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Joined: 28 Jul 2009 / Male ♂
Last Post: 28 Apr 2010
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From: Zgierz
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7 Mar 2010
Food / Traditional Polish Soups. [74]

I don't know the name żurek, but that looks a lot like my wife's biały barszcz, but with egg in it. Is it a similar thing?

I really like krupnik, czerwony/biały barszcz, grochówka and zupa szczawiowa.

We usually have egg in szczawiowa likeyou show there for żurek.
20 Feb 2010
Genealogy / What are common Polish character traits? [417]

Rather depends doesn't it? Generally I find it a bit intrusive, but while they're watching our house if we're away, it's helpful. ;)
20 Feb 2010
Genealogy / What are common Polish character traits? [417]

Now, let's get some more traits out.

Traits out for the lads.

OK, what about unashamedly nosey/curious? Neighbours always in each others' business.

And balance that with a good one. Always lending things to each other, so each street only needs one ladder etc. instead of everyone having to buy one.
12 Feb 2010
Life / Fat People in Poland? [161]

Who cares what you look like!

Generally, members of the opposite sex. But if you are past reproductive age, then nobody really.

You're right though - it shouldn't matter (but it does).
12 Feb 2010
Life / Fat People in Poland? [161]

Americans eat more than they need, plain and simple.

Up to there you were doing OK. The rest was pure blubber. ;)
10 Feb 2010
Life / Fat People in Poland? [161]

I first went to Poland in 1993. One of the most striking things I noticed was "no fatties". Where do they put them all? I thought.

Eating habits, wealth level, social conditioning, more natural exercise and other factors combined into a more active lifestyle all contribute to this.

Unfortunately, these days you see the youngsters (10-15 year olds) on their mountain bikes sitting outside the local shops chugging down bottles of coke and eating packets of crisps (chips if you do US English). When you go to the beach or the swimming pool, you see the curse of the modern "up and coming wealthy" nation, which is...


Makes you want to cry. When this generation has children of their own, the difference will have been eliminated by big businesses like Coca Cola, Lays and all the other multinationals - including the computer and video games makers.

It's so sad. It's one of the few things I used to think that Poland had got right. If they were to immediately ban advertising to children (as Sweden) it might not yet be too late. But I fear it is.
2 Feb 2010

To do an MSc you will need to do two years of A levels, a four-year BSc (as virtually all BSc courses have a sandwich year) and then an MSc which will probably be two years but might take only one year.

I thought MScs usually only took one year? Mine did - and so did all the ones in Chemistry that I looked at. This was in 1993. Perhaps things have changed? You can do a PhD in 3 years, why would you want to waste two on an MSc?
15 Jan 2010
Love / I love my Polish girl! Wanted to share my story. [55]

If you read it again sweetie, you will realise he meant being a native English speaker isnt really an advantage as most Poles speak good English.

I do believe you're right, but I had to read it twice more before I could fathom it. ;)
15 Jan 2010
Love / I love my Polish girl! Wanted to share my story. [55]

The fact is that Poland's economy is the best performing in Europe at the moment and UK/Ireland among worst.

In terms of percentage growth maybe. But what about in terms of size? Why are things like electronic goods/computers more expensive in Poland? Size of the market.

You also say speaking Polish is not much advantage but in the same breath jobs are hard to come by if you don't. Well that's one fairly major advantage don't'cha think? ;)

If Poland is so rich why are they all over in the UK earning money?
14 Jan 2010
Love / I love my Polish girl! Wanted to share my story. [55]

Not sure it covers all that though. If I recall correctly the funeral grant was about 5,000 zl which covers the basics. The stonemasons for a fairly basic setup cost almost the same again :(

BrutalButcher living up to his name. ;)

Nothing wrong with being mature enough to ask for help - particularly from a pre-qualified focus group.

The correct answer is in this topic somewhere. The hard part is choosing who is correct. Good luck to the OP with that choice.
14 Jan 2010
Love / I love my Polish girl! Wanted to share my story. [55]

maybe English women prefer English guys..strange that isnt it?

Not really. It makes perfect sense on many levels. I won't say more lest someone takes offence. ;)
14 Jan 2010
Love / I love my Polish girl! Wanted to share my story. [55]

Disclaimer - had I followed my own advice or rather had I known better at the time I wouldn't be divorced today. So in a nutshell try to learn from others peoples' mistakes...

That works to an extent, but other people's situations are different.

If he can't get a well paid job in Poland (and let's face it the opportunities for non-Polish speaking foreigners are pretty dire unless you want to teach English - and if you have another career that's not a very attractive option) then they will be much better off pretty much anywhere else in the world.

Money isnt everything, but the economics of it DOES matter. If it were the other way round and he was a girl I think it would matter less. Mind you I don't see a whole bunch of English girls marrying Polish guys and moving to Poland (hee hee - let's not go there). :)
13 Jan 2010
Love / I love my Polish girl! Wanted to share my story. [55]

If she is an only child. What will you guys do when her parents get ill and die?

Pay for the funeral not have to share the inheritance? i dont get that one.

OK. Supposing the happy couple decide to live in the UK or elsewhere. In 10, 15 or 20 years, if she is an only child, her first parent may get ill and die. No probs. The other parent will take care of them.

