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My experience in Poland (Poznan) as a student who recently moved from Syria


dany_moussalli 13 | 260
18 Sep 2013 #1
I'm syrian polish ,born in Syria and lived there all my life ,I don't speak polish .
Due to the unfortunate circumstances in Syria ,I decided to move to Poland (Poznan ) and continue my studies there .
Now that I'm in Poznan ,I decided to start this thread to talk about my experiences and my thoughts about poland .

LOT isn't that great of an airline ,it's fair ,it gets you to destination in one piece ,the staff is nice .
Frédéric Chopin warsaw's airport is really cool and well organized ,but they searched me like a terrorist :P ,one of the guards wanted to get intimate by the way he searched me :P they also asked me to remove my shoes and scanned my shoes ,I have no problem with this procedure ,but I was late to my connection (Warsaw-Poznan ) .our plane (from beirut to warsaw ) took off late ,so I had only 20 minutes to catch the other plane . I made it but my luggage didn't . but they helped us at poznan's airport and they sent the luggage later that day to the apartment that I rented .

Poland is really nice from above .lots of green spaces even in cities and between buildings .
I found it funny how pedestrians stop at traffic light even if there are no cars at sight (comparing my country where people cross roads and pass between cars regardless the traffic light )

People here are very friendly and very helpful :) .
The dorms are awesome ,really neat ,really well equipped and the internet speed is unbelievable :O .

I'll keep updating my thoughts .... but this is all I have for now .
Polson 5 | 1,771
18 Sep 2013 #2
Hi Dany, you're finally there, good for you! How's PoznaƄ so far?

they also asked me to remove my shoes and scanned my shoes

They often do that regardless of your nationality.

lots of green spaces even in cities and between buildings

You mean compared to Syria? ;)

I found it funny how pedestrians stop at traffic light even if there are no cars at sight

I know, we don't do that in France either, not always.

the internet speed is unbelievable

One of the fastest in Europe I heard ;) I miss it.
Wroclaw Boy
18 Sep 2013 #3
I expect the Polish driving will be nothing compared to Syrian.

Keep it coming Dany this should be an interesting thread.
bluesfan - | 85
18 Sep 2013 #4
,but they searched me like a terrorist

Sorry buddy that was my 'tip-off' :P

one of the guards wanted to get intimate by the way he searched me

Yeah, he saw your topless pics but I had no idea he was that way inclined ;)

Good luck Dany, I hope it all works out for you :)
OP dany_moussalli 13 | 260
18 Sep 2013 #5
You mean compared to Syria?

well yeah :P don't get me wrong ,syria has lots of forests etc ... we have trees on the side of the roads ... but the trees and parks in damascus are lame compared to poznan

I expect the Polish driving will be nothing compared to Syrian.

I won't compare between syrians and poles :P because we drive like maniacs (including me ) .
jon357 63 | 14,151
18 Sep 2013 #6
Frédéric Chopin warsaw's airport is really cool and well organized ,but they searched me like a terrorist :P ,one of the guards wanted to get intimate by the way he searched me :P they also asked me to remove my shoes and scanned my shoes ,I

They've got a lot stricter over the past few months.

I found it funny how pedestrians stop at traffic light even if there are no cars at sight (comparing my country where people cross roads and pass between cars regardless the traffic light )

There's a fine if the police see you crossing the road - same in Germany.

Great you like it - Poznan's a nice city.
Polson 5 | 1,771
18 Sep 2013 #7
Dany, is it your first time in Europe or what?
When did you arrive?
What kind of studies btw?
OP dany_moussalli 13 | 260
18 Sep 2013 #8
The public transportation system is awesome and easy to use ,they have a website with a map that shows tram and bus routes and it's in english too (a plus since I don't speak polish ) ,it's well organized and it's fast .

Sorry buddy that was my 'tip-off' :P

I figured :P

There's a fine if the police see you crossing the road - same in Germany.

that explains it

Dany, is it your first time in Europe or what?

been to romania and italy when I was 4-5 years old ,and been to turkey 4 years ago (I don't consider turkey as europe but some people do )

When did you arrive?

yesterday

What kind of studies btw?

