The Mid-Date Flake

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We’ve all encountered flaky girls before. They’ll flake by never replying to your initial text, they’ll flake off after several texts and a date invitation, they’ll flake before a planned date giving any number of excuses (a girl once flake on me 15 minutes before a date saying she had to console her friend who just went through a break-up) and perhaps most egregiously they’ll fail to show up to a date, either providing lame excuses (I was cooking for friends and totally forgot) or just never replying (cunt). A rarer bird though is the mid-date flake, particularly on a date that appears to be going very well. I had the pleasure of enjoying (ahem) my first mid-date flake this evening.

First a word about the initial approach and how I got her number, of which I am particularly proud. I was walking along one of my favorite, pedestrian-ish (cars are still allowed to drive on it) streets in Warsaw when I peered (or leered) into one of my favorite coffee shops to check out the scenery. I noticed a very pretty, young girl who’s face was illuminated by her tablet, wearing a flowery shirt. I was going to meet someone shortly, so I made the quick decision simply to enter the coffee shop and open her.

I walked in and stood next to her, giving my standard line “Excuse me, how is your English?” her: pretty good “This may sound a bit random, but I just noticed you sitting here and I thought you looked really nice, illuminated by the glow of your tablet in your pretty shirt, so I thought I’d come over and say hello.” Her eyes sparkled and we chit-chatted before I invited myself to sit down “for just a couple of minutes”. This instant-instant-date lasted about 10 minutes before I excused myself and told her that I’d like to take her out some time and we exchanged numbers.

As it turns out she is 18 (turning 19 in a month), petite, speaks English well and dreams of traveling one day. The text exchange was straightforward. While texting that evening I suggested we go out a few nights later. She countered that she’d be busy that night, but suggested Friday. I never suggest Friday or Saturday for a first date, but since she did I was fine with it.

She showed up for the date right on time, looking cute and being very conversational from the get go. She asked whether we should order a coffee or something alcoholic, which made it easy to suggest alcohol. About an hour of relaxed conversation ensued. I never felt anxiety that things weren’t going well or that I needed to lead the conversation heavily, she filled every silence and I bit my tongue on several occassions just to keep her a bit tense and feeling like she needed to contribute more.

One thing I didn’t like was her taking a phone call early on, apparently from the mom of a boy she tutors, but I didn’t worry about it too much. The big disappointment came after I went to the bathroom and paid for our drinks, preparing to go to another venue, anticipating a more intimate conversation and testing the waters to invite her back to my place. She was talking on the phone again, apparently to her mom, and the tail end of the conversation (in Polish) that I caught was “ok, in about an hour”. After hanging up she told me that her family was having guests over and she totally forgot that she was supposed to watch their kids. We got up to leave and as we stepped out the front door she turned and said she had to run and was really sorry, kissing me on the cheek and leaving.

Naturally I was annoyed, even pissed. I didn’t try to comfort her and say that it was fine, I just looked at her somewhat stunned and then departed. Not long before she got the call, she asked about my age and was surprised that I was 31, because she thought I looked closer to 26 or 27. In the back of my mind I thought that perhaps she was freaked out by the age difference and decided on an elaborate excuse to leave. I have a hard time believing this, since she was just as into the conversation before and after this. I think its just the case of empty-headedness by a silly, young girl.

There’s nothing you can do in a situation when a girl is leaving that moment, you’re definitely not getting laid from her that night so there’s no Hail Mary to throw. I’ll wait to see if she texts me with another apology in the coming days, but I’m very reluctant to contact her first. She’s young, attractive and appears to be into me, but after shenanigans like that, my interest dropped off a cliff. Moreso because I have two more dates lined up in the next 3 days, and will probably have 2 more right after those once I contact some girls on Sunday.

