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Men in Poland in the forest? Just men?


Dreadnought 1 | 143    
19 Feb 2013  #1
As a foreigner living in Poland I have long wondered why so many gatherings of men in the 'picnic areas' in forests? in my home country there would be guys and girls......but here it is just men always just the men??? never any women?? do men here have an aversion to girls at picnics? While I am here I would like to also ask, why are there always, most days morning until evening, gatherings of men behind the local Straz and behind the local village shops??? in my home country (and so many others I have visited) you just don,t have guys hanging around the local firestation or around the back of the locals shops.....I think the Police would move them on. Is this peculiar behaviour just something I am missing? perhaps these men are proud war veterans? or members of the local chamber of commerce perhaps who meet together because of their sense of cameraderie or to discuss important things? many of them do seem too young for that, but maybe someone can enlighten me, especially about the meetings of guys in the forest?? a secret society perhaps that exclude women (like some golf glubs used to)!.....I am intrigued? I know I would take a girlfriend with me, I wonder why they do not??
zetigrek    
19 Feb 2013  #2
maybe because they are homeless winos.

I am intrigued?

And so do I am intrigued with you: whether you are kidding or being serious
The Shadow 3 | 86    
19 Feb 2013  #3
I know why. But I always know why. So that should not be surprising to anyone.
jasondmzk    
19 Feb 2013  #4
Are you sure you're driving around Poland, and not the Forest Moon of Endor? Because the Ewoks that live there all look like they're male, and they certainly all live in the forest.
jon357 64 | 14,382    
19 Feb 2013  #5
but here it is just men always just the men??? never any women?? do men here have an aversion to girls at picnics? While I am here I would like to also ask, why are there always, most days morning until evening, gatherings of men behind the local Straz and behind the local village shops???

They go there to have a break from the women's nagging.
Ironside 47 | 9,503    
19 Feb 2013  #6
They are gathering to drive you from your tower Saruman! I gave you the chance of aiding me willingly, but you have elected the way of pain.
PennBoy 76 | 2,438    
19 Feb 2013  #7
As a foreigner living in Poland I have long wondered why so many gatherings of men in the 'picnic areas' in forests? in my home country there would be guys and girls......but here it is just men always just the men???

That's a Polish thing, in the summertime it's a fire with guys standing around with beer and laughing. In the winter it's a kulig with horses pulling sleighs to an area where a fire is started to stand around, drink vodka and laugh about stuff. It's more or less like a guys night out, to get away from their women for a while.

gatherings of men behind the local Straz and behind the local village shops???

Well women wouldn't hang by stores with a bunch of men drinking beer cause it would make her look bad, like some *****.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,170    
19 Feb 2013  #8
gatherings of men behind the local Straz and behind the local village shops???

Are you kidding us ? They most probably drink, complain on their wives and do other shyt and they hide, so their women can't find them and hit with some large kitchen item over their heads.

Edit: in your country men probably go to a pub to do that, here they have open air pub as it's cheaper and it sounds like you live in some backward town were half of the people are jobless.
OP Dreadnought 1 | 143    
20 Feb 2013  #9
Well yes I do live in the Podkarpacie and although a poor area it is very beautiful (if only the people would not dump their rubbish at the roadside and in the forests??) The people are very friendly and welcoming to foreigners although they do not seem to trust any Poles outside their immediate family and believe everyone else is out to cheat them. Children here do not have 'sleepovers' or other children at their houses (except cousins and immediate family) Birthday parties may include an old grandma but exclude a childs best friend from school because they are not 'family'. When I asked why this was...? a man looked at me strangely and said "we do not have other peoples children in our house because they will steal from us"!!!! Families keep very much together (perhaps too much so in the long term, if you follow my meaning?) Another strange thing that I have noted here is the fact that a group of men gathered together will squat down in a circle, like Afghan peasants??? why is this? even young men do it? There are never any girls in these squatting groups and girls/women do not do it. It reminds me of the way men act in Asia and North Africa. Perhaps I need to study the History of this part of Poland in more depth. I think I expected it to be a bit like Germany, my wife is from Silesia and tells me that these people are nothing like Silesians in their culture.....before I came to Poland to live, a Polish guy I worked with asked me where I was going to live and when I said 'Podkarpacie' he laughed and said that is not Poland!! it was just added on at some time in our history, he was from one of the big cities. Is there some strange Asian sub-culture here? is it known among other Poles that these people are different.......do men squat together in a circle in Gdansk??? or is it just here?

