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New teachers thinking of coming to Poland
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Master Shake



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:36 pm    Post subject: Sure there is Reply with quote

Polish cities generally have good public transport(ation).

When I lived in Warsaw, I only had to take taxis a few times a year. And even when I did I never paid no 120zl. You do have to watch out for the unscrupulous, unmarked 'mafia' taxis, though.

Dragonpiwo must live out in the sticks.
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dragonpiwo



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:12 pm    Post subject: erm Reply with quote

I live just outside the city, 10 minutes by car as long as it isn't the rush hour. It's the taryfa 2 that's the killer in the evening. That's the price with a pre-booked cab which we have a client account for too. I very rarely go into the city these days. That said, Polish taxis aren't that cheap anymore. You certainly want to be avoiding them if you aren't pulling in much.

Just out of interest, I bought my wife a present last week in Poland. The same sweater was 650 PLN cheaper in the same brand shop in Berlin. Those Poles really do take the pish.

On the upside I found a bar that does a sparkling wine for 4 PLN.

I guess it's a matter of staying drunk but having shit clothes.
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Master Shake



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, taryfa 2 is really is a nightmare. I remember getting thoroughly ripped off going to a few weddings a little ways outside of Warsaw. It's odd because there are loads of cheap options for travel between Polish cities.

Can't say I've ever spent anything near 650PLN for a sweater before. That's well out of the price range of TEFL-ers in pretty much every country.

Prices for clothes in Poland aren't nearly as bad as they used to be. If you hit the sales you can find deals which rival US prices, though I still prefer to do my annual clothes shopping in the US.

The key thing here is that luxury goods (designer clothes, fancy cars, high-end electronics) are overpriced in Poland. But since most TELF teachers don't buy a lot of that stuff, it really isn't an argument against teaching in Poland.
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mitsui



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What? No trams in Poznan?
I only took a taxi to get to the airport.
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dragonpiwo



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 6:06 am    Post subject: Mitsui Reply with quote

Trams are great in Poz but they don't go to where I live.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Civilisation Index includes availability and affordability of decent public transport. In large parts of the UK it is disappearing !
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