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steve  
14 Aug 2006 /  #1
OK this will be my first time out the States and I need to know if I can get basics in Warsaw.Are there taxis ? Do you have burgers and donut bars and US style beer bars? Will hotel staff speak english and understand me as an american?

I'm gonna be there 1 week and before I buy guidebooks need to know these things
Shelley  
14 Aug 2006 /  #2
what planet are you on????
guess who  
14 Aug 2006 /  #3
Steve,

"Will hotel staff speak english and understand me as an am american?"

I do know that hotel staff speaks English, and Americans receive Medal of Honor upon arrival. Just for being American. You will have a great time in Poland.

Taxi drivers do not speak English, but if you speak to them very very very slowly in English, they will understand.

When it comes to burgers and donut bars, you will have to cook your own burgers. Just go to the market and buy some meat. I forgot, in Poland you cannot buy beef. Perhaps, you can bring your own donuts from the States. Which ones do you like, Crispee Cream or Dunkin Donuts, I like Kay's Donuts.

When it comes to beer, is it imported from Australia, and takes like kangaroo piss.
Try vodka for breakfast, with cream and sugar.

Have a nice day.
OP steve  
14 Aug 2006 /  #4
Thanks to all you great people for all your advice! Yup I guess I can bring dunkin donuts but will they last 1 week? Will the guys at Warsaw airport try and take them as american delicacy and maybe arrest me & throw me in jail?
Wujek_Dobra_Rada  
14 Aug 2006 /  #5
You`ll have to hide it in your pants to avoid being searched.
Shelley  
14 Aug 2006 /  #6
isnt that the first place those guards are going to look!
Wujek_Dobra_Rada  
14 Aug 2006 /  #7
btw- mods - check that guy`s IP to see if he`s not lef.
guess who  
14 Aug 2006 /  #8
a type I want to correct,

and takes like kangaroo piss..............and it tastes like kangaroo piss
OP steve  
14 Aug 2006 /  #9
You`ll have to hide it in your pants to avoid being searched.

You guys are crazy! I think maybe once they see the Stars & Stripes on my bag the guys at Warsaw will know not to mess with me.Maybe I could even take some Stars & Stripes badges as a gift to the people over there or swap them for shit over there
Wujek_Dobra_Rada  
14 Aug 2006 /  #10
I see that thinking is not one of your strenghts.
krysia 23 | 3,057  
14 Aug 2006 /  #11
What is the reason you are going there? If you can't leave all that american shit behind for a week and experience the country, then just stay home.
OP steve  
14 Aug 2006 /  #12
Thanks all - you guys have been great! I will be in Warsaw in 8 weeks because my boss is setting up a business and can't make it himself.Nope I never seen outside the States

before and its kinda scary but I guess europeons kinda know something about the USA and will lay on a spread. Next time in Walmart a guide to Poland will be in my basket!

Ok maybe see some of you guys in October

Steve
Wujek_Dobra_Rada  
14 Aug 2006 /  #13
So, you mean you`re for real ?

Poland very similar to the US, though most things here are much more complicated (beginning from road signs in cities to common law) - though ofcourse you aren`t going to find as many McDonald bars as in the US, cose American junkfood isn`t very popular here. Those McDonalds that you`re going to find here, though are in a better condition (when it comes to hygiene, staff ect.) than most of those you have in the US.

..I can not understand how someone is willing to eat that crap - but if you like it - it`s your choice.

When it comes to transportation I wouldn`t recomend taxis. You can get here everywhere with public transportation, which is perfectly safe and reliable, unlike in your country. If the tax drivers are going to see that you`re an American.. an American who is so naive as you are - they will just drive you around the whole city and bill you for the whole cruise.
rafik 18 | 589  
14 Aug 2006 /  #14
When it comes to beer, is it imported from Australia, and takes like kangaroo piss.
Try vodka for breakfast, with cream and sugar.

btw- mods - check that guy`s IP to see if he`s not lef.

yep it could be lef:)he is referring to what i have said earlier about an australian beer
Frank 23 | 1,183  
14 Aug 2006 /  #15
Heres a useful guide....unlike most of the posts on this thread...good luck and enjoy your stay...

inyourpocket.com/poland/warsaw/en/
polishmancan 8 | 21  
14 Aug 2006 /  #16
Frank,
Any other links like the one you provided with Warsaw? Any for Lodz, Katowice/Silesia region, email them to me or post on this board. I may be going to Poland (Europe for sure) after I graduate in a year and have no idea where to go

I live in the states too but hopefully, I don't sound as ignorant as "Steve" sorry steve, I think its cool that you are interested in Poland but come on, do what they say and give that junk food up for a week and experience a whole new culture.
Dee - | 11  
14 Aug 2006 /  #17
Wujeck, just a little curious have you ever been to the states, or does most of your knowledge of it come from the internet. It would seem that you think Poland is the only country on this earth which is worth living in, why not adventure out into this big bad world before subjecting all of us to your arrogant opinions
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
14 Aug 2006 /  #18
He's actually correct when it comes to the McDonalds being cleaner. I found that most PL ff restaurants are cleaner than ours.... McDonalds, KFC.

Wujeck...come on :) There are McDonald's everywhere I went in Poland....and Ive been around.
Wujek_Dobra_Rada  
14 Aug 2006 /  #19
Wujeck, just a little curious have you ever been to the states, or does most of your knowledge of it come from the internet.

