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kpc21   
25 Jul 2016
Travel / Lublin to Tatra Mountains, Zakopane - via public transport in Poland [9]

there is a big traffic jam from Krakow to Zakopane

Bus is faster even in traffic jam conditions, trains are just terribly slow on this route. The tracks condition is not good, the railway line winds much and the train has to change the direction a few times, which in case of long-distance trains means waiting until the locomotive will be transported to the other end of the train.

By train it takes 3-4 hours, while by bus - around 2 hours. Even if it will be 3 hours because of a traffic jam, it will be worth that.

I can recommend a train only in three cases:
- you are a fan of trains
- it's better for you to take a train for health reasons (motion sickness)
- you are going on a night long-distance train
kpc21   
26 Jul 2016
Po polsku / Zamachy w Polsce? [46]

Do Polski przybywają uchodźcy, ale główne z Ukrainy.

Kto z osób stojących za ostatnimi zamachami w Europie faktycznie był jednym z uchodźców którzy przybyli tu w ciągu ostatniego roku?

Oni nie identyfikują się z ISIS, i ISIS też się z nimi nie identyfikuje. Jeśli jest jakiś związek między ich przybyciem a zamachami, to raczej taki, że terroryści atakują miejsca, do których ci uchodźcy uciekają.

W Polsce nie ma zbyt wielu muzułmanów, bo po prostu dotychczas nie było ich wielu. Ci przybywający do Europy obecnie jako uchodźcy czy imigranci to mała grupa w porównaniu z tymi, którzy żyli dotychczas w krajach zachodnioeuropejskich. W Niemczech czy we Francji było ich dużo i jest dużo, natomiast w Polsce ogólnie jest bardzo mało obcokrajowców (96% ludności to Polacy, a największą mniejszość narodową stanowią... Niemcy). 7000 uchodźców tego nie zmieni, bo to 0,02% obecnej liczby ludności Polski.
kpc21   
27 Jul 2016
Po polsku / Zamachy w Polsce? [46]

Kwestia tego, ile przyjmiemy uchodźców, była długo negocjowana. Jeśli dobrze pamiętam z relacji polskich mediów, rzeczywiście tak było, Niemcy chcieli nam im wcisnąć więcej. Z tym że my, w przeciwieństwie np. do Węgier, staraliśmy się zachować rozsądek, i przyjść ich tylu, ilu rzeczywiście jesteśmy w stanie, a nie "nie bo nie".

Przynajmniej część z nich to rzeczywiście uchodźcy potrzebujący pomocy.

Mniej więcej w tym samym czasie (po tych negocjacjach) niektóre partie były przeciwne przyjmowaniu jakichkolwiek uchodźców, jednak, jak wiadomo, większość zdobył PiS, którego program w zakresie polityki migracyjnej nie różnił się akurat zbytnio od programu poprzednio rządzącej PO.

Nieprzyjmowanie uchodźców z krajów objętych wojną oznacza tyle, że w razie gdyby, nie daj Boże, u nas miała miejsce wojna, również nie oczekujemy że inne kraje przyjmą naszych uchodźców.

Też słyszałem o tym, że Ukraińcy mają obecnie bardzo łatwy dostęp do Polski i polskiego rynku pracy.

I dobrze, że chcemy z tym krajem utrzymywać dobre stosunki.
kpc21   
27 Jul 2016
Travel / Train from Poland to Serbia and car from Lithuania to Budapest [15]

hi, i want to go from poland to budapest what is the cheapest way?is there any bus?thanks

If you can find a cheap flight (and you don't have to carry a big luggage with you), then WizzAir plane, if not, Lux Express bus. There is also PolskiBus, and, if I remember well, also buses of Hungarian companies: OrangeWays and VolanBusz, but Lux Express is the most comfortable and with prices comparable with the others. The second in the comfort row would be VolanBusz, then PolskiBus. OrangeWays - don't try to take it unless you really have to. I have read a lot of very bad opinions about this company.

The train is a little bit more expensive, but still worth its price. It has such a disadvantage that the ticket cannot be bought online. Interestingly, a train ticket from Budapest to Warsaw can be bought online (through the website of Hungarian railways), a return ticket as well, but not if you begin your trip in Poland. You have to do it at a ticket counter in Poland or in Hungary. Theoretically also in almost any other European country, but then it will cost much more (the special offer which makes the price 29 euro only will not be available). Maybe yet also in Czechia and Slovakia it's possible, but not anywhere else in Europe.

