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Joined: 30 Oct 2007 / Male ♂
Last Post: 23 Jan 2011
Threads: Total: 9 / Live: 4 / Archived: 5
Posts: Total: 69 / Live: 21 / Archived: 48
From: Scotland, (Now GdansK)
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23 Jan 2011
Travel / Taxis from Gdansk airport? [65]

Do not take a taxi from people offering you taxis, just go to the first cab in the line, make sure if it is not the weekend that the meter is not at rate 3 this is weekend night time two is normal week days at evenings and rate 1 is normal day rates. the price should be less than 70 zloty thats around 18 British pounds
12 Jul 2010
Law / Laundromats in Poland? Good business venture or not? [90]

Restaraunt/Bar/laundrette! This works very well in the US, people take their laundry here and whilst waiting for it to be ready, they have their lunch or dinner along with some refreshment. making this more of a pleasure than a triesome task
13 Jun 2010
Love / Ten things to remember when you have a Polish girlfriend [79]

GETTING MARRIED!!!!!Here is some more advise from Polandian ;)
Polish wedding season is upon us. More and more foreigners are marrying Poles or getting invited to Polish friend’s weddings and there are things these people need to know. In this definitive survival guide to Polish weddings I will cover every potential pitfall, misunderstanding and health risk I’ve uncovered in my long career of attending Polish weddings. Comparisons are made with British or Anglo-American weddings, the rest of you will have to wing it.

Please, read the Forum Rules
11 Jun 2010
Love / Ten things to remember when you have a Polish girlfriend [79]

Ten things to remember when you have a Polish girlfriend

There are an awful lot of guys out there in Poland (and elsewhere) with Polish girlfriends. It’s not always an easy thing, I know and I feel your pain. This is the definitive list of ‘things to remember’ …at least until I think of the next definitive list.

1 Her name
Bear with me, I’m not being (completely) flippant. About 90 percent of all women in Poland are named Magda, Ola, Anna, Dorota, or Kasia. That’s it. This can be confusing. If you can’t remember your Polish girlfriend’s first name ask her what her second name is. Everybody has a second name here. Unfortunately it’s usually just one of the above, but you might get lucky and come across a Jadwiga (if you’ll pardon the expression).

2. Women’s Day
This is one of approximately 74 occasions during the year when you are required to give a Polish girlfriend flowers. Flower-selling is an immensely profitable and stable business in Poland. There are flower sellers everywhere and, until recently, they were about the only businesses that stayed open on a Sunday. Women’s Day? It’s in April some time; look it up. I’m not even mentioning Valentine’s Day; that’s so obvious that you entirely deserve to lose a testicle if you forget it in Poland.

3. She is a a princess
Polish girls are brought up in the tradition of old-fashioned chivalry and deference to the ‘weaker sex.’ That means YOU carry the bags, open the door, mend things, make tea in the morning, escort her to the bus stop etc. When a little exasperated by this I often point out to my girlfriend that she’s being a ‘bit of a princess’ to which she usually smiles and flutters her eyelids in complete ignorance of the negative connotations of the phrase in British and American English. Oh well.

4. Walking is impossible
Part of the chivalry thing mentioned above is the expectation that whenever you are walking somewhere together she should have her arm looped through yours. Down narrow and crowded streets this makes progress painfully slow. It’s sweet, and I kind of like it sometimes, but it would be nice to walk through crowded areas in single file sometimes instead of having to go through ridiculous sideways-shuffling maneuvers, every five feet.

5. You are furniture
While trying to relax and watch a film in which hundreds of Russian troops are hosed down by panzers she will use you as a pillow / footstool / nose-scratching device. This is also kind of sweet and nice, but it can make it hard to concentrate on the body count.

6. She has a mother…
…who regards you with more than a hint of suspicion. Polish mothers of that generation are convinced that foreigners are godless, feckless, untrustworthy imps sent by satan to steal their daughters and carry them off to London / Dublin / Des Moines. In other words, they are remarkably well informed. You have two choices; get your act together and behave like a decent human being or avoid the mother like the plague. Neither is painless.

7. Your food is not your own
It’s a well known fact amongst men that women mysteriously become ravenously hungry only when you happen to have a large plate of long-anticipated chips in front of you. However, the effect does seem to be particularly pronounced among Polish women, who claim to eat almost nothing. Always, and I mean ALWAYS, order or cook more than you can possibly eat because your stick-thin Polish girlfriend will inevitably develop the appetite of a blue whale the moment her anxiously selected ’small salad’ arrives.

