Why do you share your "rant" on an English speaking forum if you're Polish?
Isn't this Polish Forums, where we discuss all things Poland? What is your problem? - From admin - troll comment removed.
JKSA, it's a very nice post. I'll add some comments to your rant:
1. There appears to be shortage of people in Poland.
A lot of 20-40's left Poland since 2004. But saying we are less crowded is an understatement. I just recently left Poland and as I remember Warsaw was still pretty crowded.
4. The roads in Poland have significantly improved.
That's true. Polish road infrastructure is thriving and we have some really good quality roads happening recently. Personally I loved the convenience of being able to drive from Warsaw to Berlin in just over 4 hours.
5. Anti-radars on the roads... pathetic disaster.
Yes, it's ridiculous. But that's the strategy our government implemented. In order to squeeze more money from drivers, let's create unsubstantiated speed limits and set up strict enforcement measures.
7. I have to pay for a plastic bag in a store!?
That's in order to be "more eco-friendly". In reality - just another way to take more of your money.
8. I was on an airport in Warsaw waiting for a plane.
This is not uncommon and applies to many airports, actually. If you are making a purchase in the secure / duty free zone, in order to be able to purchase items duty free, you need to show your ticket (and have it scanned at times) as proof that you're leaving Poland.
9. Prices of food are still reasonable (considering the food in Poland is still of good quality).
The best rule: shop around.
10. The quality of hardware stuff (like furniture) is not good.
Interesting. I did not notice that at all. Where did you encounter poor quality furniture and such small sinks?
11. In Poland you have to pay for everything extra.
Well, why would you expect free handouts? You get what you paid for.
12. The famous Polish beaurocracy.. still thrives.
The reason for that is the Polish driver's license, for some reason, is not
considered to be an ID. Just a credential permitting you to use motorized vehicles on public roads. I like the way it's set up in the U.S. where your DL is also your primary ID for everyday use. That being said, I did manage to board a plane using just my Polish DL, but I had to seek special permission from the airport personnel. And that was an in-country flight too.
14. Parking meters.. are being installed everywhere in the cities.
Metered parking is a common thing in many countries in the world.
It's a lottery to bet on good weather if you plan to visit Poland.
Blame global warming and climate change, not Poland ;)
19. There are a lot of properties listed for sale in Poland.
That is not a problem restricted to Poland.
20. There are a lot of factories in Poland. Ugly ones.
The factories have to be built somewhere. The factories, in general, are not very pretty and don't look like candy shops you can find in a cartoon.
21. Contrary to general belief, Polish people are easy to manipulate by the government mass media.
You can't expect objectivity when you're speaking news. When it comes to media, they will always be biased, as there are always people behind the media, who own/control them. And people are biased. Show me a TV station or a newspaper anywhere in the world that has no political inclinations.