From the aticle-"Five million Poles officially live in extreme poverty, government statistics say. This poverty is, by West European standards, truly extreme, with just 2 euros ($2.50) a day for all expenses, including food, clothing and rent. Another 7.7 million people are near the poverty line, with just 2.50 euros a day. Incredible as it may sound, this makes a total of more than 12 million people, 33 percent of a society that appears modern and increasingly affluent to the outside world."
Look at how useful the mail from the school was! It has launched a week's worth of blogging. Golfclap for the administrators of the program, however it is a golfclap tempered by my disgust that this stuff was not sent out in, I don't know, MARCH?
Anyhow, they sent us a handy little chart with approximate price conversions. I'm not sure how recent it is (you don't expect them to tell us everything, do you?) but if it is recent then some things are cheaper in Poland but not as many as I thought would be.
1L of milk is 40 cents- This is so totally useless. Remember, you can't drink the milk unless you boil it? When I bought milk at the Harris Teeter a few days ago, it was something like $2.50 a gallon. So when you figure that there are X number of liters in a gallon, convert the price to zlotys, carry the one, divide by pi... it comes out to milk is really freaking cheap but it doesn't matter because you don't want to drink anything that comes out of Polish cows anyways.
A loaf of bread is also 40 cents- This will be a significant savings because the Weight Watchers brand bread that Cracola and I force ourselves to eat is $3 a loaf. However, because of the massive amounts of preservatives in the said WW bread it never goes bad so you can eat it for up to 6 years after you buy it.
A Big Mac is $1.50, with a Coke and chips, $2.20- I really hope they mean fries when they say chips. Regardless, I don't eat at McDonald's and this doesn't seem that much cheaper than the US price.
Three fine roses, $6- What a random addition to our little list. I'm positive that you can get roses for under $2 a pop.
A night at a campsite in a tent, $4- Oh yeah. I don't stay in "tents". I don't shit in the "woods". I don't like "bugs" or "wild animals".
Cinema ticket, $3- Are Polish movies worth $3? Will they be showing American movies? Will they show Star Wars with Darth Vader speaking Polish? If so, that may be worth $3. Movies in DC are ridiculously expensive, about $10 a person.
1L unleaded petrol, 75 cents- I think petrol is a funny word.