It has been 4 weeks since I arrived in Poland (it will have been a month on Wednesday!), and in this time I have done, seen, and learnt a lot more about Poland than I knew in the first place. So here is a list of not very abbreviated dot points about my adventures and misadventures over the past few weeks. Mainly focusing on learning Polish culture and teaching.
- I know that I have mentioned it before, but getting used todrinking bottled water rather than tap water has been a massive change to home. Furthermore, trying to explain to waiters that I would like still, cold water seems to always result in a problem.
- Having dinner at lunch and lunch at dinner. So in Poland the biggest meal of the day, called dinner, is eaten when us Aussies would generally eat our lunch. Consequently, they have a small meal called ‘super’ when we would usually eat our dinner. I am particularly fond on the Polish tradition of have soup first and then the main meal. I tend to have lunch at school so have been able to try a number of different Polish meals (while not really knowing what I am eating).
- The shopping centres are open until like 10pmevery night! This is awesome, just because I don’t have to feel rushed to get all my shopping done before 5 (not that I have actually been doing that much shopping but the thought still stands).
- People don’t stop at pedestrian crossings. It’s basically a massive game of chicken. Taxis are the worst. I feel like I may die every time I go near a road.
- The Poles are very self-conscious about their English and only the very confident will talk in English. With this said, the majority of Polish people can at least understand English. So don’t go slagging off at someone in English thinking they can’t understand you, it is more than likely that they can and that you will get your butt kicked.
- Alcohol is very cheap and very accessible. You rarely get asked for ID when going in to clubs, or when buying alcohol. Furthermore, there shopping centres have so much alcohol for sale, in some supermarkets I swear that there is more alcohol than other goods!
- Fat Thursday. A day when stuffing your face with Ponczki (Polish doughnuts) is a cultural experience. Need I say more?