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Last Post: 18 Jul 2016
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czech_canadian   
18 Jul 2016
Life / Hairdressers prices and salons in Warsaw? [6]

Merged: Any recommmendations for great women's hairsalon in Warsaw?

Hey,

I went to a great professional hair salon - U Fryzjerów Andersa - for a haircut, like 2 weeks ago, but at that that time I wasn't sure about doing colour. Anyway great result as this is a truly top notch hair salon (beautiful too with high ceilings and wooden floors). Anyway now that I need the colour - I don't feel like paying the price there, as it obviously would have made sense price wise to do both cut + haircolour at the same time.

Can anyone recommend from experience any similar professional hair salons, which also use top notch products but are priced around the 200 - 250 mark for hair colour instead the 300+ mark?

Thanks!
Sarka
czech_canadian   
23 Jun 2016
Life / Warsaw is a difficult city to adjust to (coming from Canada and having lived in South Africa) Prague? [46]

Did you move to Warsaw for family, work, school?

I was living in Toronto for 4 years prior to this, and my byfriend who is Canadian, recieved a Post-doc offer with one Institute in Warsaw. Initially I was like, no I was not going to join him but then I tagged along.

Yes Prague is amazingly beautiful with a cool and charming sense in the air - however since I did not grow up in Czech, it does not mean too much to me as say an english speaking city / country. I always thought Prague was special until we discoevered Venice a few months ago - this city by far tops the list for me as most beautiful and charming city in Europe.
czech_canadian   
2 Jun 2016
Work / South African wants to move to Poland, please provide some input? [59]

@janajakkals

A big hello to a former SAFFA! Whereabouts from South Africa are you from? I grew up in Sandown, Jozi...but left in 2008. I actually had a fellow Pole who studied Economics with me at Wits, plus my of my classmates in high school was also Polish. Othwerwise I never came across any Poles in Joburg.I am in Warsaw temporarirly, but was living in Toronto prior. I am looking at heading to London though...
czech_canadian   
29 Apr 2016
Life / Warsaw is a difficult city to adjust to (coming from Canada and having lived in South Africa) Prague? [46]

@delphiandomine

Calm down please. If it has come down ot this, do I have to go and dig outr some evidence too? Like seriously. You are evidently showing your proud Polish colours. Although I am not sure you have so much to be proud of seriously.

According to Wiki - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_busiest_airports_in_Europe so yeah Prague has much higher traffis as expected.

I didn't come here to criticize Warsaw so no need to break down everything I say and try provide some "facts". It is evident that you are a proud Polish and have to come to defend someone's opinion about the city. The universe does not resolve around Warsaw and Poland, you know.

Take a chill pill please. Everyone has the right to their own opinions.
czech_canadian   
29 Apr 2016
Life / Warsaw is a difficult city to adjust to (coming from Canada and having lived in South Africa) Prague? [46]

@cms

Ruzyne Letiste has been renovated a couple of times and tthey have extended it a couple of times too. I agree immensely that is a much improved airport, both from the functional and space perspective but also Prague Airport sees more traffic than Warsaw - that is a fact. Prague is more of an international hub than Warsaw, both for travellers and foreign investors. If you ask an outsider which capital city is well known in Central Europe, Prague will be up there along with Budapest.

I don't know the specifics of the Warsaw economy, but as similar to Prague - a large share is service based and made up of BPO Outsourcing / Shared Service Centres, no? Also IT / telecom / software development...

Also lets not forget that the Czechoslovakian economy was TOP 10 industrialized in the world before al the **** hit the storm so...

With respect to this:

Restaurants - Warsaw by a mile
Pubs - Prague by a mile
Museums and culture - Warsaw is getting better ...

I tend do disagree with you. Prague has an awesome food scene - but its not happening by Staro Metske Namesti - you have to go out..Vynohrady ha some good spots...Hradcany has great spots with AMAZING views of Vltava and Charle Bridge...

