Poland trip

I went to Kraków to visit NetEnt’s game studio. I stayed the weekend to see the country.

Kraków’s air quality is among the worst of the world, and it was noticeable. But past this inconvenience, the city is modern, with a well-conserved Old Town – rare for a country with so many scars from WWII – and has many cultural attractions to visit.

Krakow's downtown

I booked a trip to Auschwitz. I read ‘The Holocaust’ by Laurence Rees a week before as preparation, a book worth reading. The guide also offered information and gave historical context to the tour.

In Kraków, I walked south of Vistula river early in the morning. From there I went up to the Muzeum Etnograficzne at Krakowska 46. It’s a good place to learn more about Poland’s culture, and one of the three buildings of the Ethnographic museum across the city. Kraków’s National Museum is west of the Old Town. The main attraction was the painting ‘Lady with an Ermine’ by Leonardo da Vinci. Paintings, sculptures, furniture, are part of the museum’s gallery of decorative art. I plan to return to the National Museum the next time I pass by Kraków.

I didn’t have time to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a must-see that my friends highly recommended. But this fact offers me an excuse to take some extra vacation next business trip to the city.

See more photos in my Poland’s photo album

Malta trip

This October I traveled to Malta for three days of company activities. After the event, I stayed the weekend as a tourist. It was a good opportunity to relax and to test my new SLR-style mirrorless camera, a Panasonic LUMIX G80.

I spent most of my time at Valletta. It is Malta’s capital and a beautiful Mediterranean city.

Even for such a short time, the island felt small. But overall it was a relaxing weekend and a welcome change from the cold Swedish weather.

Malta buildings

See more photos in my Malta photo album

(Updated March 2018)

Abisko trip by Artic Circle Train

On May 2015, I traveled for the first time by Arctic Circle Train. I went up to Narvik in Norway, stopping by Abisko and Umeå. But I didn’t achieve my goal at Abisko. So thick was the layer of snow that I barely advanced one kilometer of the twelve that I had planned.

Arctic Circle Train, Train 94

In the evening of Friday 4th, I took train 94 in Stockholm Central station direction Abisko. After 1,200 kilometers and 17 hours of smelling dog – I booked quite late and I need to settle for an animal-friendly wagon – the train arrived at ‘Abisko turiststation’.

I had 24 hours to reach Abiskojaure mountain hut, pass the night and come back to take the train next day at the same location and time but opposite direction. With a snow-free exuberantly green landscape, it was easy to achieve. This leg of Kungsleden is well traveled, kept in good condition and with easy to follow marks.

After three hours of walking back to the station, I still had some time remaining to walk alongside Torneträsk lake. A frozen white plane in my memory from May now transformed into a deep blue lake.

Abisko Torneträsk lake

Tired but feeling in peace and connected with nature, I took the train back to Stockholm.

See more photos in my Abisko photo album

Trip to the south of Spain

Being December the harshest Swedish month with just 6 hours of daylight. I decided to pass it to a place where Sun will shine. I traveled from Barcelona to Cordoba on AVE, the Spanish high-speed train. It was my first time in the south of the country. So, I wanted to see as much as possible in one week.

Cordoba is a small city. In barely two days I was able to visit the most interesting places.

See more photos in my Cordoba photo album

AVE also covers from Cordoba to Seville. In downtown Seville, I visited Mercado de Triana, Royal Alcazar, and Plaza Espana.

See more photos in my Seville photo album

From Seville to Granada I traveled 4 hours by bus. After a typical cold morning at this time of the year, the temperature raised to a comfortable 18 degrees. I walked up Sacromonte and stopped by “Mirador de San Nicolas” to take some pictures. For dinner I went to different tapas places, all of them were good and cheap. They are chepear at least than in Barcelona, my birth town. And the atmosphere was friendly and vivid. My last day, I spent 4 hours in a must-do-visit to The Alhambra.

See more photos in my Granada photo album

I fully accomplished my goal of spend time on the Sun and I saw some extraordinary places as a bonus. Barely staying two days per city was enough to see the main landmarks. The next time I go back to the south, I plan to experience Granada with more calm. It is the city that I liked most, even that all of them were fantastic.