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JollyRomek   
16 Dec 2014
Travel / Do trains in Poland arrive on time? [38]

Clearly, the difference between "Intercity Express" and "Express Intercity" (or ICE vs. EIC) isn't something that a typical passanger would be much upset about.

Well, to be honest i would be very upset if i pay for an ICE ticket but have to undertake my journey in an EIC. The difference in quality and speed of both trains is massive.
JollyRomek   
16 Dec 2014
Life / Do you think that Polish people are rude? [951]

Sometimes knowledge of grammar and usage of such knowledge comes in handy. Particularly when reading and understanding forum posts :) :)
JollyRomek   
16 Dec 2014
Travel / Do trains in Poland arrive on time? [38]

If you know of any particular Polish ICE train that is not pulled by a locomotive, let me know and I will happy to check it.

I was actually talking about the ICE train in Germany. ICE - Intercity Express. There is no such thing as an ICE train in Poland :)

ICE Train
JollyRomek   
16 Dec 2014
Life / Do you think that Polish people are rude? [951]

Me neither, i was in a Polish shop the other day (where not many English people go) and was a little surprised at the abruptness of the assistant.

I am not sure whether or not this can be considered as being "rude". From my time here in Poland but also in Ukraine, i have always found assistants in normal shops / supermarkets to be fairly abrupt and straight to the point with a "buy it or leave it" attitude. There simply is no need for smalltalk and to a certain extend, i actually prefer it this way. If i want a simple loaf of bread or a liter of milk, I do not feel the need to talk about my weekend plans with the shop assistant, nor do i need any special consultation about which kind of milk i should buy.

It is different in shops for clothing, electronics etc. where i would like to have someone at least a tiny bit competent and talkative. Here in Lodz, in the main shopping centers, i found the assistants in those shops rather helpful with surprisingly good level of English.
JollyRomek   
16 Dec 2014
Travel / Do trains in Poland arrive on time? [38]

As far as I know, the ICE trains are pulled by a locomotive, but Pendolino has indeed a built-in drivers cabin.

A bit off topic of course but......... ICE trains have build in drivers cabins. In fact, in the most recent versions of the ICE trains, the drivers cabin is segregated to the passenger compartment only by a glass wall, allowing passengers who sit right behind it to have quite a nice view.
JollyRomek   
16 Dec 2014
Life / Move to Poland or UK? (Advice needed) [50]

I think the problem is that SSC or BPO's are regarded as call centers with low level income employees.

@ DominicB, you will find that "cold call sales" or "low level collections" is something that you will not find too often in Poland. Reason being is that doing cold call sales requires a certain level of the language you are doing the sales in. I.e., you need to overcome objections from the person you trying to sell to. For that, you almost certainly need native speakers and getting them to work in Poland requires a decent salary offer. It is almost more lucrative for cold call sales to stay in their respective countries as there they have the workforce with the required skillset which is the native language.

All in all, SSC / BPO's can be quite attractive for foreigners. Most specialize in Accountancy or IT whereas Accountancy would be the higher paying sector to be in. As a trained accountant speaking Swedish as native language you should be able to get at least 7 - 8k PLN gross. If the salary is lower, then there most certainly would be other benefits such as company apartment which would make up for the lesser income.

It also depends on the company whether or not they are just setting up in Poland or have been here for a number of years. New SSC's tend to pay more for native speakers, mainly because they require them for the transition process.

All in all, 5k as a Swedish native speaker without any other benefits (i.e. company apartment) is too little to even consider.

One example, an Italian native speaker i know is going to move to Krakow in January to work in Accounts Receivable. His experience in this area would amount to 1 year. He has been offered 6400 PLN gross. Given that Italian is considered to be one of the lower paid language skills, i would assume that in the same area with the same amount of experience, a Swedish native speaker sould achieve at least 7k PLN gross.
JollyRomek   
16 Dec 2014
Travel / Do trains in Poland arrive on time? [38]

My understanding is the only time Polish trains arrived on time was between 1939 and 1945 and Germans were steering them.

actually Polish railways were proverbially punctual before the war - one could set watches to the trains

Actually, Polish trains or German trains in Poland during the war, were hardly ever steered by Germans, because train personnel was changed at the borders, as were most likely the locomotives that pulled the trains.