I see that you have learnt from your mistake. Well done.
Maybe 12 | 409    
20 Feb 2013  #10
Maybe there were cottaging or dogging. Or maybe they were just out enjoying nature and some booze.
zetigrek    
20 Feb 2013  #11
Your misinterpretation of situations you come across in Poland is just shocking. I wonder is it because you look for a proof to justify your inner superiority and condescension against Poles.

1. Birthsdays in Poland are not celebrated the same way as in Britain. They are family celebrations unlike names days which are social events, which includes and focus on friends and collegues.

2. The men you see squating are most likely to be homeless or semi homeless alcoholics. Their wives already kicked them off homes, they can't afford alcohol in bars or they have unpaid credits there. It's sad and speak volumes when you take winos and social margin for average citizens. Also I have no idea why do you find them strange as I know you have similar people among your own countrymen.

3. You precisely know that comparing 3rd world countries to Poland will be found as offensive. I presume you deliberately try to stir up on the forum. May I ask a moderator to check if user Dreadnought is not by any chance one of the former forum trolls or user named APF?
thetenminuteman 1 | 80    
20 Feb 2013  #12
Not much to say, except that I agree with Zeti.
ShortHairThug - | 1,103    
20 Feb 2013  #13
Dreadnought, if you’re implying what I think you do and you’re into this sort of thing just join them and try to get some, you’ll get more then you bargain for. You’ll quickly find out how friendly they are with those that play for the other team. LOL
Sopot Kamionka - | 26    
20 Feb 2013  #14
Hello! Podkarpacie is an ancient mix of various ethnical groups and I mean very old. They are different because they do not like to leave their region and since there is hardly any modern industry center there is no real mixing of population any more.
ShortHairThug - | 1,103    
20 Feb 2013  #15
How quaint, a German commenting on a region of Poland with no real knowledge of that region.
oxon 4 | 164    
20 Feb 2013  #16
I think you may be jumping to conclusions here. Poland has a communist mentality and this is apparent in the people who come to London. They whisper, distance themselves and have a deep mistrust of others around them who they do not know. These men act exactly as I expect Polish people to act.
ZIMMY 6 | 1,601    
20 Feb 2013  #17
As a foreigner living in Poland I have long wondered why so many gatherings of men in the 'picnic areas' in forests? ....... here it is just men always just the men??? never any women

You have come across the International Illuminati. They intentionally dress poorly and meet in these designated areas to implement their 'one world' agenda. These billionaires do not allow women because they believe that women do not have souls.

Hope this helps.
OP Dreadnought 1 | 143    
20 Feb 2013  #18
As usual there are those of you who are rightly embarrassed and those of you who have tried to explain. I had hoped that you could explain the social reasons for these gatherings of guys in the forest? Of course I realise that they are not gay (or not likely to be). (my wife laughed at some of your comments!!) I had also hoped that someone could come up with a sensible explanation about the guys squatting in circles and not all of them are drunk or drinking...just conversing, (you will note that I also told you that young male children/teens do it.....not girls... just boys...thats what makes it so peculiar looking to me...it is a purely male province just as it is in Asian countries) so it must be something that they saw father and grandfather do and must therefore think that way is correct. I,m sure that when Poles from this area visit America they do not squat around in circles on the pavements? they see people acting differently and do the same......so I conclude that these Asian style actions (in this area...you will note that I asked if they do the same in other areas?) are something from the history of this area and may even be unique to it......We all think of Poland as a Western country, but the actions of these guys show that there is some Asian influence, perhaps passed down through the ages....I hoped that one of you would have been versed enough in history to give an explanation? Sopot Kamionka gave most sensible explanation...... thanks, but it must go deeper as I said, to me an outsider it all seems very Asian.....it didn,t just happen, they do know what chairs are..so it must be some kind of tradition? how has it survived all this time??
Wroclaw 44 | 5,389    
20 Feb 2013  #19
I had also hoped that someone could come up with a sensible explanation about the guys squatting in circles and not all of them are drunk or drinking...just conversing,

in england,down the pits, the miners had a particular way of sitting during their breaks. in fact, they would squat.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,170    
20 Feb 2013  #20
so it must be something that they saw father and grandfather do and must therefore think that way is correct.