Some of the mentioned connections are from Warsaw, some from Cracow, some from Warsaw through Cracow.

In the Lux Express bus you have quite a lot of space for your legs (as for a bus), wifi (in my case it worked only in Poland, but even the drivers were surprised, so I assume that normally it works along the whole route) and an entertainment system.
kpc21   
28 Jul 2016
Life / Price/wage ratio in Poland - shocked! [16]

Is there any Eastern European country out there still with extremely low prices across the board (rent, groceries, clothes)?

Ukraine
kpc21   
28 Jul 2016
Po polsku / Zamachy w Polsce? [46]

A oni (uchodzcy owi) byli zalamani, ze w takich warunkach im przyszlo zyc.

No to ktoś powinien im przypomnieć że tutaj są uchodźcami. Jak chcą luksusy, to nikt im nie broni kupić luksusowego mieszkania i wynająć służby (skoro mieli takie u siebie, to pewnie ich stać), ale nie ma nic za darmo.

Logiczne, że za darmo mogą dostać minimum socjalne, a i tak moim zdaniem powinno się ich zmuszać do jakiejś pracy, a nie żeby dostawali wszystko kompletnie za darmo.

Jest dużo zajęć do których brakuje ludzi.

Ale w Polsce mamy taką sytuację, że wielu Polaków żyje z zasiłków socjalnych, tak naprawdę nie szukając żadnej pracy, albo dorabiając sobie na czarno. Najpierw to trzeba by było zmienić. Rozumiem, że jeśli ktoś jest niepełnosprawny czy ciężko chory i faktycznie nie może pracować, powinien dostawać jakieś pieniądze (a tacy ludzie często dostają tych zasiłków zbyt mało i nie stać ich na potrzebne im leki!). Ale jeśli ktoś jest w pełni sprawny i może pracować, tylko nie chce, bądź udaje że nie pracuje, to w takiej sytuacji żadnych zasiłków nie powinien dostawać (ewentualnie tyle, by pokryć różnicę między zarobkami na tym stanowisku a minimum socjalnym). Jest dużo prac, do wykonywania których właśnie brakuje ludzi.
kpc21   
28 Jul 2016
Po polsku / Czy ma Brexit skutki dla Polski? [14]

Z tego co mi wiadomo, u nas na polach brakuje akurat rąk do pracy. To po prostu ciężka praca i ludzie nie chcą jej wykonywać.

A np. wszelkiego rodzaju pracowników budowlanych kompletnie brakuje. Jak trzeba w mieszkaniu zrobić jakiś remont, to czasem trzeba czekać wiele miesięcy na elektryka, hydraulika, glazurnika, specjalistę od parkietów itd.
kpc21   
29 Jul 2016
Po polsku / Zamachy w Polsce? [46]

No, byłoby dobrze, i akurat finansowanie kursów języka polskiego dla uchodźców (a nawet przymusowy w nich udział, chyba że uchodźca potrafi potwierdzić że zna polski) jak najbardziej bym rozumiał.
kpc21   
30 Jul 2016
Language / Dziadzia / Babcia - help me with spelling/pronunciation [81]

"busia" must be something regional because I haven't met nor heard that until I appeared on this forum, living in Poland since I was born.

Even as a child, I have always used just "babcia" and "dziadek". "Dziadziuś", "babunia", also "dziadzia", "dziadzio" for a grandpa - I have heard that, but never "busia". I assume it can be a kind of abbreviation from "babunia", or rather "babusia", but I have never heard that in practice.
kpc21   
30 Jul 2016
Po polsku / Czy ma Brexit skutki dla Polski? [14]

Tylko bez tego ostatniego. Ci miejscowi nie są leniwi, tylko już dawno ich tu nie ma.

Ale ci elektrycy- hydraulicy to juz chyba nie wroca.

Jak ich nie wywalą po Brexicie, ale nic na to nie wskazuje.
kpc21   
30 Jul 2016
Life / Price/wage ratio in Poland - shocked! [16]

But take also into account, how many people actually buy new cars in Poland. Poles usually buy second-hand cars, and rarely new ones.
kpc21   
31 Jul 2016
UK, Ireland / How long does it take the package travel from UK to Poland [6]

Well... the post is always slow. I have sent twice a letter between Germany and Poland, and it took around a month, even though they were sent by priority mail. By the way, according to the tracking services, it took much longer in Germany than in Poland (it waited a few weeks on the Frankfurt airport).

Poczta Polska is not that slow with international shipping, the posts of other countries happen to be slower.

