Saturday, January 17, 2015

Salary differences between Poland and Finland

I have few Finnish friends and foreign friends working in a service desk job in Poland. From them I found out that you get paid very well in Polish standards. Before I have also written about the job opportunities for Finnish speakers in Poland. I decided to study the topic little more and compare the salary of service desk worker to the salary of a doctor in Poland. Click "read more" and find out the exact salaries.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Strange Finnish culture

Today I read an interesting post "here's why other countries think you're weird". In a chapter called "a confused Indian in Finland" is an interesting story how Indian business man was confused because of the lack of personnel/service in a high-class Hyatt hotel. Then one commentator in the post tells how he was confused how men do not even hold door for women which seemed pretty rude to him.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top Posts 2014

Art in Lodz

I have been even less productive in posting than last year. I have picked still my favorite posts from this year.

1. I realized that in Poland there a lot of job opportunities for people who speak different European languages.
2. Traveling is not necessarily glamorous even though everybody seems to love it
3. Early maternity leave in Poland
4. Holiday to Georgia was unforgettable
5. My point of view to beauty of Polish women

Top posts from the previous years 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Polish Christmas Table

It is Christmas time and I will introduce what you can find in a Polish Christmas table. Now in supermarkets you can find a big fish pool. The fish pool is filled with carps. Interesting that in Poland carp is considered a good fish to a festive table as my granddad would not eat carp because he considers it trash fish. Also families like to prepare big amount of dumplings which can be eaten during Christmas days. There are many things on the table but meat is not eaten traditionally on the 24th of December.

Probably the most interesting tradition is to prepare a seat and plate for an unexpected guest. It is not common to receive an unexpected guest to the Christmas table but still the place is prepared.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hairy Comic Strip

In the beginning of January 2013 I wrote that I had little project to create comics based on my experiences outside of Finland. Finally I will release the first strip. The idea behind the first strip is the most popular post of my blog titled Hairy.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Learning Polish

Clueless alien

Polish is known for being one of the most difficult languages to learn. That would be a good excuse to say why I have not learned to speak fluent Polish in 1.5 years. Despite the reputation of Polish being a hard language I believe that I could have learned it in this time. I can speak some Polish and I can have a conversation in Polish. I believe that I could actually fully live in Polish if I would be patient enough to speak only in Polish and also communicate with friends who would be patient to listen me speaking slowly Polish.

Before coming here I was aware that the biggest obstacle for me to learn Polish would be that I end up spending time with people who do not speak Polish. I wanted to learn Polish and I still ended up spending my free time mostly speaking other languages than Polish. It was just much easier to live and rely on the languages I already know. I have been living in this bubble of foreigners in Poland and therefore have not learned to speak fluent Polish.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Eating in Georgia

Chicken salad, gomi & sacivi with chicken and khinkali
In Georgia there is a habit to usually share the food when you eat in a restaurant. Everybody can order what ever they want but plate is not brought directly in front of the person who ordered it. Instead waitress brings an own empty plate and cutlery to everybody around the table. When the order is ready it is brought to the middle of the table and everybody can take little portion to their own plate. This way everybody can taste many different flavors.

Seemed that in Georgia Coke is not as popular beverage as in many other countries. Instead of Coke Georgians like to drink lemonades with different flavors produced by local companies. Georgian wine or beer is also commonly consumed with the food.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Kazbegi

On the top of Kazbegi, Gergetis Sameba
Today we went to Gergetis Sameba monastery on the top of Kazbegi mountain. This time traffic did not seem as crazy as in the first time even though our driver was passing constantly cars in front of us. The road was in better shape than between Kutaisi and Tblisi. In the last post I forgot to mention that cars are constantly honking the horns. Once we faced the road going up to the mountain with the monastery I experienced the most bumpy ride of my life. The car had to go really slowly because of the extremely bumpy road. Finally when we reached the top of the mountain the view was amazing.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

First impressions from Georgia

Today I arrived to the airport of second biggest city of Georgia called Kutaisi. My friend Ani picked me up and we took mini bus directly to Tbilisi. The road goes through mountains with great mountain landscapes and a road with lot of curves. Though it was hard to enjoy the landscapes as driving was a bit too extreme. The driver was all the time looking opportunities to pass slower cars in front of us, often there were 3 cars side by side even though there were only 2 lines and cars did not respect much the line separating two drive lanes. Luckily we survived and I have to say that taking train next time would be safer option. In addition to our race car driver, the road was also in surprisingly bad condition. There is an ongoing construction to make better road between Kutaisi and Tbilisi. As my friend Ani says the road to success is always under construction

Despite the crazy driving culture Georgian people are pretty hospitable. In the airport friendly Georgian security officer helped us to find right bus and made sure that driver would offer us something to eat on the way to Tbilisi.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Maternity leave in Poland

Yesterday I got surprised when one lady from our office announced that she is going to maternity leave. Why did I get surprised? well, because I had not noticed anybody in the office who looks like being pregnant. I found out that in Poland you can start maternity leave already after being pregnant one month. You do not get actually an official maternity leave but doctor writes you a sick leave until you give birth. In Poland it is normal that while being pregnant you get a sick leave. In Finland you have to work and you get the maternity leave just few months before giving birth.

I found out also that abortion is illegal in Poland. Though I have been told that there are some illegal clinics where you can get the job done.