Wrt to restaunnts in Warsaw, I would say nothing special. There is a good variety of Asian etc which I was very surprised at but I havent come across any decent local Polish restaurant.

Shopping - as in fashion? The fashion is HORRIBLE here, typical Eastern Europe. One Italian girl told me that in Prague they are dressed so much better, But is is a known fact that Czechs dont really care about fashion. Its the same here. I refuse to buy one item of **** clothing here. I only buy from Italian and French boutiques online or when I travel.
czech_canadian   
29 Apr 2016
Life / Warsaw is a difficult city to adjust to (coming from Canada and having lived in South Africa) Prague? [46]

@smurf

I think its good to hear an outsiders' point of view as well though, taking into account that Czech is a neighbouring country and all. I am not here to criticize though as the continual building of skyscrapers evidently shows Warsaw moving forward. I was just saying that aesthetically its more dull and grey than Prague, and doesnt offer the same luxury amenities as say Prague does.

Anyway I will always stick up for Prague and Czech Republic. We have just so much more than just Prague - there is Karlsbad and its well known international Film Festival, Kutna Hora and its spectacular church made of human bones, 2000+ chateaus, castles in Czech in total. For the size it is - it is a VERY impressive country.
czech_canadian   
29 Apr 2016
Life / Warsaw is a difficult city to adjust to (coming from Canada and having lived in South Africa) Prague? [46]

@ziemowit.

I know there are buses and trams here - of course I do, as I have taken them. My intentions were to just bring up my opinion, seeing that I am Czech. Having lived in Prague and experienced everything there, I wanted to compare it to Warsaw from my eyes since most Czechs do not make the journey here, perhaps Krakow and that's it. Seeing that Poland and Czech are usually compared in the same sentence in various articles and statistics / data as released by established organiztions such as IMF, NATO, etc - I was just interested to point out the differences betwen both capitals, which are pretty distinct and obvious. I am very aware that Warsaw is relatively new and prety much rebuild, I do wish they did not re-build with so many grey buildings though - its an eyesore to look at. Obviously Prague has had more luck, plus it has always had a rich and diverse economy, amazing architecture of neo-gothic and baroque, etc etc.

My intentions are not to create heated arguments on a Polish forum, as obciously I will be one-sided. :-) When I am in czech and meet up with czechs, you can imagine what most say about Poland.
czech_canadian   
29 Apr 2016
Life / Warsaw is a difficult city to adjust to (coming from Canada and having lived in South Africa) Prague? [46]

@delphiandomine

Actually the average salary in Prague has risen to about 37 074 Czk, with country-wide salaries at 28 000 Czk. Its funny becasue there are more Poles working in companies in Czech, versus the other way round. Obviously this states enough. Prague has 3 metro lines, trams, busses so the infrastructure system there is brilliant, and it is one of the cleanest metro systems in Europe.

Anyway Warsaw has alot of catching up to do, which I am sure it is trying to anyway so.
czech_canadian   
28 Apr 2016
Life / Warsaw is a difficult city to adjust to (coming from Canada and having lived in South Africa) Prague? [46]

So I have been here a couple of months and to be honest the weather has gotten to me - the continuous rain and grey, I can't stand it. I think the major flaw is just the social environment which I am missing in Toronto (specifically english speaking environment, and my drinks with friends etc) and the more "British" way of life. I miss the more modern amenities and luxuries.

Anyway I think the Polish people seem pleasant and I can only wish for this country to improve in many factors of life - quality of life especially.

I may be Czech, but I see huge differences between both capitals (Prague and Warsaw). Understandably Prague wasn't destroyed, but I am referring to infrastructure which is so much more ahead there then here. I can literally see that Prague is richer - even the residential apartments are bigger then here, with more traditional high-ceiling apartments available there. I can't believe how small and crammed the flats look here.

Anyway I think the various hams and breads are excellent here, as expected.

