Greetings from Poland: Q&A with Jordan Hulls

Hello all, I’m back for another Q&A session hoping to give you a better look at what’s going on in my life in Poland!

What’s the favorite sport and where does basketball rank?

The favorite sport over here is most of the time soccer, however basketball isn’t too far behind. Handball, volleyball, track and field, and ice hockey are other popular sports. With that being said, basketball is probably in the top three and on the rise. Every gym that I’ve been to this far has always had great fan support and people seem to really follow their teams no matter what. My team has very loyal fans and they make the atmosphere tough for our opponents. We even had a group of fans travel to our away game nine hours away, which blew me away.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time I watch a lot of movies, listen to music, play video games, read books, and try to keep up with my friends and family back home. With my city being so small and not much to do other than go to the mall, I get to hang out with my teammates a lot too, which is nice because nobody wants to be alone all the time. Sometimes like to consider myself as a movie critic as a part time job because I get to watch so many movies, which I’m not complaining about at all. I also get to work on wedding plans in my spare time with my fiance, so there are always things to do to keep me busy.

How’s the food? Have you sampled anything new that you like – or would never eat again?

How the food was going to be was always a concern to me when I knew I was coming overseas, but fortunately enough it’s pretty good here. I can be picky with some things when it comes to food but I’m getting a lot better with that ever since coming here. I love to eat and I’ve tried things here that aren’t too out of the ordinary but are things that Polish people eat all the time. Their soups and pastries are the two things that stand out to me that they take pride in and I’ve really enjoyed those two things. Their fruits and vegetables are also really good and fresh. I can’t think of anything that I’ve tried out of the ordinary that I wouldn’t ever try again, although I’m cautious with what I do try anyway.

What are the most surprising cultural differences?

The culture here is definitely different than anything I’ve been a part of, which is obvious because I’ve never lived anywhere but Bloomington. The biggest culture shock was obviously the language barrier. The younger population here in my city speaks decent English, but it’s difficult going into grocery stores and not knowing what things are. Thank goodness for my translator app on my iPhone, I’d be lost without it. I’ve been trying to learn some Polish but it’s definitely a hard language to learn, but I try and learn a few phrases each week from teammates and I’ll try to use it if I can pronounce it correctly. I’d say the food is another thing, it’s just different than what I’m used to eating back home. I can find foods that are similar to back home but nothing really tastes the same, it’s just different. There are also some random things that are just different that I will tell you all about. The weather is usually cold and rainy, which I guess isn’t anything I haven’t seen but it’s different because it’s all the time. When going grocery shopping you have to bring your own bags (or backpack) to put groceries in unless you want to pay for grocery bags. Same with shopping carts, big shopping centers make you pay for carts, which was different to me. Lastly, I don’t know if it counts as a culture shock for most people but it does for me; not being able to go to the gym and get extra shots up any day is quite tough on me. People all over town use the gym, we have the gym a lot and use it most obviously but we have to reserve it to have access. We have times when we can go in and get shots up that coach sets up, but as far as going in on your own and wanting to shoot, it doesn’t happen.

You had to have some expectations before you went to Poland. Which ones were you right on, and which ones have you found to be way off target?

I honestly didn’t know what to expect coming over to Poland. I knew it was going to be cold, dark, and rainy a lot and that the language would be tough to learn, but I didn’t understand how different it would be. I would say I was farthest off my expectations on just the culture and how different it is from what I’m used to. My other teammates have played abroad before so they had a little idea of what to expect, but I was just thrown into it, which I think has helped me learn and grow more during this whole experience. I was right about the language barrier and that there would be some people who could understand me, but not as many as there would be in a bigger city.

That’s it for this week ya’ll, glad I get the chance to share my experiences with all of you! Until next time, Stay Classy BTown!


  1. I’ll second that! We really miss you Jordan. How’s your game? Minutes? Is the game different there?

  2. Do Fanów Jordana – facet z meczu na mecz gra coraz lepirj, pewniej, nie tylko rzuca – rewelacyjnie podaje kolegom (asysty !!!). W Polsce jedzenie jest na ogół zdrowe i smaczne – więc nie ma obaw ;-). Będzie chłopak żył 😉 !
    Kibicujemy Mu z całych sił, bo taki mamy zwyczaj – dla naszej drużyny robimy wszystko na 100^. Jesteśmy dumni z naszej drużyny !

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