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Joined: 26 Aug 2011 / Male ♂
Last Post: 27 May 2014
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From: Poland, near Chocianów
Speaks Polish?: A little, poorly

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17 Jan 2014
Life / Eating out in Poland, is it expensive? [28]

Hi Chris,
As an American who retired and moved to Poland I might be able to help you. I live in a small (very small) village, so some of what I know might not apply to you, but here goes:

If you like "Home Style" Polish food you can eat very well on $5-$6 per meal. Less if you can find a Bar Mleczny, but they don't seem to have any in the area where we live. If you want anything exotic (read non-Polish) start at about $10 and up (way up in many cases).

Housing is cheap (My mortgage is about 1/3 of what I was paying for rent in So Cal) gasoline is expensive (about $6.50 - $7 per gallon) and exchange rate makes a fixed income fluctuate so you never know from day to day how much money you'll get each month.

$1000/month seems an OK income (again, I'm sure this is different in the big cities) so most US retirements are adequate.
My mother-in-law cooks most of our meals, so my wife and I are probably saving round about $900/month in restaurant bills, so make it $2000/month if you plan on eating out 3 meals per day.

Hope this helps, and let me know if there is anything else I can tell you about my experiences in Poland.
17 Jan 2014
Life / Do Poles have a problem understanding American English? [76]

Back to the original thread:
I think you'll find most Poles are taught British (RP/BBC) English in school and learn American (Hollywood/TV News) English from films and TV. So for academic purposes RP is better received, and for conversation go American.
17 Jan 2014
Love / I'm getting married to a Polish guy and need advice before visit his family; gifts, topics, customs [82]

I think two things will stand out in the minds of the family members:

1. You made their daughter/sister very happy.
2. You made their daughter/sister very sad.

Your most recent act was to make her very sad, and so that will be in the forefront of their minds.

Chocolate and flowers, vodka and beer might help a little bit, but your most important task is to convince them that you will not hurt her again.

My mother-in-law and father-in-law love me because I care for their daughter. They happen to be Polish, and I happen to be an American, but I think the same could be said for any mix of nationalities.

Good luck to you both.
23 Aug 2013
Travel / Best way to get to Krakow Business Park? [27]

Have you thought about finding a place near work during the week and going to Katowice for weekends?
I spent 40 years in Southern California, the birthplace of the horrible commute, and the schedule you're proposing seems bad even to me!
23 Aug 2013
Life / Polish natural remedies and homeopathey better than English [84]

My teściowa seems to base her self-medication not on tried and true folk remedies, but on TV commercials. And since they don't claim to be "real medicines" they don't require any kind of diagnoses by a medical professional. I'm just afraid she's going to die from a preventable disease because she relied on the advice of an actor in a lab coat working for a "new age" snake oil salesman with no more conscience and less accountability than the worst of the drug companies.
2 Aug 2012
Real Estate / Car Living in Krakow (instead of renting a flat?) [12]

when it gets to minus 30 Celsius, as it did last winter.

Where did it get to minus 30? Zakopane?
According to this:,Krakow,Poland

Kraków doesn't often get below minus 10 C. Granted that's cold if you're from the Bahamas....
10 Jul 2012
News / What really happened at the Krakow restaurant? [53]

Many poles believe that a painting of a jew in the their home will bring them good fortune.

Yeah, seems like a lot of Poles have pictures of Jesus or Mary in their homes......
22 Jun 2012
Life / What does an american citizen need to do to live in Poland with his Polish citizen wife? [35]

another native

Native of where? We're all natives of somewhere....

Buddyyou are on disability and looking to work?

I think you're the one who keeps harping on getting a job and setting up a business, not the OP

As I understand things today I will first Karta Pobytu (Residency Permit) which will last me until I can apply for a 'Permit to Settle'/

Almost right. Karta Pobytu will last up to two years depending on what the clerk puts down. I have not found any rhyme or reason as to how they select the expiration date. Maybe how much they like you? Anyway, you will need to renew the Karta Pobytu until you qualify for the 10 year permit. Then when you have been married long enough and resided in Poland long enough you can apply for citizenship. And make sure you apply for the new Karta Pobytu 45 days before expiration of the current one.

