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An evening of traditional Polish folk music and food!

Another pre booked excursion! We had no idea where this would be held, the only information we had was where the pickup point was and the departure time. Yesterdays trip had a departure point of what is know as 'Kiss and Ride' as Google had told me where this was for our previous excursion and it was the same named pickup point we arrived in plenty of time knowing exactly where we needed to be for our coach. But it seemed strange as time went on that there was nobody else waiting! It turned out that there was a second 'Kiss and Ride' point which was a 15 minute drive from where we were waiting! Luckily there was plenty of taxi drivers waiting, so we hopped in one and arrived at the coach in the nick of time! So the moral again here is don't trust Google, and read your booking properly! In my defence the local taxi driver didn't know there was a second 'Kiss and Ride' stop, so we all learnt something on that day! 

Anyway we were now heading off to a restaurant called 'Skansen Smakòw' which we were told was close to the airport, but as it was now dark we had to believe the host!

We were told that the evening would last around 3-3.5 hours and that we would get a 3 course traditional meal, free drinks all evening (self serve beer and wine), plus a hot and cold buffet if you were still hungry!! 

Oh, and you will have to partake in the traditional dancing!

Kiss and Ride Krakow
Skansen Smakòw

After a very warm welcome we were shown our seats, given a drink and then the dancing begun!

Skansen Smakòw
Skansen Smakòw
Skansen Smakòw

The food arrived very quickly, a bowl of traditional soup, followed by a pork schnitzel (or pork chop as the menu said) I'm not really sure if this is traditional or not, however the hot buffet had a selection of Pierogi and I really like Pierogi! 

Skansen Smakòw
Skansen Smakòw
Skansen Smakòw

Once all the food had been consumed the dancing resumed, then it was a full on audience participation event, if you were sat down you were the odd one out! It was such good fun! I have no photos of this as we were very busy enjoying the evening! But I do have some videos of the evening on our social channels!
After all the excitement we were transported back to the correct pickup point which was only a 15 minute walk from our accommodation. This was a good result as the first pickup point was a 30 minute walk as our legs were done and we were full of food and drink! This was worth every penny!

The Final Day!

Earlier I had mentioned that we had been speaking to our driver Lukas about an activity we wanted to do on our last day which was to visit a 'Shooting Range' because in Poland you can fire weapons that you can't in the UK. It turned out that Lukas was ex-military and often visited a shooting range, so he had organised exactly what we had asked for! Local knowledge, just what we wanted!  

So as arranged he picked us up from our apartment and took us to the 'Cracow Shooting Academy' 

Cracow Shooting Academy
Cracow Shooting Academy

Our weapons of choice (pictured below) were a Glock, UZI, Scorpion, Kalashnikov, M4A1 and a Pump action Shotgun. I've been clay pigeon shooting in the past and I also shot an AK47 somewhere in Cambodia. But neither of us had ever fired guns like these at a real firing range in a controlled environment. I don't know if it's cheap or expensive but there were a lot of packages available to book in Krakow all with very similar pricing structures. It was very difficult to decide so we were really please that we waited and that Lukas found us exactly what we asked for. We thought if you are going to do it then you have to go big and make the most out of it!

Sadly it's all over and done with very quickly!! But what an Experience!  

Cracow Shooting Academy
Cracow Shooting Academy

We had already arranged with Lukas that he would take us back to the airport for our flight home once we had finished at the shooting range. So after waiting for us to fire the guns he then took us to an amazing Italian restaurant which was close to the airport, waited whilst we ate lunch and then dropped us off at the airport. This was all done in our pre arranged price and he never asked for a single penny more. However as he was so good to us and gave us a lot of his time he did get a very good tip!

Sometimes some people have amazing hospitality skills and just give because they like to do so, sadly this is something that is dying out in the UK, but in Poland and other parts of eastern Europe this still exists!, 

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