Tabi Love: 5 Things Different About Poland

Pro athlete, Tabi Love, shares some very interested facts with us about what she has noticed about Poland since moving there to play volleyball.

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Five Things That Make Poland Unique:

1. Upon greeting, Poles kiss 3 times (not two like some other countries)

2. The city that I live in (Lodz) is known for its textile manufacturing. All of the old brick buildings here were once factories. The man who had first brought the trade to Lodz died long ago but holds the record for the most elaborate Jewish burial site in the world.

3. From what I have learned in my Polish lessons, one of the reasons the language is so hard to learn is that the word order is quite flexible, and unlike our language, it can fluctuate without the sentence’s meaning being changed.

4. The weather in Lodz has been described as being very cloudy and dreary in November and December, but as soon as January comes around (and on into the later winter months) the weather almost immediately changes to constant sunshine and lots of snow.

5. I have not seen any indications of people knowing/understanding the concept of recycling in Lodz. The girls all use aerosol sprays and our water bottles, papers, etc. are always thrown into the trash. When I asked them about this they did not understand what I meant. I found this to be very interesting.

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6 Responses to “Tabi Love: 5 Things Different About Poland”

  1. neutrico (@neutrico)

    Sadly almost everything is in polish… šŸ˜¦

    You need to use some automatic translator or ask someone to translate this to you or send question to email mentioned on websites below and you could demand replies in English (although I doubt if polish officials would reply…)

    http://www.uml.lodz.pl/odpady/
    http://www.dabrowa-gornicza.pl/aktualnosc-3-22591-nasze_smieci_nasza_sprawa.html

    Places where you can dispose dangerous waste in DG:
    http://www.dabrowa-gornicza.pl/aktualnosc-3-20056-gdzie_oddac_odpady_niebezpieczne.html

    Also note that almost all aerosol sprays in EU are freon free and ozon friendly marked as ALU (aluminium) waste that is recyclable.

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  2. neutrico (@neutrico)

    5. <- You are wrong.
    In Poland we need to sort garbage in our homes and put paper, metal, glass etc. in different containers.
    But in most public areas garbage is collected and sorted afterwards. There are companies that collect garbage and sort them. They have machinery to separate metals, plastic etc.
    An average Pole produces 315 kg waste, while an average for EU is 503kg and…. 864kg in USA.

    In polish, but you could use some automatic translator:
    http://www.mpolodz.pl/

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    • Athletes Abroad

      That’s good to know! we’ll be sure to pass this along to Tabi. I’m sure it’s hard as a foreigner to know what Polish people do in their homes, that’s why she was looking for signs from her teammates and what they do in the locker room.

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      • neutrico (@neutrico)

        That could be really nice. She described her teammates as a dumb one that doesn’t understand what recycling is while it’s pretty obvious that Tabi doesn’t know how recycling works in Poland.

        Poland is part of EU and we are obliged to achieve all these standards that are common in other EU countries such as Germany, France etc.

        So, we have a certain law that describes what we can and cannot do with different types of waste.

        Things also work different in some areas. In big cities people usually have to sort their waste at homes and also in municipal areas. There should be containers described specifically.

        In big cities companies have trucks for organic waste and separate cars to collect plastics, glass etc.

        But as I mentioned earlier, there are exceptions where it’s not required to sort waste and you can put everything in a single container.

        This is common in small cities and villages when it’s cheaper to load everything on a single truck and sort it afterwards.

        And sometimes even in big cities you don’t have to sort waste but then you have to pay more because price is going to be higher for cleaning unsorted garbage.

        It’s prohibited everywhere to put broken electronics or household equipment with your garbage.

        This problem can be solved in two ways.
        1. There are dedicated places where you can leave your old/broken device.
        2. Another option is… Let’s say you got broken TV and want to buy new one. So, you can bring your broken TV to the shop and if you buy new, they have to take your old one.

        Tabi and Rachel as they live in Poland really should know that.

      • Athletes Abroad

        I’m not sure I remember seeing that she said they were dumb. She was simply explaining how she had seen no sign of recycling and there was none since, like you said it was sorted when collected. She said “I found this to be very interesting.” and it is clear she doesn’t have a clue and no one explained it to her either. Where was should she find these type of rules on all the things she should know about Poland? I will forward that to her and read it myself. Thanks in advance. – RA

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