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Lukasz K   
21 Apr 2015
Law / Car insurance cost for old used car in Poland (OC) [17]

I do not know how you calculate those numbers.

The OP asked about OC so it has nothing to do with the value of the car as nobody would pay him when something happens (to him or his car) it is just to cover losses he would make to somebody else.

The only thing that matters in that situation is his age (the younger the higher rate), time hes has been registered (insured) as a driver (could be a co-driver of for example his parents car) with no damages (that is important as he would get a discount for every year), place where he resides (citizens of some regions have higher risk of having an accident than the other) and the engine capacity of the car.

When I was at his age (10 years ago) I also drove and old Skoda and I paid for OC sth. like 600 PLN/year. Nowadays I am older, and have paid insurance with no damages for some time so I pay similar price even though the prices of insurance have generally gone up. However I doubt he would pay more than 1000 PLN/year.

Tho really check it there are insurance calculators online anybody could use that include the variables that are important for the overall cost of the insurance.

Regards

Lukasz
Lukasz K   
26 Jun 2011
Travel / Wroclaw-Bratislava (the quickest way to get by car)? [10]

I would say trough Budapest (there are direct trains Warsaw-Budapest and Budapest-Belgrad)...
I know some people who went used that route but I don't know any more details.

Regards

£ukasz
Lukasz K   
19 Mar 2011
Work / Teaching Architecture in Poland [23]

I am talking about a public university. Private ones are rather called "schools" (I think non of the private institutions can use the name "university" because to do it you need to have enough professors, PhD students etc. and private schools are much smaller and more oriented on bachelor and master studies than public ones ) which does not mean that you can not earn there more if your field attracts many students...

Regards

Lukasz
Lukasz K   
19 Mar 2011
Work / Teaching Architecture in Poland [23]

The main salary is quite decent if you are a professor (I think around 6000 PLN). Otherwise it is quite low (around 3000 PLN before taxes for a fresh PhD graduate)... But of course you must get grants to do your research (if you work at the university you can not just teach - you have to do some research, publish etc. and the direct funding of research by the university is usually very low) and it is a custom that participants of the grant get some money from in form of additional salary (but of course getting a grant is no so simple...)...

Regards

Lukasz
Lukasz K   
19 Mar 2011
Travel / Train from Warsaw to Siedlce [27]

I thought that Siedlce train starts at Dw. Zachodni (Western Station) and goes through the city (Sródmiescie and Wschodni). I is similar with the trains going to the west - they start at Warszawa Wschodnia and continue to the west...

There are some changes due to the Stadion station being rebuild and some commuter trains (as that towards Siedlce) can go through Warszawa Centralna instead of Śródmieście...

Regards

£ukasz
Lukasz K   
23 Feb 2011
Law / Child support in Poland:is the income of the father's spouse taken into account? [34]

You all miss the point.
The child support in Poland is not based on the costs of living but on the income of the parent so collecting info about the rent etc. is worthless.

If a father earns 1000 PLN then he would pay let's say 400 and if he earns 10000 then he would pay 4000. The assumption is that the material status of the child can not diminish after divorce so if the child was used to live at high standard it can not suffer just becouse parents got divorced...

I think it is far from the child's point of viev.
You qall present more "egalitarian" way of thinking - "lets assume that 2000 PLN is enought to live decent and give him that regardless his parent is a plumber or member of the board of the international corporation" which is not followed by

Polish courts.

Regards

Lukasz
Lukasz K   
9 Feb 2011
Genealogy / Looking Into The Surname Bednarczuk: Ukrainian, Polish, Ruthenian, Belarusian, etc? [23]

Name and nationality don't have much in common. You are still using your name Bednarczuk but you are not Ukrainian nor Polish.

They nationality can be guessed if you know what language they were speaking, what alphabet they were writing, what church they belonged to.

Names ending with -uk are refereed to be of Ruthenian origin but because eastern Poland was settled by Ruthenians (Podlasie) or was Ruthenian (south-east) since middle ages and then were Polonised now such names are also found in Poland very often and people that use them are 100% Polish...

