Staring is not that bad here
I don't think its so much about staring. I never felt 'stared at' in Poland.
Its more about 'situational awareness', being conscious of ones surroundings. I tend to get the feeling with Brits and Kiwis that they are just totally oblivious to whats around them.
What impressed me most about Poles is that they seem.. expansive... like their 'bubble of awareness' is quite large by comparison.