Otherwise I caanot wait to go back to the more modern world. Not to say that I wouldn't live in Paris, London or Milan.
czech_canadian   
16 Apr 2016
Food / Any places which sell fruit smoothies in Warsaw? [3]

Hi,

I was just wondeing if anyone knows of any places which sell fruit smoothies in Warsaw? Having lived in Toronto, where there is an abudance of stores seeling fruit smoothies - I used to have them often. Anyway I havn't come across any place yet, and Biedronka where we do grocery shopping, doesnt seem ro sell them?

Thanks!
czech_canadian   
14 Apr 2016
Classifieds / Self addressed mailing labels (English) can be purchased where in Warsaw? [4]

@jon357

Great - I looked on their online shop but didn't see it there. Best to go there in person and look as you have said.

@InPolska

I beieve the Embassy will be closed now, but we will go back to the main post office and look around there.

Many thanks for the reponse!
czech_canadian   
14 Apr 2016
Classifieds / Self addressed mailing labels (English) can be purchased where in Warsaw? [4]

Hi there,

We are busy sending off our application to Canada for immigration, and the Polish post office only sells Polish self adressed mailing labels (basically labels on stick paper, which you peel off and stick on evenlopes). I am also looking for an english self adressed label.

Can anyone recommend any stationary shops or whatever else in downtown, that sells these mailing labels? I can only think of checking out Empik but I dont thin that is a stationery store?

Many thanks!
czech_canadian   
4 Feb 2016
Law / Does one have to pay customs in Poland when shipping goods which were purchased online and in EU? [2]

Hi there

I was just wondering whether there are any associated costs in Poland, for shipping over goods (ie. mainly clothes) which were purchased online and in EU (ie. Italy)? For example, are there custom fees which I would be charged for once the goods arrive in Poland? Alternatively, any other costs which would be charged here?

Its no myth that shopping online is very popular (at least in North America) and I have made a few online purchases for Italian clothes, which were then shipped over to Toronto.

Anyhow if anyone has any experience with the charges associated with online purchases, any advice would be great.

Many thanks!
czech_canadian   
30 Jan 2016
Life / Would you move back to Canada if you had Canadian PR or remain in Poland (and risk loosing your Canadian PR)? [30]

@InPolska

the great advantages of Luxembourg is that it is international (28% are people there are foreigners)

Exactly and thats what I like - diversity, plus the close proximity to Paris which is my favourite city - especially for shopping and the Arts.

PS: in Luxembourg, they are also very open minded ;)

Just like in Canada - very accepting and open-minded.
czech_canadian   
27 Jan 2016
Classifieds / Looking for video game testers in Poland [9]

@QLOC

Hi Piotr,

Sounds interesting. I am a native South African english speaker and I'm in Warsaw (recently came from Toronto). I know EIDOS - Square Enix in Montreal quite well, seeing that I placed a couple of Snr Graphic / C++ Programmers with them.

I will prep my resume and send it over shortly.

Thank you,
Sarka
czech_canadian   
27 Jan 2016
Life / Would you move back to Canada if you had Canadian PR or remain in Poland (and risk loosing your Canadian PR)? [30]

Thank you all for your opinions. I highly appreciate it.

To respond:

So is Luxembourg, a lovely place, much milder winters and would be my personal choice

Yes Luxembourg seems lovely, and the close proximity of it to Paris (just a 2 hour drive away) is a bonus.

That would be simply madness.

Thats what I was told by many in Toronto.

This is how it works in the US and I imagine it would be similar in Canada.

I have to do my research on this topic, but you may be correct. From what I have heard, in order to renew the PR one has to prove 4 years of paid Taxes (in Canada) as one requirement.

My advice is,get Canadian citizenship first,then you will be free to leave for extended period of time without losing permanent resident status or go back and forth as you please.