This is something that is still being done. Cross border trains are normally pulled by locomotives of the country they are currently in. Of course, that only works on trains that have a separate locomotive, not a build in drivers cabin like the ICE train or Pendolino

Anyway, regarding the actual topic, @ Monika it would be good to know whether or not you have to be in Warsaw at exactly 9:30 or if a slight delay would not matter too much. There is simply no telling about the likelyhood of PKP running on time with this particular train. It's more like a lottery with them.
JollyRomek   
12 Dec 2014
Life / Move to Poland or UK? (Advice needed) [50]

I am not sure what kind of experience you have made Harry, but i have found the Poles to be very welcoming towards foreigners, specially towards westeners. You have to remember however, that what goes around comes around. Having observed your beahviour in this forum, I am not surprised that you feel "mistreated" by the Poles.......
JollyRomek   
11 Dec 2014
News / Turkey abolished visas for Poles. [80]

We are compensating for Russian tourists who wouldn't come to Turkey for their currency meltdown.

So what you are saying is that instead of Russian Oligarchs, it is now Polish "Oligarchs" bringing their dollars to Turkey? :)
JollyRomek   
11 Dec 2014
News / Turkey abolished visas for Poles. [80]

Ireland,

Ireland has a common travel area with the UK and is therefore not a full member of Schengen. Schengenvisas do not apply to Ireland.
JollyRomek   
11 Dec 2014
News / Turkey abolished visas for Poles. [80]

oh oh so its based on turkey , I tought based on poland haha. suprised :)

I am confused. Since when would Nation 1 dictate Nation 2 whether or not the citizens of Nation 1 need a visa to enter Nation 2? If that would be the case, Kiew would just make an annoucement that from now on, Ukraine's citizens do not need a visa to enter Poland anymore.

it means they should put their mind together and get in to shengen.

It has absolutely nothing to do with Schengen or the EU.
JollyRomek   
11 Dec 2014
Travel / Travel from Poland to Germany [4]

If you are willing to be stressed over Christmas, take the bus option.

From Warsaw, this train connection appears to be the easiest and perhaps most relaxing option to me:

24.12.14

Warsaw - Berlin
Dep. 05:55 - Arr. 11:15

Berlin - Heidelberg
Dep. 12:48 - Arr. 17:48 (which change in Mannheim).

Total cost: 148 EUR one way (620 PLN)

The Berlin - Warsaw Express is quite a comfortable train. I have taken it many times. From Berlin you would be travelling on the ICE to Mannheim and the last 10 minutes from Mannheim to Heidelberg on the Regional Express (even those are quite comfortable in Germany).

The train option is twice as expensive as the bus option mentioned abvoe, but you will be more relaxed upon arrival. Going by bus, i would be afraid to need a week holiday just to recover from the bus journey.
JollyRomek   
6 Dec 2014
Off-Topic / "fake" PESEL nr. [5]

I am sorry but........ do you realize that a PESEL is an 11 digit number that you can simply make up? If you want to order something from a shop and they ask for your PESEL, they will hardly check if it is correct, right?

Either make up an 11 digit number or use this link:
bogus.ovh.org/generatory/all.html
They will do it for you. It's not difficult
JollyRomek   
6 Dec 2014
Work / Finding English teaching jobs in Poland [19]

There ARE deffo more friendly than here in snobville Gdynia

I have never been to Gdynia so I can not judge.

and anyway Katowice is Polish not Silesian...

True. Chorzow, Zabrze, Bytom etc, would be more Silesian than Katowice is. But Ireland is more Irish than Dublin could ever be.........
JollyRomek   
6 Dec 2014
Work / Finding English teaching jobs in Poland [19]

(Silesians being generally more open).

Quite interesting that you agree "with most Britindortmund" has written yet you say that Silesians are more open that other Poles would be. While I agree, on that I am not sure how you can agree with Britindortmund's statement about Germany and then say that Silesians are more "open".

If you would pay a bit of interest, you would understand that Silesians hang on to their German history quite a lot. Oberschlesing is a language still spoken by many people ( even the younger ones), German is considered to be their second language, there is even a German newspaper published weekly that covers events from Silesia.

