If I didn’t live in Gdańsk, I’d probably be living in Warsaw right now. I’m fascinated by this city. So when I stumbled across the Youtube channel of a British man from Oxford who now lives in Warsaw, I didn’t waste any time in inviting him to speak to Finding Poland about what it’s like living in Warsaw as an expat.
The name’s Richard Blanks. The Youtube channel is Brit in Poland. And this is Finding Poland back with its first interview since May 2022. A long time indeed. Over to Richard to introduce himself.
About Richard Blanks
Hello, my name is Richard and I am a Brit in Poland!
Having moved to Warsaw in 2018, I fell in love with this country and I continue to find new and exciting aspects of life here every year, whether that be some beautiful city, some fascinating tidbit of history or some interesting cultural realisation.
Moving to Poland has really helped me to discover more about myself and to grow a great deal as a person. Learning about this great country has also become a passion for me and I share my learnings through my website www.britinpoland.com and my Youtube channel Brit in Poland.
If you haven’t visited Poland yet, I highly encourage you to do so. You will find a lot to see here, down-to-earth people and a rich cultural heritage!
Living in Warsaw as an expat – Interview with Richard Blanks
1. So why Poland?
2. Watching some of your videos on Youtube, I understand that you struggled as a child in terms of coming out of your shell and making friends. Would it be fair to say that your time in Warsaw has revolved a great deal around your own self-development and self-discovery?
3. Sounds fantastic. Can you tell me a bit more about Warsaw Global and your role within the group?
4. Tell me something about the area you live in and other areas of Warsaw which might appeal to new expats to the city
5. What else makes Warsaw a top city to live in?
7. Which restaurants in Warsaw never fail to disappoint you?
8. How do you maintain connections to Great Britain – your home country? I’m thinking in terms of British-style pubs, traditional British food and so on.
9. What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced living in Warsaw as an expat over the past five years?
10. We talked about your group Warsaw Global earlier. Are there any other groups you can recommend for expats living in Warsaw to meet people?
11. Do you have any ambitions for the near and far future?
A Thorough Guide to Expat Life in Warsaw
I’ve had a whale of a time cooperating with Richard in recent weeks. He comes across as a very candid, empathic and positive person.
Clearly, Richard’s found his place in Poland: “I love the polish way of thinking. I worry that in the UK we’re too influenced by the US. A lot of their political problems are seeping into British culture. I think Poland is separated from that. I’m surrounded by so many like-minded individuals here and I find it so easy to talk to them”.
It seems that living in Warsaw as an expat, particularly one who’s a native speaker of English, affords the said group a great number of opportunities. As Richard stated: “Being a native English speaker – it does give you an advantage in Poland, it gives you a slightly special status. You’re a little bit of an oddity, more people are curious about you, people want to talk to you. This makes it easier to meet people”
Food for thought indeed for disillusioned Brits.