I have been overseas before however the longest flight I’ve been on is 3 hours to New Zealand. Therefor a combined 21 hours of flying time to get to my first destination in Europe was something I wasn’t looking forward to. After saying goodbye to my parents I was finally boarding my flight, I was headed to Europe. This would be my first overseas trip without my parents, I was a little nervous but definitely excited for the adventures that lay ahead. My first of 2 flights was 14 hours to Dubai were I would have an 8 hour stopover. The flight overall wasn’t terrible but i was glad to finally land in Dubai.
I landed in Dubai at about midnight local time and my second flight to Krakow, Poland wasn’t until 8am. The first thing I did after getting off the plane was call my parents before they went to work, as I was now 7 hours behind Sydney. I have never really been able to sleep on planes regardless of how tired I am so I was lucky to get roughly 2 hours sleep on my way to Dubai. Having about 8 hours to kill I looked for a place to try and get some sleep and ending up sleeping outside the departure gate of our next flight. Sleeping on the floor of an airport is something I want to try to avoid in the future. It was finally time to board my flight and 7 hours later I would be in Poland. Almost 30 hours after we left home in Sydney we were finally in Europe!!!
Walking outside the airport I was hit with a burst of fresh air, 3° air. Being from South-west Sydney 3° is something i’m not very used to so I would need to acclimatise as I would be spending 6 weeks in this climate. I found a taxi that said card accepted on the window, got in and showed him the address of my hostel and just hoped he took me to the right place. It was about a 15 minute drive and he talked almost the whole way, however he only spoke Polish. Understanding nothing he was saying I just nodded every so often hoping he was just being friendly.
Upon arrival of my hostel he said the amount owed in his currency, Polish Zloty. I handed him my card but he shook his head and due to the language barrier had no idea what he was saying. I tried saying no Zloty as I had none and didn’t know what to do. He then began writing on a piece of paper and mumbling something, eventually I realised he was saying Euro pointing to the number 20 on the paper. Thankfully I had some Euros, so I was finally able to pay him and go to my hostel.
The hostel I was staying at was fairly cheap however It was pretty nice. I had my own room and it included breakfast consisting of cereals, cakes, fruits and meats which was surprising for the price I paid for the place. It was about 2pm by the time I got to the hostel so i didn’t do much that day. I went for a walk to a place called Kościuszko Mound which gave a nice view of the city, something I recommended if you are ever in Krakow.
I got back to my hostel planning to sleep for a few hours but due to getting next to no sleep in the previous 2 days I slept almost through the whole night. One of my best memories in Poland was waking up the next day and opening the window to see it snowing. I had seen snow a few times before but I have never seen it snow so it was something memorable