International business at Poznan university of economics (planning on doing a master in finance after finishing my bachelor )
Polsyr 6 | 769
19 Sep 2013 #9
Welcome to Poland. Greetings from Warsaw!
Monitor 14 | 1,820
19 Sep 2013 #10
(I don't consider turkey as europe but some people do )

I think that at least architecture of western Turkey is very similar to Greek or south Italian, so it's European. But northern Europe is of course much greener than southern, so I understand that it may surprise a little bit.
OP dany_moussalli 13 | 260
19 Sep 2013 #11
Welcome to Poland. Greetings from Warsaw!

hey :D ,maybe i'll visit you one day :P because I must go to the syrian embassy in warsaw to register myself

I think that at least architecture of western Turkey is very similar to Greek or south Italian, so it's European. But northern Europe is of course much greener than southern, so I understand that it may surprise a little bit.

yeah ,again i'm not talking about forests because there are forests in syria and turkey, i'm talking about urban areas .
tygrys 2 | 294
19 Sep 2013 #12
I found it funny how pedestrians stop at traffic light even if there are no cars at sight

If people would obey the law, there would be less wars. It's not funny at all. Maybe people in Syria need more education on that part.

Also at airports, everybody takes their shoes off. They've been doing that for at least 10 years.
Monitor 14 | 1,820
19 Sep 2013 #13
Also at airports, everybody takes their shoes off. They've been doing that for at least 10 years.

In airports and in mosques taking shoes off is completely normal.
RevokeNice 15 | 1,859
19 Sep 2013 #14
Precisely. Even white, elderly grannies are forced to take off their shoes, belts and jewelry.

Its not a racial thing. Its a tad mad, but there we go.
OP dany_moussalli 13 | 260
19 Sep 2013 #15
I've noticed that the number of old people is too high ,I also felt that people who are in their 30s -40s are rarely seen ,don't know why ... maybe they're working .

Today I started doing the papers to get my polish ID ,my mom is with me (speaks polish ) and helped me ,also people were very helpful and friendly there ,it's well organized (comparing it to syria where it's complete disaster ) .for some reason ,my ID is only valid if my temporary residence is valid ,I thought it doesn't matter (since i'm polish ) .

Polish food is really good (I eat nearly everything so don't take my opinion on food :P ) ,it's nice how self served polish food restaurants are available everywhere .

If people would obey the law, there would be less wars. It's not funny at all. Maybe people in Syria need more education on that part.

I agree tygrys ,I found it more civilized to obey the law like that .it's funny because it's different from what i'm used to,but I didn't say it's wrong ,but I think they could make it better ,because sometimes I just stand there for 3-5 minutes and the road is completely clear (even when I activate the traffic light ) .

and in mosques taking shoes off is completely normal.

i'm not muslim if you're implying that

Precisely. Even white, elderly grannies are forced to take off their shoes, belts and jewelry.

I have no problem with taking off my shoes ,but I was late to my connections ,that's why it was a little bit annoying to me .
p3undone 8 | 1,135
19 Sep 2013 #16
dany Moussalli,well I hope you will really get a chance to take in the sights and really experience the Polish culture,I am happy to see that you were able to make it to Poland without hindrance.So I hope you have a safe,fun and fruitful adventure in Poland!
4 eigner 2 | 831
19 Sep 2013 #17
I am happy to see that you were able to make it to Poland without hindrance

I second that.
Wroclaw Boy
19 Sep 2013 #18
I won't compare between syrians and poles :P because we drive like maniacs (including me ) .

Ha Poland's roads and driving are considered dangerous from most Europeans perspective, Arab countries on the other hand are in a completely different league. Even the Kurwa Audi boys would be raising eyebrows over there.

This should be an easy transition for you.
ShawnH 8 | 1,498
19 Sep 2013 #19
,it's well organized

It is all relative I guess.

