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Joined: 1 Jun 2008 / Male ♂
Last Post: 6 Jan 2016
Threads: Total: 107 / Live: 96 / Archived: 11
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From: Poland, Warsaw
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Interests: Polish culture and history, cooking

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sobieski   
15 Jun 2010
Genealogy / Komorowski clan-name Korczak [16]

He is also directly related to Mathilde, Crown Princess of Belgium. Her mother is a Sapieha-Komorowska.
sobieski   
15 Jun 2010
News / UK might have anti-Polish socialist Prime Minister [29]

bu i already exposed anti-Slavic behavior of Miliband. What needs to happen so that Poles learn?

Do you mean West-Slavic (such as Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia) or Ottoman Slavic such as Serbia?
sobieski   
14 Jun 2010
Law / HELP IN IMMIGRATION SOUGHT " PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN POLSKA" [20]

Yes, definitely - the window monkeys often know very little about things and will tell you all sorts of nonsense based on how they think it should be.

I completely agree wit this one. When I tried to apply for a meldunek na stale ( and hence getting registered for local and EU elections, every PO vote counts in this country) two years ago, the local bureauctatists dismissed it out of hand. They thought it was a laughable concept. Later I went back with Danish "kumpel" who knew the legislation very well... He asked straightly not for the chief bureaucratist. He had all the relevant EU legislation printed out and offered to take it all a few instances higher. Grumpily Bielany caved in. Got my meldunek na stale and got registered to vote.

Anecdote: Even when they were making my new meldunek, one of the bureaucratists was muttering "In your Belgium I would never get this". Nonsense of course. They were defeated and they knew it.
sobieski   
14 Jun 2010
History / Lusatian-Sarmatic obsession of Poles [153]

Bismarck actually knew where to draw the line. He had no time for his own General Staff's plans for an assault on Russia. But he once was gone Germany's politcians became more belligerent. He realised the continuing existence of the Habsburg empire was essential for European peace.

He did not want the Balkan madmen to escape their cage and make havoc on European civilisation. Aided by Wilhelmine grandeur.
Yes he was also cynical but also believed in checks and balances.
sobieski   
12 Jun 2010
Love / Ten things to remember when you have a Polish girlfriend [79]

I think this shows how you think about (Polish) women in general. Of course if you go to clubs where women go to pick up foreigners... Poor...

If I see if our social circle, people do not have time to go out. You go to work on normal working hours, get home very tired, Saturdays are spent making shopping, washing the car, evening going with friends to the movies... Sundays sleeping a bit longer, making a walk together in Lazienki... and then it is again Monday morning.

Life as it is.
sobieski   
12 Jun 2010
Love / Ten things to remember when you have a Polish girlfriend [79]

My wife is a Goralka, so per definition a bit more strong/flamboyant than your average Polish girl. Her mother even more, so I am relieved 300 kms separate us :)

But between us religion never has been important. We sometimes go to church to the "English parish" on Radna (great priest) but besides of that? The local priest does not even bother to come here to beg for money (as they do everywhere in Poland). He tried once, never repeated it.

Though when we go to my wife's hometown we strictly observe all customs. I guess it is a matter of respect. We lead our own life in the big city, but once over there...why to make a fuss? It is not worth it. These few weekends we are there....Her mother feels at peace... we survive.
sobieski   
11 Jun 2010
History / Lusatian-Sarmatic obsession of Poles [153]

It is still funny though. How a Serb tries to compare his backward Ottoman province to a country which is from a background completely European. (not counting any poultry here though). On the end he will tell that my beloved native Antwerp is full of Serb accents :)
sobieski   
11 Jun 2010
Law / How to register a new business in Poland [129]

Thanks :) The kind of cash I would be deal with is the taxi to the airport and that kind of things:) Do you have an E-account or a "normal" one with them? I have to say a few friends have accounts with them and are very satisfied, be it on a personal level. How are they businesswise for us small entrepeneurs?
sobieski   
11 Jun 2010
Law / How to register a new business in Poland [129]

So... It is going ahead..I will start as from Monday running around doing all formalities...One thing though. Quite a few here have their own business. Which bank would you say is the best for small businesses?

Privately I have an account with Kredyt Bank but I am not terribly impressed with them.