..Yes, I`ve been to the US. and I have no idea what you mean. You can get here from the US and check it for yourself.

He's actually correct when it comes to the McDonalds being cleaner. I found that most PL ff restaurants are cleaner than ours.... McDonalds, KFC.

Wujeck...come on There are McDonald's everywhere I went in Poland....and Ive been around.

But you don`t see them on almost any corner. I`m quite sure that in whole Kraków there are less than 10 of them and it`s good that way - I can not stand junkfood.

I may be going to Poland (Europe for sure) after I graduate in a year and have no idea where to go

Warsaw

warsawtour.pl

Lódź - there`s not much to see there for tourists, but it`s a city popular among artists because of its specific climate.

uk.turystyka.uml.samozycie.pl

Katowice - the same as £ódź - only without artists.

wikitravel.org/en/Katowice

I you want to visit a good place go to 3City, Wrocław, Kraków, Malbork, Kazimierz Dolny, Zakopane, Zamość, Poznań, Toruń, Hel or hundreds of places.. but not Katowice and £ódź....Katowice and the whole area around it is a heavy industry center and £ódź is quite similar to Brooklyn - it`s a XIX century city - which might be good for some, but you`re going to there most things that you`re going to see in the US as well.
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
14 Aug 2006 /  #20
True. Definitely not as many ....but if he really wanted a burger (why, I don't know) I'm sure he can find one.

I'd definitely visit Gdansk-Malbork-Poznan-Krakow-Zakopane-Wieliczka (salt mine). Have fun!!
krysia 23 | 3,057  
14 Aug 2006 /  #21
That's why there are so many fat, unhealthy Americans. All they eat are burgers, fries and sodas. And they wonder why so many heart attacks? They go to Europe, and the first thing they look for is a McDonald's. They can (maybe) survive one day eating European foods, but that's it. They need their burgers and fries.

I know an American couple who adopted two children from Poland. While in Poland, they of course couldn't stand eating healthy Polish foods. Where do you think they took the kids? Yes. McDonald's. And what do you think the kids did? They just looked at the burger and fries and pushed it all away.

It's the way you are brought up. In America there is a so called "mass media". Which means you do what everybody else does, otherwise, you're a freak. They don't know how to think outside the box.
Dee - | 11  
14 Aug 2006 /  #22
Apparently you also live in the states so you must be one of those unhealthy Americans who just follow the crowd. Stop putting everyone into the same category you can't speak for all of us.
lef 11 | 478  
15 Aug 2006 /  #23
why not adventure out into this big bad world before subjecting all of us to your arrogant opinions

well put, I think wujek must work form the polish government or big businesses, he should be called the minster of propaganda
Wujek_Dobra_Rada  
15 Aug 2006 /  #24
Apparently you also live in the states so you must be one of those unhealthy Americans who just follow the crowd. Stop putting everyone into the same category you can't speak for all of us.

I can bring on some health statistics that will show that the larger part of Americans (some other nations in the World - but mostly Americans) and this creates serious health problems.

But forget about the whole health issue - I can understand that unhealthy food can also taste great - but the problem with junkfood is that in most cases it dosn`t even taste good.
Shelley  
15 Aug 2006 /  #25
But you don`t see them on almost any corner. I`m quite sure that in whole Kraków there are less than 10 of them and it`s good that way - I can not stand junkfood.

I only actually saw one, but then again I did see lots of Kabab kiosk like places

salt mine

I really wouldnt bother with the above, it's long winded and 90% not very interesting.

fat, unhealthy Americans

Yep and they're ensuring that the rest of the world follow suite - in the UK we have a large problem with fatties!!! and all thanks to the crap that the yanks push our way
guess who  
15 Aug 2006 /  #26
Wujek, I always suspected that you were black. Now I know it is true.
Very nice pic, I must add.

:)
Shelley  
15 Aug 2006 /  #27
Why do you say it`s not interesting.

because in my opinion 90% of the salt mines was boring and not very interesting (well the guide was entertaining he had a fixation on mustashes - in fact he was the only saving grace of the whole thing). Had i know what the tour comprised of - I would have done something else with the day

I`d liked it when I`ve been there a coupple of years ago

Kids always like an adventure dont they though?
Wujek_Dobra_Rada  
15 Aug 2006 /  #28
But it`s only one place of its kind in the World - you aren`t going to see any such scupltures and chambers anywhere else. I found it very interesting when I was there for the first time.

Beside as I remember the time I was there I visited the place together with a group of Japanese tourists - and the Japanese seamed quite interested, though they didn`t understood a single word what the guide was saying :)

Kids always like an adventure dont they though?

Pffft.
Shelley  
15 Aug 2006 /  #29
But it`s only one place of its kind in the World

I agree, but I did say I only thought 90% boring the other 10% was good.

Japanese seamed quite interested

Nah, that's just the look they always have!

Pffft.

??? please explain Pffft
lef 11 | 478  
16 Aug 2006 /  #30
but the problem with junkfood is that in most cases it dosn`t even taste good.

If you want to eat bigos and pierogi all your life then be my quest, but don't impose your point of view to everyone else.. The health issue connected with take away food is a serious issue, if you want to be part of the western world then you have to accept what they have.

Western style take away food, from hamburgers to fish and chips will take over traditional food in poland in the future.

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