Why I Left the U.K. for Poland [Kult America]

Poland is a V sign, Poland is the leader, Poland is freedom, Poland is hope, Poland is future, my home, my country, my family. Poland is pride and dignity. Poland is us. Estimations suggest that nearly one million Polish citizens currently reside in the United Kingdom, yet very few Brits have immigrated to Poland. There’s one exception however and he goes by the name of Patrick Ney. Not only has he immigrated from the United Kingdom to Poland, but he actively takes to Social Media to encourage the national pride of his new home. On today’s episode of Kult America we’re going to find out why Patrick left his home in Great Britain for Poland. If there were a hypothetical war between Great Britain and Poland which side would you fight for? Oh that’s a good question, I would just run away to Switzerland. I’d have to. In that situation I couldn’t take a side between those two. What I can tell you, is that even if anything did happen here in this country I would fight to defend this country because there’s something about these people, you know, they are so divided, they are so angry at each other but you know that the minute an invader came knocking they would come together like they have done for so many hundreds of years and I feel very strongly about this country, so I can tell you that if something, if someone, anyone else other than the UK invaded Poland you’d see me there in a front rank, trying to do something about it, helping to defend this country.

What team do you support? I’m not entirely sure what’re you asking but when it comes to football than I support Legia Warszawa if it comes to football in England I support the Ipswich Town. Now I’ve been living and working in Warsaw, in Poland since 2010. I’m a writer, I love writing, creating content, and just talking to people, it’s just a way to have interaction with people. And the biggest exposure I have in my life is my 8 month year old daughter, Zosia, she is just the source of such joy.

A lot of people might imagine that if you moved from Great Britain to Poland, a country where Poles are just flocking to that something may have been wrong with your life. I was 27, I’ve been working and living in London for 6 years, I’ve done a very high pressing job working in a Prime Minister’s Cabinet office during the global crisis. And the whole experience of just being there, and experiencing through that storm just chewed me up literally, so I was emotionally, physically and mentally exhausted when I moved over here, but I was also 27 I didn’t have any obligations, I had no kids, all the thing that tie me down here now to Poland and it was more of the sense of “I’m 27 and it’s about time I did something more interesting than just living and working in London”. And nothing is more dangerous than a 27 years old man with the thirst for adventure, I tell you that Ryan. The British passport is one of the best passports a human being could obtain on this little planet of ours and I suppose you could’ve chosen any country.

What was it about Poland that made you choose to come here? I’ll tell this in brief. I’ve been to Sierra Leon I’d unfortunately eaten a falafel kebab on Siaka Stevens Street in the centre of Freetown. Over the next two days before my flight back I’ve had some unfortunate uncomfortable experiences and I’ve haven’t eaten in three days. And I went, as a traditional British person would do rather than go to the nearest tropical disease hospital, I decided I would try and cure it by drinking as much Guinness as possible. And I went to a little pub in the Angel in North London and had about 6 pints of Guinness, which on an empty stomach after three days what I’ve been through was a dangerous experience. My friend then said “Let’s go to this pizza restaurant around the corner.” I was sitting in this restaurant, and there was that beautiful blonde girl dancing like a ballerina around the tables. And she was a Pole, and we started to date each other, and very quickly I traveled to Poland, and very quickly, yeah, fell in love.

It was an emotional reaction to the country, but of course you as a tourist see the best parts of the country. And after about three years of having being together she then move back to Warsaw and it was one of that s**t or bust moments when it’s like are we going to stay together or not, so as I said, 27, no obligations, whether or not, I had no plan whatsoever, I did not had a clue what I was even for at all, literally so disorganized, I can’t believe it. It’s been a hell of the experience. Would I be accurate in assuming that you were kind of a party guy at the time? You know it’s a good question because the society that you live in really does define your behaviour. In Britain we have a big drinking culture, it’s different to the one that’s here, a very different to an American drinking culture, it’s quite unique and it’s not unusual for someone at 12 o’clock on a Thursday afternoon to be in a pub, having two quick pints in their lunch break. Living in Poland had completely changed my behaviour.

I find it interesting because you go, you oscillate between one very different culture with many similarities and another. And these things, you know, there are lots of things that divide you. And I act and talk and maybe even think slightly different in those two cultures when I’m there. It’s uncomfortable going between one and the other, because I’m mostly used to living, working, thinking, and kind of acting in Polish. I know that there was an incident with you here in Poland which is why I wanted to ask about your take on the safety and it involved football hooliganism. I was trying to get a ticket to the Puchar Polski between Legia Warszawa and Lech Poznań. I got that ticket, I also I did what I always do which was I went to the pub with my mates. I was just on the corner of one of the busiest streets in Warsaw and I was attacked.

I had a fractured skull and a very large hematoma inside my brain. Lying in a hospital bed, realising that I could very well not be on this planet or suddenly with very serious mental problems, memory problems, speech problems. I thought a lot about what was important to me. And I realize you don’t think about work, or all those kinda stuff from day to day.

