Tuesday, January 29, 2013

"Polish" student evening in Ghent

This is quite off-topic, but please bear with me.

After some moving around I am back in Belgium (Ghent). I discovered that while I was away, the local "student association which promotes active European citizenship and European integration" (this is from their description) organized a Polish evening. [Click on any of the images to enlarge.]

ITEM 1: The organization description from their Facebook profile. "Minos Ghent is a student association which promotes active European citizenship and European integration. With us you can attend debates and lectures, cultural evenings and exchange with our partner organizations."



They organized a Polish evening and to introduce people to Polish culture, they decided that people who dress up in typical Polish clothes will get free shots of vodka. Of course, traditional Polish clothes are those of plumbers and cleaning ladies.

ITEM 2: The event posting from their fb profile. The description reads: 
"The moment for all those interested to get to know us better!
We begin at 8 pm with an open meeting about what exactly we are planning this year. Starting at 9 pm we keep the good tradition of having an evening under the flag of the country holding the presidency of the European council. This semester it is Poland!
We fly firmly [we play hard?]! PLUMBERS AND CLEANING LADIES, there are free shots of vodka for those who come dressed up!
[irrelevant stuff]
Everyone is welcome!"



The organization was also kind enough to set up the room properly, so that everyone can see what Polish culture is all about. Apparently, it's sucking dicks:

ITEM 3. A picture from the party. On the wall: "Suck my dick" (misspelled, it should be "zrób mi loda". Next to the logo of Solidarity, the trade union among whose members was Lech Walesa, largely responsible for the fall of communism in Poland. (Google either of those if you don't know what they are.) 


By the way, two years ago, when I was trying to register with the City Hall, I had serious difficulties. One of them was that the City Hall decided that my contract with university is fake because "A Pole couldn't work for a university". Instead of a few days, my registration took around 6 months and required intervention from the Rector, the Polish Ambassador in Belgium and the Complaints section of the City Hall.

Having said this, most of the Belgians I interact with are very friendly and helpful and I wouldn't want to suggest that this is typical behavior.

HT to Celina Gazda for informing me about this. The FB links (I don't know how long they will be up) are here:

https://www.facebook.com/MinosGent/info

https://www.facebook.com/events/271776372844540/

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=233240926734712&set=a.233240856734719.56484.224529020939236&type=3&theater


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