Fat Thursday – Donuts and Crisped Cakes

February 7, 2013 in Basic Information, Food, General, History, Leisure, Lifestyle, Polish Matters, Travelling Poland

It’s that time of year again – Fat Thursday is here, and as it’s only 10 in the morning, many donuts are still awaiting The Polish Fat Thursday tradition, associated with Catholic Lent which will start next Wednesday, is somewhat similar to Mardi Gras and Pancake Tuesday as known by other nationalities. So what do we eat?  

Special Economic Zones in Poland

February 5, 2013 in Basic Information, General, Investments, Markets, Polish Business, Politics

Poland is a fairly decent place in investing nowadays. With an overall GDP increase and the national economy moving up (although decelerating at present) we may be one of the few places left in Europe worth investment money. As, on the other hand, Poland is quite underdeveloped in many regions, there are 14 Special Economic Zones which aim at rewarding investors with certain public assistance for their investments. It’s certainly something worth checking out.  

Driving in Poland – Part 2

February 3, 2013 in Basic Information, General, Leisure, Polish Matters, Transport, Travelling Poland

In Part 1 of my small series about driving in Poland I wrote much about drinking and driving, the legal alcohol levels and the penalties one can face when caught behind the wheel after a few drinks. Now, I’d like to go a bit through the Polish road system and rules, which may or may not be a little different than what you might be used to back at home. I hope that this series proves useful to some of you – please drop me a line and let me know what you think.  

Polish beer – a guide to taste and business

January 31, 2013 in Basic Information, Food, General, Investments, Leisure, Lifestyle, Markets, Polish Business, Polish Matters, Travelling Poland

Don’t we all love it? In a shiny glass, ice cold, perfect for a hot summer day or a night out with friends. Beer is really making it as the drink of choice. Poland is no different, and Polish beer is becoming more and more appreciated by people locally and worldwide. Let’s take a quick look at the main beer brands out there (so you know what to drink) and the beer group corporations which run the business (so you can invest in your favourite).  

Warsaw radio stations

January 30, 2013 in Arts, Attractions, Basic Information, General, Leisure, Lifestyle, Polish Matters, Travelling Poland

One of the things I miss when I’m travelling is a good overwiev of local radio channels, especially when I’m driving. So I thought it maybe useful for you if I present the most popular ones. I focused on Warsaw radio stations because there are many (a total of 33 if I’m not mistaken) and the popular ones can be found all over Poland (although under different frequencies).  

Polish charity – a small gift to humanity

January 29, 2013 in Basic Information, Charity, Children, Lifestyle, People

Throughout this blog I will constantly promote several Polish charity organizations. I am not getting paid for this, nor am I seriously involved in any of them. However, I am a strong believer that one should do whatever possible to help, and this is one way of doing it for me. Hopefully, some of you will be interested and decide to help out …  

Polish franchising – simple yet innovative business ideas

January 27, 2013 in Basic Information, Business News, Investments, Polish Business

As it is my intention to write quite a bit about Polish business matters, I would like to start the series off with a short introduction to Polish franchising systems. As we Poles are apparently (according to some statistics which I don’t remember and hence cannot quote) a very entrepreneurial folk, but with not enough investment money, franchising seems a great option for many.   

Medical Tourism in Poland

January 27, 2013 in Basic Information, General, Healthcare, Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is a fairly new concept and yet is has developed significantly throughout the last years. Poland is now full of private, state of the art medical cliniques and small hospitals with services ranging from dentistry through significant medical issues onto plastic surgery. All this goes at very reasonable prices, making medical tourism in Poland a good option for many foreigners.

Polish in Poland – Part 1

January 24, 2013 in Basic Information, Language, Lifestyle

It’s time to say something about the Polish language and the ways you can learn it if you wish to. Be it just a slight bit, to get around your favourite Polish place, or full-time if you an expat down here or for whatever reason wish to learn. Be warned though – it may not be easy, or so they say …   

Driving in Poland – Part 1

January 23, 2013 in Basic Information, Leisure, Transport

As much as I love Poland, there will be times when I have to complain or warn you from certain issues. Unfortunatelly, driving in Poland is one of them and I will have to write at least a few posts on the subject as there are many, many things which require consideration.