In my experience…


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20 thoughts on “In my experience…

  1. pawel says:

    Burn the heretic! :)

    (and really, I guess talking about Polish women should be higher up the scale)

  2. guest says:

    ha, ha.

    BTW in 5 days they will exhumate general Sikorski in Krakow.

    If they find a bullet in his head then you should add Winston Churchill to your list… Somewhere between the Potsdam agreement and JP II ,lol.

  3. Anonymous says:

    That’s f#%@!n hilarious! Thanks for the laugh. I will make sure to never write about PJP . . .


  4. expateek says:

    Wow, man, your graphics skilz are outta this world! I laughed until I brayed!

  5. Crpk says:

    dickhead! ;)

  6. Radek says:

    hehe… that was pretty funny. But you probably should have WWII on there as well.

    Also, on the top of the list should be the following sentence:

    “All I’m saying is that If you put a Russian and a Pole next to each other, *I* can’t tell the difference”

    ;) (Thank you Family Guy)

  7. scatts says:

    On the basis that El Prezes might be classed as a politician, I’m not sure I agree with the bottom of your scale.

    I agree that WWII should be there but with two headings;

    1/ The extent to which Britain helped Poland (or anyone else) during WWII.
    2/ All other WWII subjects.

    1/ should be close to JPII and 2/ somewhere in the middle.

    I think the whole issue of the Jewish faith needs a mention as well. Fairly high up the scale IME.

    Polish sports heroes ,that’s a good one too!

    Danger of this scale getting a little top heavy! :)

    PS – Can’t argue with Crpk. Concise, to the point, truthful.

  8. Ania says:

    Who’s calling us over-sensitive?! You can’t have any pudding!!!

  9. island1 says:

    pawel: I took the precaution of donning my flameproof pants and vest, so you can’t.

    guest: First Copernicus, now Sikorski. Is the plan to dig up every famous dead Polish person?

    Radek: WWII is on there, Potsdam seems to be the thing that gets most people going. You mean there is a difference between Russians and Poles ?

    Crpk: Bingo!

    Scatts: It was a bit of a struggle to think of the bottom of the scale.

    Who’s anonymous MG?

  10. island1 says:

    Ania: No fair! I want cake!

  11. Ania says:

    island: OK, drop by ;)

  12. Bob says:

    Island – Chopin will be next I guess – but after that who is there? (there is always Fahrenheit I guess)

  13. pp says:

    I think you’ve overrated jp2.
    But what’s going on with the swans, what do you mean, do you have those Daily Mail lies in mind, naughty… :)

    But funny how a gossip can become the truth. The world is based on lies.

  14. boattown guest says:

    I’ve been waiting for an appropriate topic to add my comment for 2 weeks. Enough.
    I really need to say it here: I’ve fallen in love with Ireland.
    Irish girls are pretty, Irish guys, oh well, not bad.
    I went to an insurance company. My friend wanted to close his car insurance, I don’t know what’s the correct collocation, but I guess you got the idea. Anyway, the girl who was working there told him, that he doesn’t have to wait till the end of the month, and if he closes it tomorrow, the company will give him some money back. Can you imagine that? She was extra nice, her collegue was even nicer. 2 nice people in one office? We went to 2 banks, a theatre, and developer’s office. Each and every person was so friendly that I stopped asking myself ‘why do Poles run away from Poland?’ :)
    I guess that another interesting topic would be polish hospitality. It’s vanishing, but try to say it out loud:)

  15. guest says:

    Grass is greener syndrome. So typical for Poles.

  16. boattown guest says:

    Nice idiom guest, but literally it is greener there:)
    It’s typical for Poles to say bad thing about everything, about foreign countries as well. And I said something nice. I didn’t write that Poles are worse, they’re just different. We, young Poles, are different as well. No one, during my short trip, told me that I look as if I was dying inside:)

  17. guest says:


    but I just can not understand why many young, often well educated Poles go to western countries, leave their families and children, work like slaves all day long, sleep in barracks like gypsys… and then tell everyone how great it is to live there…because the “girls in shops are more friendly” or other banal things are “better”.

    In their hunt for money many, too ambitious Poles forget that time for your family/good social life is the most important thing and not a grinning girl in a shop or “fura, skora i komora – ASAP”.

    You will find not many expats in Poland who leave their wifes and children, sleep in Polish barracks and tell everyone how “great Poland is because they can make here 50% more money than at home”… only young Poles seem to be that stupid.

    One onlycan hope that the grass is greener syndrome won’t last for too long…

  18. Ania says:

    I can’t understand that either, but I guess it serves us well for laughing at Ukrainian medicine doctors washing floors in Poland.
    Honestly – they and we could just translate the qualifications and work in our respective jobs.

    I’m not one of those, luckily. But I’ve done some menial work as well: for about two weeks I was the best bar-maid around. Very important experience, I have never under-tipped since then. I took it because nobody wanted to hire me, they told me I had no skills.

    So I suppose there are two reasons: one is that nobody offers those jobs to Poles because they can’t read the diplomas, and the good menial workers are needed. That would change if we used NARIC more often.

    The second reason is that ‘mind peace’ they keep talking about, other Poles, that is. They don’t have to worry, and they still have enough to camp around Britain. But I just want to say that as Assistant Financial Controller I wasn’t worrying all that much either, and holidayed in Madeira.

    You know that’s the one really good thing – in the UK I won’t make more money than in Poland, because the bills have to be paid, but the exchange rate of the pound makes all the holidays cheap.

    So does that make any sense to work abroad at all? Of course not. All I could save for was a better car and a mortgage. So the only sane thing was to quit and start a business, and now I spend half the time here, half there. Like that guy Tomek who was a lorry driver and now owns a company, too. That might mean that Daily Mail exaggerates a bit.

    There is a third reason, the mythology of the West: trains are better in the West, cars are better in the West, people are prettier wiser and younger in the West. I personally see an analogy with the early socialist art-work, showing the new better world after the grime struggle – only we have transferred it in geography, not in time.

    And the error of such thinking in my opinion is the lack of connection, that allows people to withstand all the bad things for that one dream. It would have been do much simpler not to struggle and not to dream, but to simply work and clean up after ourselves.

    My sinuses are better, thank you.

  19. Ania says:

    Oh, and another thing – why is it young Poles. It’s because they are skipping the ladder, or waiting it out. They will get more respect as older people, but they miss out on the experience. So that’s a mistake.

  20. boattown guest says:

    I’m a young Pole, who starded working just after Matura exam. And I have been working here, in Poland, since then. I was the one to tell my friends that they shouldn’t move to Ireland, not only were they leaving their families here, but also they would always be foreigners there.
    You wrote- educated people, ok, but a few of them don’t know English. When I was in a primary and secondary school, we were tuaght grammar, writing, but not communication. My friends did everything to avoid talking to people, because they were afraid of making mistakes. You can easily imagine that the could only work in positions where they didn’t have talk to other people- washing dishes, cleaning flats, etc.
    I helped them to deal with everything there, and we came back to Poland together. Thanks to them, I met very nice people. Isn’t that great? :)
    Greetings from Łódź- beautifully covered in snow:)

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