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Posts by sobieski  

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

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sobieski   
21 May 2014
Law / Can I register a car in Poland if I don't have a Pesel? [18]

First time I hear you can do that without having a PESEL. Based on what document they will register your car? Your passport?
When I imported my car years ago from Belgium when I moved here, my Pesel was surely needed.
sobieski   
21 May 2014
Food / Which Polish milk brand is closest to UK supermarket style milk? [31]

Arguably the freshest and most natural milk you can buy is from the "mlekomat" milk distributors. The milk comes straight from the farm, is not treated / processed in any way.

It stays drinkable for a very limited time.
You can bring your own bottle or get one from a dispenser on the spot.
A list of them can be found here:

mlekomaty.org/swieze-mleko/2.190.lista-mlekomatow/

In Warsaw they unfortunately for me can only be found in the south of the city and on the left bank. There used to be one at Hala Mirowska, but is not there anymore.
sobieski   
9 May 2014
Law / Polish EU Drivers Licence - can I get one the easy way (by paying for it)? [185]

To be fair, you do get told a few times not to (and then get a ban).

I agree with you. But I have a point where this site promotes semi-legal immigration into the EU, even when everybody in Poland with a brain knows that these private "universities" make a living of these "students", the same as they do not mind the same "students" wanting to buy EU drivers licenses and asking for this outright.
sobieski   
9 May 2014
Law / Polish EU Drivers Licence - can I get one the easy way (by paying for it)? [185]

It most of all shows the hypocrisy of the mods. If you complain about all the third-world "students" wanting to "study" at Polish "universities" you get a ban.

But you can easily and without any problem enquire about how to buy a Polish drivers licence, which is plainly criminal.
sobieski   
6 May 2014
Work / Job at HP in Wroclaw, what salary should I expect and Is It negotiable? [29]

It also can depend on a combination of languages you master. For example you might speak Dutch - and there are quite a few Polish people who speak Dutch on a B1/B2 level. But then you also might speak French. There are for sure Poles who do speak French quite well (I know quite a few of them). The combination however: English (English is a given in any BPO job) / Dutch / French is for sure more rare in Poland.

That's only an example, it can be applied to more language combinations.
sobieski   
28 Apr 2014
News / The US sends troops to Poland for drills [83]

Slovakia practically already declared its neutrality and Czechs would follow with neutral attitude.

How peculiar... Opened my local Warsaw newspaper today and first thing I read:
Slovakia and the Czech Republic stepped up their joint air patrols on the Ukrainian border area.
FYI: Both countries are NATO members. Both countries had joint missions in Kosovo, protecting the local people from the Serb militias. You should watch the movie Rwanda Hotel :)
sobieski   
24 Apr 2014
News / The US sends troops to Poland for drills [83]

NATO's Multinational Corps NE is based in Poland and has been since at least 2001.

Including these "terrible Germans", who JK claimed could not operate in Poland for the next seven generations.

The problem with relying on Lavrov

It seems the Russians are rewriting Sudetenland allover. First you invent a minority being "oppressed". Then you "encourage" that minority to stage an "independent" rebellion.

Then you tell you have to send in your troops to support your ethnic minority.
In the meantime other countries stand by helplessly and ask the big bear to be moderate.
Goebbels would have been proud of it all.
sobieski   
16 Apr 2014
Life / International newspaper availability in Gdansk? [21]

Sat in the metro back home from work...The chap opposite me had a Kindle (or Kundel as the Poles call it), and me an oldfashioned real book, the kind (for the people who are born like 20 years ago) which is printed on paper. I am convinced he was the poorer guy. After all when his batteries run out (soon I hope) he will have to stare at the ceiling, and I still will have my book...
sobieski   
6 Apr 2014
Life / Amazon stops super saver delivery on orders to Poland [40]

Why not get a 250zl e-ink ereader and download as many interesting books in English as you like from Kobo?

I am afraid I am one of these oldfashioned people who want to read a real book :). Anyway, thanks for the tip. Is there an alternative here in Poland for American Bookstore btw?
sobieski   
5 Apr 2014
Language / Correct way of saying "Again please"? [7]

I would use "słucham" mostly in a situation where the other person tells something which you find hard to believe or doubt...and then only with a person you know well
sobieski   
5 Apr 2014
Life / Amazon stops super saver delivery on orders to Poland [40]

A real pity. I used to order English-language books from them...but with the old prohibitive sending costs returning...I might have to return to American Bookstore in Arcadia :(

I guess I will have to revert to reading the books I already have and go more often to the public library at Meissnera 5... I refuse to pay transport costs amounting to 25 % of the goods. But then, Amazon is treating its employees like ****. Customers follow.
sobieski   
27 Mar 2014
Love / Help me plan my wedding - in church in Poland, with a 2 day wedding party - Zabrze [24]

after the ceremony, dude. it's a 2 day wedding, the one hour at the church doesn't even count.