When you’re facing your own death you think about the people who you love, the people who are close to you, and just want to be close to them. Having being saved with the hands of Polish doctors, what can you honestly say about medical care here? Budget of the Polish National Health Service is about 5 times smaller than the British National Health Service, massive injection of European Union funding. I was in an old military hospital, in fact my fiance’s father had stayed there when he had yellow fever in 1980s. My wing hadn’t changed very much, but a lot of the rest of the hospital was completely modernized. And both that hospital and the hospital where my baby was born were as good if not better, much better, than the average British National Health Hospital in terms of the quality of the equipment. I would agree with you, I think Polish people have an unfair understanding of many of their public institutions and how they work and that says a lot about how they see themselves in their country. Did you have any epiphany of regret that you might be dying in a place where your mother and your immediate family were not? Every decision in life has it’s cons and benefits.

It’s certainly a painful one to realise that you can’t wake up and see that your mother can be with your granddaughter, you know it hurts, it does. But on the other hand that’s the way the cookie crumbles and if you’ve looked at the train times between the Edinburg and where my parents live it’s twice as long as between where I live now and where they live so in fact I’m closer here than certain parts of the UK. You actively put out videos on Facebook and YouTube to encourage Polish national pride, at least that’s how I’ve perceived it. What is your motivation in doing that? Originally my blog and my Facebook profile were all about communicating with the group of people in Polish about my views of the country. And on 11 of November, Poland’s Independence Day I released a poem that I’d written about Poland two years before that it got a great reaction. “What is Poland? Tradition, history, unity, respect for elders, hostility, combining, complaining, dealing, pushing, registering, baking.

We’re celebrating or being festive, are we gossiping and fighting. We remember.” People literally saying, and that’s when you send to yourself congratulates when you know that it made them cry, it made them laugh literally in a space of two or three sentences, that they’ve never seen anyone talk about Poland in that way. I am someone, I think I do have a voice of unique perspective like everybody does in that country I live in. I want to help Poles to understand the country they live in better than they do today. I know that it sounds like a noble ambition, but I want to help to bring Poles together and just like you Ryan I also feel that Poles don’t quite understand what a wonderful country they live in.

I work in Polish, think in Polish, speak in Polish, read Polish watch Polish, listen to Polish podcasts and the foreign country for me now is the UK What is your favourite thing about Poland? I love walking down the street in the summer and picking up half a kilo of the freshest fruit you can possibly imagine and paying peanuts for it and literally just scoffing down black hearts and raspberries and strawberries that are so seasonal, you know and you pay four times as much for a half as much in the UK. And it’s just full of vitamins and goodness. And I love the fact that when the Pole says that you’re his friend, he really really means it. Tell me what are the differences between British women and Polish women and which do you prefer? I’m probably telling everyone what I already know which is that Polish women are some of the most beautiful women in the world but what makes them super attractive is that they’re super intelligent.

Do I think that British women are particularly attractive, I can’t lie to you don’t think they do. But not many people have ever told me that they are more attractive than Polish women so I think I’m in the majority in that opinion. Oh I think they have attractive accents. Are you finding my accent attractive right now? Oh I love the british accent. Actually I’ve always aspired to learn it. But it’s been a while. Thank you! Oh my God, that’s creepy. I’ve never heard someone doing the american accent like this. Really? What are you favourite foods in Poland? I just like to eat sandwiches. Bread in Poland’s really nice. I like bigos that my father in law makes, he does really really nice hunter’s stew and he just makes the bomb. Top 3 favorite cities in Poland. Warsaw, Wroclaw, I don’t think I have a third. The hardest question of the whole interview. Question everyone wants to know. How the f**k did you learn to speak Polish as well as you do? Funny you should say that Ryan because I have actually produced a video on YouTube which is “12 steps for learning Polish”. I think that’s how it goes, I should probably remember the titles of my own videos.

“Oh hello, what a coincidence! I am reading very big biography of Piłsudski, really nice book. Listen, today I would like to give you 11 ways to learn the language”. You find it on YouTube if you type in my name, Patrick Ney, it’s my channel there, it’s also on my Facebook. Or if you click the card in this video. Man, these guys are good, aren’t they good? About ten years ago, when I started my life in Poland I thought if only I could say at least a few words in Polish, it would be nice. And if i meet another foreigner, he also could. Today we have the opportunity to make my dream come true. But I have to admit I am very jealous. Stop it. Seven years? Six years summing up. I’ve been here for 10 years, but your Polish is twice as good. You know, everyone has his own road, so I can only say that I’m very sorry that I cannot speak on the level I want to.

I would like to speak like a true Pole, I still have an accent, I still make mistakes. But the most important thing is that I can communicate and I know you do well in Poland. I think that comparing you to the others, you are really good at Polish, and damn it, we have a long road ahead. Patrick, thank you so much for joining us on the interview, everyone check out his channel, he actually speaks Polish publicly and consistently, and all the time, so if you want to hear how a foreigner speaks Polish, Patrick is your lad. Thank you, see you. Thanks a lot. Socash, you’re a hot interviewer man, you ask hard questions, I like it, that’s something new. This is actually, like I told you, this is a soft Pole interview. Yeah, when I work on the radio I was. F**k no..

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