AdrianK9 6 | 368 24 Feb 2016 #1So there are plenty of reasons to absolute love Poland and it's people - the history, the culture, the beautiful girls, the high quality vodka, the parks, museums, and countless landmarks, the amazing scenery with everything from mountains in Zakopane to the Baltic sea port of Gdansk, etc. The list can go on and on of how amazing Poland is and how awesome Polish people are...BUT...What are the things you don't like? For me it's a few:The food - I'm not a big fan of Polish food. I like placki ziemniaczane, rosol, bigos, biala ryba, and kotlety schabowe (although that's rather generic) I cannot stand some of the others like golabki (ground meat covered in cabbage with some sauce that I believe is made out of tomatoes) or galatera (basically jello with meat inside of it).The people - there's really two categories - the Poles in Poland and the immigrant Poles living in the US or other countries. While Polish in general people are very friendly and hospitable, some are very cunning and manipulative. Oftentimes, people will pretend to be your friend to use you. Middle aged women are notorious for being gossipers and will try to 'ciagnac jezyk' which means 'pull your tongue' - basically get information from you like about your family, your income, etc. so they can gossip about it. I find that this is more common amongst Polish immigrant communities in the US more so than in Poland. In Poland, although the trend is diminishing a bit, the people think that if you are from the US that you are automatically a millionaire. While some will be happy for your financial situation, others will attempt to exploit it. One thing that also bothers me, although I do understand the reasons, is when you go to a Polish persons house they automatically put a ton of food on the table and expect you to eat it all. It is often rude if you do not. That means that sometimes you could have just came back from a big lunch or dinner to visit a person and despite politely saying No Thank you and Please, I am stuffed I cannot eat anymore many times they will nonetheless put a ton of food on the table. If you do not eat it or do not eat much they will ask you if you don't like their cooking when in reality you're are just totally stuffed. It is a nice gesture but sometimes goes way too far.Closed mindedness - Polish people make crazy assumptions and have some really wacky ideas. They will also tell their kids crazy things like if you play with fire you will pee yourself at night. That's rather innocent kid stuff but some of the ideas they have are relevant to adult life. For example, a lot of Polish people are ultra religious and hence believe that you should under no circumstances get divorced, you should not have sex before marriage, and so on. I know several Polish women who have an alcoholic abusive husband but will never get divorced because they believe their religion does not condone when in fact a priest can annul a marriage in certain circumstance. Nonetheless, many Poles often use a rather strict interpretation of Catholicism to guide their lives. The Polish will often also make crazy generalizations especially about people and races. For example, many Poles view Russians or Jews as inherently evil. Also, they will use the word 'Russian' to frequently describe something as 'low quality' - i.e. ten samochod chodzi jak Ruski traktor - this car is running like a Russian tractor.They believe that being gay is a moral deficiency and is a threat to their homogeneous Christian society. (I personally don't support gays and I do not like that our society propagates gay ideals but that does not mean I hate gay people or will go out and beat them up. I in fact have two friends that are gay but these friends do not like blatantly advertise their gayness or pick arguments with those who have different ideas and beliefs than their own). A lot of Polish people, in both the US and in Poland, tend to be rather racist and xenophobic and I think that mentality comes from a history of partitions, war, and exploitation of the Polish land and race.Immigrant attitude - I have noticed there is a HUGE difference between the Poles living in Poland and the immigrant Poles - at least in the US as I can't speak to those in England or other countries. The immigrants in the US tend to be much less cultured, much less polite, much more conniving and manipulative (especially the women who love to engage in gossip with others in their parish or community over a cup of coffee) and have a general arrogant attitude of 'like they own the place.' They have also acquired a very materialistic mindset while live in the US. Perhaps because they grew up and lived most of their lives through communism (of course I am referring to the middle aged immigrants in this case) and came to the US because they believed that you can become instantly rich here. I am of course generalizing - but this is something that I have seen A LOT especially since I grew up on the North side of Chicago in a majority Polish area, went to a majority Polish school, and most of the people my family would associate with were also Polish. The men will frequently work in the construction industry and the women will frequently work as maids. The men will often wear socks with sandals in the summer - something you rarely see other people do.This is changing gradually now as that generation's children is much more sophisticated and oftentimes college educated. The good thing though is the immigrants are very hard working and really strive to put their family in a better situation. Also, they are very hospitable and will always be willing to cook for your and have a meal together. The immigrants work their butts off in physical jobs so they can purchase a nice home and put their kids through college. Gradually, this attitude and behavior is changing as the immigrants from the late 80's, 90's and early 2000's has now lived here for a while and also learned a lot from their own children. The younger immigrants, those in their teens, 20's or even early 30's tend not to really have a lot of these negative characteristics. They are much more open minded and are often more educated than the generations before them. A lot have already experienced the 'Western culture' in post Communist Poland so the US culture isn't as much of a shock to them as those that came from Communist Poland to the US like 20, 25, 30 plus years ago.That's about it for now as far as the people are concerned. Some of the things that bug me about Poland are the following:Low wages, high real estate prices (in the city center of Wroclaw a 3 bedroom condo can go for easily $400k if not more), expensive gasoline, taxes on engine size, expensive electronics, overly fierce competition in the work place, highly educated young workforce that is either unemployed or stuck working at a fast food restaurant or security guard at a mall for 8 zloty an hour, bad roads (although they are getting better gradually), crazy drivers - speeding 140 km/h in a Fiat Cinquento down a country rode so they can pass people up (first car I ever learned how to drive by the way - 70 horsepower 3 cyl engine - oh ya baby!!), small apartments in the city, depressing looking 'bloki' complexes from the communist era, paying to use the bathroom in many places, paying extra if you buy a Coca Cola in a glass bottle in a small convenience store and want to take it home otherwise you have to drink it on the spot if you don't want to pay the extra 10 groszy or whatever it is, and that's about it = )I love Poland, I truly do. I was born there, have vacationed there many times, and I plan to go back there and my wish is to be buried in Poland. There are good and bad things in every country and every race. In summary, Poland and it's people have countless wonderful things about them. Poland is a beautiful country and has beautiful people - both on the outside and the inside. No one can ever say that a Pole was not hospitable to them. They will invite you into their home for a homemade obiad and continue to put more and more food and drink in front of you despite your pleas because they are just genuinely hospitable.