Monday, June 26, 2006

Corruption in Poland

There are many stories in the media concerning corruption in Poland. The latest corruption scandal involves the arrest of a group of archaeologists who it is alleged took bribes in connection with EU funded road construction projects. The present government in Poland has stated that it plans to eradicate the problem and were indeed elected on this anti-corruption platform. I wonder what progress they will make?

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Survey shows that Poles prefer communist times!

A recent survey quoted in the Economist magazine has shown that the majority of Poles preferred their lives prior to 1989 to now! Poles now have bananas, western designer labels, and high quality electronic goods in their shops, Tesco hypermarkets, good roads, and many people seem to drive around in good or fairly good cars. What more could this majority of Poles want from life? Answers please!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Poland: land of bad driving and road deaths

Has anyone who has ever been to Poland ever noticed that Poland has many useless and dangerous drivers. Next time you are there just watch how the sportswear-clad shitheads in old black BMWs, Mercedes and Audis drive. It's no wonder Poland is covered with roadside crosses marking the places where people will killed in road accidents. Without a doubt, Poland has to be the worst country in Europe to drive a car.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Corpus Christi Festival in Poland

Yesterday throughout Poland many thousands of good Polish Catholics took part in Corpus Christi / Body of Christ processions through the streets of towns and villages all over Poland. Lagow was no different. I was stuck in a traffic jam while they did their thing with the Priest. Unfortunately, I don't know much more about the celebrations. Maybe somebody could enlighten me.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Picture of the Polish lakes in Lubuskie

This picture shows part of the lakes in Lagow. Nearby there are many such lakes, most pretty undeveloped in terms of tourism. My favorite two lakes are here in Lagow and in the nearby town of Lubniewice. Both locations are great for anyone looking for a holiday away from the usual Polish tourist spots, such as the Baltic coast, Mazury, Krakow, Zakopane, or Warsaw.

Polish women

I've yet to settle down with that one special woman, so I spend a fair bit of time looking around at women on my travels through Germany and Poland. Many of whom I find rather attractive. In the past I've had brief affairs with two Polish women and have to say that there didn't seem to be any real difference between them and the average German woman. However, despite possible language and cultural problems, on the whole I tend to think that a Polish woman would make a better wife and mother of children than a German one. More traditional, different experiences, etc. I wonder how many of the attractive polish women speak either German or English? The next time I see a pretty hitch-hiker I'll pick her up and test this out :-) More about the woman in the photo. She isn't Polish, but ...!

Something about my new home in Lubuskie, Polen

Lagow, is one of the most beautiful and picturesque places in Western Poland. The Lubuski area is located near the main E-30 highway, halfway between Poznan and Berlin. Just one hour and a half hours drive from Berlin, you will find Lagow nestling among thousands of hectares of old beech forests. A stunning feature on the hilltop is a 14th century Castle with a renaissance courtyard. The castle is now a hotel and has a fine restaurant and coffee shop. The tower is a great vantage point for magnificent views, especially of the surrounding park where the two great lakes meet. You will be amazed by the unique crystal clear water of the two large lakes, which is surrounded by lush, unspoilt greenery. The province of Lubuskie is the most densely forested area in Poland. There is an abundance of wild mushrooms (mushroom picking is a popular Polish pastime), wild berries and strawberries. There are wild boar, deer and in fact it is one of the few places in the world where wild bison still roam. Lubuskie is also a bird lovers paradise. Black storks, white storks, water birds, white tailed eagles, black woodpeckers, and corncrakes can all be seen in the area. The lakes are teeming with fresh water fish including prize-winning carp and catfish. The nearby River Obra even has a legend about a giant dog-eating catfish! Fishing is very popular and unrestricted. You can swim in the lakes, hire canoes, rowing boats, and bicycles or simply sunbathe on the beach. In Lagow you can savour delicious Polish Cuisine, from a traditional banquet of wild boar and venison at the historical castle to traditional home cooking (such as pierogi ruskie with fried onions) in one of the many good restaurants in the Lubuskie Lakes region. During the summer and at special occasions throughout the year, one can enjoy classical concerts, craft markets as well as the numerous cafes and restaurants. Lagow also hosts a film festival every June. Lubuskie makes a perfect place to chill-out, or for a vacation with a difference. Lagow with all its charm and natural beauty can offer you a real Polish experience with luxurious and different accommodation at ‘Polish prices’. The peaceful, soothing colours of beech forests and the crystal clear water of the lakes will allow you to forget the hustle and bustle of the city. Nearby cities with interesting shops, cinemas, and lots of people, other than Berlin, include the German border city of Frankfurt Oder and the Polish cities of Gorzow Wlkp., Zielona Gora, and Poznan. Just north of Lagow is the equally picturesque, unspoilt and tourist-friendly lakeside town of Lubniewice.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Germany v Poland

This evening Poland play Germany in their second match of the football World Cup. My prediction: a 3 - 1 win for Germany. The German side is not as strong as it once was, but the Polish team is one of the weakest and uninspired sides I have ever seen play football. People all over Poland see the result of this match as of utmost importance.

Poland and Schengen open borders

I heard that the Polish government thinks that it will join the Schengen Agreement next year. Being accepted into the Schengen Agreement will mean no border controls for Polish citizens within the EU and on borders between Poland and other EU member states, such as the Polish/German border. Importantly for me I won't have to queue up at the border when travelling from my home in Berlin to my second home just over the border in Poland. In return, Poland willl have to guarantee the security of its border with non-EU states such as Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. Right now the border is weak to saythe least and is an easy obstacle from illegal immigrants from eastern Europe and asians looking to get to Germany and western europe.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Introduction to Poland Polen

Welcome to my new page about my life as a foreign resident of Poland. I have just purchased a small property in the Lubuskie Lake District in the far west of Poland. It's both as an investment and also as a sort of retreat from the city. The area was part of Germany until the border changes at the end of the Second World War. My permanent home is in Berlin, Germany - about one and a half hours drive from my new home in the Polish province of Lubuskie. I will use this page to post my observations about news from Poland and life in general in Poland. I welcome comments from readers with any opinion.