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Would you share a magazine/newspaper on a train with a stranger? Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Culture

Polish InterCity and EuroCity trains still often have compartments – with six seats in the first class and eight in second. That means spending two, three or six hours cooped up in a relatively confined space with a few total strangers. In such circumstances it is not uncommon for people to have a few magazines and newspapers with them (unless they’re on their laptops and tablets, of course). Then you also have those who don’t have any or have finished reading whatever they had with them. They will ask to borrow yours. Don’t be surprised. Don’t be defensive. Its normal. Annoying at times, yes, but relatively common and accepted.

I always remember taking a train when I was in college. I usually had books with me, not really magazines or newspapers. However, plenty of times I witnessed people sharing/exchanging magazines/newspapers. I don’t really have opinion about it though…I’m not sure how would I feel if some stranger would like to borrow my magazine…I will stick to the books/kindle:)

Speaking of the trains in Poland…The railway network in Poland is well organized both in respect of convenient connections and the standard of travel. Some people have even suggested that Poland should be visited by train. Although in recent years I noticed that long trips are easier by plane…and actually less expensive as well. Just recently I flew from Warsaw to Wrocław. One hour flight, nice and easy, ticket was a little less than 8 hour train ride…

Did you have any funny/crazy trips while in Poland?Anything interesting you want to share with us about your Polish train trips? Please let us know in comments below.

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.