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Posts by sobieski  

Joined: 1 Jun 2008 / Male ♂
Last Post: 6 Jan 2016
Threads: Total: 107 / Live: 96 / Archived: 11
Posts: Total: 2,128 / Live: 1,961 / Archived: 167
From: Poland, Warsaw
Speaks Polish?: Good
Interests: Polish culture and history, cooking

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sobieski   
26 Dec 2014
Life / Do Polish Barbers secretly hate their clients? [7]

Anyone know of an English-speaking barber or unisex salon stylist that's not expensive in Wro

I do not think "English-speaking barbers" and "inexpensive" go together. Any barber speaking English who has a brain will know that these clients are expats and so have money...so....

Wroc,,,don't you have any Polish at all?
sobieski   
23 Dec 2014
Life / Pepper Spray in Poland? [36]

when i was driving because of the Romanian car jackers

I am driving all the time in Poland on all kinds of roads everywhere. Never saw any of these imaginary "Romanian car jackers". Also never read something about this in the press, not even in the colored ones....
sobieski   
22 Dec 2014
Life / 37020 British expats in Poland [25]

There are six times that number of Vietnamese in Warsaw alone

The funny thing is though, you never see them on the streets. Maybe I am looking in the wrong places or live in the wrong neighborhood, but I am often wondering where they hide themselves...Except for Wólka Kosowska that is of course.
sobieski   
20 Dec 2014
Law / Karta Pobytu - Is the plastic card only given to non-EU people? [8]

A permanent residence CARD for eu citizens is possible since april 2014.It's called dokument potwierdzajacy prawo stalego pobytu.

I have this since a few years, but it is a salmon-pink piece of paper - strongly resembles the first page of a passport. Definitely no plastic card.

Anyway, I intend to check it out at Długa 5 here in Warsaw next week.
sobieski   
19 Dec 2014
Travel / Do trains in Poland arrive on time? [38]

Here we have the same story again: you simply ignore the fact that the line is vastly modernized

It is vastly modernized since many years with no end in sight. If you would take the train on this line frequently you would know, but obviously you do not.

Marzena Gawrych everyday rides from Brwinow to the Downtown Railway Station in Warsaw: From a few months it's terrible. I understand that repairs are inevitable, but why they are so badly organized? On Monday once again the timetable has been changed and once again we have an hour break in trains courses. From Brwinow they depart at 6.29 and 6.39, and then only at 7.33. In order to be on time for the eighth at work, I have to get up early and take one of those trains that which depart later than 6. On Monday, of course, the train was late in Brwinow, then drove very slowly. Transfer to Warsaw instead of 35 minutes lasted almost an hour. These delays are notorious, and this is the worst. For this reason I'm often late in work.

warszawa.gazeta.pl/warszawa/1,34889,17061495,Kiedy_skonczy_sie_gehenna_pasazerow_kolei___Tracimy.html#TRrelSST

I am traveling on the Warszawa-Grodzisk line several times per week for my work, and I can testify it is a horror.
And since this funky Pendolino is flashing by it only got worse.
sobieski   
17 Dec 2014
Travel / Do trains in Poland arrive on time? [38]

For a true Polish train experience I would recommend Warsaw to £ódż, alternately Pruszków-Warsaw, Grodzisk Mazowiecki-Warsaw. No Pendolino experience there,only true daily commuter horror.
sobieski   
8 Dec 2014
Travel / Cheapest Way from Warsaw to Chopin Airport ? [12]

Exactly. During the rush hour, especially on Fridays, the train would be the best option, because the bus also gets stuck in traffic jams.
sobieski   
7 Dec 2014
Life / What should a foreigner do when invited to join Christmas dinner with his Polish-friend's family? [21]

We will eat salmon - cannot stand karp.

There is a bus from the Kaliska station, and trains as well. The bus is generally faster and cheaper, but less comfortable

I thinkk you are talking about Polskibus here...I think they are quite comfortable. But it is true what other posters mentioned - madness to take any train without reservation on the 24th.

