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.
PiggyPEG – Seriously I can’t recommend this blog/Facebook page enough if it’s important to you to use all-natural beauty products. Two Polish girls run this blog that tells you which beauty products or other toiletries are either toxic or safe to use. They’ve been immensely helpful in helping me find organic products in Poland and stop using ones which aren’t so great. The Facebook page will give you a quick overview of specific products basically by showing you a heart of skull and crossbones (so it’s perfect if you can’t read Polish) and the blog a more in-depth comparison of products like makeup, soap, shampoo, things for moms and babies, whatever you need. If you’re not Polish and haven’t lived here your whole life, you don’t always know a lot about brands because they’re often completely different so this kind of stuff can be hard to find, especially as many aren’t available in normal stores or pharmacies. Thank god for the ladies from PiggyPEG!
Culture.pl – This incredible site is all about Polish culture and everything is in English as well as Polish and Russian. It’s great if you want to learn something about current culture like the best Polish documentaries of 2016, top art exhibitions in Poland, or cool things about language like how to say your country’s name in Polish. This site makes me feel like I know what’s going on in the country since I don’t watch Polish news, which is probably for the best anyway.
SoftAnnaPL -Do you have ASMR too? It’s a sort of guilty pleasure watching these bizarre videos which make your head feel all fuzzy and good. If you have it, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, well you’d probably be creeped out by these videos. I randomly found this Polish girl Anna who makes ASMR videos and apparently Polish is awesome for ASMR-ers, no matter which language you speak. Pretty cool, huh? Must be all the sz and cz sounds. Anyway if you’re into that kinda stuff, check her out. She’s the real deal.
Going. app – Being a foreigner, it’s hard to find out about events in your area except via word-of-mouth. I don’t like relying on other people to make my weekend plans for me so I prefer investigating myself. I’ve found out about a lot of cool events like grand openings and concerts through this app, which I’m eternally grateful for. It’s in Polish so it requires a bit of knowledge but if you know band names or popular spots in your area, it’s not too complicated. This app gives me the independence I really need to make plans the way I did when I lived in the States.
Jestem Kasia. I like reading up on fashion but it makes me crazy when things are featured that I either can’t afford or can’t even find in Poland. When you follow only American ones, that’s often the case. So if you live in Poland and want to know what’s cool, affordable and actually available here, it’s a good idea to follow Polish bloggers like Jestem Kasia. She’s got great, simple style just like her blog, which is rich in photos and collages, so you don’t need to speak Polish to follow her. Plus she hails from Silesia which scores extra points with me!
Westwing. One thing I miss about the States is the discount websites like Gilt or Rue La La where you can find really good deals on clothes, accessories and house stuff. I don’t know of anything exactly the same in Poland for clothes (maybe you can suggest something?!) but I do use Westwing for home goods. Even if I don’t always buy something, it’s fun to look for inspiration and the site has a lot of really unique stuff that you can’t find in actual brick-and-mortar stores in Poland. This site was especially helpful for me this year as I did a lot of decorating in my house and home decor stores leave a lot to be desired here.
So those are all of my recommendations for now. Perhaps you have some for me??