Moral of the story: if you’re dating a lot of women you’ll invariably get flaked on, spin plates so that flakes don’t leave you hanging without female contact too long (unless you’re the one deciding to take a break) and call women on their bad behavior. Assuming she texts me, I’ll let her know that what she did was rude and unacceptable and if she wants to see me that can’t happen again. At the same time I don’t want to overreact and let this piss me off too much. Its just another experience to learn from and a reminder that even when you’re at your best, there are things that’ll always be out of your control.

On the bright side, even though I didn’t get laid tonight, I knocked out a 1,000-word post that I wouldn’t have written otherwise!

If you guys would have handled this situation differently or have suggestions on how to handle this by text, let me know in the comments. I doubt I’ll contact her if I don’t hear from her first. There are too many other women to meet who haven’t displayed bad behavior….yet.

My Cockblocking Phone Number

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Since August of 2012 I’ve had a Polish SIM card that I used with a basic Nokia cell phone. The phone itself has served its purpose of of collecting contact details and allowing phone and SMS (text message) communication. Back in late 2012 I learned from a girl that I was seeing that she couldn’t reply to my texts. Another friend also mentioned this problem, but I didn’t pay very much attention to it, assuming it was an issue with their phones or cell networks.

Fast forward to earlier this month and two girls I met recently and a third that I hadn’t contacted in a while, all told me that they couldn’t reply to my texts, receiving an error along the lines of “this message couldn’t be sent”. Two of the girls called me, while a third texted me from her company cell and also communicated on WhatsApp.

Suffice to say that this had clearly become a big problem. If these three girls couldn’t reply to me, I have no idea how many women I met over the past two years couldn’t reply to my first or second text and simply gave up without bothering to call or try from a different number. I shudder to think that many good leads simply died because of this annoying problem.

Hoping to avoid having to abandon this phone number, I set about contacting Orange (my Dutch, multinational, telecom). As I had recently gotten the new iPhone 6+ to use in Poland, I was also in the process of getting a new Nano SIM card to fit in the new phone. After first learning that the SIM card was registered under my aunt’s name (she had bought it for my dad several years ago and then I started using it) I first had to re-register the card to my name with her present, then migrate the number from a regular SIM to the Nano size.

To my frustration, the new SIM card didn’t solve my problem, the contacts who couldn’t reply to my texts before, still couldn’t do so. I tried going to Orange again and they gave me a new SIM card, saying that sometimes there are problems with the card. I was already skeptical since this was my second new card in as many days, and my suspicions were vindicated when the same problem repeated itself.

My final option with Orange was to call customer service and describe the problem, providing dates, times and numbers of contacts I had made when the problem presented itself. The thoroughly unhelpful answer I ultimately received from Orange was that I should ask my contacts who have this problem to contact their carrier. I didn’t even know everyone who was having the problem because they had never replied and the people who did told me this was the only time they had ever had this problem, the problem was my number!!

My last attempt to remedy this situation was to move my number from Orange to Play, a Polish telecom. After filling out the paperwork at Play, the process was set in motion and within 4 days my number was now on their network. Alas, the problem didn’t resolve itself. For some strange reason, unheard of to the half-dozen Orange and Play employees I talked to (I even asked at a local cell phone shop), some of my contacts were unable to reply to my texts, irrespective of a phone and network change and 3 new SIM cards.

I decided that pursuing this issue further just wasn’t worth the time and effort, especially since every new girl I met (through daygame of course) might or might not be able to reply to my initial text. Of course a certain percentage will always flake off and never reply, but I had to be sure that this was the case, and not because of a phantom, technical problem. I went to Play and got a new SIM card and phone number. As I write this I’m sending out texts to my contacts to inform them of my new number. I hope I don’t have to do this again anytime in the future, but its satisfying to know that I’m able to receive replies to all my texts.

The unfortunate reality of international travel is that you’ll have to switch sim cards in each new country you visit, unless you want to pay exorbitant roaming charges. You can by packets of data and cell service while traveling, but this also isn’t practical for more than short trips. Once you get a local SIM, be sure to test it by calling and texting your number from other phones.

