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Should I move to Poland -- LDR. Cultural differences?


omgdizzwtf 1 | 1
6 Nov 2013  #1
I am an American 20 year old, (black) and I have been in a penpalship which has evolved into something more of a long distance relationship. The guy is 23 and from Poland, we recently discussed me moving there after I complete my Bachelor's degree. I really want to but I am afraid that cultural differences will become more apparent after we meet. Should I still go?
jon357 63 | 14,134
6 Nov 2013  #2
really want to but I am afraid that cultural differences will become more apparent after we meet. Should I still go?

Have you travelled much outside your country?
Gotum1 - | 3
6 Nov 2013  #3
If you are black you will notice more than most that there are not many black, chinese or pakistani's here. My brother visited from England recently and I bet him 100PLN that he wouldn't see more than 10 foreigners (ethnically colored people) during his weeks stay. I won the bet by 9 as he actually only saw 1 chinese person. He was amazed!

Now the Polish people are very warm and welcoming and I have never seen any signs of prejudice during my 8 years here, but you will find it strange if you have lived your life in a multicultural country.

I did meet one black teacher who told me she felt that people stared at her more than any other country she had visited. But then again she was an anomaly in this city. She told me she was leaving as her children felt 'estranged' at school.

Hope that helped. It is a touchy subject ;)
jon357 63 | 14,134
6 Nov 2013  #4
My brother visited from England recently and I bet him 100PLN that he wouldn't see more than 10 foreigners (ethnically colored people) during his weeks stay. I won the bet by 9 as he actually only saw 1 chinese person. He was amazed!

Recently? That sounds like it was in some small town.

Now the Polish people are very warm and welcoming

Some are, some aren't - same as anywhere.

colored

Are you sure you're from England?

The OP shouldn't worry about racism here any more than at home. She should be concerned if it's her first time living in Europe - some20 year olds can handle adventure and some4 find it much harder.
OP omgdizzwtf 1 | 1
6 Nov 2013  #5
I have never been to Europe before and have only travelled in the Caribbean outside the United States. This would be my first time being in Europe.

My highschool was predominantly white so I am no stranger to being the only black person in a room. Or walking down the street.
Gotum1 - | 3
6 Nov 2013  #6
I have never been to Europe before and have only travelled in the Caribbean outside the United States. This would be my first time being in Europe.

You would love Europe in general. I lived in Canada for 15 years and the US for 2 and it was indeed an adventure ;))

I'm a foreigner here and don't speak the language, and to be honest I find it difficult, as anyone who doesn't 'make the effort' to fit in would. I have 2 children who are now predominantly Polish and can't see myself moving any year soon. I work in the UK for 6 months a year and do most of my business there.

Don't let my comments put you off coming here. The country is truly beautiful and the people are 'in general' friendly, open and welcoming.

Wish you luck!! Let me know if I can help in any way.


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