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Dirk diggler   
7 May 2021
News / Political life of Poland [135]

Highly unlikely... even the "liberals" in Poland are quite socially conservative. Afterall, this is a country where the vast majority of people do not support things like third world immigration, LGBT, etc. and the Catholic church has a ton of influence. It's not gonna go the way of UK or USA that's for sure and that's good enough for me.
Dirk diggler   
19 Apr 2021
History / Can anyone from Poland tell me about Auschwitz and The Ghetto? [582]

Jews never have and will never be the same as Poles. We are two entirely different people. Our traditions, our history, our ideologies, our religions and even our biology and genetics are totally different.
Dirk diggler   
19 Mar 2021
Love / What do you think of Polish girls? [40]

Just date someone wealthier than you if you plan to have a serious relationship... then you don't have to worry about a guy using you for your money. Personally, I don't know why anyone would be involved with someone outside their social class, ethnicity, worldview, etc. if they're pursuing a serious relationship. It's bound to just cause problems down the line.
Dirk diggler   
1 Mar 2021
Work / Can I find a job in Poland that requires speaking in English? [82]

would she be able to find work there if we decided to go before she retired?

Probably not unless she has some really unique computer skills - coding, programming, etc. and even then she'll be competing with a much younger crowd who are more likely to get the job.

Idk how the system works in Canada, but in the US you receive a social security once you hit 65 (you can get it earlier, but you'll get less money). It's only around $1,200 a month per person, but if you have your house paid off and no mortgage $2,400+ is enough for 2 people to live decently in Poland. If Canada has a similar social security system and you can receive it while living abroad you're better off just waiting a few years.

We have been to Poland twice travelled all over and fell in love with the country.

Most people do = )
Dirk diggler   
24 Feb 2021
Law / Born in Poland and exempt from the US travel ban but... [31]

@DillPickleYo

I would just fly from Chicago to Poland on your US passport and go through the quarantine. Or go through Holland - when I was researching flights when my grandpa passed recently it looked like Holland didn't have the restrictions that other countries did.
Dirk diggler   
24 Feb 2021
Life / How are electric cars doing in Poland? [413]

Not so true about the Rolex... most models tend to cost more on the secondary market than straight from the authorized dealer...

But I doubt that Tesla will do well in Poland. They're too expensive for the average buyer, maybe the model 3 or cybertruck, but certainly not the model s or the suv they make
Dirk diggler   
24 Feb 2021
History / What Hitler really thought about Poles? Hitler's letter to Himmler 1944 [111]

A recent survey conducted showed that 1 in 5 Poles agree with the statement that "war is a horrible thing, but it is good that it resulted in fewer Jews in Poland".

The majority agreed that ""jews have too much influence in the world" and "too much power in business and finance"
Dirk diggler   
27 Jan 2021
UK, Ireland / It's nearly impossible to get a Polish Passport appointment at the London Konsulat [11]

Polish government institutions tend to be useless, it doesn't really matter where they are. If your in trouble in a foreign country you can forget about the Polish embassy helping you.

Personally, I'd just do this in Poland if I were you. They'll give you your PESEL number in the same urzad wojewodzki where you get your dowod.
Dirk diggler   
26 Jan 2021
Love / Divorced a Cheating Polish Wife [62]

Main reason I chose an English wife

I don't blame you. But in all honesty, it just comes down to psychology, repetition, etc. It's no different than domesticating a wild animal. Polish people are cwaniaki, the women are no different. If anything with globalization and EU entry they've realized they can use their unique looks to get over on men, especially foreign men. If you let them **** you over they will. They don't have the same like inherent honesty and decency that say British people do. They're far more opportunistic.

Personally, I've always preferred Latinas - Mexican, Guatemalan, Columbian, etc. Their personalities seem to mesh with mine the most. The way Muslim men must feel when they first arrive in Europe is how I felt during the few months I lived in Mexico. I'd still be living there if it wasn't so ******* dangerous. That place makes Chicago look like the Vatican.

but no sex before marriage has never been the Polish norm...

