I’m Phil. I’m an Australian who has been living in Warsaw, Poland for a little over 18 months. Nearly 2 years, now that I think about it.
In that time, I’ve learned a lot about myself. A lot about Poland and Warsaw. I love this place. I love the country, the culture, the people.
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Anyway, Uber drivers, friends of friends, colleagues – they all constantly ask me ‘Oh wow, Australia, WOW no way! Why are you here?’ They’re even more blown away when I tell them that there’s a small community of Australians and Kiwis (New Zealanders) that call Warsaw home.
That’s not me, that’s Ryan – my fellow Melbournian who also lives in Warsaw.
In my hometown of Melbourne, Australia, we’re known for a huge Greek and Italian population. The smells, sounds and tastes down Lygon St on any night of the week rival that of Rome, Athens and Naples.
There’s the Asian communities in (believe it or not) China town, Springvale and Box Hill that add so much colour and vibrancy to our city – and yes, there’s even a Polish community. Every Saturday, as close to November 11 as possible, Melbourne celebrates the Polish Festival in Federation Square.
These cultures are one of the many things that make Australia rich and beautiful.
In my time here, I’ve met people from some far off countries – some countries that I can’t even locate on a map – As a geography nerd, that’s a little disappointing.
So many people, from so many countries, have fallen in love with Warsaw, and with Poland.
They have made a decision to leave their lives and reside here.
They choose to be here.
They want to be here.
These people add value to Warsaw. These people are part of what makes Warsaw so brilliant. We bring cultures from all over the world into one of the most forgotten cities of Europe. The way these people segregate into Polish culture and celebrate it is a beautiful sight.
And that’s what this blog is for.
Expats of Poland.
Foreigners in Poland.
My goal is to hear the stories of foreigners in Poland, who come from all over the world.
On occasions, I may get a little passionate, too.
From Rzeszow to Zielona Gora, from Racibórz to Gdynia, my aim is to take the stories of foreigners in Poland and show Poles, Europeans, Australians and any other nationality that this country is loved, cherish, respected and desired by all walks of life.