So far my main experience with foreign SIMs has been in Poland and briefly in Bucharest, Romania. If you have any advice for using a cell phone while traveling, share it in the comments below.

Cash Money in Poland

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Poland’s paper currency. The 200 PLN note is quite rare, while 100 PLN ($30.25) is what you’ll commonly receive from an ATM or kantor.

Although Poland is a European Union member state, it hasn’t transitioned to the Euro. It’s currency is the Złoty or PLN (“złoto” means “gold”). The exchange rate has fluctuated a lot over the past several decades as Poland has emerged from being a communist satellite state with a command economy, to a free-market oriented democracy. To date in 2014 the exchange rate has fluctuated from 3.03 to 3.31 złotys per $1 (USD).

Cash is the primary method of payment I use in Poland. By withdrawing a set amount of cash every couple of weeks, I have an easier time of budgeting and tracking my expenses over time. I’m also wary of surcharges for using credit and debit cards and out of an abundance of caution, prefer not to carry cards around, unless I’m traveling out of the country.

Kantors

The most common way for travelers in Poland to obtain PLN is to exchange their country’s currency at money changers called a “kantor”. The kantor will have a table like the one pictured below that will list the exchange rates for various currencies in relation to the PLN. It’s important to note that the “Kupno” (“Buy”) rate is what you will receive in Złotys, while the “Sprzedaż” (“Sell”) rate is the amount in Złotys it will cost to buy one unit of your chosen currency. Looking at the picture below, the kantor would “buy” 1 USD from you for 3.48 PLN, while he would “sell” you 1 USD for 3.61 PLN.

This is one of the ways that kantors make money, by charging travelers a higher rate for buying a currency other than the Złoty (this is standard practice with money changers around the world). To further illustrate the example, at these rates $100 could be exchanged for 348 Polish Złoty.

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Travelers need to be abundantly cautious with kantors and their equivalents around the world. Though most travelers are savvy enough not to get gouged when exchanging currency by first using tools like Google’s currency converter to check rates, a certain number of money changers will offer ridiculously bad rates that some people will fall for.

Several years ago I was even fooled at one of these kantors (on the Krakowskie Przedmieście in Warsaw near the Royal Castle) and received only 220 złotys in exchange for $100, roughly a 30% commission! The worst rates will always be around tourist areas and airports. If you check the rates online in advance, you’ll be prepared to exchange currency. In Poland today the official exchange rate is 1 USD for 3.31 PLN. At a kantor a good rate would be 1 USD for 3.26 PLN, representing about a 1.5% commission.

ATMs

My preferred method of getting cash is withdrawing PLN from my USD based checking or savings account at my credit union in California. I am not charged any ATM fees (as long as my savings balance stays above $2,000) and the exchange rates are very close to the official rates. Last week I withdrew cash at a rate of 3.30 złoty per dollar, while the official rate was roughly 3.306.

As a rule I don’t use ATMs on the street as a matter of safety (though Poland is a safe country, it’s an extra precaution). Many banks will have ATMs indoors that can be accessed after hours by swiping your ATM card. I also prefer to go to banks that are known to me, namely Citi Bank in Warsaw.

In Poland an ATM is called a “bankomat”.

Banks and Credit Cards

I’ve read that banks are the best place for exchanging currency and that it is best to pay with a credit card. I haven’t checked this personally, but it is worth exploring if you are a traveler. I think that the banks exchange rate is probably the same as the rate you receive when withdrawing from their ATM (assuming you aren’t charged fees).

The one time I’ve used a credit card in Poland this year (when purchasing a TV at the Saturn electronics store in Warsaw) I was asked whether I wanted the charge to be in USD or PLN. I chose USD and ended up being charged a non-refundable $20 fee on top of the purchase price. In the future I would opt to be charged in PLN, but it’s a lesson to do your research beforehand.

