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Posts by Klo  

Joined: 20 Nov 2013 / Female ♀
Last Post: 23 May 2014
Threads: 1
Posts: 21
From: Canadian living in Poland
Speaks Polish?: Only a little
Interests: Running, trekking, books, fashion

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Klo   
23 May 2014
Work / Advice on Teaching English in Poland [709]

From talking to teachers in the public system, there is to be a drastic dip in the school age population in 2017. One girl I know that works in a gymnasium says that currently there are 3 classes for every year at her school, but in 2017, there will be 1 class for of first year students. Teachers are already fearing for their own jobs as their will be lay offs. Not the best climate to arrive in to start a new life with 3 kids.
Klo   
16 Mar 2014
Life / I'm English, but I really like some Polish names. Can I use them for my baby girl? [25]

I was really worried about that 3 years ago when I was having a baby, but when we went to register a very anglo name it wasn't a problem. The woman told me that those rules no longer apply. A hyphenated last name on the other hand, is a little more tricky. But doable.

As for little Zosia, I don't think people will care that much, you may just get a lot of people asking, "Oh, are you are your husband Polish?"
Klo   
26 Feb 2014
USA, Canada / Fly from Canada on Polish Passport for longer than 5 month stay? [2]

A few years ago my son flew back to Canada for the summer. He also holds both passports. The Canadian Embassy advised that he leave Poland on his Polish and enter Canada on his Canadian. This is because as a Canadian his 3-month visitors time would have expired therefore making him illegal in Poland. The same applied for the return trip.
Klo   
26 Jan 2014
Work / Job offer from Accent group in Kraków-opinions please [4]

I've just received a job offer from Accent Group in Kraków and I'm undecided what to do? Has anyone worked for this company, and what is your opinion on working for them? I understand that they are based in Kraków but operate throughout Poland. So far the hiring process has seemed less than professional and I'm wondering if they are trustworthy. Any advice or opinions would be greatly appreciated.
Klo   
16 Jan 2014
Travel / Bieszczady or Zakopane? [23]

Merged: Winter Break in Bieszczady- Advice Please

I'm going to be taking my son to Bieszczady over Feria (2 weeks from now) and I'm looking for advice on what to do. As it stands right now there is no snow so I am looking for alternatives to skiing. Can anyone suggest some easy and safe walking trails? Where I might find somewhere to ice skate? And if there will be snow, where can I go for cross country skiing? Also if you know of any other interesting attractions in the region I'd love to know about them. We will be staying in Polanczyk but we have a car so mobility isn't an issue.
Klo   
14 Jan 2014
USA, Canada / Moving back to Poland after 7 years in Canada [22]

If you are in a town or city with a large polish community perhaps connecting with that community could help your feelings of homesickness

This is what I was going to suggest, if you are in Toronto then you probably already know Ronsacvelles. And Mississauga is the heart of the Polish community. They have a very large Polish church, which offers Polish school for children. There are also Polish clubs on Dundas West.

I'll tell you a little story about my friends parents as well.
They moved to Canada when their kids were about 18 and 13. The mother already knew English and got a job teaching at the Bickford Centre. The father retrained and also found work. Their standard of living wasn't the best but it was ok. Even though the mother knew English she had a very difficult time adjusting and for years pined away for Poland and her family. She just wanted to go home. Finally, once the kids were grown up and independent they decided that they would return to Poland. They still had a house there. I'm not sure exactly what transpired in Poland but they were back in Canada in 6 months. My friend told me that it just wasn't the Poland they were missing and that they were better off in Canada. It had taken her years to finally appreciate where she was.

How did you guys manage to get a decent job in another country like Poland while being abroad?

There are some aviation companies that are Canadian that have factories in Rzeszów. I think the head office is in Mississauga. They send people from Canada to work there. Maybe look into that.
Klo   
13 Jan 2014
UK, Ireland / British people more intelligent than the Poles? [53]

but I'm sure Predestination was present in Protestantism (maybe it isn't nowadays anymore, I don't know).

I was raised Protestant and I'm telling you they believe that anybody can get into heaven, there is no limited number.
Klo   
13 Jan 2014
UK, Ireland / British people more intelligent than the Poles? [53]

For example, I've read that the success of Protestant countries is attributed to the Protestant attitude to work and being rich. It has something to do ...

That sounds like Jehovah's Witness, but predestination is definitely not part of the dogma of the vast majority of Protestant sects. However you are right about the "protestant work ethic."