I meant the same, one hour into the party. Never experienced a wedding party where guests already were drunk one hour into it.

like highlanders for instance

I heard that the Górale sometimes have 3-day parties. Anybody has been to one of these?
sobieski   
26 Mar 2014
Love / Help me plan my wedding - in church in Poland, with a 2 day wedding party - Zabrze [24]

I am not RC right now, I am a Protestant at the moment who is under going RCIA. I will be a RC by the time we have the ceremony.

I am not an expert into canonical law, but wouldn't you have to do also First Communion and Confirmation?
Anyway good luck with your wedding, I hope it will be a great day :)

From my experience these 2-day weddings are getting out of fashion - maybe on the countryside they linger on. The ones we went to during the past years always were one evening.
sobieski   
25 Mar 2014
Love / Help me plan my wedding - in church in Poland, with a 2 day wedding party - Zabrze [24]

If she gives you some nonsense about having to get married in her parish....she doesn't need to do that,

Exactly, we for example got married in Krzeszów and not in Wałbrzych. Wałbrzych in the olden times comparable to Zabrze. There is no church law stating you have to marry in the local parish. It might require a "koperta" of sorts though...As does everything in the Polish Church... I don't know if you are RC...If you are, go to your local parish wherever you live now and start the procedure.

We married way back in a civilian ceremony in Belgium, and 3 months later in church in Poland.
The church part started with documents to be completed (in Latin) in my local Flemish parish. Our local priest sent everything to the bishop...and then it went to the archbishop...and in the end it all ended up in my wife's parish in Poland.

The local Polish priest will foremost think of the money he will not get. So pay him and get a referal to the parish you want to marry.
sobieski   
25 Mar 2014
Real Estate / Rental prices in Warsaw - article; it gives a useful idea of how the different "gminas" are positioned. [6]

Well for me they also look very high to be honest. The source szybko.pl is a real estate portal, so on the other hand they are supposed to be informed?

I have a friend who lives on Miodowa and rents a 44 m2 flat for 1700 per month - which is I think cheap.
From what I know (we have never rented in Warsaw, we own our place), the closer to the metro the more expensive. Rental prices here in Bielany have for sure risen since the metro arrived here.
sobieski   
25 Mar 2014
Real Estate / Rental prices in Warsaw - article; it gives a useful idea of how the different "gminas" are positioned. [6]

Interesting article in ŻW - average rental prices in Warsaw.

Rental rates for two rooms are the highest in the Warsaw city center. Cheapest proposals waiting for tenants in Bialoleka.

During the year, the rents for two rooms in Śródmieście (Downtown) have risen of about 7 percent. (from less than 2.7 thousand to approx. 2.9 thousand zl per month).

About 7 percent are more expensive rental rates in one of the cheaper and less popular among tenants area - in Wesola district. Here for the rental of "two" we pay approx. 1.6 thousand zl per month. However, in the Wola which belongs to the popular neighborhoods, there were a 6-percent rent increases, that is, to 2.5 thousand zl per month - informs Szybko.pl service .

Last year the Wawer district experienced 5-percent decline in rental rates - up to 1.6 thousand zł per month. Today on Bialoleka, a tenant will pay for two rooms average of more than 1.5 thousand. zł per month, while a year ago this rate exceeded 1.6 thousand zł. In this district the average rent for a "two" is the lowest in Warsaw.

Prices are primarily influenced by local conditions. Repair of the bridge and traffic jams make less and less willing to rent in Bialoleka. Rents prices are getting lower here.

Meanwhile in Wola district, there are new, exclusive apartments for rent. These are expensive offers - in The Ursynow, Wilanow or Mokotów district the quantity and quality of premises for rent do not change, as well as the demand, so prices remain stable - says Marta Kosinska of Szybko.pl.

życie warszawy

It concerns 2-room flats. They do not tell how many m2 though.... I suppose 50-54 m2?

Also I wonder if they include the fixed costs in the table.
Still it gives a useful idea of how the different "gminas" are positioned.
sobieski   
20 Mar 2014
UK, Ireland / British products in Warsaw [32]

Does ten zeds for a large tin work for you?

For sure it does Harry. Thanks for the tip. Just that I never associated Amazon with corned beef :)
sobieski   
19 Mar 2014
UK, Ireland / British products in Warsaw [32]

(I buy toilet paper and some cat food from them)

I am at a complete loss why to buy toilet paper on Amazon??? We buy it in our local Lidl. Also, our cats eat pet food bought in Poland since we have them - more as 10 years - and untill now they have not grown two heads. The only thing I miss is corned beef for a decent price. Paying 26 PLN for a tin (as Marks & Sparks) charges is indecent for me.