It’s inevitable that you’ll be scammed out of some money while traveling, whether it’s overpriced food, lodging, alcohol or exchange rates. You can chalk these up as learning experiences that show you how a minority of any country’s population makes a living from skimming off of the naivete or ignorance of travelers. The key is to avoid situations that separate you from a big chunk of your money.

When traveling to foreign countries, be sure to inform your bank that you will be traveling (including the specific countries and dates of travel) so that your credit and debit cards won’t be frozen when you try to use them abroad. You should do this at least a week before departing so that it enters their system.

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Polish coins. Getting change for purchases is an ongoing issue in Poland. Having exact change or at least a low denomination is much more preferable than paying with a 100 PLN note for an 12 PLN cup of coffee. It may happen that they won’t have spare change to give you and you’ll have to pay by credit card or break your large bills elsewhere.

Conclusion

When I planned a short trip to Lviv, Ukraine in 2012, I was interested in converting some dollars to Hryvnya, the local currency. It turned out that the rate in downtown Warsaw was terrible, while the pit stop that the bus made at the border next to a row of small, money exchange huts, yielded almost the exact, official exchange rate. Your own experience will teach you where to get the best bang for your buck (or Pound, or Euro, or Yen, …)

When traveling, bring a decent amount of cash with you, even if you plan on making most purchases with a credit card. You never know if your cards will be frozen or fail to work through a technical error. Even if you can’t get the local currency for some reason, having some $20 or $100 bills might prove more valuable than anything you could say in the local language.

Shopping at Tesco in Warsaw

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My last post included an extensive list of grocery prices in Warsaw from the Carrefour supermarket chain, one of the largest in Poland. As a point of comparison I made a trip to Tesco last week, a British chain that has established its warehouse-style stores in Poland, which consist of not only groceries, but clothing and household appliances, comparable to Target in the U.S., but with a better selection of food, including fresh produce.

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Apple sauce (720g): 4.59zł [$1.39]
Bananas (1kg): 4.49zł [$1.36]
Beer, Budweiser (Czech not US, 500ml bottle): 3.89zł [$1.18]
Beer, Ciechan Hefeweizen (500 ml bottle): 4.69zł [$1.42]
Beer, Ciechan Wyborne (500ml bottle): 3.49 zł [$1.06]
Beer, Żywiec (4x500ml cans): 10.99zł [$3.33]
Beets (5kg): 0.99zł (sale price, regularly 3.99zł) [$0.30]
Bell Pepper, red (1kg): 4.99zł [$1.51]
Broccoli (1kg): 2.49zł [$0.76]
Carp (live fish, 1kg): 12.99zł [$3.94]
Carrots (1kg): 1.19zł [$0.36]
Chicken breasts (1kg): 15.49zł [$4.70]
Chicken hearts (1kg): 6.49zł [$1.97]
Cod (1kg): 27.99zł [$8.49]
Coffee, instant, Jacobs/Maxwell (200g): 14.99zł [$4.55]
Condoms, Durex Performax Intense (10-pack): 39.99zł [$12.13]
Condoms, Durex Real Feel (10-pack): 32.99zł
Cookies, Delicje (147g): 2.99 zł
Duck, Peking leg (500g): 10zł
Eggs (20-count_: 8.55zł
Halibut (1kg): 23.99zł
Honey (1kg): 24.99zł
Juice: 3.99zł
Kasza (buckwheat, 4x100g packets): 1.49zł
Kidney beans (425ml can): 3.89zł
Kidney beans (500g bag): 3.99zł
Laundry detergent, Vizir (5.6kg): 41.99zł (sale price, regularly 79.99zł)
Milk (2%, 1 liter): 2.59zł
Milk (3.2%, 1 liter): 2.69zł
Onions, red (1kg): 3.99zł
Onions, white (1kg): 1.99zł
Oranges (1kg): 4.99zł
Orange Juice, Tymbark (1 liter): 3.99zł
Pierogi with meat (potato dumplings, 500g): 6.99zł
Pierogi with cheese and blueberries (400g): 4.49zł
Pizza with ham (1kg): 7.89zł
Potatoes (1kg): 3.49zł
Salmon filet (1kg): 45.99zł
Soy milk (1 liter): 8.29zł
Tomatoes (1kg): 4.99zł
Toothpaste, Colgate (2x75ml tubes): 9zł
Turkey steaks (400g): 10.99zł
Vodka, Luksusowa (Potato vodka, 700ml): 29.99zł
Vodka, Smirnoff (700ml): 32.99zł
Vodka, Żoładkowa (herb infused, my favorite, 700ml): 29.99zł
Whiskey, Jack Daniels (700ml): 74.99zł
Whisky, Ballantines (1 liter): 74.99zł
Whisky, Ballantines (12-year, 700ml): 99.99zł
Whisky, Chivas Regal (12-year, 700ml): 129zł
Whisky, Chivas Regal (18-year, 700ml): 235zł
Whisky, Glenfiddich (12-year, 700ml): 134zł
Whisky, Glenfiddich (15-year, 700ml): 174.99zł
Whisky, Glenlivet (12-year, 700ml): 149zł
Whisky, Glenlivet (15-year, 700ml): 179zł
Whisky, Johnny Walker Red (700ml): 48.99zł
Yogurt, drink (400ml): 2.59zł
Yogurt, Greek (400g): 1.79zł

