Exactly one year ago, I reached another Important Milestone™ in my life when my youngest brother Jerry and I embarked on our first holiday ever together, just the two of us. We had a little under five days and a shoestring budget to spend, which is why my favourite destinations Poland and Slovakia were a perfect match for our plan.
We started and ended our holiday in Krakow. I fell in love with this city on my first trip to Poland nine years ago, and I’ve kept going back ever since. When it comes to a perfect city getaway, Krakow has it all: culture, art, history, beautiful parks, inspiring architecture and an excellent selection of restaurants. In addition, everything is still so cheap (for a Finn, at least) that burning through your cash takes more than an average amount of effort.
Nevertheless, I have to admit that after my umpteenth solo trip to Krakow, the most central sights in the city had started to feel, well, seen. That is why it was especially nice to bring Jerry there with me, because I immediately started to look at all the familiar places from a new perspective. While travelling solo, it’s easy to end up in a certain kind of rut where you keep doing things the exact same way you always do them, whereas in fresh company you’re more likely to try things you normally wouldn’t even think of.
This trip was basically a collection of first times for Jerry: first touch of Poland and Slovakia, first active holiday in the mountains in his adult life, first stay at an excellent (Greg&Tom Home) and poor-as-hell (B Movie) hostel, and finally his first time riding an electric scooter. A pretty good combo for a a five-day holiday, in my opinion. In the name of simplicity, I have combined all the Krakow-related stuff from the beginning and the end of our trip under this same post, so the pictures are not in any kind of chronological order.Read More »