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Re: Moving to Poland

Come. Life is short. Poland is an experience !

Re: Moving to Poland

Good luck. I think you are 100% mad. Come here and see what it is really like. Do you speak Polish?
Would you be willing to work for 80p per hour?
B&B good idea, contact 'senepid' then decide.

Look at the new president and his merry team

Poland is great but look first before you make such a huge move. Poland is not France or Spain. you will be moving to a very poor part of Poland. Very little prospect of work, apart from teaching.

Sorry to be so negative, been here 13 years leaving for the UK in the Summer

Must say I had a good time, I'm just sick of the polish mentality.

Re: Moving to Poland

My English friend has lived here for eight years and speaks no Polish. He has no problems because of this and likes it this way.

Everyone is learning English in Poland now. Soon English will be enough to talk to everybody of interest in Poland . Those who don't speak English will be nobody.

Re: Moving to Poland

Marta remember this guy is moving to the mountains, not near a big town.
Your friend that has lived here for so long long should be ashamed.It is not hard to learn basic Polish, it shows respect. How many Brits and Irish have complained about Poles in the UK not speaking English?
I suppose your friend likes to show he is 'special' because he is English. Very sad. At least Poles can take the piss, without him knowing

Re: Moving to Poland

Marta remember this guy is moving to the mountains, not near a big town.
Your friend that has lived here for so long long should be ashamed.It is not hard to learn basic Polish, it shows respect. How many Brits and Irish have complained about Poles in the UK not speaking English?
I suppose your friend likes to show he is 'special' because he is English. Very sad. At least Poles can take the piss, without him knowing

I bet he is bald too

Re: Moving to Poland

No question go for it but learn the language. Its amazing how much we have learnt in our visits there plus we have a Polish teacher in the UK. I can't understand people who move to a country and don't even try. Its OK to say that everyone will soon speak English but I don't buy that at all particularly in the villages. It must make a difference to the locals if you speak their language even if its just to make sure you are not being ripped off! I would also emphasise that you must spend time there to understand what you are getting into. It will not be easy but I hope the effort will be worth it. I have just returned to the UK (three days late due to the problems at Prague airport) and will be back shortly to start the work turning the farmhouse into a Guesthouse/resturant.

Re: Moving to Poland

I also know English and Germans who have lived here for years but don't bother to learn even basic Polish. I don't see any problem with that. The choice is theirs and for some Polish is not needed. Although reasons are probably different there are thousands of Poles in US, Ireland, and Britain who also don't speak English. And thousands of Poles in Germany who speak no German.

Re: Moving to Poland

P.S - bald men are very attractive !

Re: Moving to Poland

Gary, are you also planning a restaurant now?

Re: Moving to Poland

Thanks for the replies guys.

Yes, I will be learning Polish. I can speak a tiny bit now. If I listen to a conversation, I can often get a very basic understanding of what is being said even if I can't join in. I always thought I had "tourist level" French, and my Polish is probably slightly better than that. Not much, but it is a start, and I am determined to learn damn it!

As for the negative bits about Poland, well, same can be said anywhere. I know Poland has problems with unemployment, vandalism, crime in certain areas, bureaucracy, and a certain apathy and feeling of helplessness in someways, but I have been spending about two or three weeks a year in Poland for the past five or so years. Not much, but I understand some of the difficulties of living there, and I certainly don't expect to make myself rich by doing so. Hey, 80p hour is not so bad and I have no intention of moving to Spain (parts of it seem to turning into "Little England in the Sun"), or France. For all the benefits of moving to either of those countries, I may as well stay in the UK since I couldn't afford to live comfortably in either of those countries without working, and certainly couldn't afford an equivalent to our house near the mountains.

If I did open a B&B there (my wife is Polish), I could actually live without any Polish income as long as I have my house rented. I will have no mortgages so my outgoings are small, and our family are fairly frugal anyway. So anything generated from the B&B is literally "play money".

Sure, I will miss the UK and realise that it will not be a picnic by any stretch of the imagination, but hey, money isn't everything. I will just need to trade my bike in for a retro bike before I go over I think

Anyway, I am still about three or four years away from that decision at the moment, so a lot can change, and I am still getting my plans put together..

Cheers

Re: Moving to Poland

Magda

We will start with the Guesthouse and assess the situation. There are extensive renovations of the local Castle and other "attractions" happening soon and this will bring tourists. Will advertise in the UK as will be able to charge more this way. We won't have to make a lot of money as we are in the same position as UKer and could live on what we have even if we didn't make much in Poland.