Yes, and in this case I would have to return for an additional 3 years in order to be elligible to apply for Canadian citizenship (as they have changed the requirements not too long ago from 3 to 4 years

@Jon357

Yes Luxembourg may be expensive, but it generally has higher salaries + the close proximity to Paris is an ideal bonus for me. I am not too concerned about the weather.

As you mention - Perm immigration to Canada has been completely changed starting Jan 2015, whereby the Express Entry was initiated. This is a point-based system, and allows the governemnt to choose applicants based on jobs which cannot be filled by Canadians. This is a similar system which Australia has been using for a number of years now.

@InPolska

Thanks for your input.

I have been in contact with some companies there - French is highly desirable, and required in many but not all positions.
czech_canadian   
26 Jan 2016
Love / Polish girls vs Ukrainian girls: Who do you think is hotter? [147]

Czech girls are nicer. If you look at most of the Top Fashion Models from the Central + Eastern European region...Czechs lead the way. There are a few notable Polish girls, but overall Czechs lead this.
czech_canadian   
26 Jan 2016
Life / Would you move back to Canada if you had Canadian PR or remain in Poland (and risk loosing your Canadian PR)? [30]

@NocyMrok

Its funny - my ex boss from the company in Czech Rep sent me an email asking me that they have openings at her new company where she is working, and whether or not I was interested in attending the interviews.

When I left Czech Rep in 2011, I stated to myself I will never return there to live - to visit my family for short periods of time - that is different. Dont get me wrong, I had some good times when living there, going to the chateaus, visiting wineries etc.

@Crow

That may be true. Its funny as I met a couple of Slavs in Toronto (from Kazakhastan, Ukraine especially) whose young children felt more Canadian than their actual parents' nationalities.
czech_canadian   
26 Jan 2016
Life / Would you move back to Canada if you had Canadian PR or remain in Poland (and risk loosing your Canadian PR)? [30]

@NocyMrok

Thanks for yuor post. You are correct in the sense that I don't have any feelings towards Poland, nor Czech Rep to be honest. I was livng and working in Czech for 2,5 years prior I moved to Toronto where I lived for 4 years. I consider myself lucky to have received the PR since I went there on a Working Holiday VISA (open work permit).

What pulls me towards London is the South Africans who are there. I have a couple of friends there back from Joburg.

However what is great about Toronto - is the close proximity to the States + Caribbean (which I want to continuously travel to since my last holiday to Jamaica 7 months ago).
czech_canadian   
26 Jan 2016
Life / Would you move back to Canada if you had Canadian PR or remain in Poland (and risk loosing your Canadian PR)? [30]

I know plus I left a really decent position which had such potential for very good $$$ comng into this year( which I wouldnt even make back in Czech Rep) - this is what I regret the most seeing that money is very important to me .I 've been studying the wages in London and I am not too impressed.

I find Toronto is a great spot for travelling to the States and the Caribbean. It may not have the best architecture and most modern subway system, but there is just something about the city...

I think I would be a fool to risk loosing my PR.
czech_canadian   
26 Jan 2016
Life / Would you move back to Canada if you had Canadian PR or remain in Poland (and risk loosing your Canadian PR)? [30]

Hi there,

I wanted to get your views. So I have been in Warsaw for nearly 3 months, and I have Canadian Perm Residency, which I acquired in 2014. My boyfriend (who completed his PhD in Toronto) is on a temporary Post-Doctoral contract position at the IMPAN Institute, and I followed him here (after being in Paris for 1 month) just to see how it is here.

I wanted to get the point of view from a Polish citizen, and what you would do if you were in my situation. I'd like to add that I am Czech by birth but I grew up in South Africa. Therefore this is my 1st time in Poland.

I acquired Canadian PR in June 2014, after applying under the Canadian Experience Class. In order to renew my PR (which expires in 2019), I have to live in Canada for at least 4 years (I have already completed 1 full year from June 2014 - August 2015).

