This was an interesting story from my latest trip to Europe. I was in Sopot for a Speech and afterwards took the train to Warsaw to hang out for a few days. If you have never been, Poland in general is an goldmine for Tinder.
How old am I: 34
What is my nationaly: French
Iris tone: I’ve got warm hazel eyes but I use colored contact lenses
Hair color: Short abundant chestnut hair
I like to listen: Classical
I have traveled all around Europe and met guys from every possible nation there is. International dating is my thing. You never know what to expect, and there are some very pleasant surprises along the way. I knew very little about them before I went to Poland so, now I am here to share information on where to meet Polish guys, how to meet Polish men.
As for differences, the main one is that we drink tea in a different way. I think people here think Polish girls are simple.
I think British men are very protective of their families and the ones I have met have been very respectful of women. I always have lots of questions about Britain and he has lots of questions about Poland. Roland was just saying how he thought Polish women had "quite a lot of warmth and volatility" when Mira comes home from work and bounds over to hug and kiss him.
Four months ago, Justina spoke almost no English. I don't know if they don't like it [a Polish girl being with an Asian man] because we only visit. A group of Polish men in their 20s sit on a bench in a small park in Hammersmith, west London, drinking cans of beer and laughing at something clearly hilarious.
English men have problems with commitment. But in Poland, this is changing too. Roland doesn't seem very British to me, although he has some English features - he likes to carry an umbrella. His girlfriend, Iwona Grodzka, 25, tickles their golden labrador, which is stretched out on the floor in the heat. They moved in with each poland after two weeks of dating. Does she think there are cultural differences?
She makes me laugh a lot. I like being with someone from a different country. I slowly realise, as I walk down the path towards them, that I am the object of hilarity and they are giggling like schoolgirls. Justina says she has been shocked at the way some British people see Polish women. The importance of a sexy home life - and the fact that all the couples I spoke to moved in with each other really quickly - seems to be a recurring theme. For them, it's a new thing. Actually, when I came here, I didn't find British people sexy.
Groups of young Poles, out enjoying themselves drinking cans of beer in the evening sun is preferable to going to pubs for those on the minimum wage want to meet women but, hampered by their non-existent English, all they can do is giggle nervously. What does Mira like about British men? Certainly, of those who came to this country after EU accession, it seems to be the women who are more successful at forming long-term relationships with British people.
There are Polish and English flags side by side still hanging after the World Cupa Polish soap is on the television and adverts in Polish for vacant chats are pinned to the wall. Although British men, she says, can be fast movers. I think it's about money as well.
I've heard from English people that the Polish accent is quite sexy. Polish people can be very emotional and maybe this is too much for some English people. When I actually stop and chat, they look terrified. That's not something you see in English couples as much. Those who came from Poland came to Britain to learn English and see a different country. I have really fallen in love with the way they live, they're very family-orientated.
I think Polish men are more respectful towards women and they show affection more, especially in public. But he decided to come chat again 18 months ago under his own steam and says that he loves London now. Although she trained as a film-maker and photographer, she hasn't found work here yet and has been applying for jobs in shops.
They share an interest poland the arts and the age gap does not seem so big when you see them together. A lot of Polish girls come here with little money and if they're pretty, it's easy to seduce a rich English man. She is a midwife by profession, but when she came here four years ago, she had to wait for paperwork to be completed before she could go back to work, and so set up her dating agency in the meantime. I like to pay for myself but English men won't let you.
And if they do, it's far more likely they will develop a relationship with another Polish person because they won't speak English. She says she did not really like British men to begin with. Is Iwona a strict Catholic? They met 12 years ago, when Monika, from Krakow, was in London learning English and working in a cafe. Later that day, I am sitting in the garden with Roland Jaquarello at the house in Hammersmith that he shares with his girlfriend, Mira Faber.
All the couples I met seem sexy settled. Before he came to London, it is fair to say that Philip did not have a good opinion of British women.
Maybe English men like Polish women a lot? She has been married to her British husband, David, for 11 years and they live in south London with their nine-year-old son, Albert. In west London, Bala Vamathavan, 50, runs an internet cafe for his largely Polish customers. Most of the Polish couples I've met settle down when they're young - they're more committed earlier. There are some Polish girls who like men to pay for everything, so they will look for an English man with money.
Today, sitting in the cafe of the National Gallery, she sounds fluent. They don't mind if they're single. She says her British friends were surprised when she started going out with Philip.
What about religion? The Poles have arrived in Britain, but are they falling in love here too? Philip, who comes from Warsaw, works in marketing and Hannah is a waitress.
Maybe this is because we come from a poorer country. While the younger generation of Polish immigrants seem to find it fairly easy to meet people, older Poles complain it is harder. In years to come, it will change. Both have been in sexy relationships before, but they seem well-suited.
I want to know what it is about English girls they like. I don't know why - maybe a chat of chemistry. We have the same humour. A lot of the Polish men who come here don't speak English, are from poor rural areas and they work on building sites or do low-paid jobs in this country. We have a readiness to help anyone. They met when Philip, a champion pool player in Poland, became a regular at the pool club where Hannah worked. Justina Krausiewicz, 24, moved in with her boyfriend Gavin Fletcher, 29, a teacher, two months into their relationship they have been together for four months, and met at a party soon after Justina arrived here from Krakow.
She hasn't had any lessons, and has spent hours reading English dictionaries. Monika Poland, 34, a film producer, shows that British-Polish relationships can last longer than the time it takes to learn English or to earn enough money to send home.
She is taking Gavin to visit her family next month and says they are pleased she has a British boyfriend. It is not threatening exactly, but it is strange and has happened to a few women I know in London. Mira says she likes older men, "because my father died and maybe I'm looking for a father figure". If we lived there, it might be different. This was the experience of Philip Krawczyk, 25, when he first came to London a couple of years ago.
I spend a lot of time explaining things. She pauses for a moment when I ask if she thinks there are any cultural differences. Mira, 32, who works for Fusion, a weekly magazine for eastern Europeans, has been going out with Roland, a theatre and radio director, who at 60 is nearly twice her age, for 18 months. She does not believe there are differences in the way that Polish and British people date. English people tend to use their brains first and I admire this. They don't care so much about maintaining one relationship or one family and I think the rate of divorce is quite high.
I don't have milk. He has been with his English girlfriend, Hannah Davey, 20, for nearly a year and they live together in south-west London. On a visit to see Polish friends, he hardly met any British people. Hannah says Polish men make good boyfriends and I do not think she is saying that just because Philip is sitting next to her.
Bala and Iwona met in the cafe and have been together for two years and have lived together for most of that time. The Polish community in the capital is largely ghettoised, based in areas of west and south London. In big Victorian terraced houses, many Poles live under the same roof, eating Polish food and watching Polish television, and few come across British people. None came with the intention of meeting a British partner - and most say they were not too keen on us to begin with - but now they cannot imagine going back to Poland without them. She thinks that Polish women are "more traditional, while English women are quite independent.
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