Happy weekend you amazing human beings! So I’ve recently gotten back from my trip to Poland and despite the bad weather and food restrictions for me (I can’t eat pork) I had a great time. Because at the end of the day, life is all about embracing each moment and making the best of what you’ve got.
Arrival… staying in the heart of the city
The location of my accommodation was great. Right in the centre 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 the price couldn’t be beaten.
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 on the safe side.
Afternoon exploring… discovering Krakow through food
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. Because of this, it was unfortunate that I had to skip a few dishes along the way, but what I did get to try was absolutely delicious.
Our tour guide was extremely informative, giving us the history behind each dish and even described personal experiences of her life growing up, post war, and how food and goods had to be rationed. It really puts into perspective how todays society over indulges and it makes you truly appreciate what you have.
Day Two… Dunajec River Cruise
After seeing images of Dunajec River on Instagram, I was instantly captivated by the its beauty, and I knew I couldn’t leave without visiting. So I booked myself on a 2.5 hour river cruise on a traditional polish raft. However, as luck would have it, the morning of, dark clouds were present and heavy rain was coming down in full force. Not really ideal, considering the tour was outside in the open air. 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 and not something I’d recommend in the rain, but nonetheless a truly unique experience that I’ll never forget.
Day Three… early morning departures
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. I would have liked a few more days to truly explore the area, but because work duties call, it’s goodbye to Poland for now. 6am flight departures are the worst, haha.