Anyway, I think Christmas Eve is one of the most endearing days in Poland.
sobieski   
1 Dec 2014
News / Self-important Warsaw mayor [18]

Seems almost 60% of Varsovians yesterday thought differently. They could also have voted for a PIS clown who doesn't even live in Warsaw (and publicly told he didn't see the sense in doing so), doesn't pay taxes here but on my expense wanted to make public transport gratis.
sobieski   
27 Nov 2014
Love / How many Polish girls are married to foreigners? / How many Polish boys to foreign girls? [104]

90% of rumanian girls i know are married to men 20 years older and are uneducated in most of cases. which is just sad

This was the case with all the Polish girls populating specialized Belgian/Dutch marriage agencies after 1989 and well into the 90's. Girls with an education but wanting to escape economic misery in Poland almost at any cost, even when this meant marrying a loser or a country bumpkin 20 years older. I think that is now the same with girls from the Ukraine. The other way around it was often Belgians or Dutch who couldn't get a partner at home, and went that direction.
sobieski   
24 Nov 2014
News / First Remembrance Ceremony at Lidzbark Warminski [17]

Well, we put each year at the 1st of November chrysanthemums and a candle on the monument for the First Polish Armored Division - Maczek's boys - on Plac Inwalidów here in Warsaw. Their dust-ridden Sherman tanks liberated my Flemish village in September 1944, so for me this is emotionally very important.
sobieski   
22 Nov 2014
Life / What do you like about Poland? [100]

She sounds like someone we could all do with (or use, in US English)

Wroc...do you speak Polish at all? I remember you mentioning about needing an English-speaking person in your local Lidl?
sobieski   
21 Nov 2014
Life / What do you like about Poland? [100]

I'm favouring Eastern Poland.

I for sure prefer Opole and Dolny Śląsk - a much more down-to-earth approach with the urge to get things done. But for sure no Polonia old-country romanticism. The few times we venture across the Wisła I sometimes think it is another country.
sobieski   
20 Nov 2014
Travel / Cheapest Way from Warsaw to Chopin Airport ? [12]

There is also (for them who live in the south of the city) bus 148 from Metro Imielin.
Anyway, here are all the connections together:
ztm.waw.pl/?c=571&l=2
I personally prefer the train - 175 can be pretty crowded and is notorious for pickpockets
Problem is that it uses two different train stations and two operators...confusing for foreigners arriving in the city.
sobieski   
20 Nov 2014
Food / Where to buy British mature Cheddar Cheese and salted butter in Poland? [289]

I think, Sobieski, Wroc has fewer Lidls than some other cities and that is why there is such a crush at the branches here and stuff sells out like locusts

To my experience, next week's action always starts on Sunday - almost everytime I see the staff filling the shelves on Sunday afternoon. As for absolute madness nothing equals to the day when they sold Wittchen handbags some time ago :). Never knew women could be so rude to each other :)
sobieski   
20 Nov 2014
Food / Where to buy British mature Cheddar Cheese and salted butter in Poland? [289]

The Lidls here sell out of the cheddars very quickly, but they are mad busy branches most of the time.

Well my local Lidl is 100 metres from the metro terminus in Młociny and is very popular and they don't run out of the stuff (still had it today)

For next week Lidl will (according to their weekly promotions gazette) offer Cheddar (the 3 kinds) even at a reduced price - 6,66 instead of 8,99 PLN.
sobieski   
20 Nov 2014
Travel / Cheapest Way from Warsaw to Chopin Airport ? [12]

every few minutes at busy times).

ztm.waw.pl/rozklad_nowy.php?c=182&l=1&a=175&n=7002&o=02&k=B
175 goes every 15 minutes during the rush hour, and otherwise every 20 minutes or worse, not what I would call every few minutes.
sobieski   
20 Nov 2014
Travel / Cool Hipster Areas in Warsaw ? [11]

Furnished like the living room of a fairly arty flat in the PRL days - open all night and sort of hip but not pretentious

I will check it out for sure, am passing Plac Zamkowy quite often.

designer dogs are hip in Poland these days

What are designer dogs? Ours is a common labrador (well not common because it is the family dog - so has to be special :) )
sobieski   
19 Nov 2014
Travel / Cool Hipster Areas in Warsaw ? [11]

it's the back bit from the courtyard off Miodowa, especially the upstairs bar.

Never heard of that one, maybe it could be explained that the family Labrador takes up a lot of time :)
Anyway, I always prefered Nowe Miasto. It somehow feels a bit less Legoland than its cousin.
sobieski   
19 Nov 2014
Life / Least doctors per capita in Poland? [4]

They make up for it with an excess of chemists

That is for sure. From my home to Metro Młociny, a 2 km stretch, there are 4 chemists. I don't know how they all manage to survive.
sobieski   
19 Nov 2014
News / Local elections - anyone care to comment? [37]

Care to inform us if you voted and if not...for which reason?

About PKW, this is a question of plain incompetence, nothing more. They were so stupid to install a new computer program six months before the elections. That's asking for guaranteed trouble.