One of my daily reads is the excellent website Quartz. It’s a fascinating mix of business, economics, finance, and other sorts of things that are right up my alley. It is modern journalism at its finest and if you want to learn about (and understand) the world today, you really should read it, too. (For the record, I’m not a paid representative of Quartz and no one working there asked me to say this.)
I have read two pieces on Quartz recently about Poland, a country I have yet to visit (but would really like to visit). The first is by programmer/project manager Sean Crabtree and is called I left America for the real land of promise – Poland.
After seven years living in New York City’s hustle and bustle, working as a digital products manager for a major media company, my wife and I decided to leave and see the world. If you’d told either of us that within a year we’d be living full lives with satisfying jobs in southern Poland, we never would’ve believed you. After a year and a half here, we have no plans of returning to the US.
We chose Kraków because we have close friends here, who also left New York City in 2010 after not finding work for nine long months. Now they own a translating, teaching and proofreading business and are so busy with clients that they constantly have to turn down work. When they first announced their intention to move to Poland, I was taken aback by what seemed to be a radical plan, but now it makes perfect sense. They left their (home)land of opportunity for one that’s truly earning that reputation.
Basically, Crabtree works in the technology industry in Poland and that is amazing. I don’t speak Polish, but I would be willing to give it a try if I lived in Poland.