You should have a tracking number for your package, then you can check either on the website of Royal Mail (if it's still in the UK), or here: emonitoring.poczta-polska.pl/?lang=en

(if it's already in Poland) where it actually is.
kpc21   
1 Aug 2016
Life / Price/wage ratio in Poland - shocked! [16]

I think this average is so high because it takes into account people earning really much. Directors in companies, politicians etc. There is not so many of them, but because of their extremely high salaries (tens of thousands PLN), they contribute much to the average salary. Maybe the median would be a better measure than the average here.

Average person earns something around 2000, maybe 3000 zł net. Of course, it will be higher in big cities, especially in Warsaw (but the costs of living are also higher) and smaller in villages. And it depends on the job, for example a good programmer may earn twice so much. The same is with medical doctors and lawyers.
kpc21   
1 Aug 2016
Real Estate / Termination of fixed term lease in Poland [28]

It seems it's possible only in the cases mentioned in the agreement.

In case of a rental agreement without a fixed term, it's different, but when it's fixed, there is no other way. If it was stated in the contract that you are allowed to terminate it due to "important reasons", without mentioning them specifically (or with mentioning them but only as examples), then it would work. When it is not so - it doesn't. Sorry, it's what the Internet says.

You just have to talk to the owner, explain your situation and kindly ask if he agrees to terminate the contract. Maybe offer him help with looking for a new person to rent this apartment.
kpc21   
1 Aug 2016
Work / What you do not know about work & life in Poland. [7]

If your complexion is dark, and you are not a blond blue eyed person, the local Poles will not want you to sit next to you in a bus, they will get up if you sit

It's not their fault, they are afraid of the unknown. It's not such common to see a color-skinned person in Poland (maybe except for university areas of big cities).

But pity them, many of them have the mindset of those from the gutter who may hold worthless degrees from univerisities who cannot get a job.

I am ashamed of them... But try to understand that. White person is something which you know, see everywhere. Black or Asian - it's the unknown world, which you can see only on TV, mostly in American (or Asian) movies (American movies which don't depict black people as angels). Even for me, subconsciously, the white people are more trustworthy, although I know it has nothing to do with the color of the skin. It's difficult to fight with that. I don't want to say this, but it looks like racism is in our Polish blood and it will take generations to change it.

About the grocery stores and English, try to learn some basic Polish phrases. I am sure they will appreciate that, even if you make mistakes. We all know that Polish is difficult for foreigners.

By the way, Poland has the lousiest customer service! Poland is privileged to be in the EU.

Speak about concrete things, I don't get what you mean. If you mean ubiquities beaurocracy, customer service in shops, mobile phone providers etc. - is it the fault of us, Poles? No, it annoys us equally well! About the beaurocracy, I have heard that it isn't better in France. Actually after almost a year of stay in Germany, I see many things that work better in Poland and many things that work equally bad in Germany, even though Poles usually think they work better in Germany.

They are a madness unto themselves trying to revive a dead system of the glories of a bygone era of defeated monarchs

What do you mean? That freak Janusz Korwin-Mikke? Noone takes his idea seriously, he is more like a clown. And his political party is just a machine to extract money from the governmental election funds.

Poland has the highest suicide and depression rate in the EU. Don't expect Poles to smile, much like their Russian bretheren they still have serious trust issues.

It must have more to do with the geographical location. It's always so that the southern-European people are most happy. Maybe it depends on the amount of sun... But there is such a dependency.

Poles hate the Germans, this is a fact, if you have a German surname be aware.

Just because of the history. A country which has always tried to conquer Poland, and even managed a few times. Not to mention that a vast part of the western Poland (and north-eastern as well) was for centuries in German hands.

And did terrible things during the WW2. Actually started the WW2, which, even leaving the whole holocaust behind, was a terrible thing.

My advices:
1. Try to see the positive things!
2. Try to understand.

Your best option if Poland doesn't please you (and it probably won't) would be to return to the country you arrived from.

That's the point. If you feel better if your home country, just return there.
kpc21   
1 Aug 2016
Law / Registering Foreign Car In Poland [24]

It's a lot of paperwork to register a foreign car in Poland.

Try to translate this instruction:
auta-z-niemiec.com/oferta/rejestracja-auta-z-niemiec.html
- it's for importing cars from Germany, but in case of other EU countries, the procedure shouldn't be different.

And ask if you don't understand something, or if you have some questions.

