Vices we love: The shock of quasi-normalcy

Thursday, January 26, 2006

The shock of quasi-normalcy

Nobody is staring at me- I get some looks because I dress like an eskimo while most Poles go about in shorts and light jackets- but none of those lingering stares that made me feel like a Martian. How will I ever cope with semi-integration?
Not to mention that I'm finding out that I speak Polish. Not very good Polish mind you, and if you insist that fluency includes the ability to form complete sentences I am not your ideal, but....hold your horses....

I am able to do errands in Polish. Just today I ate breakfast, had lunch, bought supplies and asked for directions and used Polish 80% of the time. I can read menus and make change. This is a relief you can not understand unless you have been in a place where it took you four months to figure out that you were looking at a barber shop not a brothel (and vice versa). (Off topic, why not combine the two?)

They hate the EU here because globalization is a catch-phrase for "let's find some poor people and make them work for three dollars a day" (and because the population here is devoutly Catholic- my room in the dorm featured a small figurine of the crucifixion, complete with fake blood, which I took off the hook it was hanging on because images of torture are not the first thing I want to see in the morning- and being devout they don't go for the post-religious libertine Western European ideal) but it's still managing to drag the population into the world. On the train to Czestachowa I talked (pantomimed really) with an engineer who just came back from Egypt and was preparing for a spring assignment to Iceland. Oh Iceland.....


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Blogger Adalmin said...

Crazy foreign people.

I remember coming to California and thinking WHAT THE FUCK and covering myself up like those round Kurdish women you see in Iraqi mountains, and getting totally pwned by guys strolling around in t-shirts and shorts, FUCKING SHORTS, and slippers.


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Blogger asiatown77 said...

Haven't seen too many shorts and slippers around here....

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