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I'm Spanish, next week I'm going to be at Warsaw and Kielce, help!


bcarter90 2 | 5
5 Apr 2018  #1
Hey!

I am from Spain, next week I have a flight to Poland, I will arrive on wednesday to Modlin Airport. Are there any place to change my euros to Zlotys? If not... can you recommend me some place to do it?

I will go to the center of Warsaw with Modlin Bus and then go to Kielce with a polish, it's the train station to far away from the city center?

And last, but not least. I read in a lot of websites that some Polish people are racist, too much racist xD. I have tanned skin, dark hair, a little long beard... Should I care? or it is just a myth?

Thank u!!
lgfox
5 Apr 2018  #2
1º You can exchange money in kantors.

2º Polish people are not racist. Don't believe mass media.
Chemikiem 6 | 2,066
5 Apr 2018  #3
I will go to the center of Warsaw with Modlin Bus and then go to Kielce with a polish, it's the train station to far away from the city center?

Have you booked your bus ticket online? Depending on time of day you might find the bus is full and have to wait for another. If you have to change currency, don't do it at the airport as the exchange rate will be criminal. The bus will drop you in central Warsaw outside the Palace of Culture on Marszałkowska. There are a couple of Kantors for changing money in the underpass beneath the big roundabout to your right, one is a Western Union if I remember rightly. If you take a right turn at the roundabout, then you wil come to the main train station, Warsawa Centralna. Have a look on google maps, but it is very close by.

You're not really making yourself clear though, are you asking if the train station in Warsaw or Kielce is far away from the centre?
Wulkan - | 3,251
5 Apr 2018  #4
Should I care? or it is just a myth?

Myth, I would like you telling which websites spread those myths, we would appreciate. You can PM me if you don't mind.
OP bcarter90 2 | 5
6 Apr 2018  #5
hahaha. No problem, I read in many differents websites... That's why I am a little afraid. I read at quora, forocoches (biggest spanish forum) and some other website, but I can't remember the name.

@Chemikiem
Yes I did, I booked it online.

Thank you so much for your help, guys!
SigSauer 4 | 413
6 Apr 2018  #6
. I have tanned skin, dark hair, a little long beard... Should I care? or it is just a myth?

Total bullshit...My friend is a white American and lives in a smaller Polish city with a black kid, absolutely loves it and has experienced less racism than in America.
mafketis 20 | 7,344
6 Apr 2018  #7
Are there any place to change my euros to Zlotys?

Why don't you just use your bank card? Bank machihnes aren't hard to find and all have English as an option...

I read in a lot of websites that some Polish people are racist, too much racist xD.

How do you feel about Macedonia?
jgrabner 1 | 71
6 Apr 2018  #8
Kantor. For whatever reason, they have the best exchange rates, even though they employ humans. 2nd best option are ATMs from banks, like from PKO. I would avoid independent ATMs like from Euronet. They are a tourist trap.
Prospect
6 Apr 2018  #9
It's always unfortunate when people are trying to make it out as a Poland is the most open and accepting country in the world.. you are preparing people for a rude awakening.

One can simply use a search engine and see that there are unprovoked broad daylight racist attacked in big cities throughout Poland and its increasing.

Poland may currently may be one of the easiest countries to legally immigrate to in Europe, especially as a European there is plenty of opportunities, but the general population does not feel the same way as the government.

To be brutally honest there will be people who will view you as a "colored" person, if you have any Southern Spanish or Southern Italian type of look you can easily be mistaken for an Arab or Muslim, especially with a full beard which is not very popular in Poland.

As long as you avoid public places at night time as well as drinking establishments at most time, having some Polish friends around is a great idea, then you will most likely be fine.
Wulkan - | 3,251
6 Apr 2018  #11
One can simply use a search engine and see that there are unprovoked broad daylight racist attacked in big cities throughout Poland and its increasing.

More than USA, UK or France or South Africa? Of course not.
Kazhmir
6 Apr 2018  #12
Probably not, as there are not near as many colored people in Poland compared to some of the largest multicultural societies on Earth, which you mentioned.

But at the same time, coupled with the amount of real xenophobia in Poland (usually it isn't your race that will be a problem, just the fact you are foreign) your chances of being verbally harassed or accosted more so than being attacked, may actually be increased.

Either way, my post was in response to the poster talking about the single mother with a black child living in a small polish city who experienced less racism than in America, seems like a fantasy. Perhaps this individual doesn't leave their house, lives under a rock, and only interacts with a very select group of foreigners, expats, or fellow employees. I've personally seen a situation of how the general public reacts to Polish families with adoptive children..

Plenty of foreigners have had a completely different experience in Poland and to act as if it's perfectly safe and there isn't a single issue to be addressed is a serious disservice to the people asking for help and advice on living in Poland.
kaprys 2 | 1,870
6 Apr 2018  #13
Don't feed the troll.
A poster, who claims to be both from Italy and Spain, says he got a girl pregnant on his last visit to Poland. But now he doesn't even know how to exchange money. And poor thing is afraid of Polish racists.

Luckily, there's this lovely guest poster who confirms his doubts. What a coincidence.
Pffff

@bcarter90
Save yourself!
gumishu 11 | 5,015
7 Apr 2018  #14
omg i am going to die

do yourself a service and don't come to Poland with your attitude
mafketis 20 | 7,344
7 Apr 2018  #15
A poster, who claims to be both from Italy and Spain,

Not to mention Greece.... I'm getting a heavy Marino vibe here....
Lyzko 23 | 6,659
7 Apr 2018  #16
Every individual's experience is always an education!

As far as one's attitude is concerned, I've been told by people that I am especially "Jewish-looking", and yet in all my years in Germany as an American, I never had a single predicted incident of either xenophobia or anti-Semitism directed as much as once at my person. Others I know mentioned how they'd never return to that country because they found the people rude, bigoted, and uncooperative. I found the Germans in my direction only acquiescent, helpful and not condescending or arrogant in the least, that is, on a personal level.

In the case of the former, I hasten to add that none of those in question spoke German:-)

Often, it is next to impossible to anticipate what someone will find when visiting or living in a new environment.
dolnoslask 5 | 2,455
7 Apr 2018  #17
. I found the Germans in my direction only acquiescent, helpful

Yep suffering from Stockholm syndrome , Germany good Poland bad
Wulkan - | 3,251
7 Apr 2018  #18
A poster, who claims to be both from Italy and Spain

Yea, I noticed that a bit too late.

to act as if it's perfectly safe and there isn't a single issue to be addressed is a serious disservice to the people asking for help and advice on living in Poland.

Ok then, Poland is super racist country so for the safety of your own life stay away from Poland!

Happy now?
RudyKot
8 Apr 2018  #19
Probably not, as there are not near as many colored people in Poland compared to some of the largest multicultural societies on Earth,

GOOD!
There was a time Poland hosted for centuries the largest contigent of Jews in the world. For the most of the time they thrived here. Now THEY are not only mildy greatful but are racist and hate Poles.

Is there any other people that hold a grudge for genreations even if there is no call for it at all? I don't know any other but Jews.

Maybe next would be black people, so good there not here in numbers.
TheWizard - | 238
8 Apr 2018  #20
That's what you get for helping jews. What did we get for helping brits? What did we get for helping vienna?
Lyzko 23 | 6,659
8 Apr 2018  #21
@dolno, I fail to see the connection here. As I've said before, I love the Polish language, cuisine, cinema, (only the classics though) and literature. How much more convincing do you need, for pity's sake!


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