Private people and small businesses have different needs...
sobieski   
9 Jun 2010
History / Lusatian-Sarmatic obsession of Poles [153]

I bet you will tell soon that "zurek" (which I adore, especially the version made by my Goralka mother-in-law) and "pierogi" (which I do not eat) have also a Sarmatian/Lusatian/Serbian background? Except that Poland always was a part of the Western hemisphere.

I know "Mitteleuropa"s is heavy definition, but something is in that.
You Balkanists...Remember old Bismarck, he was not so stupid.
sobieski   
9 Jun 2010
History / Lusatian-Sarmatic obsession of Poles [153]

I studied history at university way back in the olden days....before I came to Poland six years ago (a very sound Jesuit education). Have read all history books about Poland published in English.

What mystifies me on this forum (but of course it does not represent society but is prone to attract all kinds of Lusatian/Sarmatian madmen) is the obsession with the Polish past and then even worse a falsified version of it.

Lusatians died out somewhere around 500 BC... so what ? Sarmatians....They existed until the 4th century AD... The Polish "nobility" pretended they were Sarmatians... Another excuse to exploit the underlings and betray the Commonwealth.

Get real people. Accept that your nobility was selling you to whatever Power present, just to keep their horses. "Veto", remember ? Golden Freedom, anyone ?
sobieski   
8 Jun 2010
Travel / Driving lights in Poland [25]

Mr Sobieski is driving a VW Touran and feels quite comfortable with that one :)
sobieski   
8 Jun 2010
News / Decoded talks inside Poland's president's plane are released in Internet [337]

Latest interesting development is that the Polish Air Force refused a Russian offer to add a Russian navigator to the crew, to faclilitate communications and operations.

I guess they were thinking he was a freemason, gay or Jewish - perhaps a combination?

Anyway I do not think it would have made a difference, LK still would have barged into the cockpit and forced them to land.
sobieski   
7 Jun 2010
Travel / Driving lights in Poland [25]

Great how people driving a BMW (or Mercedes) seem to think traffic regulations are made for everybody else, but it does not apply to them? I think it has to be universal. In my native Belgium they behave the same :)
sobieski   
6 Jun 2010
News / Polish PM Tusk- dictator or not? What Poles think? [185]

Austro-Hungaria and Germany started WWI. Its official historic fact. Serbia was in alliance with Entente powers and leading liberation force of Slavic world (against both, Ottoman Turkey and Austro-Hungarian empire). First victory of allayed forces was won by Serbians and, also battle that ended Turkish domination on Balkan was won by Serbians.

The Black Hand of Serbia shot Ferdinand (arguably the most progressive, farsighter and progressive of all Habsburgs).
I sorts of agree with Bismarck on this one. First that you should build a wall around the Balkan and let them sort our there own problems and second that all kinds of ugly wars are prone to start over there.

BTW, what a pretention to compare Serbia to Poland. Poland was always part of the Western hemisphere - whatever its shortcomings (Only have to quote old Winston who once told "Europe ends at the Bug").The Enlightenment never reached Serbia. Backward and Ottomanic in its past. Ever-violent and maffia in its present and future.
sobieski   
6 Jun 2010
Travel / Public Transportation in Poland [30]

These days here in Warsaw the pondlife called illegal taxis seems to have somewhat disappeared in the airport. There are 3 official taxi corporations in the airport. All of them are reliable. MPT is owned by the city and you cannot do wring with them.

Check also this link:

When using taxis in Warsaw, it is strongly recommended that you only use taxis with the following: the symbol of Warsaw - a mermaid - on both front doors, yellow/red stripes affixed to the glass along the front doors, a number stuck to the side of the vehicle, a hologram with the license number and the vehicle's registration number on the upper right-hand corner of the front glass and a sticker with price information per kilometer that must be displayed on the glass of the right-hand side back door.

warsawtour/en/warsaw-essentials/getting-around/taxis-1728.html

The unlicensed sharks can still be found around the old town very frequently.

As for public transport, I find it reliable, cheap and especially in the rush hour trams and metro bing you everywhere way faster than a car.

Ticket-selling machines are to be found almost on every corner now, and sometimes in the new buses and trams as well.
sobieski   
6 Jun 2010
Travel / WHAT TO WEAR END OF JUNE FIRST WEEKS OF JULY IN WARSAW [25]

even though clothing is on the expensive side, you may want to buy some wardrobe in PL to blend in better.. polish ladies are rather trendy.. it is europe after all.. also google some pictures of polish people and see what they wear..

