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Have been offered a job in Warsaw - should I move to Poland??


zigarum 3 | 3
10 Jan 2008  #1
Hey eveyone.

So I have been offered a job to work in Warsaw and i'm in two minds on what to do. I've read alot of nice things about the country and I have worked abroad before so it shouldn't be a problem. I enjoy meeting new people and having fun. Just wandered what kind of stuff I could do after work. Like are the bars busy during the week, can you just chill out and play pool or something? Also is there anywhere near by where I could go snow boarding?

This forum is great and is helping me alot. I'm 27 by the way.

Thanks
Doba 1 | 73
10 Jan 2008  #2
Poland is a great place, no doubt youll like it there, like any other country there are many things to do including clubs, bars, pool halls etc. it all depends what you want to do.

As for snow boarding, Im thinking the best place would be in the mountains which from warsaw would be something like a 5 hr train ride if Im not mistaken.

It would definitely be an experience, if the job is good and pays well why not.
zion 16 | 168
10 Jan 2008  #3
I have been offered a job to work in Warsaw

what type of job that would be ?
Michal - | 1,865
10 Jan 2008  #4
I would have though that besides from Wrocław and Gdańsk, the night life should be good in the capital and with the airport, you can always come home whenever you want to as it is only two hours thirty minutes back to London if it does not work out.
Doba 1 | 73
10 Jan 2008  #5
The one thing I noticed about the capital city is that the night life wasnt all that impressive, maybe I just went out at the wrong times. Because in other cities like Katowice and Gliwice (whre my ex is from) I had a blast ! But Im sure it was just bad timing on my behalf
finT 12 | 167
10 Jan 2008  #6
Zig
Warsaw is a strange city as it really has no main pub/club area. Lots of folk find it a bit of a let down if they come for a weekend as they just don't know where to go. If you decide to come you'll have a fine time once you get to know places and people. Just don't get stuck in the ex-pat scene, it's fine for what it is but in addition Warsaw really has some great places to go to. Of course it helps if you pick up a little Polish but loads of young folk speak English anyway. Michal's right, if you get homesick you're only 2.5hrs away from London. Snowboarding and skiing resorts have been around for years and are only recently becoming internationally marketed (saw the ads in UK papers 'Pol-ski'). I know that ski folk like to be first to take on new places so now's your chance.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do mate!
OP zigarum 3 | 3
10 Jan 2008  #7
hey.

Thanks for your help. I'll be working in IT in the City centre. Not sure what to do but i'm supposed to be heading over there next weekend. Mmmm

No idea what to do really.
db1874 7 | 227
10 Jan 2008  #8
I did the same as you at the same age almost 6 years ago now and don't regret it for a minute, it is very easy to make friends here compared to living in London. If you're on a UK salary it really is quite a comfortable lifestyle. Do you play any sports ?
Michal - | 1,865
10 Jan 2008  #9
It is the same in most ex and former Comminist countries. The Poles spend most of their free time at home watching the television. In Poland, the Poles are even glued to the telly at breakfast time. They sit and watch stupid programmes whilst eating their 'kanapki'-a very odd habit indeed.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163
10 Jan 2008  #10
Kmiot, don't you get tired ? Do you really believe that you can impress anyone here with your crap ?
Michal - | 1,865
10 Jan 2008  #11
I remember breakfast in Poland so very very well and yes, I do know what I am talking about. Out come the dry bread and cheese and then on goes the damn television! Everybody sits and watches it endlessly! As for me, never again! Life is too short to wast on such rubbish. I have to work for a living and certainly have not the time and energy in watching American films with a voice over telling us what is going on. I remember being in Gorzów Wielkopolski once and for breakfast I was served up an East German film, all about training during National Service! What a bore! A really dreadful unforgettable experience and the breakfast of salami meat on dry bread was little better. The coffee was digusting. I can never understand it, the same old poor quality coffee with all the dregs in the bottom of the cup. Trying to be diplomatic to the hosts is even more difficult. Never again. I will travel further afield next time.

Anyway, answering the question about the city centre, its not really very nice. I know it well and have been there many times. Try Buda Pest, they say that is one of the most splendid cities in Europe.
Bartolome 2 | 1,085
10 Jan 2008  #12

East German movies were shown in Polish TV during socialist times. So you rants are quite outdated, I'm afraid.
krysia 23 | 3,059
10 Jan 2008  #13
They sit and watch stupid programmes whilst eating their 'kanapki'-a very odd habit indeed.

Hmmm...A kanapka sounds good right now.
I'll turn the TV on and make a kanapka with ogórek.
osiol 55 | 3,922
10 Jan 2008  #14
I remember breakfast in Poland so very very well

I can almost see a whole loaf of bread being demolished, along with a selection of cured meats, maybe some cheese, along with various condiments.

an East German film

I thought you were there longer ago than that!

the same old poor quality coffee

Not bad the stuff I've had out there. I have stayed in two different places in Poland, so I may have just been lucky and every other house or flat in the country fits your desciption, although I doubt it.

with all the dregs in the bottom of the cup

It settles by the time you get that far.