Sure, they pass it through generations, when a male kid living in Podkarpacie starts growing up, his grandpa takes him to the forest... here comes this very special moment... he squat down... tells the kid to do the same, then a proud kid knows that he's already a man, he may invite his friends to the forest or behind the store, they can gather there together and squat down in a circle, it's a cultural thing really, straight from central Asia really, because these people are really Mongols under cover, getting ready for the second coming of Genghis Khan. You English people are feckyn weird.
poland_    
20 Feb 2013  #21
Poland has a communist mentality and this is apparent in the people who come to London

Traveling to another country to find paid work or simply increase one's wealth is not a communist trait.

They go there to have a break from the women's nagging.

some booze.

Jon and Maybe have hit the nail on the head.
rybnik 18 | 1,462    
20 Feb 2013  #22
guys squatting in circles and not all of them are drunk or drinking...just conversing, (you will note that I also told you that young male children/teens do it.....not girls... just boys...thats what makes it so peculiar looking to me...it is a purely male province just as it is in Asian countries)

not entirely true, asian women in countries like Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines certainly squat when resting and working (peeling, washing, etc)
TommyG 1 | 361    
20 Feb 2013  #23
maybe someone can enlighten me, especially about the meetings of guys in the forest??

One can only imagine that LSD and certain other drugs might explain some of the disturbing visions you've been having recently...
As for your obsession with Asian men sitting in circles, you really should seek some professional help...
grubas 12 | 1,392    
20 Feb 2013  #24
One can only imagine that LSD and certain other drugs might explain some of the disturbing visions you've been having recently...

I find it strange too.I mean I wouldn't be surprised if they were hanging out in front of the village store but in the woods???Strange.Anybody else noticed something like this?I never did.Also,picnicking in winter?
Ironside 47 | 9,503    
20 Feb 2013  #25
a sensible explanation about the guys squatting in circles

squatting in circles is passée, they should follow a new trend and squat in squares.
grubas 12 | 1,392    
20 Feb 2013  #26
Next time take some pics Dreadnought and post here.Shouldn't be hard since you say it's so common.

in my home country

Which is what?

.I think the Police would move them on.

Why?
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,100    
20 Feb 2013  #27
As a foreigner living in Poland I have long wondered why so many gatherings of men in the 'picnic areas' in forests? in my home country there would be guys and girls......but here it is just men always just the men??? never any women??

It is kind of relax, escape from their moaning princesses, moment of relief, just mens thing ;)
thetenminuteman 1 | 80    
20 Feb 2013  #28
Next time take some pics Dreadnought and post here.Shouldn't be hard since you say it's so common.

I would love to see these pictures too. In fact, I'd love to see pictures of many of his claims on here.
zetigrek    
20 Feb 2013  #29
We all think of Poland as a Western country, but the actions of these guys show that there is some Asian influence, perhaps passed down through the ages....I hoped that one of you would have been versed enough in history to give an explanation?

Next time just take a picture of that event and post here.
Why can't your wife tell you what are they doing if she witnessed that as well?
Sopot Kamionka - | 26    
20 Feb 2013  #30
Wow! That was a nice welcome! Must have touched something. If so, I am sorry. But I know Podkarpacie and Beskidy. I actually went there many times and stayed there for a few weeks at a time. And yes, people there act different in public than in other regions, say in Wielkopolska or Pomorze for that matter. And for my knowledge of the region itself well it is not Śląsk, Kraków, Mazowsze, and many other ones that attract lots of migrants but a place that suffered a lot alone during WWI, situated at a natural barrier on one side can pretty much be different than the rest and usually it is.


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