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Culture

6 Common Polish complaints

You may have heard that Polish people complain a lot. And it’s true. It’s like a national pastime. The important thing to remember is that people complain as a way to bond, greet each other, feel comfortable around each other. It makes them feel like they can relate to one other because they have the same problems. Having a history of hard times after hard times, it makes sense. And anyway, everyone complains, right? But Poles have their own special complaints, tailored to the issues we often face here. Let’s take a look.

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Foreigners in Poland

The worst thing about being an American abroad

Tax season just ended. The most stressful time of the year if you’re an American abroad. Don’t get me wrong. Overall, there are more benefits to being an American than disadvantages. However, when it comes to things like taxes, if you’re an American living abroad, you have to file a tax return in not only your country of residence, but also your dear home country, America. And surprise, surprise, it’s a fucking nightmare.

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Travel

Hiking + majówka. Two beautiful Polish traditions. 

I wasn’t particularly sporty when I moved to Poland but my husband is extremely sporty and therefore I have no choice. I have to do sports if I want to see him on weekends. But. but. I actually really enjoy hiking. It’s an incredible cardio exercise and after spending a whole week indoors, it’s really refreshing to spend a whole day outside in the fresh air moving your tyłek a bit.
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Culture

Kombinowanie. Survival mechanism or cultural construct?

Do you ever find yourself trying to find a creative solution to a problem? Maybe you try to get around a rule or law in order to benefit yourself? Or possibly you try to get out of doing something you don’t want to do like go to work or school. Perhaps you try to look for the best deal when you’d like to buy something? If you said yes to any of these, you may find the word “kombinować” useful in your everyday life.

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Culture

The differences between American men and Polish men 

Cross-cultural relationships are always complicated, but I’ve found my relationships with Polish men to be much simpler than with their American counterparts. Is it possible that men in Poland and men in America are strikingly different in terms of dating and relationships? Men are men everywhere, aren’t they? What differences does it make if they live here, in Australia, or in Argentina? Let’s get straight down to business: Polish guys just don’t play games like Americans guys do.
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Travel

A tour of the Guido Coal Mine – Kopalnia Guido

Zabrze might not bring about associations with great sightseeing for most people, but in fact, it has at least one gem — the Guido coal mine —worth visiting on a afternoon when the weather is drab like it was most of the winter. In addition to the Wieliczka salt mine and Szyb Maciej in Zabrze, Guido is another point in my mine experiences here in Poland – something I could never experience where I’m from.  Continue Reading

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Culture, Poland

Polish music – What I’m listening to now

So what do I think about Polish music? Well, if you were to explore my Spotify account right now, you’d see a lot of indie rock and indie pop. So right now I’m listening to BORNS, Grimes, Best Coast, Halsey, Purity Ring, Churches, and lots of others that are very similar. Here I wanted to discuss a few Polish bands which I’ve been listening to that I think everyone should know about, Polish speaking and non.

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Culture, Poland

The 6 craziest questions I’ve been asked about Poland

While preparing for my latest trip to Florida, I was wondering what crazy things people would ask me this time about Poland. It’s always fun to go home and talk to people about it because there’s always some question which should be really embarrassing for the person asking. But, shockingly, they go ahead and ask it anyway. Read on for all the best questions I’ve been asked.

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Travel

Reverse culture shock – from Poland to Florida

There’s always a few things which require a little readjustment whenever I go back to Florida for a visit. When you live in a place, you don’t notice some things about your culture because they’re just normal. But when you go back after being away, those differences become loud and clear.

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