/ London vs Kraków - considering a move
My answers your questions:
As far as I can see, Kraków is:
- bike friendly - not quite, but getting there.
- more pleasant to look at (low rise buildings, pretty centre, delightful river) - erm, have you been to Ruczaj? Or any of the suburbs?
- clean - only the centre
- uncrowded - not the centre
- slightly less polluted - absolutely not true, we have Europe's 3rd worst air quality, with levels exceeding the legal limits by factors of 10x in the winter. Many people develop breathing problems on moving here.
- largely graffiti free - true, but what graffiti we do have can be seriously racist
- offering more job opportunities for me (paradoxically, since investment banks are near-sourcing here like crazy and the London IT contacting market is mainly awash with dull regulatory reporting work) - only if you're prepared to work in the outsourcing industry
- offering 4 city centre flats for the price of a single london flat in zone 2 - maybe, but at salaries that are a fraction of that in London and without the possibility of getting a mortgage.
- the language is very challenging for native English speakers - yes, but it's increasingly easy to get by in English
- there is a 6 month winter (but I like the cold & skiing) - true and it gets dark earlier than in the UK
- bureaucracy is rampant - true, but getting better
- a decent steak is hard to find / lobster is unthinkable - not true (steak - Ed Red, Pimiento...)
- plush gyms are overpriced - I pay £20 a month for a perfectly adequate standard, with a corporate account, it's less.
- filtered milk isn't available - it is, but it's still not widely available and easiest to order online.
- a PLN salary would make foreign holidays / buying foreign made electronics & clothes rather expensive - depends, some living costs are lower here