There is a good reason why you may find Silesian people to be more open than other Poles. It is because not many Silesians would consider themselves Polish, although they would not necessarily make their feelings public.

Regarding the teacher issue. I agree that living in smaller cities increases the chances of getting a better paid job. I was on 66 zlotych an hour when I worked for a language school in Chorzow.
JollyRomek   
4 Dec 2014
Classifieds / The Lodz Post is looking for Expats / Foreigners / Travellers in Poland [3]

Hi Guys, the Lodz Post - lodz post - is currently looking for any Expats / Foreigners living in Poland and would like to tell their story as to how they "ended up" in Poland, how they experience the difference between Poland and their home country, what they like or dislike and any other thoughts they would like to share about Poland.

If you are interested and would like to tell your story, please contact me via PM. Thanks :)
JollyRomek   
3 Dec 2014
Work / Suggestions for starting a business in Poland ( I have 50/60,000 USD ) [59]

Polish growth is caused in big part through outsourcing of labor from western Europe. This will finish when Poland will not be cheap enough and there will be nobody to invest further with such a rate. Polish companies are too small, don't do much R&D and don't have access to cheap money as Korean firms have.

Absolutely agree on this. I would compare Poland's growth to the Irish "Celtic Tiger" back in the late 90' / early 2000's when centralized shared service centers popped up everywhere. Surely we have seen how Ireland ended up when the likes of Dell, Google et. slowly but surely started to move their operations to Poland.

@ Levy, judging by your last post, i can only conclude that my assumption about "you may have stayed here as a tourist for three month, but have not yet experienced real life in Poland" is spot on.

Particularly the fact that you have mentioned "opening an airline or a football stadium is too complicated and demanding" and that is why you do not do it, let's me assume that you in fact do not know much about Poland and the markets here.

There were at least two airlines in recent years that either collapsed or never even took off (due to missing licences) in the past couple of years in Poland. And with regards to the football stadia in Poland, well look at the capacity vs. usage of all the new stadia and you will see why I believe that giving these examples, only shows lack of knowledge regarding Poland.

Before you burn 60k USD and end up going home with deep hatred for Poland, think carefully, analyze the markets, double check whether or not there is demand / need.

At this moment, and i hope you will not take this personal, it sounds like you have no idea as to what you really want to do. Having a bit of airline / tourism industry experience does not mean that you have the expertise to run a successful hostel or lounge bar. Neither would any of your posts suggest that you really understand what you are talking about.

Perhaps you may want to look into investing into something smaller for the beginning? An online start up in Lodz is currently looking for a 25k PLN (7.5k USD) investment. If you want to know more, send me a PN but i really would discourage you to burn your 60000 dollars on something you do not seem to know a great deal about.
JollyRomek   
3 Dec 2014
Work / Suggestions for starting a business in Poland ( I have 50/60,000 USD ) [59]

Hi Levi, may i ask you what it is that makes you want to invest in Poland?

It seems to me that you actually do not know what you want to do, how to do it and where to do it. You have now gone from "Lounge Bar" to "Hostel". To me it sounds more like you have been in Poland for three months as a tourist, enjoyed your time and believed that you have what it takes to start up a business here. However, you should remember that going on a holiday (even for three months) and real life are two different pairs of shoes. I do not know how many people i have met in Poland who were convinced that if they come back here and open a bar or a hostel, they would make it. Somehow, they all ended up back at home or never started their business in the first place.

The first question you have to ask yourself is what it is that you are really passionate about. Second is whether or not there is a need for it. Have you researched the hostel industry in Poznan? Is there a need for an additional hostel? What can you do with your hostel that other hostel can / do not do? Are you willing and able to deal / cope with the rather bureaucratic approach in Poland, i.e. paperwork and stamps for literally everything you do?

Do not waste your money just for the sake of going to Poland to open a business here. Unless you really have a plan, fully understand your business and industry and are aware of what you are getting yourself into.
JollyRomek   
30 Nov 2014
Law / I have overstayed my visa and been banned from Poland. Is leaving Schengen zone and coming back a solution? [10]

No, this is not how it works, otherwise they could just abolish the rule completely. It is 90 days in any 180 day period, meaning if your friend has been in Poland for 3 months, she would have to leave Poland for 3 months and then come back.

