Twice in Poland, part 1; why Poland?

Do you know how was my flight to Poland? If not read my post up in wizzair

 

11/5/2015
20150511_101031Two breakfast meals &  Two coffees with an ice-cream, sitting in some restaurant at the Jewish quarter in Krakow. That’s my way how to start a new day.. This day I’m going to spend with my friend.. After the short walk in Old town we decided to sit, have a beer, chill and feel the great atmosphere around us..

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When was your first time in Krakow?
“A long time ago, early 2014 (January), when I had the first semester break and holidays from my studies in Israel.
Why Poland? The main reason was to visit my friend Joe which I met at my Haifa pub crawls in Israel. Since this time we became a good friends and with time I also met his polish girlfriend which came from time to time with him to Israel. This time is my turn and I’m heading to Poland with him.

The first day of our journey to Poland is here. After the long night spent at the pubs we woke-up on time 🙂

We took  the bus at 7:40 heading to the south to Zakopane -> city in the Tatra mountains, by bus it took app. 2.5 hours, and when we arrived we had to take other minibus to get to our starting point.
Our trail included two lakes; MORSKIE OKO and CZARNY STAW.

In the first part u have 2 options; to walk in the asphalt app. (1.5 hour) or to take a horse taxi (20 mins), in my opinion just to walk would make us easily tired and on the other hand to take just the horse taxi would be too expensive.

What we did? On the first way we choose to walk and on the way back we took a horse taxi and enjoyed view around us.

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The second part of our trip was spend by the real hiking from the lake to the other one. The way was filled by the snow and we literally hiked in it.

To be honest none of us wasn’t ready for something like that but at the end it was fun and big experience. To look after on the way we passed we just laughed and were thinking how to get back but we did and had a beer 🙂

My advice: If you are planning a trip to Zakopane, stay at least 1 night, the city, night life and nature can bring you a lot of fun and in just one day is impossible to see and enjoy it all! Stay and have a fun! 🙂

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13/5/2015

In Krakow: there are a few “milk bars” restaurants and it’s concept is coming already since the Soviet union, and they just kept it, it’s cheap, fast and good food 🙂 Search for them in the old city!

As usual we like to eat and to try new stuff so after eating we went to the underground museum which is worth to visit.. U get to know the mid-devil Krakow how was..

Later night we went to the pubs and had a fun! 🙂

Later night around 2:30 I asked Joe’s girlfriend to order for me a taxi to go to the bus central station..

In the next post you can see what happened!

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IN BUDAPEST, I FELT IM LIVING IN A NIGHTCLUB!

The people are not that…..friendly, and not enough of them speak English. They have a great local beer. it’s a cool city! Especially hanging out at the ruin bars that the city offers. that how I could sum my experience & opinion after spending five days in the city.

Budapest 18-22/11/14!
I left the hostel at the morning and headed off to meet two of my friends who were traveling at the same time also. They made a stop in Budapest for two days and a student from Brazil studying there was hosting them. Our first stop was to go to the central market in Budapest to get some coffee. And I also bought there some food for the next days. Our guide around the city was the Brazilian student. He took us to eat “langosh” (pita, cream cheese & cheese). 1606913_10153339703229951_2304549341499556000_n
We went for a walk along the river and climbed up to the “Buda castle”
in the Buda side. It was a nice viewpoint to see the city. While walking, we stopped to chat with other people. Then we headed off to a bar for a few beers. Later that night I had the pleasure to be invited to a dinner, where I had the chance to see how cool it is to be abroad and watch Israelis connecting with people from other countries. People that in reality are a heavily guarded border away from each other. There was a Lebanese guy that was eating in the same table with me and some Israeli friends I just met. As for the rest of my stay, I was mostly hanging out with friends I just made.

The place I was staying at – the “full moon design hostel” had some positive and negative things to it.
The location was great, but the nightclub part of the hostel was directly below the rooms. I couldn’t sleep because of the noise on the first night. I felt the bass all night so I had to use ear plugs, which didn’t help that much. The nightclub was working every night, and hotel guests could enter free of charge. The staff was really nice – the next day I asked for a room change and they agreed.

One of the greatest things in Budapest are the “ruin bars”. I visited two of them – “szimpla” and “fogashaz”. You must visit the both of them! A “ruin bar” is a building that has 3 floors, and supposed to have something like 6 apartments , but instead, the owners make it into a huge bar!! I can’t offer a better explanation, you’ll have to be there and see :).

A day before the last day I climbed up to a place where I saw the lady up in the Buda side! It’s a little bit of a workout but I had to do it . That was how I found out how beautiful it is to see the city from up there. 10551087_1590212454540997_3256545134461161852_n10530751_1590212491207660_3613630514155896457_n
After that I just headed off to a spontaneous 2 hour train ride south of Budapest to Szeged in order to meet a friend before my flight back home. My rule number 1 – just be spontaneous.

If you will visit Budapest someday, don’t forget to eat “Goulash” soup and to drink the local beer “Soproni” .