Living in Warsaw, I have become very aware of my smiling. I notice that many people here do not smile. There is often either a snarl, some seeming anger or just a blank expression. When i do look at someone and smile, the reaction is very strange. I get a feeling that I am being looked at as if I am up to something ... or that I want something ... or "what the hell is wrong with him?"
I will not play therapist and try to figure out why Poles do not smile very much. Maybe it is the Winter ... I do not know. The good part is that when I do meet someone on the street who returns a smile, it makes my day!
My decision? Smile at everyone ... and make them wonder what the hell I am up to!