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Gravesite candles, popular among Poland’s Roman Catholic population, especially on All-Saints Day, November 1, when the graves of relatives are traditionally visited

I noticed that Tesco’s prices were generally lower than Carrefour, with some exceptions, though outside of deeply discounted sale items, the price difference isn’t dramatic enough to merit a weekly visit. If Tesco were located within walking distance, it would be my preferred place to shop, but to get there I have to take the metro which is close to half an hour each way and $3 for the roundtrip ticket. Tesco’s advantage appears to be the availability of bulk items (which makes prices more competitive) and the other household items that they have for sale. I may plan to make a monthly trip to Tesco to stock up on staples like rice, beans and beverages as well as occasional restocking of laundry detergent and toiletries.

Where you decide to shop will ultimately be a matter of convenience combined with price. Saving $5-10 per week may be important enough to go further out of your way to shop. Given Poland’s relatively low grocery prices compared to California, I prefer the convenience of Carrefour. There aren’t any large, warehouse chains like Costco in Poland, at least that I’m aware of. Should they appear it would be worth considering. The bottom line though, is that I recommend doing most of your shopping in large supermarket chains, over local shops. These may be fine for produce or occasional sale items, but you’ll get far better band for your buck out of stores with wider reach, and thus greater buying power and competitive prices.

Grocery Shopping in Warsaw

For anyone considering moving to Poland or even visiting, knowing how much groceries cost is worthwhile information to have. I spent some time today looking through receipts and also browsing the aisles of the Carrefour supermarket in the basement level of the Złote Tarasy shopping mall in downtown Warsaw.

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Carrefour is one of the largest grocery store chains in Poland. The largest is probably the British chain, Tesco. Given Tesco’s size I think prices are probably even more competitive there, but I don’t have one within walking distance. There are also smaller markets such as Biedronka (Ladybug), Lux and Żabka (Frog, Poland’s equivalent of 7-11). There are also a plethora of mom and pop grocery stores and even street vendors who sell produce brought in from the countryside out of their cars or on the sidewalk. With the exception of produce sellers on the street, prices for most items are likely to be higher in the smaller stores, though they are convenient. For the budget-conscious man, most groceries should be made in a store like Tesco or Carrefour (or their equivalent in other parts of Poland such as Piotr i Paweł [Peter and Paul]).

The list below includes a wide cross-section of items, even including some household items that you may need to purchase. Prices are subject to change depending on the season and availability of items, but these are accurate as of this month (I checked most of them today).

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I can’t think of anything of the top of my head that’s unavailable in Poland that I could buy back in California. There are surely some items, but it mostly comes down to price. There are more and more specialty food shops, including organic food stores where you can buy all sorts of things.

