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