Best of luck on your new life / adventure!
OP dany_moussalli 13 | 260
19 Sep 2013 #20
4,P3 ,thank you guys .

WB you have no idea :P I think europeans will have a heart attack once they see how syrians and arabs drive .

It is all relative I guess.

yep ,but it's decent enough for me
pam
19 Sep 2013 #21
Hope you really enjoy your time in Poland Dany, It'll be a great experience and I'm sure you're gonna have lots of fun in between all that studying ;)
qbas81 - | 10
20 Sep 2013 #23
Hi Dany,

Welcome to Poznan, hope you'll like it - I've spent a few years there - so you can ask if you need some local advice :).

Regarding crossing streets on red light - in Poznan police is particularly strict and there quite lot of patrols in the city whose main task giving fines to pedestrians - so people learned to wait...

As I read somewhere: 'Polish and Chinese are traffic lights' slaves' ;)
Polson 5 | 1,771
20 Sep 2013 #24
complained to you about? If so, point out where.

Are you joking or just naive? I read your post, the one that was sent to the random chat thread. The whole post was about him being...a terrorist in Holy Poland maybe?

And that he wasn't Polish enough to claim it to the world. Your usual contribution here anyway.

Maybe I have my reasons.

You probably have. But please share them with us.
guest00 - | 14
20 Sep 2013 #25
The whole post was about him being...a terrorist in Holy Poland maybe?

I didn't say he is terrorist, though who knows.
Manuonferrum
20 Sep 2013 #26
Is that you, Dany?

No that not him.

The question was addressed to the new mods

I don't care, I can answer it for them. Your contribution to this thread has been about 00. Also your moniker implies that your IQ is about the same, otherwise you would know what you have been doing/writing.

Leave the kid alone guestwithdublezerotosay.
OP dany_moussalli 13 | 260
20 Sep 2013 #27
I didn't have the chance to read what guest00 wrote about me ,I'll read it in the random chat thread ,and give my response .

guest00 : i'm not muslim if you're implying thatThanks be to God! Thank You, thank You, thank You... (but still agnostic) Just between us, will Warsaw burn?

lol ,I don't know if this information makes you feel safe ,but I was born catholic .

guest00 quoting me :to every racist here listen : I'm 3/8 syriac (original people of syria) 1/8 croatian,1/8 armenian, 1/4 polish and 1/8 greek ,and i'm coming to poland ,so beware !!!,i'll probably be a cause to an unstable poland in the near future .Beware, Yurup!!! Here we come!

also to make you feel safe (but I don't care anyway ) just to show you how ignorant you are ,syriacs are christians who still speak the language of jesus .
jon357 63 | 14,151
20 Sep 2013 #28
ou supposedly speak that language? I know that Arabic has fully replaced it

No. Aramaic is still spoken by hundreds of thousands of people, albeit in a different form to the language that Jesus spoke.
OP dany_moussalli 13 | 260
20 Sep 2013 #29
How much is it related to Aramaic

syriac is an aramean dialect ,I read about the difference between them a while ago ,turned out that syriacs are aramean ,but when they became christian the preferred to be called syriac and not aramean .

You supposedly speak that language?

unfortunately no ,but some syriacs still speak it ,like the ancient town of maloula .

Yes, it's easier this way, the path of minimum resistance

minimal resistance ? am I supposed to fight in a war that I don't belong to ?

Then retreat to safer grounds like Poland and bring that expansionist culture with you and so on

lol expansionist culture ? so you think I'm a threat to poland's culture ? oh man :P wait until you see my colleagues in the university that come from different places and are from different ethnicity .

Undoing of our civilization continues

why do you think that I might contribute negatively ? why not positively ?
tygrys 2 | 294
20 Sep 2013 #30
Even white, elderly grannies are forced to take off their shoes,

If you are over 70 and under 12, you don't have to take your shoes off anymore.

I've noticed that the number of old people is too high ,I also felt that people who are in their 30s -40s are rarely seen

Some people in Poland look older than they are because of the high alcohol consumption, stress and cigarrete smoking, which ages a body faster.


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