12 Feb, 2009
Fact or myth? Poles share papers and magazines on trains
Posted by: Michał In: fact or myth?
‘So what?’, I hear you say. After all, all Londoners share free evening papers all the time.
Yes, but they are free. You wouldn’t share your Economist or Marie Claire with the same carelessness and ease, would you?
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, 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.
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