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03-04-2011, 04:42 PM
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OT: Anyone willing to provide some perspective on living in Poland?

Sorry for the OT topic, but I figured this would be the best place to reach the right people.

I was told today that my employer is preparing an offer for me to relocate to Poznan for two years to help train our expanding staff there.

Can anyone recommend any good web sites to find info that would help an American who might be moving there? Or if anyone is willing to provide their insights or recommendations, I would deeply appreciate it.

Feel free to PM me if you don't want to clog up this forum.

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My point of view

I'm Slovak, I live on the borders of Slovakia with Poland, but I have never visited the city of Poznan. However when you look at this picture, it looks like a beautiful city...



Here's a official city website:

http://www.poznan.pl/mim/public/tury...x.html?lang=en

From my point of view Poles are enterprising people, they are handy businessmen, but their English isn't the best, at least you can hear typical Polish accent.
If you're looking for hotels in Poznan, these websites can help you:

http://www.poznan.pl/mim/public/tury...=pl&id_cz=6049
http://www.4hotele.com/hotels_poznan.php
http://www.hotele-online.pl/hotele/poznan/

I don't know anything about hockey in this city, because Poles aren't generally very interested in Hockey, however if you're a fan of soccer (I recommend you to use in Europe the word - football , or in Polish - piłka nożna), then you're lucky man. There'll be European Football Championship 2012 in Poland and in Poznan is reconstructed football stadium for this purpose. There's also succesful football team called Lech Poznan:

http://www.lechpoznan.pl/en/

PS: You're Californian, so I think a bit colder winter can surprise you...

I hope I help you...


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Thanks. I've been researching the internet all weekend, and I'll just have to wait and see what the offer is like. It definitely looks like a beautiful city, with lots of parks. And there are a number of universities there where makes it a bit more likely that I will encounter other English speakers. But it definitely seems like a city where I need to get at least a basic command of Polish FAST just to do basic things like banking, shopping, etc.

As for the winters, EVERYONE I've talked to has mentioned them. Coming from where I live in Sacramento, whether it rarely gets much colder than 40 degrees Fahrenheit, to a city where in the winter in often drops to below zero Fahrenheit, would be a shock I'm sure.

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