Trying to be diplomatic

You?
Hahahahahaha!

I will travel further afield next time

Try Buda Pest

Both Buda and Pest are further away than some parts of Poland. Unless you have moved house recently by quite a long distance southeasterly.
isthatu 3 | 1,164
10 Jan 2008  #15
near by where I could go snow boarding?

lmao.sorry,no where near Warsaw,wait till you fly in,you'l see what I mean ;)
Havnt lived there but it is a cracking city,like someone else said,doesnt seem to have a centralised "clubbing/bar area,but has great nightlife dotted around the city.Plenty to do and not at all the place M' describes..(apart from maybe the coffe ,I soon learnt to like herbata :) ).he obviously hasnt been there in over 20 years .
FISZ 24 | 2,116
10 Jan 2008  #16
Also is there anywhere near by where I could go snow boarding?

Nothing good anyway....But,you could go to the Piekna Mountains to the north or take a train/bus to the Tatry south.

There's probably a travel agency that specializes in winter wknd trips. They usually have good deals when you get a room.
Harry
11 Jan 2008  #17
So I have been offered a job to work in Warsaw and i'm in two minds on what to do.

Come and have a look and see what you think. But remember that this is the coldest, greyest, most depressing time of year. There are a couple of decent bars popular among the expat crowd and/or Poles who speak English (try Bar Below, Sense, Bradley's, Warsaw Tortilla Factory and NoBo for starters). There are places to chill out and play pool and/or darts.

The nearest snowboarding which is easy to get to is near Bielsko-Biala. That's a four-hour train ride from here.
Basically if you are on UK salary while working in Poland you'll have a disposable income about double (or maybe even three times) what you'd have in the UK.
MoveOneRelo - | 3
11 Jan 2008  #18
Zigarum, if You decide to take that job in Poland please feel free to contact me for any moving or relocation issues. If You are from not EU country, than You'll have lots of paper work in polish offices, and we will help You with pleasure :)
Michal - | 1,865
11 Jan 2008  #19
It could also be a very lonely experience for someone stuck in a concrete room in a concrete block of flats somewhere. Gdańsk is awash with miles of horrible concrete blocks. The Poles love concrete, I wonder if the builders in Poland just loved playing with water when they were kids!
telefonitika
11 Jan 2008  #20
The Poles love concrete,

That they do because if they didnt they would topple over wouldnt they? .....

definition of pole:

a long, cylindrical, often slender piece of wood, metal, etc.: a telephone pole; a fishing pole.

further definitions can be found here dictionary.reference.com/browse/pole


Sorry but i had to say it .. no offense intended towards any polish person/s at all .. mwah x
polishcanuck 7 | 462
11 Jan 2008  #21
I enjoy meeting new people and having fun

If you really are the social guy you say you are, you'll have no problems in poland. In fact being out going and foreign will make you quite popular, especially with the women. I always have a great time in poland and the bars/clubs are always a lot of fun.

As for snowboarding, your best bet would be to go down to the mountains (zakopane area) or slovakia/czech rep - tatra mountains. Not exactly nearby but poland is mostly flat.

btw, i'm just a couple of years younger than you.

They sit and watch stupid programmes whilst eating their 'kanapki'-a very odd habit indeed.

Once again, michal tells us about how much of a prostak/wiesniak family he was born into and grew up with. Michal, you see uneducated poles (well any wiesniak of any nationality really) do watch TV in excess and rarely pick up a newspaper/book to read.
Wyspianska
11 Jan 2008  #22
definition of pole:

hahaha love it. Maybe just some polish like to use POLES hmmm :P
telefonitika
11 Jan 2008  #23
i wonder what "pole" you are referring to here ... do do be do dar!!!
Michal - | 1,865
11 Jan 2008  #24
r, especially with the women. I

Because they will want his money by any chance?
isthatu 3 | 1,164
12 Jan 2008  #25
funny,my Polish ex met me when I was unemployed.......
(and just for reference,we splitt when I was earning a rather decent salary ...)
Maybe you just attract prostitutes M'?Do you look like a the sort of dirty old man they would think needed to pay for it?
miranda
12 Jan 2008  #26
In Poland, the Poles are even glued to the telly at breakfast time. They sit and watch stupid programmes whilst eating their 'kanapki'-a very odd habit indeed.

he, he.......and what do you eat watching TV - fried beans ?
Michal - | 1,865
13 Jan 2008  #27
- fried beans ?

Normally peanuts.
Puzzler 9 | 1,089
13 Jan 2008  #28
he, he.......and what do you eat watching TV - fried beans ?

- Muck?
:)
Michal - | 1,865
13 Jan 2008  #29
Muck?

If they are Polish peanuts you would be right, yes, muck!
Seanus 15 | 19,706
13 Jan 2008  #30
Polish peanuts are pretty good but the best I've tasted internationally were KP, esp salt and vinegar. Great pool playing food


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