red_devil 1 | 23 22 Jun 2009 #1My personal experience of living and working in Poland has been a fantastic experience. I am honestly made to feel more welcome here than in my home country of England. Of course, I have experienced a bit of racism (I'm white by the way) but it is usually confined to parts of two groups of Polish society.1st group - Polish hooligans (or Dresse - did I spell that right?) who usually become quite dangerous when drunk, as with other nations. Being a foreigner around drunk Polish hooligans can be a dangerous place to be. I was on a trolley bus in Lublin and six or seven well-built teenage football hooligans got on and I found myself trapped in the corner. I had just seen them beat up an innocent guy at the bus stop and I was praying that they wouldn't start talking to me as they would have detected that my Polish wasn't perfect and my situation could have become stickier. In the end, they got off at my stop and walked the other way. Close call!2nd group - The elderly. The usual reaction I get from old Polish people when I am speaking English on my mobile or to my English friend is that they stare at you as though you have just beamed down from Mars. I suppose the last foreigner that some of these people heard were barking orders to them! But is their reaction due to distrust of foreign people or just bewilderment?Please let me know what you think and if you have experienced any hostility due to you being a foreigner.Thanks.