When the second parent gets ill. Perhaps there will be a need for long-term care while they deteriorate and die? It's a possibility I never thought of when I got married, but we had to drop everything and move to Poland for a year and a half to look after my wife's dad before he died.

Of course there are other choices, like...

let him die. But could you live with yourself?

As far as funerals are concerned I'm surprised you don't know that there is a ZUS grant which covers the basic cost of a funeral (otherwise most Poles would be buried in their gardens).

As far as inheritance goes - yeah - fair payment for looking after them - if you're lucky enough to get any.

My main point was "you need to meet the family because you are marrying into the whole lot and there may be unforeseen consequences". That's the advice my son will be getting if he ever thinks of marrying a foreigner of any description.
10 Jan 2010
Love / I love my Polish girl! Wanted to share my story. [55]

My family are still a problem, they seem to have it in there head she is only coming for the money, does not love me, sees a chance for a good life in England. I am 1000% sure this is not true, I am sure if I had nothing and turned up at her flat in Warsaw she would welcome me in with open arms. Any suggestions on how I deal with family? Most people tell me to just ignore this for the moment, in time people will come round.

Although nobody in my family actually said anything to me about it, I think some of them had these thoughts too. Well that was in 1993 when we got married and we're still together.

Her family have accepted me and mine have accepted her. To be honest though I think her family were more against it than mine because it was "obvious" that we would live in the UK. Not much traffic going the other way - even now. :)

If your family are very vocal then you'll just have to put some distance between yourselves and them for a while so you can give yourselves a chance. Once they see she's here to stay they will learn to accept her. If not, they can sod off. (as long as you're not counting on a juicy inheritance).

Don't let love completely cloud your judgement though. You have to try to be a bit objective and see if there isn't something in their arguments. There may be, there may not be. Without knowing you guys it's very hard to judge.

Another piece of "sage advice". Don't make any kind of commitment until you have met and spent time with her family. Unless you can see where and who she came from, you have no idea what you're dealing with and what she will turn into when problems hit.

(When you are young and in love everything seems overcomeable, but some things get harder with time).

For example. Is she an only child or has she brothers and sisters? If she is an only child. What will you guys do when her parents get ill and die? Yes, you marry the whole family. So best to see what you're getting into.
25 Aug 2009
Life / Cost of converting cars in Poland to left-hand drive [58]

I've just been told by my insurer who I have a long-term European policy

You can't tax your car without an MOT, so that's not particularly helpful unless you will insure your car with przegląd and not tax it at all - in which case you will be illegal (although it's doubtful you'll be caught if your car never returns to UK).
23 Aug 2009
Life / Why Do You Love Poland? [907]

You got a link to back up that claim? I don't dispute that the life expectancy is lower than many other countries, but "most people die before 50" is utter rubbish. (I also agree with you that the free healthcare available is poor).

I found a link here:

The worst life expectancy voivodeship in Poland is £ódzkie (great, got a house in Zgierz, but only there a few weeks a year).

For males born now, the life expectancy is 69, for females it's 78.
For males of 45 the figure is 72 and for females 79.

So there is some credence to your comment about expectancy lowering, but your comment about most people dying below 50 is complete cobblers.
20 Aug 2009
Language / Funny/strange/deviant words in the Polish language [35]

Does 'huje' has something to do with 'chuje' or something?

h and ch are pronounced the same in Polish so anything with that ending gets a schoolboy snigger. ;)

My wife was telling me about a hilarious latin lesson when they were learning the declension of hic, haec, hoc. And someone had to read it out without laughing. It goes something like this...

hic haec hoc
hunc hanc hoc
hujus hujus hujus
huic huic huic
hoc hoc hoc it was hilarious.
18 Aug 2009
Life / Why Do You Love Poland? [907]

Cost of living
Prices of food and drink
Cost of land and building (although it's going to go up fast)
Summer weather
Watching it progress from grey abomination to a land where everyone has a mobile phone (over the last 15 years).
Castorama, OBI, TESCO, Auchan, REAL ;) (much bigger and better than UK)
My workshop (about as big as our UK house LOL)
2 Aug 2009
Life / Things that annoy you in Poland. [114]

Hee hee. Well if you're in Wrocław they are LOL. I thought they were redoing most of the major roads through town though?

I haven't come across many cobbles in the £ódź/Zgierz area though. That motorway from Cottbus to Wrocław is kind of "special" don't you think? Baboom, baboom, baboom. Like travelling by train. ;)
1 Aug 2009
Life / Things that annoy you in Poland. [114]

I hate many many things in Poland, but there really isn't much point complaining about them, because it won't do much good.

I can tell you're not a Pole. ;)

If you're a Westerner it takes a lot of getting used to. But remember this...

There is usually a reason why people do things the way they do. And sad but true, the reason for many things the way they are in Poland is because it is a territory that has known very little peace and freedom.

Freedom comes at a price though. And although there is peace now, and the younger generations are adapting to cope with it, the older Poles have been swept aside and have trouble adapting. Give it a generation or two of people born into freedom and prosperity and we will see attitudes change. I'm sure of it.

I think Poles both in Poland and abroad, though, will be surprised at how many of the "lost generation" who buggered off to UK and other countries when Poland joined the EU decide not to come back. Nearly all of them went with the dream of making a stack of cash and coming back to buy/build a dream house/start a business. But a lot of them will like the easier lifestyles available to them in the West.