8. You can kiss other women
She has female friends and it’s perfectly acceptable, in fact encouraged, for you to kiss all of them up to three times every time you see them. Exactly where you put your hands while you are doing this is a issue I have yet to resolve successfully. Still, it’s an up side.

9. She’s smarter than you are
The Polish education system is a marvel and good education is respected above almost everything else here. Chances are that your Polish girlfriend not only speaks English, German, and Russian (how many languages do you speak) but also has a pretty good grasp of a lot of things that you slept through at school. You’re only hope is to pretend that such things ‘aren’t considered important in Western culture’ and shrug until she buys it.

10. …uh oh
I’ve forgotten the last one! I’m in big trouble.

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17 Feb 2010
UK, Ireland / UK Ip address while living in Poland [14]

Hey guys I am living in Poland and am looking for a uk IP address so I can see TV programmes such as BBC Iplayer and other sport and news channels on my Lap top. Any one help me with this I did have one for a few weeks but it no longer works
23 Nov 2009
Love / How do Polish boys feel about foreign girls? [163]

quote=southern]Yes,polish guys who date foreign girls do so because they cannot find a polish girl since foreigners take them.The reason polish girls date foreign men is because they assume foreign men have more money than polish men.[/quote]

Yea I've heard a lot of jokes on this forum but this is by far the best (What dick heads)

Are you Vistula & Southern bitter about women/Men in the past?

I know polish guys who are married to British girls who left broken hearted Polish girls back home.

I also know Polish women who are married to British guys becuase they only met small minded Polish guys in there home towns (Small minded sounds a bit like Vistula & Southern)
8 Nov 2009

Well guys from trying at this moment in time to buy both an apartment and a plot of land in the Gdansk area, I don’t see a dip in prices and trying to but a decent flat in a decent area is like looking for a needle in a hay stack. That’s the reality in Gdansk!
8 Nov 2009
Language / Polish Swear Words [1242]

Why have some of the Polish now say in Polish "Kurwa much" or at least it sounds like this!
27 Oct 2009

I hope so I am about to purchace a small flat and also a plot of land. Does anyone have information to where the new rail system from Gdansk Airport to the Center will actualy pass as one of the plots of land I was looking at might be to near the railway track?
23 Oct 2009
Love / Scottish & Polish relationships [229]

All females love a Jock in a frock, trust me I have traveled most of the world and it never fails. :)
2 Dec 2008
Law / How will the Zloty be against the British Pound over the next 6-12 Months [45]

I have been trying to find out how the zloty will likely be against the GBP over the next 12 month the forecast is the Pound will get stronger against the Dollar and the Euro but can't find a web site that gives you a likely forecast for how the Zloty will behave over this period. Can any one advise
28 Dec 2007
Love / My Polish wife doesn't want to move to the UK with me - what to do? [96]

well i moved to Poland 10 months ago to give Poland a try for my fiancee. But have madeit clear that after 1 year if I cant handle staying here she must move to the UK for at least a year. If she refuses to move then it will be the begining of the end
23 Dec 2007
Food / What's your favorite Polish beer? [870]

Never mind your FAV polish beer its who serves this that counts (LOL) Merry X-mass to every one no matter what your FAV tipple is have a good one
6 Nov 2007
UK, Ireland / Polish immigration in UK [491]


The thing is Jobs are not scarcer than before, just look at this forum Uk employers asking for more Polish people to work on farms,bars and industrial sites! all over the UK.

In Poland they are taking workers from Russia
6 Nov 2007
UK, Ireland / Polish immigration in UK [491]

Shelley never said you had a little Islander attitude, I in my clumbsy way am just asking you to look at this from more angles than just a British one.

from seeeing what you have wrote I truely believe you are a warm and kind person just expressing your concerns
6 Nov 2007
UK, Ireland / Polish immigration in UK [491]


Its good you are concered by our countrys worries (UK) but the world we live in you have to accept that we as a nation have lived traveld and imigated to the four courners of the globe.

If you like me can not afford the things that the Uk provide then do as others do and move else where the world is getting smaller and smaller and travel is so cheap so vote with your feet.

Do not judge other nationalitys(In the EU) who only wish to make the future of there children better than what theres have been.

I am not against what you are saying but please look at the big picture.
6 Nov 2007
UK, Ireland / Polish immigration in UK [491]

The fact is the British economy is far stronger since the large immigration of Polish people to the Uk and unemployment has actually went down.

Fact the Polish economy is now stronger and unemployment has also fallen.

Fact the Irish and Scottish people are some of if not the biggest immigrants in the world (Think of any major capital city in the world where there are not Scottish or Irish business)

By the way I am Scottish.