Ride back to Krakow to make Pierogis!!
21.12.2018 0 °C
Today started out sleepily & quietly with a 4-hour car ride from Jasna back to our starting point in Krakow. Nice scenery to an extent - but it was an overcast day so mountain and valley views were unfortunately a little underwhelming.
We had a few free hours in Krakow before the main event of the day. Darlene & I did some last minute shopping
and photo-taking in the Christmas Market where we also watched a troupe of musicians in traditional dress from Zakopane.
Then we chilled in one of the outdoor 'tents' for a bit of tea. Lovely and warm, an orange slice and a little marmalade helped flavour the tea.
Look! I'm an angel LOL!!!
We met our group back at the hotel at 5 with another guide who works for Intrepid. Thomas lives in Krakow and is a city guide here - doing day tours and our experience - going to his home to make pierogi! We took the tram part way then drove out to his house (about 8 km out of the main downtown area) so we could start our class. We peeled potatoes, cut onions,
made the dough. While the potatoes cooked and the dough rested, we had some appetizers local to the area - grilled Ocypek (smoked) sheep milk cheese, a milder sheep cheese, Brinsa - a spreadable sheep cheese, pickles and sauerkraut.
Then it was time to roll & fill the pierogis - of course I've been doing this for years but the rest of the group, including Tomi our main guide, had never. It was fun! Thomas cooked them, topped with sautéed onions and we feasted!!! Such a wonderful addition to this tour.
Alas, this was the last full day of our tour. We'll meet in the morning at breakfast but Darlene will depart early afternoon and then Amanda & David in the evening. I'm staying one extra day for a tour of the salt mine and then make my way home too.