If there is any other type of food or other item you’d buy in a supermarket that you’d like me to check the price for, let me know in the comments. Future posts will included prices for coffee shops and restaurants, from fast food to fine dining.

I included the dollar price for the first dozen or so items, for the others you can run the numbers. $1 is roughly 3 złoty. Divide any of these prices by 3 and it’ll be close to the actual dollar amount. The złoty has fluctuated between 3.10 and 3.25 to the dollar in the last month.

3.25zł = 1 dollar
1 liter = 0.26 gallons
1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds
500 grams = 1.1 pounds

Almonds (240g): 22.99zł [$7.05]
Almond milk (1 liter): 14.99zł [$4.60]
Apples, Granny Smith (1kg): 4.99zł [$1.53]
Aronia berry juice (1 liter): 18zł [$5.52]
Aronia berry and apple juice, fresh: 3.79zł [$1.16]
Baguette, small: 2.09zł [$0.64]
Bake Rolls crackers: 2.59zł [$0.79]
Bananas (1kg): 2.99zł [$0.92]
Beef steak (1kg): 28zł [$8.59]
Beer, Ciechan honey (0.5 liter): 4.73zł [$1.45]
Beer, Ciechan strong (0.5 liter): 3.20zł [$0.98]
Beer, Erdinger dunkel (0.5 liter): 5.99zł [$1.84]
Beer, Paulaner dunkel (0.33 liter): 4.09zł [$1.25]
Bell pepper, red (1kg): 4.99zł [$1.53]
Blueberry jam (280g): 5.99zł
Bread roll (each): 0.29zł
Bread, white toast (750g): 5.19zł
Broccoli, frozen (450g): 6.09zł
Cabbage, red (1kg): 1.49zł
Carrots, fresh (1kg): 1.19zł
Carrots, frozen (450g): 3.49zł
Cashews (240g): 24.99zł
Cereal (300g): 6zł
Cheese, Gouda (1kg): 25zł
Cheese, Radamer (1kg): 30zł
Chicken, drumsticks (1kg): 9.99zł
Chocolate bar with hazelnuts: 8.20zł
Chocolate chip cookies: 4.39zł
Chocolate-covered hazelnuts (80 grams): 4.29zł
Cleaning spray, Ajax: 14.29zł
Cod (1kg): 15.99zł
Corn on the cob (each): 1.39zł
Couscous (250g): 2.99zł
Dr. Pepper (1 liter): 4.69zł
Eggs, 15-count: 6.49zł
Flax oil (1.5 liter): 54.99zł
Flour (1kg): 1.99zł
Grapes, white (500g): 5.99zł
Ham, deli sliced (1kg): 26.99zł
Honey: 27.99zł
Ice cream, Movenpick brand (900ml): 17.19zł
Laundry detergent, Vizir (2.8kg): 45.99zł
Lettuce (head): 2.19zł
Lightbulb, standard: 7.99zł
Milk, 2% (1 liter): 2.29zł
Oats, organic (450g): 2.99zł
Olive oil (500ml): 22zł
Orange juice (1 liter): 4.75zł
Oranges (1kg): 6.99zł
Pasta noodles (500g): 4zł
Pasta sauce (500ml): 5.39zł
Pecans (240g): 24.99zł
Potatoes (1kg): O.79zł
Rice (1kg): 2.99zł
Salmon, Norwegian (100g): 5.99zł
Sausage, white (1kg): 15.99zł
Spaghetti noodles (400g): 1.01zł
Spinach, frozen (400 grams): 5.49zł
Strawberries, frozen (450g): 6.67zł
Tilapia (1kg): 18.89z
Tomatoes (1kg): 7zł
Turkey, deli sliced (1kg): 28.99zł
Vodka, Pan Tadeusz, aronia flavor (500ml): 29.99zł
Vodka, Wyborowa (1 liter): 50.39zł
Water (6 liter bottle): 4.29zł
Watermelon (1kg): 2.99zł
Whiskey, Johnnie Walker Black (700ml): 99.99zł
Whiskey, Johnnie Walker Red (700ml): 52.35zł
Yogurt, drinkable: 2.69zł
Yogurt, Greek: 4.09zł

Patient Ambition Summer 2014 Newsletter

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Summer has flown by fast and we’re already into September. A lot has happened in my life, most notably my move from California to Warsaw, Poland last March.

