje :)
krysia 23 | 3,057  
28 May 2009 /  #2
I have heard it is unsafe to take a train in Poland - is this true?

Nobody is going to attack you, it's civilized country. The only thing you have to be aware of is if they know you're a foreigner and have something valuable, there might be slugs that will try to steal it, but that rarely happens, so just watch out for your stuff. But nobody ain't gonna kill you!

People in Poland, specially in the larger cities, are used to all kinds of tourists and are treated well.
Maybe don't carry I-pods or expensive cameras which could get ripped off easily and attrack attention to you. But generally you have nothing to worry about.

Presenting your drivers license or ID is good enough.
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098  
28 May 2009 /  #3
I have heard it is unsafe to take a train in Poland - is this true?

In public transportation or crowded places just beware of pickpockets.
terri 1 | 1,665  
28 May 2009 /  #4
Don't carry your passport around with you.
Behave just as if you were a native of Poland, do not draw attention to yourself by acting as if you were lost. Just carry on and then ask someone for the correct address/ bus/tram.

Beware of pickpockets in crowded places. Do not leave your handbag anywhere and do not wave money around.
McCoy 27 | 1,275  
28 May 2009 /  #5
What kind of ID is considered "valid" in places such as nightclubs?

nightclubs are for people over 21, kido.
Ironside 49 | 10,474  
28 May 2009 /  #6
How do Polish people view Canadians as? I won't be walking around wearing a big Canadian flag as I will just relax and not look "touristy" in general, but this is just a question out of curiousity.

Probably popular opinion about Canadians is more favorable then they deserve - I think.
theblueenigma 3 | 188  
28 May 2009 /  #7
I have heard it is unsafe to take a train in Poland - is this true?

I have often travelled by train and never had a problem, Poland is a much safer country than Canada. If you compare the crime levels of both, both serious and petty crime you are from a nation that is probably close to 10 times more dangerous. I know because I have experienced Toronto first hand. Just keep an eye on your luggage etc and you will be fine.

What should I NOT carry around with me?

Passport, large amounts of cash, just as you would behave at home

How do Polish people view Canadians as?

Im Irish but live in Poland. From what I can make out the Poles are indifferent to other nations, but dislike loud Americans. As for Canadians Im sure you will be treated with the same respect as you would be anywhere :)

What kind of ID is considered "valid" in places such as nightclubs?

You are too young to be in nightclubs, Im telling your mother
McCoy 27 | 1,275  
28 May 2009 /  #8
but dislike loud Americans

loud irish, loud brits, loud greeks, loud serbs, loud russians, loud south africans, loud jews, loud polish, loud.... and of course loud canadians. generaly we dont like loud people.

How do Polish people view Canadians as?

as one of the worst plagues

Canada Poland
OP vitalic 1 | 2  
29 May 2009 /  #9
Haha well thanks for the tips so far

.......

Go Canada ;)

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