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Going back to the Old Country of Poland after more than 25 years! (from USA)


convex 20 | 3928
8 May 2011 #31
A lot of companies restrict the type of car that you can bring into Poland. Sixt and Europcar definitely have restrictions.
delphiandomine 86 | 17920
8 May 2011 #32
That's fair enough ;)

I wonder if it's legal under EU law to restrict the use of the service in such a way?
OP rybnik 18 | 1453
10 May 2011 #33
Can I get by with my US driver's license or do I need an International driver's lic?
Bzibzioh
10 May 2011 #34
I came to Poland for the first time when I was 21 in 1978. I left in 1985. I returning this September after all these years. Please help me imagine the changes I will experience upon my return.

Prepare yourself to see a new country. It looks like nothing what you remember. It's better and prettier. Kraków got a new fast tram going through the downtown and it is fantastic solution. Old city looks, sadly, more commercialized. You will not recognize the area around main train station. It got plenty of new shopping malls.
ZIMMY 6 | 1601
10 May 2011 #35
I am thinking of making Poland my part-time home; maybe live there 3-4 months a year. I plan on doing this in 4 or 5 years. While I'm not unfamiliar with Poland, I am still open to suggestions as to 'where to live'. I'll probably buy a house or condo but am open to renting the first couple of years. Ah, retirement beckons me as I work too hard (about 15 hours a week).
OP rybnik 18 | 1453
10 May 2011 #36
Prepare yourself to see a new country. It looks like nothing what you remember. It's better and prettier. Kraków got a new fast tram going through the downtown and it is fantastic solution. Old city looks, sadly, more commercialized. You will not recognize the area around main train station. It got plenty of new shopping malls.

All I know is what I see on wiadomości. The Kraków Rynek looked so bright!! The buildings are painted...malls by the train station??
Bzibzioh
10 May 2011 #37
malls by the train station??

Yep, infamous Smok bar and dodgy bus station are gone. I'm not sure I like the height of this new mall, as it's overpowering the train station building. Oh well ... Everyone in Kraków is very proud of it although for me it's ... just a mall.

Can I get by with my US driver's license or do I need an International driver's lic?

Get international one.
Peterweg045
11 May 2011 #38
Everyone in Kraków is very proud of it although for me it's ... just a mall.

Its warm in winter, cool in summer, you can display yourself and they sell KFC. Its Polish Heaven.

Malls are perfect for Poland.
dtaylor5632 18 | 1998
11 May 2011 #39
Its warm in winter, cool in summer, you can display yourself and they sell KFC. Its Polish Heaven.

I second that, I used to spend hours there passing time between jobs people watching. I like the building itself, it's modern and contrasts well with the old station.
OP rybnik 18 | 1453
13 May 2011 #40
Yep, infamous Smok bar and dodgy bus station are gone.

Wow! Another "institution" gone in the name of progress. (probably for the best)

I wonder if I can entice anyone to show me around town( Wrocław and Kraków) for a day(or a-half) when I come in September? I honestly don't want to do it alone. It's been way too long :)
Bzibzioh
19 May 2011 #41
I wonder if I can entice anyone to show me around town( Wrocław and Kraków) for a day(or a-half) when I come in September? I honestly don't want to do it alone. It's been way too long :)

I would do it with pleasure if I were still living in Kraków. I was a tour guide there. Old good times ...
Wroclaw 44 | 5359
19 May 2011 #42
I wonder if I can entice anyone to show me around town

i'd be happy to help out.

what would u like to see the most ?
OP rybnik 18 | 1453
19 May 2011 #43
Wroclaw
Great!
Of course, my old haunts: the Medical Academy and all its departments; the different dzielnica's (Biskupin, Sępolno and, my home for 6 years, Karłowice); Stare Miasto; AND all the new stuff including the Krasnoludki! :))

There's a water park in Wrocław???
Havok 10 | 903
20 May 2011 #44
I came to Poland for the first time when I was 21 in 1978. I left in 1985. I returning this September after all these years. Please help me imagine the changes I will experience upon my return.

