Poland :: cobblestone Krakow vs. hiking in Zakopane
I have been in Krakow a little over a month now. I have not been having the typical
tourist experience here, of that i am sure.
I never thought that Poland would be a place I spent more than a few days in my
Europe travels. After six months in India I chose to ground out in Krakow, Poland - and not for a few days, but six whole weeks! I came to Krakow not because
Krakow is now known as one of Eastern Europe's hot spots & a very popular travel
destination. I came because I have a good close friend that has been living here
for 3 years who owns The Stranger hostels (www.TheStrangerHostel.com) and
Outrageous Bus Tours company (www.OutrageousTours.com). I have been thinking
about investing in his companies & I wanted to see firsthand how they operate.
I came to Krakow because it was a good place to land in the Old World. A few friends here, cheap living & a truly "Outrageous" job offer! To travel around in their big red double decker school bus for the initiatory route promoting the tours by postering, flyering, & establishing relationships with all the youth hostels & other
travelers we meet!
Zakopane :: a 2 day hiking trip to the Tatra mountains south of Krakow.
very beautiful area! big mountains that were still snow capped in April at lower
elevations. Hiked for a few hours first day then went back to our lovely
'privat' room in huge house (10 rooms?) with view of mountains ($12 each night).
watched Jim Carey movie "Bruce Almighty" for some stupid american humor!
next day met up with Roople's (met her on www.couchsurfing.com for hiking buddy)
5 friends from medical school (mostly canadians & americans, 3 gals & 1 guy).
went on long hike, 5-6 hours, up snowy mountain trails, resting on snowy vistas
with larger than life views! made soup with one of the friends stove on top of a big
hill. good times in nature indeed! we hiked all the way into the city of Zakopane,
where we then took a cheap train back to Krakow 3 hours ($5).