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« on: December 19, 2010, 04:13:13 PM »

A few OC.net members confessed to me via PM that they had visited Poland. I suppose there are more such people here. I would like you to share your impressions about places you had visited etc.
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2010, 04:33:21 PM »

1987. It was still communist.

Friendly enough, but rather obsessed with an inferiority complex, and the question of whom they hated more, the Germans or the Russians.

Since my best friend in High School was Polish, most of my girlfriends Polish (my love a Ukrainian born in Poland), my granparents caregiver Polish, and, it being Chicago, my home town very Polish, etc.  I'm not sure my impressions weren't compromised because very little was new to me.  I did like the sense of history (e.g. the broadcast of the Hejnał mariacki), and the care the Wawel, the reconstruction of Warsaw etc. received.  I prefered Krakow, btw., especially with the city wall parks.
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2010, 04:35:55 PM »

I took a course at the Warsaw University of Technology, which is about my only experience there.  It was definitely fun.  Good people, good food, good facilities, etc.  Did some site-seeing too, mostly WWII sites and sites about Chopin.
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2010, 04:41:40 PM »

What were you studying?
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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2010, 04:42:43 PM »

I watched Quite a few Polish Orthodox u-tube Video's ,And i'v been to Both of the Red Apple [црвена јабука ] restaurants a polish buffet on Milwaukee Ave.  all you can eat here in the Chicago's polish neighborhood.....

So does this Count....... Grin

I still prefer the serbian Stuffed Cabbage[ Sarma], to the Polish Stuffed Cabbage..... police
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2010, 04:46:00 PM »

What were you studying?
It was a course on intelligent systems; I'm a computer science student.
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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2010, 05:07:30 PM »

I hitchhike through there frequently, doing my seasonal migration between Finland and Romania. Besides the long road between Rzeszow and the Lithuanian border, I've also seen the centres of Krakow and Warsaw. For some reason I've never been drawn to spend more time in Poland than I absolutely need to. It's nice and all but it's just not my thing. My drivers don't understand this and take it as an insult to their country. Undecided
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2010, 06:54:42 PM »

My wife's grandparents live about 30 miles from the Polish border, but my suggestion that we go cross it just so I could say I had been to Poland was ignored Smiley  Maybe next time.
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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2010, 06:58:55 PM »

It's nice and all but it's just not my thing. My drivers don't understand this and take it as an insult to their country. Undecided

Maybe it's because you are hitchhiking as opposed to some other form of transportation that is less personal? Perhaps it seems confusing to some people that you would go through their country in this manner if you didn't want to see it. Maybe you should take a bus or something next time  Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2010, 09:55:51 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2010, 10:30:06 PM »

My wife's grandparents live about 30 miles from the Polish border, but my suggestion that we go cross it just so I could say I had been to Poland was ignored Smiley  Maybe next time.
30 miles inside where, if I may ask, Father.
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« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2010, 10:51:00 PM »

My wife's grandparents live about 30 miles from the Polish border, but my suggestion that we go cross it just so I could say I had been to Poland was ignored Smiley  Maybe next time.
30 miles inside where, if I may ask, Father.

Žilina, Slovakia. My wife was born there as well.
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« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2010, 11:05:53 PM »

My wife's grandparents live about 30 miles from the Polish border, but my suggestion that we go cross it just so I could say I had been to Poland was ignored Smiley  Maybe next time.
30 miles inside where, if I may ask, Father.

Žilina, Slovakia. My wife was born there as well.

