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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Poland?

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We asked people in Poland if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"Many times, usually language related. Whilst at a prestigious Dinner sat next to the Bishop of the Kujavia Pomorski region I described the dish we were eating as 'Siuper Duper' to him. There was a stunned silence throughout the dinning room as I had called the dish 'Big Arse'. I was severely reprimanded later by the people who had invited me. Eventually they did see the funny side though," remarked another expat who made the move to Bydgoszcz, Poland.

"It is important to be aware of cultural differences when visiting Poland. To avoid making a cultural faux pas, it is important to be respectful of local customs and traditions. For example, it is considered rude to be late for social engagements, so it is important to arrive on time. Additionally, it is important to dress modestly and to avoid discussing sensitive topics such as politics or religion. It is also important to remember to greet people with a handshake and to use polite language when speaking with others. Finally, it is important to remember to take off your shoes when entering someone's home," explained one expat living in Poland.

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