Now if you were in my situation and you had a Canadian PR, would you choose to go back to Canada or remain in Poland (at the risk of loosing your Canadian residency)?

I just wanted to get your perspective, seeing that I am not Polish and therefore I view Warsaw from a different set of eyes. Obviously we are not gong to remian in Poland permamently, but the reason for my question is that I am considering Luxembourgh / London as my next destination, and I am not sure what I should do with respect to my Canadian PR.

Any thoughts would be great.

Thanks,
Sarka
czech_canadian   
14 Jan 2016
Food / I thought Polish beer couldn't compete, but I was wrong [20]

@RUR

yes, but geographical orientation or the location of a person is very important, especially when drinking wonderful Czech beer :

I know :-) Imagine sitting on a rooftop bar / lounge close to the Castle in Prague overlooking the Vltava river and Chalres bridge below, whilst sipping on a fresh draught of beer. There is just no city that comes close to Prague - in terms of its raw beauty (thats my opinion) and fairy-tale like charm.

@Harry

Oh pelase do tell where they serve Kozel in Warsaw. I would love to try some great new places with good beer. We have been to the Beirut Hummus Beirut bar and I am aware they do have some great craft beers there.
czech_canadian   
14 Jan 2016
Work / Whats the job and school market like in Warsaw? [27]

@JanekP

Yes, I remember meeting a programmer (from London) who was working for GameLoft in Toronto, and he explained to me the whole situation with the salaries in London, particularly in video gaming sector, and he was much better off in Toronto.

What about Amsterdam? The tech sector doesnt pay too well in France too I reckon

@AngryPole

I think the tech sector in Ukraine is a bit different, in that the Government does not tax heavily the employers, thus giving them more space to reward their hard-earned employees with better pay. As you prob know the IT sector is quite significant to their economy situation over there, with quite a number of players over there. I was just as surprised to come across major non-Canadian tech companies who outsource their entire back dveelopment to Ukraine (and Belarus), in addition to tech type companies. I beieve the video gaming industry may be different though - salaries are lower.

Yip 25k Gross is definitely very comfortable for Warsaw. That would be Executive-level pay in major foreign corporations, perhaps?
czech_canadian   
13 Jan 2016
Work / Whats the job and school market like in Warsaw? [27]

@AngryPole,

I hear you with repsect to the salaries Ukranian developers are earning in Kiev, Krakov and other big IT hubs over there. I know for a fact that even attracting mid-level hard-core Ukranian programmers to Canada is a mission at times, as most positions over there (whether its in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary) pay the same or even less than what these chaps are earning currently in Ukraine. The norm is for these guys to earn between 4 - 5 000 USD per month and this is after tax.

@AngryPole

What was I thinking - sorry I meant Kharkiv, not Krakov. Also Dnipropetrovsk and Odessa are other IT hubs :-)
czech_canadian   
13 Jan 2016
Food / I thought Polish beer couldn't compete, but I was wrong [20]

@RUR

I only drink Kozel here in Warsaw (both lager and the dark one) but they are available at only few convenience stores. I just refuse to drink Polish beer - sorry :-)

Otherwise in Czech I prefer beer from smaller breweries like Pegas in Brno (prob my favourite out of all), otherwise Staropramen, Gambrinus are good options too :-)
czech_canadian   
13 Jan 2016
Work / Whats the job and school market like in Warsaw? [27]

@JanekP

Well the Ukrainian IT market is the largest one in Central and Eastern Europe (with over 5000 Developers working in perm roles there), and it is a known fact that Ukrainian developers are highly competent. In fact they are sourced spcifically by many high-tech companies in Canada and the States (I know this as I was working in his industry for 4 years in Toronto). You'll be surprised just how many Ukrainian progarmmers are brought over via the immigration route which takes a couple of months by the way.

Therefore I would not be surprised if Polish tech companies are sourcing them too. (Please note I am not saying that Polish developers are not competent).