It use to be decades ago... but even then that was mostly only among the uber Catholics in the villages...
Dirk diggler   
26 Jan 2021
Love / Divorced a Cheating Polish Wife [62]

She's not the problem, you are. You didn't lay down the law at the get go so she sensed weakness and took advantage of you. Eastern European women sense that - especially Polish and even more so Ukrainian. They're beautiful to look at, but dangerous to get close unless you really know what you're doing and how to handle them. Kind of like poisonous snakes or tigers. Eastern European men tend to know their tricks and they don't really put up with them (perhaps maybe that's why domestic violence isn't that big of a deal in E European countries... idk...) but foreigners who aren't privvy get got 9 out of 10 times.

us passport

Sounds more like UK... "maintenance" is more of a UK term...
Dirk diggler   
26 Jan 2021
UK, Ireland / It's nearly impossible to get a Polish Passport appointment at the London Konsulat [11]

I am having the EXACT same issue renewing my passport at the Polish embassy in Chicago. It's a travesty. I've called several times and there's about a 5% chance of someone picking up the phone - otherwise it just disconnects or goes to a recording. When someone does pick up the phone, they just tell you to "keep checking daily." I've explained that I've been checking daily since November. They dgaf....

The only available appointments they have are for the Poles' Card (Karta Polaka) but for passports it keeps saying "no available dates till feb 12" and for citizenship matters just "no available dates" with no dates listed. However, I looked on the other consulates like in Minnesota, Texas, etc. and they did have availability. I would travel there but when I asked if I can go to any consulate to renew passport one person said yes it doesn't matter, another said no, you have to do it in the area of one closest to you...

@dolnoslask

IDK if it's the same as in the USA, but here if you don't have an appointment they won't let you in the building, but you can't get an appointment by phone/online to enter the building.... Catch 22. It's like I'm living in PRL again...

It's real hit or miss at the government offices both abroad and in Poland. Sometimes you get some old hag from the PRL days who has been working there since Jaruzelski was in charge and they'll find every reason not to help you, unless you kiss their ass and begin every sentence with "prosze pani." But, there's also the younger ones, especially males, that are a bit more helpful and will actually explain what you need to do, where you need to go, etc.
Dirk diggler   
25 Jan 2021
Genealogy / Do I look Polish? (my picture) [375]

Probably because the mods don't like personal info on here... there's been cases in the past with stalkers so maybe its just a precaution on their part.. idk...
Dirk diggler   
25 Jan 2021
Genealogy / Do I look Polish? (my picture) [375]

Not necessarily. There's a ton of Ukranians in Poland and at least from what I've seen they tend to be more brunette than blonde, but with light eye color. I don't really look like a typical Pole either even though both of my parents are 100% Polish.
Dirk diggler   
25 Jan 2021
Genealogy / Do I look Polish? (my picture) [375]

I personally don't think you look Polish... Eastern European, but I don't really see the "typical" Polish features. Maybe closer to Ukranian or Romanian or Balkan or something...
Dirk diggler   
25 Jan 2021
Genealogy / Do I look Polish? (my picture) [375]

Jewish nose

Animated... but you get the idea...

Far wider, far wider "button" at the end that goes downward, etc. Poles who have it tend to have one that's thing and bony, not wide and fleshy.





Dirk diggler   
25 Jan 2021
Genealogy / Do I look Polish? (my picture) [375]

Google "dorsal hump" or "dorsal hump nose." That's the part that protrudes more in certain Poles.
Dirk diggler   
25 Jan 2021
Genealogy / Do I look Polish? (my picture) [375]

I never said you broke your nose... I said that it resembles what's known as the "ski hump" nose that many Polish people naturally have. I see it often in Gorale and the southwestern part of Poland. I'd think it's a Germanic influence as Poles to to have more rounded noses not as sharp and hawk like Germans, Saxons, etc. do.
Dirk diggler   
25 Jan 2021
Genealogy / Do I look Polish? (my picture) [375]

That's a typical skinny Polish "ski hump" nose, not a jewish one. Jews have far wider noses and don't have that "ski hump" but are more hooked and bulged out.
Dirk diggler   
22 Jan 2021
News / In increasingly chaotic world, diaspora of Poland moving back to Poland an masse? [46]

respect

Respect is earned, not given. And unfortunately, in most FOB/1st gen Polonias' eyes, the US has been going downhill year after year. They don't care about the US nor feel any loyalty to it. Their kids or their kids' kids might, but not the FOB/1st gen ones. It's the same thing with Poles in the UK, Germany, etc. As long as their livelihood and bank account are secure, they don't give a rats ass what else happens in the country.
Dirk diggler   
2 Jan 2021
Life / Vandalism in Poland: Has it always been this way? [80]

. Better look what those vandals did to those amazing benches:

Bravo!!!