If you buy you wardrobe in Warsaw, it will be the same to the one from home. Zara, Peek & Cloppenburg, H&M...you find them everywhere these days. Check any boutique here and try to find the 7 differences.

I agree that Polish girls dress really OK. Judging from my wife's wardrobe it comes to a cost though :)

That said and done, I wish you a pleasant trip.
sobieski   
5 Jun 2010
News / Polish PM Tusk- dictator or not? What Poles think? [185]

Sorry I stick to my point that Serbia is a backward and violent, mafia-dominated "country".
They managed to start the First World War, you have to be a pro to do that one.
I am not Polish, that much is true, but I wholeheartedly in local and European elections voted PO. I think in Poland they deliver the majority of the normal balanced politicians (with the exception of Palikot maybe).
sobieski   
5 Jun 2010
News / Polish PM Tusk- dictator or not? What Poles think? [185]

As far as I know - I am only living six years in Poland - Donald Tusk is prime minister because his party - of which he is the party leader - won the biggest share of the votes in a democratic parlimentary election. His party is part of democratic coalition between two normal parties.

So where does the dictatorship comes in?

With the latest opinion polls, both PO and their presidential candidate enjoy a lot of support.

Speaking as a Belgian, Herman van Rompuy is not a powerful Eurocrat. He was a consensus candidate between all EU countries.

And I do not think we have to take lessons from Serbia, arguably the most backward, corrupt and violent country in the whole of Europe, prone to war crimes and mass killings.
sobieski   
4 Jun 2010
Law / How to register a new business in Poland [129]

Thanks everybody :). I already have a "friendly accountant". She is really cute by the way :)
Hope to get started latest end of June, will keep your guys posted.
Btw does it make a difference in this process if you are EU and have a KP na staly or not?

Concerning NIP - I have one, as every private taxpaying person in Poland has - but not a company one. Would it mean my "private" NIP would be transfered to my company, or will I get a completely new one?
sobieski   
4 Jun 2010
Law / How to register a new business in Poland [129]

Merged:Opening my own, one-person company in Warsaw, Poland

I want to start my own one-person company here in Warsaw. How long would it approx. take to fullfill the formalities and what is the cost price for that?

I was thinking of following things to do
- Regon
- Nip (what comes first? I guess NIP ?)
Any other bureaucratic hurdles to overcome?
I already live six years here (EU citizen, pobyt na stale) but this company stuff is new to me..
sobieski   
29 May 2010
History / Miracle of the Vistula 80th anniversary? [56]

What irritates sometimes with the Poles is exactly what was written in the original posting.
That they, and they alone, managed almost all decisive battles in world history.
Battle of Britain - yes of course they were fighting valiantly but NO they did not single-handely won the battle.
Monte Cassino - nobody will dispute the bravery of the Polish troops, but before they attacked, French units already distracted key German forces.
It has to be a Polish Calimero complex I think.
sobieski   
28 May 2010
History / Miracle of the Vistula 80th anniversary? [56]

The Solidarity revolution

It was part of the process. If there would not have been Gorbashov who allowed it to happen (and ordered the Red Army to stay in its barracks in 1989) it could have been completely otherwise. Do not think NATO would have lifted one finger to help you.
sobieski   
28 May 2010
History / Miracle of the Vistula 80th anniversary? [56]

Also Pilsudski first badly overreached himself with getting too deep in the Ukraine, and getting into alliance with Petliura, after which the Polish army was almost destroyed. And after the Vistula battle, with the Red Army (or rather what was left of it) retreating as fast as they could, he refused to make a pact with the Whites. They could have together destroyed the Red Army.
sobieski   
27 May 2010
Law / I got an EU permanent residence permit and it is a flimsy piece of paper [26]

Welll...I still have my Belgian driving licence, so that will not do... I do not want carry my passport with me everywhere all the time, knowing myself I might loose it one day for sure.

Also have my Belgian ID-card. Which is perfectly acceptable in the airport, but any other official in Poland treats it with suspicion... Could be my photo though :)
sobieski   
26 May 2010
Law / I got an EU permanent residence permit and it is a flimsy piece of paper [26]

Well...Last year my 5-year Karta Pobytu for EU citizens expired and I got a permanent residence permit for EU citizens. The document itself is a flimsy piece of paper, which does not fit in any wallet and I am supposed to carry it with me for 10 years (automatically renewable). Really frustrating - my previous KP was at least on CC size.

And where to buy here in Warsaw a cover to put it in....
Help.