Ah, Slovakia. Spent some time in Bratislava that same summer.
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« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2010, 01:05:16 PM »

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I have never heard anyone talk about inferiority to Russia or Germany in Poland.. But perhaps I am wrong, but I live here and speak the language. Actually Poles feel that they are the opposite of inferior to Germans and Russians. I think you must of heard of Polish messianism once or another?
Actually it is a very common point of view, that Britons and Germans are less intelligent than we are. The Germans are the butt of many jokes here.
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« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2010, 01:45:18 PM »

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I have never heard anyone talk about inferiority to Russia or Germany in Poland.. But perhaps I am wrong, but I live here and speak the language.
and have a HUGE axe to grind.
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Actually Poles feel that they are the opposite of inferior to Germans and Russians.
Those with inferiority complexes always do, consciously. Their unconscious, subliminal fears are the problem.
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I think you must of heard of Polish messianism once or another?
What's another false messianism.
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Actually it is a very common point of view, that Britons and Germans are less intelligent than we are.
lol. Held world wide in Poland, no doubt.
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The Germans are the butt of many jokes here.
Btw, do you know of Polish jokes in the US?

Btw, these jokes are without basis. I found Poland a fine country, and a fine people. Just with some issues, and what country doesn't?
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« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2010, 02:09:14 PM »


I was born and raised in Kraków, and used to go back almost every year emigrating.  Last visit was in 2007.  Certainly never felt any inferiority towards Germans and Russians for being a Pole (but then my paternal grandmother was Russian Grin), but have heard it from many non-Poles, so perhaps the truth is somewhere in the middle.
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« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2010, 02:56:31 PM »

Žilina, Slovakia. My wife was born there as well.

I've been there Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2010, 03:26:52 PM »

Isa:
I have never heard anyone talk about inferiority to Russia or Germany in Poland.. But perhaps I am wrong, but I live here and speak the language.
and have a HUGE axe to grind.
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Actually Poles feel that they are the opposite of inferior to Germans and Russians.
Those with inferiority complexes always do, consciously. Their unconscious, subliminal fears are the problem.

Fear is always a matter conscious, just like sex. Your knowledge of psychology and psychoanalysis is meagre, very meagre.
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« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2010, 03:31:09 PM »

Isa:
I have never heard anyone talk about inferiority to Russia or Germany in Poland.. But perhaps I am wrong, but I live here and speak the language.
and have a HUGE axe to grind.
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Actually Poles feel that they are the opposite of inferior to Germans and Russians.
Those with inferiority complexes always do, consciously. Their unconscious, subliminal fears are the problem.

Fear is always a matter conscious, just like sex. Your knowledge of psychology and psychoanalysis is meagre, very meagre.

LOL. I worked for years in the locked ward of a pysch hospital. What's your background?
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« Reply #19 on: December 20, 2010, 03:33:47 PM »

Friendly enough, but rather obsessed with an inferiority complex, and the question of whom they hated more, the Germans or the Russians.

LOL! Brilliant.
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« Reply #20 on: December 20, 2010, 03:37:24 PM »

Isa:
I have never heard anyone talk about inferiority to Russia or Germany in Poland.. But perhaps I am wrong, but I live here and speak the language.
and have a HUGE axe to grind.
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Actually Poles feel that they are the opposite of inferior to Germans and Russians.
Those with inferiority complexes always do, consciously. Their unconscious, subliminal fears are the problem.

Fear is always a matter conscious, just like sex. Your knowledge of psychology and psychoanalysis is meagre, very meagre.

LOL. I worked for years in the locked ward of a pysch hospital. What's your background?

So did I, or at least that is what I told myself I was doing there.
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« Reply #21 on: December 20, 2010, 03:41:01 PM »

Seriously, beautiful Country and the home of one of the most beautiful pieces of television ever:



Highly recommended.
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« Reply #22 on: December 20, 2010, 03:46:26 PM »

Isa:
I have never heard anyone talk about inferiority to Russia or Germany in Poland.. But perhaps I am wrong, but I live here and speak the language.
and have a HUGE axe to grind.
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Actually Poles feel that they are the opposite of inferior to Germans and Russians.
Those with inferiority complexes always do, consciously. Their unconscious, subliminal fears are the problem.

Fear is always a matter conscious, just like sex. Your knowledge of psychology and psychoanalysis is meagre, very meagre.

LOL. I worked for years in the locked ward of a pysch hospital. What's your background?

So did I, or at least that is what I told myself I was doing there.
I have to say, a lot of the psychiatrists made me wonder who the patients were.
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