And yes, Poland has always been tagged up everywhere except churches - those are off limits (synagogues, mosques, etc. are not though). I bet the richest person in Poland sells spray paint.
Dirk diggler   
2 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [957]

There are no bigger hypocrites than Germans.

It's not so much hypocrisy as having a permanent neurosis for atoning for sins of their great grandparents generation. They feel like because of what they did back in WW2 they now have to be the savior of Europe. The sad thing is that the policies they push for often harm Europe more than help it. The migrant issue is a perfect example - Merkel felt like Germany has to take in tons of migrants and said herself that it's "their duty" and that they have to do it because of "their history.' She said that the people coming were "doctors and engineers." Well what happened? Millions came pouring in to Europe and after finally realizing that they didn't provide a net benefit and in fact caused tons of problems - tens of billions each year in Germany alone for all their programs - housing, food, medicine, etc. (the budget to coddle migrants is greater than the education budget) and of course all the rapes, thefts, murders, terrorist attacks, etc. So what does Merkel and her sycophants do? Tell Europe to share in the burden. Oh so now it's a burden - I thought these were doctors and engineers coming to help Europe and fill labor shortages? Poland, Hungary and many others said stuff it - and this whole rule of law thing is just one aspect of Poland going against Germany and the liberal western Europeans' agenda. That's all it is. We don't want the migrants, we don't want the LGBT shoved down kids throats, we don't want our media indirectly run by foreign countries' governments, and we sure as **** don't want to be told what to do in our own country. The Polish people democratically elected PiS because of their campaign promises and message. But even if PO were in power there's only so far they could push the country left without losing tons of support.
Dirk diggler   
23 Dec 2020
Study / Various education and school issues in Poland. Opinions, stories, controversies. [874]

@pawian

In the first one the guy definitely messed up. The sentence that goes " I approached my bookcase there was a book there I got from my ancle.

You corrected it to " When I approached my bookcase, there was a book that I had from my uncle." Wouldn't you need some kind of verb in the second part of the sentence? Like ...there was a book that I had received from my uncle" or "there was a book that I got from my uncle" kind of like the student originally had? The other two was a bit small to make out in the picture.
Dirk diggler   
23 Dec 2020
Language / Game - guess Polish idioms/sayings in direct English translation [1731]

I've heard it used more to describe the people from the wioski who come into money or "wiesniaki" ... usually because of their appearance or their purchasing priorities - i.e. they'll buy a new Mercedes, but not spend money to fix their missing teeth... sloma z butow wystaje...
Dirk diggler   
22 Dec 2020
Life / All Things Christmassy in Poland [281]

In my family X-Mas Eve, aka Wigilia, is always the big day. At the sign of the first star (or simply once it gets dark since you can't see stars in urban areas) you pass around oplatek and then have a lenten meal with the exception of fish. There's 12 dishes - things like piergoi, fish (often "Greek/Jewish" style) usually carp and sometimes white fish, kluski, sauerkraut, soups like red borscht, deserts like makowiec, and kompot to drink. You leave an extra chair and plate for a "guest" that maybe doesn't have a place or family with whom to celebrate.

We usually give presents out after the midnight mass instead of like Christmas morning like Americans tend to do.
Dirk diggler   
21 Dec 2020
Work / What is a good monthly salary for an English teacher in Poland? [124]

That would be a good monthly salary for an English teacher in Poland.... but no one's getting paid that... maybe the top few percent either with decades of experience or a university teacher or something and even that's a stretch since it'd be over 10k z's. Or salary combined with a dozen hours of private tutoring each week...

I have a family friend who teaches at a Polish uni and I remember him telling me he makes something like 10k or 15k a month, somewhere around there. His German colleagues joke with him how they earn more in a week than he does in a month. Kind of sad that teachers make so little in Poland. But they live well especially by Polish standards - large new 4 bedroom house in the Wroclaw suburbs, big yard, newer cars, etc.

At least in places like Czech Rep. they make a decent salary. Some top schools in places like Kazakhstan pay $80k USD with only 10% taken out as income tax. Other countries like Kuwait, Saudi, S. Korea, etc. pay decent too - $50k+ entry level with expenses covered.