Regarding the question as to why "I have to go home to apply for a visa or appeal against a decision".

You do not have to go home to the country you were born in, however, you have to do this in the country you are registered as a permanent resident. The reason is that for consular affairs, only the embassy in the country where you permantly reside in is responsible for you.

For example, if you are still registered in Australia, the Polish embassy / consulate in Australia would be responsible to handle your request. This means that technically you would not be able to submit a visa application or appeal against a decision from any other country than Australia, unless you can prove to have a permanent resident address and legal status in the country you are applying from.
JollyRomek   
28 Nov 2014
Genealogy / Want to find a person in Poland [641]

Hi Sven, have you ever thought about the fact that she may not want "to be found"?

I don't want to sound harsh, but i find it a tiny bit creepy that someone is posting personal details of another person on a public forum, in order to get in contact with her.
JollyRomek   
27 Nov 2014
Polonia / POLES vs BULGARIANS [129]

the media says ''a bulgarian was captured stealing whatever''.

Well, let the media say whatever it wants. I have spent a couple of weeks in beautiful Sofia last year and also traveled to your old capital city Veliko Tarnovo for a few days. I loved it. The people were so genuine, welcoming, honest. Absolutely amazing. I also lived in Ukraine for three years and all my friends always asked me why I would want to live there. They asked me if it wasn't dangerous. If I feel safe. I have spend 5 days in Belarus and never felt so comfortable leaving my things in hotel room before because I felt safe and genuinely welcome. All countries that have a certain "reputation". Would I ever leave anything laying around by itself on a train in Germany (my home country)? Most certainly not but I know that I can do so in Bulgaria, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. Nie ma problem.

Let people who do not know it better say what they want. If they are not ready to make that experience of good Bulgarian food, good beer, beautiful landscape, welcoming people and pretty woman ( just like anywhere else in Eastern Europe), then let them be........ no point in wasting your energy over it :)
JollyRomek   
27 Nov 2014
Life / Racism & study with part time jobs in Warsaw ? [53]

Education does not start at third level education. It starts from a very early age when children learn a certain way of living. It is not a co-incidence that most southern European countries are struggling while still maintaining a high level of third level education.

What else would you name as the reasons for the struggle of southern Europe if not education?
JollyRomek   
27 Nov 2014
Law / Poland's Work permit questions - visiting European countries; working in the EU / switching job; dependants [86]

Am I missing something here? Since when do companies issue work permits???? Either someone is seriously taking the **** here or is trying to get information as to how to defraud the visa regime.

Either way, I don't think that any further answers have any remit seeing that arslan has used the visa for Poland as an entry ticket to Germany. We have immigration rules for a reason, just like any other countries / common travel areas have.
JollyRomek   
26 Nov 2014
Life / The best English newspapers about Poland? [22]

The Lodz Post is relatively new reporting on news from Lodz and Poland in general. They have a sports section to cover mostly football as well as entertainment and travel tips around Poland. They are not always up to date yet, but the news are coming in more regularly constantly. Check it out.
JollyRomek   
25 Nov 2014
Life / Should I expect racism as a 'black' woman in Poland [149]

I've recommended Lublin cause its more polish and that is what the girl was looking for.Lodz is a typical big city, close to Warsaw and she won't get there necesairly taste of polish roots.

Lodz is 130 km away from Warsaw, Lublin 180km. I am sorry but can you see you why I am questioning your reasoning?
JollyRomek   
25 Nov 2014
Life / Should I expect racism as a 'black' woman in Poland [149]

moniq
It means in cities like Lodz or Lublin (I'd recommend Lublin!)
I don't know this 2 cities so difficult to say more

So if you do not know the two cities, what do you base your recommendation on?
JollyRomek   
25 Nov 2014
Life / Which nations do Poles like the most / the least? [148]

Intesresting how "wrong" some people are.

I would go with Germany. Simply because there is no denying that Poles appreciate Germany and Germans for their efficiency, correctness, motorways, time-keeping, accuracy, cars etc. etc. etc. etc.

Even though Poles like to give the impression to be rather negative towards Germans, they actually appreciate their neighbours quite a lot. Of course not many would openly say it.