As you have probably already guessed by the title of this post, Poland wasn’t all smooth sailing. But a case of bad weather, noisy accommodation and diet limitations wasn’t going to stop me from having a great weekend. Because life is all about embracing each moment and making the best of what you’ve got.
WHERE TO STAY?
The location of my accommodation was great! Right in the heart of Krakow on Szewska Street. Just minutes walk from the main market square. I booked myself a private room (shared bathroom) at Hotel Flamingo Smart Sleep, and upon arrival I was greeted with a clean, decent size room that had a nice vibe to it. I don’t usually book hostels but this once was rated highly and super affordable.
The only downside to my accommodation was because of its prominent location, this meant a lot of foot traffic at all hours of the night. The buildings in Krakow are quite old, which is part of their charm, but that means you won’t be getting any state of the art double glazed windows. So if you’re staying in the heart of the city, I recommend taking some ear plugs along with you. Just to be safe.
WHAT TO DO?
For those of you who know me well, know I’m always eager to try new things in the places I visit. So for this trip I booked myself on two different tours. One being a walking food tour and the other a Dunajec River Experience.
WALKING FOOD TOUR
When it comes to food tours, firstly, you absolutely need to be open to trying new cuisine, and secondly, you should probably tell the organisers prior, of any allergies or intolerances you may have.
In my naivety, I forgot to mention the one food I can’t eat (pork) which just so happens to be a staple in the Polish diet. So along the way, I had to skip a few dishes which was disappointing, but what I did get to try was absolutely delicious.
DUNAJEC RIVER CRUISE
After seeing images of Zakapone and Dunajec River posted on Instagram, I knew I couldn’t leave Poland until I visited these areas.
The day of my tour, dark clouds were present and heavy rain was falling from the sky. Not really ideal, considering the tour was basically me on a traditional polish raft, outside in the open air for 2.5 hours, travelling down a river. So I mentally prepared myself for the tour to be cancelled, but surprisingly when I got there, I was handed an umbrella and off we went. It was absolutely freezing! But a unique experience I’ll never forget.
Despite the things that went wrong, my trip to Krakow was great. I was able to get a sense of the polish lifestyle, learn a bit of history, see some of the countryside, and I learnt how to adapt quickly to unforeseen circumstances, making me appreciate even more, the times when I travelled and the sun was shining and everything went according to plan.