Nothing really changed much. People have the same mentality but they seem to have access to more stuff. Good'ol Poland.
pgtx 29 | 3133
20 May 2011 #45
There's a water park in Wrocław???

supposedly, it's the best aquapark in Poland :)
Wroclawski Park Wodny
Havok 10 | 903
20 May 2011 #46
supposedly, it's the best aquapark in Poland :)

holly focking crap. You gotta pay $11 per hour for a swimming pool in Poland? That's 88 dollars if you wanna stay all day!!!.

parkwodny.wroc.pl/en/recreational-pools

Girl, i pay $50 a month for a membership to a similar complex with unlimited use of 2 olympic size pools, gym, tennis court, sauna, locker room, weight-room and kickboxing 3 times a week. How do you afford this sh1t with a 5k PLN salaries a month? A ticket to Disneyland costs less than $70 a day .

You people are nutz.
pgtx 29 | 3133
20 May 2011 #47
holly focking crap. You gotta pay $11 per hour for a swimming pool in Poland? That's 88 dollars if you wanna stay all day!!!.

if you compare, you will never have any fun... Europe is more expensive...
Havok 10 | 903
20 May 2011 #48
I don't see your point, i would rather swim in the ocean an hour drive from here than pay $88 a day for some crappy pool.

Well unless you guys do something extra there for all the clients, like a "happy ending massage" type of deal if you know what i mean.
delphiandomine 86 | 17920
20 May 2011 #49
holly focking crap. You gotta pay $11 per hour for a swimming pool in Poland? That's 88 dollars if you wanna stay all day!!!.

Clearly, you can't read. I know toilet cleaning doesn't require reading skills, but still.

All day tickets are 44zl - or what, about $15? And for a family ticket, it's 88zl - or about $30. And that's at the weekend, when it's obviously more expensive. Going by your measure, 88zl on an average family salary in Wroclaw of around 10k is really nothing.

You people are nutz.

Nah, I'd say you're the one that must be nuts - after all, you seem to spend every waking hour on here telling everyone how much Poland sucks. Just like a typical Polack - never lived here, never been here and in great denial about his ancestry.
pgtx 29 | 3133
20 May 2011 #50
I don't see your point

i know

i would rather swim in the ocean an hour drive

:)
ahh...do you now how far ocean is from Poland? do you now where Poland is in Europe? you live by the ocean, so not a big deal for you, but for Poles it is...

"happy ending massage"

hahaha... nothing like that available even in your beloved States :)
OP rybnik 18 | 1453
26 May 2011 #51
Can you still get that warm honey liquor in the Krakowski Ratusz(down in the cellar)?
Bzibzioh
26 May 2011 #52
warm honey liquor

Miód pitny?
OP rybnik 18 | 1453
26 May 2011 #53
I think so. When I was there it was the "house" drink. The locals said the Ratusz was well-know for this drink. I don't know how true that was. I just wanted to know if this "tradition" made it throught the transition.
Bzibzioh
26 May 2011 #54
Go to any "spożywczy" store, get a bottle of trójniak for about 15 zł, heat it bit with some cloves at home, and enjoy to your heart content. That's what I do when I'm in Poland. How else are you going to survive those endless family visits? ;) You can also get it in many restaurants but they charge about the same just for one mug. I'm always buying some bottles on my return to Canada.
OP rybnik 18 | 1453
26 May 2011 #55
Thanks. Haha....I don't particularly care for it myself. I was just asking. :) when I go I'll be sampling all the beer I can get my hands are. In my day good beer was very hard to come by(of coursed readily available in the Pewex).
Bzibzioh
26 May 2011 #56
I don't particularly care for it myself.

I like it. A lot. It's so smooooth :)

I'll be sampling all the beer I can get my hands are.

Nah, not my thing at all.
OP rybnik 18 | 1453
29 May 2011 #57
There was a club right on the Rynek Główny in Kraków back in 1978-79. It was the only one. Does anyone remember the name?

my cousin wrote this in a recent e-mail:"czym chata bogata tym rada". What does it mean?

There is a thread dedicated to translations. Use it!
gumishu 14 | 6223
13 Jul 2011 #58
my cousin wrote this in a recent e-mail:"czym chata bogata tym rada". What does it mean?

well- it's similar in meaning to the Spanish 'mi casa es su casa' - you can roughly translate it as 'what we have about house is for the guest' (literal translation would sound strange in English)
Ironside 50 | 12540
13 Jul 2011 #59
you can roughly translate

Welcome in our home !
OP rybnik 18 | 1453
13 Jul 2011 #60
(literal translation would sound strange in English)

what is your literal translation?


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