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A City Made for Walking
March 27, 2013   
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Adija Houston, an American who works in the human resources department of a major energy company, chats with Jolanta Wolska.

What brings you to Warsaw?
I came in July 2012 on a work transfer from the United States to help start up a new office in Warsaw. My company is looking for shale gas.

Do you work mainly with Polish people here?
No, half the people are expats and the other half are locals.

How do Polish workers compare with Americans?
Polish people have a fantastic work ethic. They are driven and very intelligent. I could work with them all the time. I work with engineers, project managers, field supervisors and some administrative staff. They are great.

What is your role here?
My role is to bring my company’s ethics and culture to the Polish office. I need to make our company’s culture fit for purpose in Poland. That means that I need to integrate the law and Polish culture with our company’s values.

How do you like living in Warsaw?
I love it. There is so much to do here. There is a distinctive style in clothing and jewelry. I love the city’s sense of history, its architecture. Unlike in the United States, people here really know their history.

What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy walking around and seeing the city. I love that this city is made for walking. I enjoy taking public transportation, especially the trams and trains. Also, I love shopping and trying all the restaurants in Warsaw.
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