In this, first edition of the Patient Ambtion newsletter I sum up some of my recent experiences and personal goals. For regular updates (no more than several times per month) on what I’m doing and recent posts, check out the newsletter, and click “subscribe” for more, free content.

7 Reasons I Don’t Have a Car in Warsaw

Since March I’ve been living in Poland’s capital city, Warsaw. Shortly after I moved out of California, my trusty, 1995 Volvo 850 Turbo, was given away to charity for a tax deduction. The car was a trooper that lasted me roughly 250,000 miles (the odometer broke at 189,000). It lasted me through 100s of commutes and several long road trips, including from Northern California to Louisiana and back.

Although in a sentimental sense I’ll miss that car and the memories it represented, part of the lifestyle change I’ve made means that I don’t need a car. And honestly I don’t miss having one. Here are the reasons why:

1. Downtown Living

Rondo Dmowskiego, the center of Warsaw

Rondo Dmowskiego, the center of Warsaw

I live in the geographical center of downtown. Some of the best restaurants (including excellent sushi bars) are on my street. I can walk to the biggest mall in Warsaw in 10-15 minutes. I can walk to Mokotowska Street, home to the highest concentration of clubs in the city in 15 minutes. I can walk to the historic Old Town in 25 minutes.

2. Trams

The "Tramwaj", a great way to avoid street traffic.

The “tramwaj”, a great way to avoid street traffic.

The “tramwaj” is my second favorite form of transportation after walking. Trams crisscross the city and also travel across the bridges over the Vistula river to the Praga district. Since trams run on their own rails, they don’t get stuck in traffic. Tram tickets come in a 20-minute and 75 minute variety and cost 3.40 zł and 4.40 zł respectively ($1.07 and $1.39). There is a 50% discount for seniors and students with ID up to 30 years old.

Ticket checks occur randomly and involve plainclothes transportation officers entering a bus, tram or metro car and asking for everyone’s tickets. They use an electronic reader to check that your ticket has been validated and hasn’t yet expired. Although ticket checks occur infrequently, it’s not worth running the risk of riding without a ticket. If you ride frequently you’re bound to run into a check within a couple of months and will have to pay a fine of 200 zł or more ($62+). Don’t expect to play the “I don’t speak Polish” or “I don’t have money” card. They know English well enough and they’ll march you to an ATM to withdraw cash.

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Nick’s Life in Warsaw

I’ve been living in Warsaw for over 5 months since moving out of California. In this video I share some of my reflections on living in Poland’s capital. I’m also experimenting with recording through my iSight camera on my Macbook Air and using a Yeti microphone. My previous two videos were shot on a Canon camcorder with an external mic.

Daygame Nitro by Nick Krauser, Review

I first heard of Nick Krauser through his interview on London Real about two years ago. In the past few years Nick has proven himself to be one of the best day gamers in the world, providing video evidence of his approaches, open to close (all the way to the bedroom) and has slept with over 70 women in the past 3 years.

His catchphrase has become “Younger, Hotter, Tighter”, an abbreviation of what he considers the central principle of Game: “You must be fucking girls hotter and younger than you are.”

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Patient Ambition on YouTube, Nick in Warsaw

Today I published the first video on the PatientAmbition.com Youtube Channel. It’s a basic introduction where I say a few things about myself and the site.

If you have any suggestions for videos that you’d like to see in the future or feedback on the video quality, I’d be glad to hear it in the comments below or under the video on YouTube.

Thanks