It is not the name that decides your nationality so I find those attempts to guess nationality by name not sensible. Especially in CE where borders were shifting, people migrating etc. you would find many Polish with German names many German with Polish names, many Polish with Russian and Ruthenian names, many Russian with Polish names and of course Jews who could have German (Yiddish), Polish or Russian names...

Of course name can give you a hint about the "origins" of your family but the family could already change their nationality twice beafore they emigrated...

Regards

£ukasz
Lukasz K   
9 Jan 2011
Real Estate / Is there a property tax in Poland? [3]

The situation may be more complicated.

If hour father passed away prior to 2006 (or 2005 I don't remember exactly) to legally own a property you have to pay special tax (sth. about 3% of property value) to own it.

Later they changed this stupid law and now the members of the closest family do not pay this tax but the law does not work backwards so an important information is the date of death.

If there was no last will in local court you have to make "sprawa spadkowa" which would be announced (in case any other successors appeared) and then you would get a sentence that you inherited goods and properties.

The next step is tax office. Still you have to declare in the tax office that you inherited a property (show then the sentence and they will say if you have to pay sth. or not) and they would give you paper which would allow you to make changes in register (in another court) and officially own a property.

Then you will receive a letter from local authorities with calculated amount of land tax (for farmland it is very low - a few grosze per square meter per year).

Regards

Lukasz
Lukasz K   
5 Jan 2011
Genealogy / Looking for info on Zalecki [21]

You have to understand what "nobility" meant in Poland - it was nothing connected with wealth. Nobles were those who had political rights during "First Republic" times. They could be very poor, especially after the partitions when after various uprisings government was taking back the land from families whose members had fought against them. So my great-grandmother could feel "nobel" because of rights of her ancestors even thought she was taking care of cows, not having shoes until she was twelve...

Regards

Lukasz
Lukasz K   
3 Jan 2011
Genealogy / Looking for info on Zalecki [21]

My great-grandmother maiden name was Załęcka. She came from a village near Maków Mazowiecki (northern Mazowsze).
Most of her family left to US between 1905-1910 she was one of the few who stayed in their homeland.
So maybe we are related ;-)

Regards

Lukasz
Lukasz K   
25 Dec 2010
Travel / HELP: how to travel from Warsaw to Rzeczenica Polska [4]

If that is Rzeczenica in Pomorskie it will be a long trip... But possible becouse the village lies on the main road connecting seaside with the central Poland.

There is a bus from Warsaw to nearby town of Człuchów from Warszawa Zachodnia bus station at 9.50 arriving in Człuchów 17.18

But unfortunately there will be no bus to Rzeczenica on the same day

There is a long-run bus from £ódź Bus Station at 7.30 towards Koszalin that stops in Rzeczenica at 14.37

so I think the better idea will be to get from Warsaw to £ódź (train from Central station - nearly one per hour) an than take this bus.

Regards

Lukasz
Lukasz K   
5 Nov 2010
USA, Canada / Moved back from Canada to Poland:). Here are the reasons why. [883]

Everything depends on the point of view...
If we compare that to Szczecin which has the most oceanic climate in Poland with average of coldest month at -0,7 C (so whole winter average is probably above 0 C) -6,5 C is very, very cold. The coldest January ever recorded in Szczecin had average -4,1 C.

The absolute minima are similar (-32 C in Szczecin in January 1987) but the general weather in winter in Szczecin is rain with short periods of frost and snow which melts next week when it gets warmer again. Permanent snow cover and frost are rare. Canada has much more continental climate.

On the other hand summers are much longer and hotter in S Ontario which is because of the latitude (43 N compared to 53 N in Szczecin where average of the warmest month is 18 C and the number of days with above 30 C is sth like 3 per year...).

So I prefer winters in Szczecin and summers in Ontario...

Regards

Lukasz
Lukasz K   
8 Oct 2010
Life / Diaspora, what do you miss from Poland? [15]

Why are the trees bear?