45 seems to be a magic number in Polish bureaucracy.
21 Jun 2012
Life / What does an american citizen need to do to live in Poland with his Polish citizen wife? [35]

As an American citizen who came here with my wife two years ago I can tell you some of what we went through.
You might want to bring original birth certificate and marriage certificate, but you will want to get apostiles of them.
In California that means getting the documents authenticated by the California Secretary of State:

not sure who would handle it in other states.
You need to register the translated marriage certificate apostile at the Urząd Stanu Cywilnego in the area where you will live.
As soon as you get settled go to the Urząd Województwo and apply for residence (Karta Pobytu). You will need proof of income and I think proof of health coverage but my wife says no about the health coverage.

You will need lots of new passport style photos, passports, IDs, copies of everything including stamps in the passports (4 to be safe).
Copy everything many times, never let the originals stray to far and get everything in English translated by a certified translator. (Tłumacz Przysięgły)

Get everything done in the US that you can (apostiles, etc) but probably best to get translatins done in Poland.

Anyway, that's a partial list. Respond or PM if I can help in any way.

should I consider using an attorney to handle this move or would that be a waste of money?

My wife just reminded me to tell you not to waste your money on an attorney.
350 zł for karta pobytu
We can't agree on what we paid for translations. sorry
Wife says figure on 600 - 800 zł for the whole process up to the point you get your first "Green Card". We were married 10 years when we came here so don't remember if you have to be married 3 years or 5 years before you can apply for permanent status.

Also, don't waste much time at the Polish consulate.
21 Jun 2012
Language / Meanings of 'stkę' [14]

"to have been in..." or is it "to have been to..."

If you went as far as the border and came back, you have been to Poland. If you crossed the border, you have been in Poland. and if you just like really dig it, you have been into Poland. lol
18 Jun 2012
History / Why Poland is not Russia [17]

Are you crazy?

Some say so. But what has that to do with my post?
Are you saying I'm crazy because I said they have invaded each others countries or am I crazy for saying that leads to less than congenial relations?
17 Jun 2012
Language / What should I end my last name with? [16]

I worked with two Polish-American brothers who stood about 6'4" and were built like line-backers and their last name was Hyska. When I had learned enough about Polish names to think that was odd I asked one of them about it. He told me that when the family emigrated from Poland to Belgium the matriarch (his grandmother) had filled out all the paperwork. The Belgians took her last name to be the family name and put it down as such. Later when the family moved to the US Hyska was already a fait accompli.

For once it wasn't the fault of Ellis Island!
17 Jun 2012
Law / After marriage do I have to file for Poland residency? [6]

If not, once it runs out will I be kicked out of Poland, even though I'm married?

The way it was explained to me was that as spouse of a Polish citizen I could not be deported, but that Polish law requires that I get a temporary long term residence permit.

Not sure what the penalty would be for non-compliance. I would guess a fine of some type??? Or a severe evil-eye stare from a government official??
17 Jun 2012
Real Estate / What do you pay in rent/mortgage in Poland? [144]

Much less than most California resident's rent or car payment for that matter.

Pay less by borrowing less. What a novel concept! :->
Before moving to Poland we were living in a house bought in the 60s for $20,000 and paying $1800/month rent. The landlady said she was going to raise the rent to $2500 when we moved out.
17 Jun 2012
Real Estate / What do you pay in rent/mortgage in Poland? [144]

an impossible question to answer, that all depends on how much house you buy, where you buy it, etc.

More important is when you bought it. Houses in Southern California that were going for $20,000 in the 60s were $200,000 in the 80s and half a million before the bubble burst.