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.
Where is Poland? – Once I was actually asked this. My answer, holding back my true facial expression (which is very hard for me), was “do you know where Germany is?” Of course they answered “yes” but I have my doubts. So I said it’s the country exactly east of Germany. Then the lights flashed on. Or so I hoped. Also, Poland is not in Russia.
What language do they speak in Poland? – Po prostu nie mogę. Like, really? Poland is not some obscure country in the middle of nowhere which was recently formed and you’ve never heard of. Maybe they’re thinking Russian because of the past political situation, so ok, fine. But still.
You live in a city? – Like it’s surprising or something. and yes, by the way, it’s 750 years old. So that’s more than 3 times older than our country. It’s Europe so I think that should be obvious. I don’t know where the idea that there are just fields here comes from.
Isn’t it cold all the time? – yes, frostbite is an everyday danger. Actually, it’s not that cold in Poland. The average temperature in the winter is around 0 (celsius, obvi) and there aren’t blizzards here anything. At least I’ve never seen one. The weather in the northern U.S. seems to be a lot worse.
Is everyone tall and blue-eyed? – I think that’s the Swedish stereotype. Not really sure where this idea originated… it’s possible some people just imagine that everyone in this part of Europe looks the same.
Oh you guys have (insert really obvious thing) there? – yes and roads and buildings and all that stuff that they have everywhere. Ok maybe we don’t have as many options in Poland as in America, but generally you can get anything you want. You might have to order it online or something but still, come on people. Even sriracha! Yay!
Surprisingly, no one asked me anything strange on this trip, but maybe that’s because I didn’t meet many new people. A lot of people asked me what the temp is like or something like that but nothing worth noting. Anyway, I’m sure more will occur in the future and you better believe I will put it here!