Because of the air pollution...Those are the forests of Izerskie Moutains in the south-western part of Poland destroyed by the acid rains in the early 90's. The area had the worst air in whole Europe due to the brown-coal fuelled power plants located nearby in Poland (Bogatynia), Czech Rep. and Germany.

Right now the air is better but it takes a long time for the forest to recover especially at a high altitude (about 800-1000 m a.s.l.).

Polish fresh air?

So it is not so true...

Regards

£ukasz
Lukasz K   
29 Sep 2010
Food / Quince ("pigwa") in Krakow? [7]

No.

There are two different plants.

Pigwa is Cydonia oblonga - a tree (originating from East Mediterranean) rarely planted in Poland (not enough frost hardy). It resembles an apple tree and the fruits also look alike apples. They taste sour but fresh. I know in southern Poland it is more popular than where I live.

Pigwowiec is Chaenomeles - a shrub originating from East Asia. Very popular in Poland also as an ornamental plant (it blooms red in early spring). It has yellow fruits resembling fruits of pigwa in shape and taste (that is why it has a similar name). They are hard and sour. People used to use those fruits as a substitute of lemon when it was hard to get...

Regards

£ukasz
Lukasz K   
17 Sep 2010
Genealogy / My Polish last name is Bober [7]

The name Bober is quite popular in Poland. There are about 9000 people with these name in Poland.

Bober is an old fasioned (or regonal?) way of saying bóbr (beaver) so the name can be Polish but it can be yiddish as well.

Regards

£ukasz
Lukasz K   
17 Sep 2010
Travel / One night hour in Warsaw (with a car) - is there any "must see" places? [6]

Just drive around...
You may cath just a short glimpse of the city. Most of the sights in the old town ale lighted.

I really like driving around the city centre at night (its is the only time when you can drive not stand in the traffic jam) especially Jana Pawła, from Żoliborz to al. Jeroizolmskie, then Aleje then for example Marszałkowska and for sure Aleje Ujazdowskie. You can try parking a car near the Old Town (for example in Senatorska street) and just visit castle square.

To enter the town you need to drive off the road nr 8 on the second junction after passing the bridge and the follow to the south.

Regards

£ukasz
Lukasz K   
22 Aug 2010
Law / Can I check land registers in the area of Bytow online? [6]

You can do some online:

You can check property number on maps here:

geoportal.gov.pl (you press "mapy" and then choose option "kataster").

And if you know the number of "księga wieczysta" you can check who owns a plot on-line there:

ekw.ms.gov.pl/pdcbdkw/pdcbdkw.html

Greetings

Lukasz
Lukasz K   
11 Jul 2010
Travel / Bieszczady: Ustrzyki Górne to/from peak of Tarnica in a day? How intense? [2]

The trail is very easy. Probably you would manage to do it in 6 hours as written in guides.
It is just a path - nothing very steep.

However if you have higher boots it is advisable to wear them because especially while coming down it is easy to twist an ankle on slippy rocks or mud.

Kind regards

£ukasz
Lukasz K   
28 Jun 2010
Travel / Snow in Zakopane in Summer? [13]

There would be probably some snow up there, not very much but some for sure.

Regards

Lukasz
Lukasz K   
27 Jun 2010
Life / What are the poorest regions of Poland? [15]

It is very hard to say which part of the Poland are the poorest.
The general view biased on GDP on the level of woievodship show that eastern Poland is poorer than western .
But if you look more carefully and you have travelled around Poland it turns out that the poorest regions are the country regions of northern and western Poland (old collective farming areas).

I have never seen around Chełm or Białystok such miserable people as in villages near Gubin at the German border or near Koszalin and Bartoszyce in the north.

It is easy to spot if you use country roads - in those regions roads that are on the map which was printed 30 years ago are today often overgrown by forests because inhabitants just do not use them because they don't own cars while in Hajnówka or Suwałki nearly every villager owns VW Golf or sth. and the country roads are repaired even by private people because they use it...