Work before play!
Klo   
9 Jan 2014
Love / Questions about Polish Men - flirting, cheating, liking? [44]

Still really don't know what you are getting at. The strange comment I was referring to had nothing to do with a smile or wink. And just because you say something is so does not make it so. But if you are the type that needs to be right and it will get you off my case then fine. You are right and I am wrong. I know nothing of what I say even if it was first hand experience. I also have a huge chip on my shoulder, for what I haven't a clue but it must be true because you say so. I bow to your superiority in all matters now. Insert emoticons all over to denote the facetiousness.
Klo   
9 Jan 2014
Love / Questions about Polish Men - flirting, cheating, liking? [44]

I'm sorry I don't know what classing overkill means but I do not have a chip on my shoulder. You made a strange remark about how women who are happy with their Polish men wouldn't have time or need to be on the forum. I thought that was a rather ignorant statement and wanted to call your attention to it. I did so in a sarcastic manner to emphasize your seemingly backward statement. A woman can have an opinion without "having a chip on their shoulder.
Klo   
8 Jan 2014
Love / Questions about Polish Men - flirting, cheating, liking? [44]

Ironside. "Those women that are happy with Polish men have no time nor need to post about them on PF. My wife think that this site is a waste of time and I should stay away from it. :)"

That is strange logic. Does it go both ways and we are to assume that you are not happily married because you have so much time to be here? Strangely I am happy with my Polish man and yet I somehow managed to unchain myself from the kitchen long enough to post here. But my bigos is burning and I've gotta run.
Klo   
8 Jan 2014
Love / Questions about Polish Men - flirting, cheating, liking? [44]

I think that there is definitely different values here. I used to teach a lot of men at one company, it was a very male dominated industry. I was there for 5 years. In that time I was propositioned by two married men, neither even hid the fact that they were married. As well, they would tell me that escorts were hired for their corporate social functions because there weren't that many women who would be attending. These women were hired as "hostesses" but really their function was to dance, flirt, and if they wanted to make some extra cash they could go back to the hotel room with the men. From the stories that I heard after the parties, there were married men who were partaking. When I asked about this most men seemed to think that it was okay and normal, just a little bit of harmless fun.

This kind of thing happens the world over I'm sure, what shocked me really was how indiscreet the men were about it, there seemed to be no secrecy or shame. From which I drew the conclusion that perhaps there is a different code in Poland for what is acceptable when one is in a relationship.

I must say though that there were other men who were great, treated me with a lot of respect, didn't flirt or try to make me feel as though I were just a woman, as some had. So I guess the other posters are correct, men are men, some are good, some are bad.
Klo   
7 Jan 2014
USA, Canada / My wife wants to return to Poland...but I want to stay in the US [155]

I too would be depressed being stuck in a house with a little child all day long with no adult contact..

Just to give you my two cents on the problem, I think that becoming a first time mother is a drastic adjustment one has to make, whether she's PND or not. I think I was shell-shocked for the first year of motherhood. Your wife is probably missing things about pre-baby days more than Poland per se, and it would really help her if she had some structure in her week, something to look forward to and something that gets her out into the real world. Maybe a class, or a group, anything really that would ensure a few times a week she can put on some proper clothes and walk out the door without all of the accoutrements of motherhood. Probably what she hasn't put into perspective is that her reality in Poland with a child would be much different from the youthful memories of student days when one hasn't a care in the world.

Like other posters have suggested, go back together for a holiday, maybe an extended one, one that would give her a chance to let the honeymoon period wear off and see things in a clear light.

I also think knowing that one has the freedom to come and go as they please is a lot less stressful than feeling like one is trapped and unable to go where and when they want.

I hope it works out for the both of you.
Klo   
7 Jan 2014
Love / Partner wants me to come to Poland? [21]

DominicB

I completely agree. This sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.
As a mother your first concern and duty is to your son. Moving him to Poland especially with his disability is the worst thing you could do to him. There is very little support for such children and probably nothing available in English. If you move him here it would be the most selfish thing a mother could do.
Klo   
3 Jan 2014
Law / French guy living in Poznan, needs information on theory and test for Polish driving licence [8]

You will have to do your theoretical again regardless. I was fully licensed in Canada but still had to write the theoretical test to switch to a Polish license.

Don't go with a translator it is a waste of money, especially if you have to take the test a couple of times like I did. I was originally going to have to do that in Rzeszow but found that Tarnow offered the test in English. They should have it available in Poznan as it is a much bigger city. The books I studied with were from sklep.sphcredo.pl.
Klo   
1 Dec 2013
Law / Need advice and help for obtaining a PESEL [8]

I had to give up my birth certificate (original) to my urzad miasta when I first came, but they said that I could borrow it when needed. At one point I needed it to renew my Canadian passport and I've never returned it to the office. It hasn't been a problem.
Klo   
23 Nov 2013
Life / Gifts from Poland (I'm returning to my country after a year in Poland) [33]

Merged: Unique to or representative gifts from Poland?

I'm putting together my Christmas package to Canada this week-end and I was wondering what I could include that is unique to or representative of Poland (short of wrapping up my MIL I have no ideas). The gifts are mostly for children and I think it's ridiculous for me to run out to Toys'r'us and ship something half way around the world that they can get around the corner. Any suggestions?
Klo   
23 Nov 2013
Food / PIZZA & KETCHUP served only in Poland? [159]

Everything gets covered in gravy or maple syrup by Canadians, best way to eat most things!

I'll second that.
MMM...poutine. Such a disgusting concept but so good.
Klo   
23 Nov 2013
Food / Where to buy British mature Cheddar Cheese and salted butter in Poland? [289]

I'm so glad to see that this thread is still updated. I am always waiting for lidl's themed weeks. I have been waiting for their cheddar for awhile now. Can't wait to stock up, so thanks for this. The original poster was asking about salted butter. Lidl has that right now too, if anyone's interested, though I didn't think it was very good and quite expensive, about 7.99.