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Polish Music I like – second edition

Hi guys! It’s been a while since I did the first post with Polish songs so I thought I’d do another one. Again I welcome your recommendations for cool Polish music – especially if it’s similar to what I’ve got here. I’m open to whatever but typical rock, metal, alt-rock… eh not so much. But yeah if you think it’s cool, maybe someone else will too so feel free to post it in the comments. Happy listening.

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Culture, For Foreigners

The ins and outs of binational relationships

Being with someone from another country is often an adventure and sometimes a challenge. Which is it more of? Well, that’s hard to say. Have you ever been in a relationship with someone from a different culture than you? Then you get it. If not, it’s hard to imagine. Here are what I think are the upsides and downsides and how to manage them. Continue Reading

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The dark side of living abroad

This post is a little different than usual, but it has been on my mind for a while now. If you’ve ever lived abroad for any amount of time, you know how it can be lonely it can be. We recount its advantages together or and commiserate about the difficulties we’ve faced. After 6 years, I’m only now starting to get past the various negative emotions, which truly come in waves overtime, I’ve felt since leaving my previous life behind.

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Culture, For Foreigners

20 signs that you’ve been Polonized

After 6 years in Poland, I’m realizing more and more that I couldn’t really stop the Polonization process even if I wanted to. The effects are already deeply ingrained and having a tiny half-Pole growing inside me probably only exacerbates it. Want to know whether you too have been Polonized? Here are some of the tell-tale symptoms to look out for:

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Polish websites you might love, too

You’ll find as a foreigner that it’s often very difficult to assimilate because you don’t have access to all the cool stuff you had when you lived at home. That’s because you had years to find those sites or blogs which were helpful to you and also, well, you could actually read the language that’s used. If you can’t read Polish but you live here, it makes being part of the Internet world a bit troublesome. Here are some sites that I wholeheartedly recommend both for Poles and foreigners in Poland alike.

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Getting a travel visa to the USA – Is it so bad?

Before someone starts telling me how Poles shouldn’t have to get visas to the States – I know and I’m fully aware of the idiocy of this process. Why isn’t Poland in the visa waiver program like all the other European countries? The official reason is that too many people overstay their visas or never return. Is that true? Hell if I know but anyway that’s their reason. Trust me, I get it. I’ve gone through two travel visa obtainments with two separate people and it not great but overall I have to say that it’s really not that bad (but then again I’ve dealt with more bureaucracy than most). People are frightened of the process for many reasons. You hear sometimes that someone was rejected. You hear that one person was given the USA travel visa for 3 months, one for 1 year and one for 5 years so you think it’s a lottery. Perhaps it is?

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Culture, For Foreigners

6 lessons I’ve learned in my 6 years in Poland + a surprise!

I just hit my 6th year anniversary at the dead end of December and it making me feel strange and a little old. This number of years is starting to sound like a lot. Not just a couple, not just something short-term, but it’s starting to feel truly permanent. People ask me if I’m ever going to move back to the States and I’m starting to think I won’t, at least not in the foreseeable future. But one weird thing is that I can’t imagine myself as an old person in Poland. As a young person it seems like an adventure and as an old person it seems like a sham. Is that weird? Anyway, here are 6 things that these 6 short, fast, where-the-hell-did-the-time-go years have taught me.

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Culture, For Foreigners

Expecting visitors? What to do with your friends in Poland

I had a busy holiday season to say the least. My parents visited for 10 days, then I had a day visit from a WorldTeach (the program I came to Poland with originally) friend who was passing through Gliwice, then 1 week with my best friend Laura and her husband. It was my friends’ first time in Poland and we had an amazing time with them. They love food so we tried to center their trip around that but also visiting must-see sites in Poland. Are you expecting visitors in Poland? Here are some interesting things they might enjoy doing. Continue Reading

Culture, For Foreigners

Building a house in Poland. Think twice about it. 

I guess when we decided to build/buy a house in Poland, we didn’t realize exactly what we were getting into. We bought a house in the raw developer’s state so stan surowy zamknięty. What that means is that the house was built, there were walls, windows and such but nothing else. That sounds pretty easy, right? I mean the hard part was done wasn’t it? Hah or so we thought.

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