Some parts of that look really absurd, for example that they sometimes direct cars imported from Germany, still having a valid inspection, to a Polish inspection, even though the German inspection is very detailed, and in Poland you can sometimes even get a confirmation of inspection going to the inspection station without the car...
kpc21   
1 Aug 2016
Po polsku / Zamachy w Polsce? [46]

Dżihadystom generalnie chodzi o to, by maksymalnie zepsuć reputację ludności muzułmańskiej w Europie, by nie mieli dokąd uciekać.
kpc21   
2 Aug 2016
Po polsku / Zamachy w Polsce? [46]

No im chodzi generalnie o to, by muzułmanie nie mieli czego szukać w Europie i by byli skazani na ich reżim oparty na szariacie itd.
kpc21   
4 Aug 2016
Study / Any information about Kujawy and Pomorze University in Bydgoszcz [11]

Pomoże - he will help
Pomorze - Pomerania (a region in the North and North-West Poland, and also partially in Germany)

About the Kuyavia-Pomerania University, I won't tell you much, because I don't know this school. I also don't know much about Bydgoszcz. Maybe that there is a really nice looking and worth visiting city not far away, called Toruń. And that people from Bydgoszcz and from Toruń don't really like each other. There is always a kind of competition between them.

It seems this is a private school (the name is a little bit misleading, especially the English one, which suggests it has university rights, while it actually doesn't have them). The public universities in Poland usually have more reputation, but it doesn't mean at all that the educational level in private schools must be low. It sometimes is (although, it seems, in Kuyavia-Pomerania University everything is ok), which is not the case in case of public universities. The quality of teaching can be even higher in private schools.
kpc21   
4 Aug 2016
Law / Getting a Polish drivers license / Poland's residence permit (how long it might take to get?) [25]

For B the medical check-up is really basic. The doctor checks if you can see correctly (if you need glasses, you will be obliged to drive always with them) and makes some basic tests, like blood pressure (I am not even sure about that, I don't remember - but the vision is for sure checked).

For the C category, it seems, the medical examination is more detailed, and apart from the medical one, you will also have to do a psychological one.

The medical examination costs 200 zł, the psychological examination 150 zł, and it seems these are official fixed prices.
kpc21   
10 Aug 2016
Language / Polish names spelling and pronunciation [24]

forvo.com/search/chrab%c4%85szcz

1. chra -> hra - should be easy
2. bą -> bon - nasal, like bon in Portugese (for example bon dia)
3. szcz -> shch - both sh and ch must be heard separately

nasal, like bon in Portugese

in Portugese it's actually bom dia, not bon dia, but it's almost the same; bon dia is in Catalan

But you have "bon" also for example in French.
kpc21   
11 Aug 2016
Life / Why Polish Diminutives/Nicknames are so popular? [14]

1. It's just a name, it has no special meaning.
2. I don't get what a nickname can "ralneh" be. Franek? Which is a diminutive for Franciszek, and that is a Polish equivalent of English Francis.
kpc21   
16 Aug 2016
Feedback / Stupid limitation on the quotation length [20]

People here are intelligent, they don't need to read the same paragraphs in quotes again. Only the gist of the post = quote is needed.

I disagree. It's often so that you need to refer to a specific part of the post. Sometimes you need to highlight specific words in it. The limit on the quote function makes it sometimes impossible. I want the reader of my post to read the part I refer to, and then to read my comment. Not to scroll up and down all the time. Sometimes a shorter fragment is not enough, when I want to indicate a specific part of someone's post. Not a longer part, not a shorter part (!), but exactly specific part.

Another thing is that sometimes you need to quote something from external sources. Then, the quote function becomes completely useless because of this limitation.

You may not post one post after another; you need to wait until someone replies to be able to post again.

From my experience on this forum, for a few minutes after posting a post, you can edit it and you cannot add a new reply just under it. But after these few minutes editing is no longer possible and the only option if you need to add something, is just to write a new post under your previous one.

By the way, the policy of joining topics on sometimes very loosely connected topics by moderators is totally not understandable for me. On other forums I meet two different systems. On the forums which are mainly for solving problems it is usually so that a new problem = a new topic. Joining an existing topic with your own problem (maybe with an exception when your problem is really identical with the problem described in the specific topic) is if not totally forbidden, then considered bad and against the netiquette. Especially if the topic you join is old - then you can be called an "archaeologist" and get even a "golden spade prize", or even a "golden excavator prize", which is not a reason for pride, but rather for shame. Another system, especially in forums mainly for open discussions, or in such topics, or also in the topics which are not connected with the main subject of the forum is that there is a single thread for a given topic - then it usually has tens, hundreds or thousands of pages, and creating a new thread for this topic is a bad idea.

