In fact, the country is situated in the very heart of Europe – and saying that Poland is the centre of the ex-communist bloc makes the majority of Poles furious.
It is true that it is geographically close to Russia, which is Poland’s neighbour, indeed, but you should not forget that Russia is an enormously big country and its European part constitutes only a small fraction of its total territory.
As car-related crimes such as break-ins and outright thefts are quite common, we advise you to leave your car in the special, guarded parking lots – Polish towns teem with them and, surprisingly, they are not horribly expensive (approx.
3-5 PLN per hour depending on the place itself, of course).
Jokes that disparage Poles are also colloquially called Polack jokes, in reference to an ethnic slur.
Language schools and university courses are besieged by thousands of young applicants eager to study and make use of their abilities.
Believe it or not, Poles have dealt with the problem more effectively than Italians or Spaniards, for whom mastering a foreign language at any level is much more difficult.
The jokes generally stereotype Poles as being of inferior intelligence.
Polish people in keywords are neurotic; never smile but complain a lot; hard bargainers; babysitters; intolerant; heavy alcohol users; your car will be stolen, once you cross the border; easy-going; conservative; intellectual; attractive women, aggressive men – always up to pick a fight; excellent drivers; hard-working; helpful; listen to folk music; sit in church all day if nothing else to do; very religious Lots of foreigners consider Poland to be a poor communist state with wild beasts on the roads.