Thanks for all the great feedback - I'm feeling a lot more confident now.
Be yourself. You'll only look a fool if you fake it.
Agreed - just didn't know if "myself" had any potential to create unpleasant social situations. Don't think so, now.
Its really all about common sense, if you have that then you'll be fine
I usually do, so that's good.
most likely, you'll be greeted with "Czesc" or "Dzien Dobry". Repeating the same would be ok if you can't speak Polish.
I think I can handle that. If not, my father will be able to. He learned from his father and still does pretty well with the language.
If you're happy, smile. Don't hide it.
This was the one I was most worried about, after reading those other threads. I'm expecting to be VERY happy throughout my trip, and my facial expressions usually match (and broadcast) my moods.
Eat, drink and be merry :)
Ooh, do I ever intend to! Excellent advice - thanks.
From what I have read this is what makes us Americans stand out.
1. baseball caps
2. hip packs
Guilty on all 3 counts. Yes, I still use the hip pack. Yes, I'm THAT old. Sigh. Hey, it's either that or stuff every pocket I have with my reading glasses, sun glasses, and assorted pocket stuff. Go ahead - make fun.
I don't know anyone who has worn a hip pack in the last 20 years.
Nice to meetcha!
My gf's friend mentioned the smiling thing. She also said not to worry about it and be yourself.
Sweet. Thanks again, everyone!