“I fell in love with Poland,” is not the answer you will get from foreigners living here to the question of “Why have you made Poland your home?” Those who have uprooted themselves to set up camp in Poland are usually those who have fallen in love with a citizen of this country. Of course, there are exceptions, like some new age families from Switzerland or Sweden hiding out in northeastern Poland and making fabulous cheese.
Not that the country isn’t pretty. Just that the lovely places are not obvious like Paris. You have to make out effort to go seek them out. And some memorable outings, like mushroom picking in “Golden October” weather, you just can’t buy tickets for them.
From my experience of the “mixed” couples here, there are more cases of foreign men married to local women than there are Polish men tying the knot with other nationalities. Like elsewhere, St. Valentine’s Day has become a public spending event at restaurants and chocolate depots. However, the spike in the sales of flowers will not be on Feb 14 but later on International Women’s Day (March 8). Originally, it was a communist idea for breaking the humdrum of the daily grind. Women then were given carnations by their bosses. To this day, the carnation still suffers a bad reputation from this association. So, skip the carnations; they won’t score you any points.