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Poland Recap

 

Hey friends! So I’m finally posting the remainder of my impromptu trip to Poland last week (you can see the first part here) after what has been a pretty manic few days at work. I’ll catch y’all up on what’s been happening soon, but for now, the recap of my trip!

 

Despite the nightmare of a journey that was getting home (thanks Ryanair for that flight delay that saw me get home at 3:30am…and then off to work just a few hours later :| ), it was honestly one of the best trips of my life. Thank heavens for spontaneous caffeine-fuelled decisions!! ;)

 

We checked into our apartment, unpacked a bit, and made ourselves at home. I travelled carry-on, so I had to be very selective about what I brought with me, and approximately 90% of my hand luggage was made up of running stuff. I knew it was going to be cold but I don’t think I realised quite how chilly it was! I packed running shoes, a L/S fleece lined top, a lightweight jacket, ear-warmers and gloves, and a pair of CAPRIS?! I don’t even know what I was thinking there but I think my calves got frostbite on my early morning run the next day.

Cold and cross-eyed

 

After unpacking, we of course headed straight next door towards Cupcake Corner (my favourite ever cupcake shop), which we proceeded to visit every day, sometimes multiple times… But it was a great little place that did amazing food and coffee, so really, how could you not?! Also it was SO COLD that I ended up wearing every sweater I brought with me at the same time underneath my coat, and I was still cold 99% of the time! Such a wimp.

In our second home aka Cupcake Corner


It was quite late, so after popping back to the apartment to shower and change (or in my case, to hunt down more jumpers to layer with), we headed into town to find dinner. On recommendation from our apartment’s management, we decided on an Italian restaurant called Mamma Mia. It was the best decision ever- everything was INCREDIBLE! We ordered everything from appetizers to cocktails, and demolished it all. If you’re ever in Krakow, go here!!


On our second day in Poland, we embarked on a couple of group tours, one to Auschwitz and the other to the salt mines. One of the biggest reasons why I decided to come to Krakow was because, as a bit of a history geek, I’d always wanted to visit Auschwitz. Visiting the place that I have read and learnt so much about over the years was surreal and really put everything into perspective. As harrowing as it was, I couldn’t recommend visiting there highly enough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then went on a tour of the famous Krakow salt mines, which was incredible! We were walking through tunnels that were more than 100ft underground, and they were incredibly beautiful!createImage

 

We got back to the apartment that evening and said goodbye to Becky, who had to fly back home :(  To drown our sorrows at her departure, Lucy and I headed back to the same restaurant that we had fallen in love with the night before (you can’t say that we’re not adventurous ;) ) and enjoyed the restaurant’s incredible cocktails. After all, there’s nothing a great Cosmopolitan can’t fix ;)

 

On our final day in Krakow, Lucy and I wandered around the city and took in all the sights. And somehow ended up at the mall…oops! But at least it was super Christmassy and cute!

 

After stopping for a Starbucks and doing a bit of shopping (mostly in H&M and Sephora…sticking to the traditional Polish places of course;), we headed back out into the cold to do a bit of sightseeing on foot. Krakow city square is beauuuutiful!

 

Before I left for the airport and Lucy for Budapest, we just had to make one last visit to our beloved Cupcake Corner. It was sad saying goodbye to my friends for another few weeks, but our annual Christmas dinner together (one of my absolute fave Christmas traditions) is on the 22nd, so it’s less than two weeks until we are reunited over a turkey (or a Tofurkey for me :P) I CAN’T WAIT!

 

Aaaand on a totally random and unrelated note, in case you didn’t realise it’s just a fortnight until Christmas Eve, and I for one could not be more excited!! :D

 

Have you ever been to Poland or Europe? I’ve been to over 15 different European countries, and this trip to Krakow has to have been one of my favourites! I really love Europe :)

 

When/where is your next vacation? My friends and I are planning to {hopefully} go to Hawaii in a couple of months time…excited!!!

 

                                                                  Have a great week friends! <3

m4s0n501

11 Responses to Poland Recap

  1. Poland is on my list of places to see!! I’ve always wanted to go to Auschwitz. It must be such a powerful experience. It sounds like you had such a fun time! Hawaii with friends should be incredible too.

    My next travel plans are a Caribbean trip over spring break with my friends, and next summer I’m studying abroad in Spain so hopefully I’ll visit a few more European countries and cities while I’m there.

    • I 100% recommend it, and maybe you can drop in to London on your way there ;) The Caribbean sounds amazing!! I’ve never been, so I’m jealous! And seriously?! Whereabouts in Spain? That’s incredible, you will love it!!!

  2. How lucky are you to have a cupcake shop right there?! Are you still vegan? (I’m assuming yes but just wanted to check ;) )

  3. Ahhh I am so jealous! It looks like you had an amazing time! I have always wanted to visit Auschwitz first hand as well….the stories there are all so tragic but so important in our history as humans. And I can completely sympathize with your always-being-cold dilemma! :p oh the loveliness of winter running

  4. It looks like so much fun and I’m glad you had a great time. I can only imagine what a power experience that must have been.
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  5. Poland looks amazing. I think visiting Auschwitz would be really hard but really worth while. Not a fun trip but one everyone should try to experience I think.
    The cupcake place sounds AMAZING. How handy to be right next door hehe.
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  6. AHH so glad you got to go and have such a fabulous time! Thanks for sharing this with us! :D

  7. This looks really beautiful, never been to Poland before. I do love visiting different European cities.
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  8. I am a history freak myself and visiting Auschwitz is definitely on my bucket list! The Holocaust is my favorite part of history to study…so intriguing.

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