If you look as unemployment map it looks similarly to what I told - the highest unemployment (about 30%) is in the western and northern countryside and in the parts of Mazowieckie woievodship that lay far from the capital.

Kind regards

£ukasz
Lukasz K   
7 Jun 2010
Study / Warsaw School of Economics (SGH)-how is it there [10]

Many of my friends finished that school and I may say that they've received good education. Of course they did it "normal" way. During one semester you won't probably learn much but for sure you will have fun...

Of course it is better to do a survey before which subjects to choose because for sure there are more and less interesting and worthy ones. I don't know what are the rules for you when it comes to choosing subjects...

As for polish university they have quite a lot of lectures in English so you would have an opportunity to find something for you.

Regards

£ukasz
Lukasz K   
30 Apr 2010
Travel / Train Routes - from Poland to Slovakia [12]

There are two passes that i know trought the Carpathians where trains cross them. One is near Muszyna (rout Nowy Sącz - Poprad), second is further east near Komańcza (route Sanok - Koszyce). But you can make it easier by bus for example.

Regards

£ukasz
Lukasz K   
21 Mar 2010
History / MAP OF POLAND IN 1880'S [72]

You can find it for example here:

map old poland

But of course it is not a "map of Poland", becouse there was no Poland at that time...

Regards

Lukasz
Lukasz K   
10 Feb 2010
Study / University of Warsaw- registering for courses? [2]

You'll probably have to deel with USOS (internet registration system) which can be harsh, becouse the closing date for registrations for summer semester is probably these week, and to log in to usos you will need to have your student card...

So I have no idea how it is done...
Always the tutor can sign you in "manually" during first two weeks of courses so the best idea is to show up at the first lecture and ask the responsible person to sign you in.

What faculty will you attend?

Regards

Lukasz
Lukasz K   
21 Jan 2010
Law / Polish Cop Took My Car Registration :S [143]

I had similar situation in the summer - I was driving with my mother's car and was stopped for speeding (my fault) - when the police officer was checing the car's papers it turned out that my mother had forgotten about annual registration technical inspection (it was about three month after deadline) and policeman took the registration paper. The registration paper was send to Urząd Miasta but to pick it up I needed to do the inspection, take the paper from the inspection stating that everything is OK and then I could withdraw the registration document. But it took about two weeks before the document arrived from police to Urząd Miasta (I've been stopped near Szczytno and they had to send it to Warszawa but it was still very long).

So I advice you, after you have removed the tint to take some paper station that everything is correct according to registration laws.

Regards

Lukasz
Lukasz K   
8 Jan 2010
Travel / Warsaw | Trekking routes, Nature [6]

I would advice you for example Kampinoski National Park just at the north-western borders of Warsaw.
You can easily reach it with city buses starting at Młociny subway station. I advice bus 708 towards Truskaw which is a nice village inside the National Park. From the bus stop there you can start a walk following different tracks (You cannot walk outside the marked tracks inside the National Park). The paths will lead you through forests (mainly pine and alder) and meadows. Nothing astonishing but quite a nice landscape especially when the weather is nice. Now you can use there cross-country skies.

Real trekking tracks when you can walk for a few days with tent etc. throught quite wild areas you will find in Poland only in the moutains especially Bieszczady or Beskid Niski...

Regards

Lukasz
Lukasz K   
1 Jan 2010
Life / WHY ARE POLISH CALENDARS SKEWED? [42]

I would rather think that there is something wrong with American calendars because in Poland always Monday was the first day of the week.

Lets see the names of the Weekdays in Polish which are probably nearly a thousand years old:
Monday - poniedziałek from "po niedzieli" - "after Sunday'
Tuesday - wtorek from "wtóry" which meant "second"!
Wednesday - środa from "środek" - middle
Thursday - czwartek from "czwarty" - fourth!
Friday - piątek from "piąty" - fifth!
Saturday - sobota - it is now for me to guess the origin of that word, maby it is borrowed becouse it is somehow similar to Saturday or Samstag rather...

Sunday - niedziela - from "nie działać" - not to do sth...

Regards

Lukasz