Hello: Reason for Hiatus

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To anyone that may have followed this blog over the years, you will have noticed nothing has been posted in quite some time, but I can finally tell you why… I have begun to create a guide for the city of Krakow in the form of a blog.  You can visit it here or by searching for Emily’s Guide to Krakow.

 

It’s only about 15% done, but it has some awesome stuff about Krakow, what there is to do there, and some really great unique experiences it has to offer.  Just this week I visited two lakes many don’t even know are here.  Anyway!  Enjoy if you want, and hopefully when that’s all finished I will be back to blogging here!

And as always feel free to email me at risingsun21811@yahoo.com if you have any questions about Wwoofing, Airbnb, or now Krakow!

Our New House

 

We have moved into a large house in a suburb of Krakow called Zielonki.  Jack’s parents live a 4 minute drive, or 12 minute walk through a beautiful park (that Jack’s dad designed).  We have plenty of guestrooms and will host visitors at any time!  We have put both our guest rooms on Airbnb, more on that later.

Our first project was furnishing our house.  I found an awesome used/antique furniture store in the city and was able to buy an entire dining room set with chairs for around $100.  Then I refinished the chairs and painted them all the same color.  So essentially 11 mis-matched, ugly, dirty chairs turned into 11 beautiful pieces of furniture.  When we aren’t having a dinner party, we use the chairs and stools all over the house for other things.  I will explain how I re-finished the chairs in my next post.

Anyway, our house features a playroom with a ping-pong table, which we have added our desks to, so it is more like an office. A living room with a fireplace.  A kitchen with a breakfast bar and dining area.  Outside we have a huge yard with a greenhouse, patio, and garden.  There are two bathrooms, one with a whirlpool tub, and the other with a standing shower.  Upstairs we have 2 guest bedrooms (which we rent out), and our bedroom, also featuring furniture I have refinished.

We have slowly started adding little pieces of art and decorations aorund the house.  On Sundays we go to a local flea market and get more and more things to make our house more comfortable.  And we cannot wait for the spring when we can start to see our neighborhood blossoming!

Our lovely kitchen with Breakfast Bar

Our lovely kitchen with Breakfast Bar

Our bedroom tea table that I refinished and painted

Our bedroom tea table that I refinished and painted

The Living Room

The Living Room

Outside Balcony

The outside patio and balcony.

 

Cozy kittens snuggled up by the fire

Cozy kittens snuggled up by the fire

Just one of two guestrooms, waiting for you to come visit!!

Just one of two guestrooms, waiting for you to come visit!!

This is our bedroom before the most recent editions were added.

This is our bedroom before the most recent editions were added.

The backyard patio and greenhouse on a non-snowy day.

The backyard patio and greenhouse on a non-snowy day.

Our extended dining room table for holday dinners.

Our extended dining room table for holday dinners.

Our backyard covered in snow.

Our backyard covered in snow.

Settled in Krakow, Poland.

So as you all know, I have made the move to Poland, permanently.  I’ve spent the last few months settling in, hosting guests, and traveling a bit.  So as to not bombard Facebook Feeds and Inboxes, I will be slowly posting what happened in the last three months, and hopefully by February or March I will be all caught up and can write in real time.

So just to expand on what is currently going on, our house is full of people all the time, as we have listed our guest bedrooms on the wonderful website AirBnb.  If you know anyone that will be backpacking through Europe or headed our way please share with them our listings, which can be found here and here.  I am about to finish up my last week of Polish Language School, and I have begun working as an English teacher for the York School of English here in Krakow.  Jack is about to finish up his Master’s Degree this summer, and we hope to get to travel around a bit once he is finished.

Krakow has gotten a fresh dusting of snow this morning, with more to come the next few days.  It chilly, but not much colder than at home in the States.  Anyway, more to come soon, from my projects/adventures in November!

Pre-Incan Ruins

Smack-dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Miraflores, is a ruins sight that once spanned many blocks, but now only has this one block left. The ruins, were formed thousands of years ago, and once stood as a tall pyramid. What is left of them is able to be viewed by guided tours. You will see where mummies were found, and learn about the native plants to the area as well, and of course you can see some llamas and alpacas!

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Parque de la Reserva

We spent an incredible evening walking for over an hour to the Parque de la Reserva, or as some call it, the park of fountains. All day and night for most of the week (not Monday and Tuesday) this park houses over 12 water fountains. Some are meant for gazing, and some are meant for playing, but either way the park is magical. Three times a night there is a laser light show at the Fantasia Fountain, and right next door you can find the original fountain built here in the 1920s, that gave way to all of the other fountains constructions.

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Eco Truly Village

We ventured outside of the city to an eco-village called Eco Truly for a few days of volunteering and relaxation. All of the housing at Eco Truly is built out of mud-bricks, and the buildings themselves are actually called trulys. We spent our morning doing yoga and meditating, and then volunteered for a few hours after breakfast, usually helping to prepare the day’s lunch.

Everyone that lived in the village permanently followed a specific Hinduism path, practicing Hare Krishna. We were able to go to their nightly temple service and experience an amazing energy from their practies. We came back to the city a little earlier than expected because we truly missed our home here in Miraflores at the Backpackers Family House hostel. If anyone is traveling to Lima, I highly suggest staying at Pedro’s quiet, clean and relaxing hostel.

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Peru Hop: Paracas to Lima

Our last stop before Lima took us to Paracas where we stayed at the Kokopelli Hostel and enjoyed laying in hammocks and swimming in the pool. But the best part was our tour of what some refer to as “The Poor Man’s Galápagos Islands” or the Ballestas Islands. Here we were able to see, from our boat, sea lions, penguins, pelicans, and many other types of birds. We also saw an ancient candelabra that was drawn onto the surface of the desert.

After the tour of the islands we headed to the national park where we saw a beautiful oceanfront view, and what is left of the cliff side after an earthquake several years ago. Eventually we began our journey back to Lima with a pitstop at an old mansion, that had underground tunnels we were able to walk through.

Like always, if you want more information about Peru Hop, click here, or search them on Facebook.

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