Generally, it is so, that:
- a problem = a single thread for a single problem, a new topic required even when your problem is quite similar, excavating old threads considered bad

- an open discussion topic = a single thread for the given discussion topic (which can be wider or narrower, dependent on the topic of the whole forum and how much the discussion topic is connected with it), creating new threads when one already exists considered bad

An exception might be, for example, a thread for solving computer problems on a forum about architecture and urban planning - then it will usually be just a single thread.

But on this forum, the moderators tend to mix those two ideas, and often move a new topic with a problem to an old topic with a very different problem. Not in such a way that, for example, all the problems about getting a Polish visa will be in a single topic, but joining just random topics with each other. This doesn't help at all in using the forum, but it's just annoying.
kpc21   
17 Aug 2016
Life / The best online shopping portal in Poland? [41]

What kind of shop do you need? What do you need to buy?

The best option is to find the cheapest one using the comparison services:
ceneo.pl
skapiec.pl

Check not only the options that look cheapest - some shop do some cheating so that they appear cheaper than they really are.
kpc21   
17 Aug 2016
Life / Ekogroszek/wood pellets or gas for heating in Poland? [9]

"Ekogroszek" (it must have an English name, I don't believe it's so Poland-specific) is cheapest but annoying and dirty. Every few days you have to fill the tank with coal. Using your hands and a bucket or a spade. Which produces a lot of dirt and dust. If you decide for this type of heating, choose a boiler with a more advanced control unit unless you want to spend hours in your boiler room adjusting all the settings once the outside temperatures or quality of the coal changes.

Two advantages of "ekogroszek" coal heating is that it's the cheapest system (only the traditional heating systems based on a coal boiler are cheaper) and probably the most popular one in Poland, so it's easy to get help.

Wood pellets are the least popular option from all of them, and it's something between "ekogroszek" coal and gas. It's still a solid fuel, so it needs some manual work to use it, but it's much "cleaner" than coal. And, if I am not mistaken, the burning process can be controlled much better. Might be an interesting option, but it might be not so easy to get support when you have some problems, because it's just not that popular.

Gas may be a really good option if your house has (or can have) a connection to the gas network. It's clean, you don't have to do any work with it (no coal tank to refill - just take care about regular check-ups made by a specialist), you don't need a separate room for a coal storage, and the boiler room is clean, so you can use it also for other purposes. I would say it may cost 1,5 of that what "ekogroszek" heating costs. But everything depends on the current coal and gas prices, so it's difficult to compare it.

Check also other options, such as:
- trying to use your current old-fashioned boiler in a more efficient way (there are actually two possible ways of burning in such a boiler) - it's described here in Polish:

czysteogrzewanie.pl/jak-palic-w-piecu/jak-palic-czysto-weglem/
maybe you will find some English materials about that as well, the thing is to fill the boiler with coal first and then to light it up at the top instead of lighting it up at the bottom and then covering it with coal; it turns out to be much more efficient (you cannot refill the stove, but once you light it up, a full load of coal should be enough for a day, and you light it up again on the next day), however, it has some nuances that have to be taken into account

- solar heating system
- heat pump

For the two last ones you can get some funding from the state.

By the way, it seems that those "ekogroszek" boilers are called stokers in English, or, at least, in the USA:
city-data.com/forum/house/489442-heating-coal-me-beginners-guide.html
kpc21   
18 Aug 2016
Life / Ekogroszek/wood pellets or gas for heating in Poland? [9]

I have read about conversion of stoves from coal to pellets, and it seems it's possible, but it's not a good idea. A boiler designed to burn coal in it will not work good with pellets. It will never be so efficient as a boiler designed specifically for pellets.

They can equally well ban burning any solid fuels, but I think it's a really long way for them to do it, because it's just too many houses in Poland heated using coal. It will take years for all of them to convert to other fuels. Many houses in city centers still don't have connection neither to the gas network, nor to the city central heating network (district heating, it seems they call it so in English), and the apartments are heated with individual old-fashioned ceramic coal stoves. In those houses either totally new plumbing will have to be installed. Or they will have to be converted to electric heating, which is expensive to use (it's the most expensive system from all the possibilities), but this will, anyway, often demand electric wiring exchange, because the old wiring is often not capable of carrying the power necessary if you want to use the electricity for heating. And there is still many people just too poor to afford anything other than coal heating.