It's been a while since SteemFest 3 in Krakow. All the more I was happy to look back a few days ago and view the video and pictures in my archive. The idea came to me to cut the whole for me but also for you once in a video together. You can find the video on Youtube at the end of the long post.
When it was clear to me that I would participate in the Steemfest, I knew that I would take a little photo and video equipment with me. I used my mobile phone Huawei Mate 10 Pro and my newly purchased Sony Alpha 7 MKII. I edited the video in Adobe Premiere. The first longer video I made so far. Many thanks to @mrdalle for the help and the tips & tricks.
The journey begins to Krakow.
All things are packed and loaded in the car. Full of joy my twin brother @rivalzzz and I are on our way to Dortmund airport. Here we still had to cover 100 kilometres :-) I parked my car on a parking lot about 5 kilometres away from the airport and from there I was taken to the terminal by shuttle bus. Arrived at the airport we were allowed to wait a little bit. We spent 2 hours at the airport terminal until we finally got up. That was already unusual there I for a long time no more with an airplane have flew. I'm not afraid or even afraid of flying, so I didn't have to worry.
We've arrived in Krakow.
Landed in Krakow and with the suitcases we had to get Polish money (Zloty). My brother got the first zloty from the cash-machine at the airport. A very stupid deal and course... In the city center of Krakow there were much better dealers with better courses. At the airport we drove with a blue Mercedes E-Class Taxi directly to the INXdesign Hotel. After the check-in we first went to the 2 floor to our room, took off our clothes, checked out our hotel room - freshen up and went outside, because the first Steemians were already waiting for us.
The first evening with great new friendships
We have Monday night... Two days before the Steemfest starts and have already the Information that some Steemians are already in Krakow. We asked @anomadsoul where the whole gang is. We met the people in the Alchemia Bar (which then probably became our favourite pub). Barely arrived and welcomed the new Steemians then went to a game what they were already playing.
We sat now at the table and a game was played which I will not forget so fast and my first impression was amazed. Tinder with GPS on other continents beam let and then the girls were displayed in a scale from 1 to 10 to rate. All at the tables participated and at the end then an average value was computed. It was about how attractive the different nationality looks to you. Funny and as first action with new people a really funny beginning 😀.
A lot of Steemians on the very first evening with lots of great and funny conversations.
Day 3 in Krakow and the first day of the SteemFest
Day 4 - Conferences - BearBowling and the good old Alchemia
After a short but good night the time had come. The first conferences started. We started with a rich breakfast in INXdesign Hotel. Beside the Austrian friends there were some other Steemians at the hotel breakfast buffet. After breakfast we went back to the hotel room with all our clothes, packed the camera and off we went to the conference hall which was only a few minutes walk from the hotel.
Arriving at the hall we soon started with @roelandp's welcome speech. He greeted us very warmly and guided us through the day. He also explained us how it works with the headphones. Each participant could use headphones to follow the conferences. You could switch to 3 channels. In the first channel you could hear the main stage. In the 2nd channel you could hear the stage on the upper floor. And on the third channel you could hear music throughout if you wanted to relax a bit.
After @roelandp the awesome guy @arcange came on stage and presented the scanning project with the SteemFest3 App and the @steemitboard. I listened to the presentation of @ned, but then I stayed outside and in the front area to get to know more new Steemians. Since the presentations were recorded or streamed live, I could watch them after the SteemFest in a relaxed atmosphere.
The presentations took the day over their course. Around noon there was a buffet where all participants could help themselves. Different dishes were available. Drinks could be ordered the whole day free of charge at the bar. After the meal we continued with the presentations. Many Steemians also used the time like me to connect and exchange. And so many conversations were held, outside music played but also diligently scanned. Because there was a contest of @steemitboard. If you have scanned most of the Steemians, you will be ranked higher. In this contest I could reach the 6th place.
In the evening we had dinner together in the conference hall. The food was very tasty :-) And after we all ate a nice dinner, we went to the Pink Bowling Club together with many shuttle buses to really shoot the pins through the area :) Arrived at the Bowling Club there were shoes for all participants. My shoe size of 42 was a bit too big but it was enough. Shortly afterwards there were drink vouchers to get free drinks at the bar. So off to the bar and ordered a big beer... to get warm :-) At the beginning until the draw of the opponent teams was finished, we were allowed to practice on the tracks and see which balls are good.
When @roelandp then announced the duel pairs, it was mentioned that there is a prize money. The noble donor of 600 STEEM! was @therealwolf and wanted to make the game more interesting with the prize money! You can read more about it here. Great idea. So the evening took its course at the bowling alleys and the games were played. With a time limit of 15 minutes for the individual teams, the whole thing was quite well organized. Except for a few technical problems, everything went very well. Super also for the "Team Germany" because, yes exactly, we took the title of BearBowling at SteemFest 2018 home with us.
Many thanks to our team @rivalzzz @felander @jaki01 and me @louis88. I am super proud of it! 💪 The highest number of strikes we managed in a game that was limited to 15 minutes were 5 strikes! When the game was won and we got the trophies and the banner, the DJ played the song "We are the Champions" by Queen. A moment I won't forget in my life. Feel the whole bowling facility and all present Steemians have sung along. A real goose bump moment.
Gradually shuttle buses met us again and brought us to the back of the Qubus Hotel. From there we couldn't leave the evening like this and had to celebrate our success on the bowling alley.
So we walked into our all-time favorite pub of Alchemia and spent some hours there, laughed and drank a lot of beer :-) I don't want to tell you too much about the evening but we arrived very late at the hotel.
Day 5 - Conferences Day 2 - Drones fly and a Night of Steem at Club 89
Since it was very late the previous evening, I had to catch up some sleep and was accordingly a little later in the ICE Krakow Congress Centre. I decided to walk there and enjoy the beautiful weather. I used about 20 minutes and took some impressions of the beautiful city of Krakow with me. Arriving at the ICE I had to check at which side I could get into this big building. So I walked around and met the first Steemians on the other side who told me that the event takes place on the upper floor.
Upstairs and a fresh coffee with orange juice to get rid of the little tomcat that ran to me. A short time later we went with @unique.esprit @reiseamateur @tanbay @rivalzzz to the nice side of the main entrance to take some cool drones pictures. You can see the result of the recordings here. It was very informative what the @unique.esprit did with its drone and told us about it. After we finished outside it was time to do a mass of Steemian Selfie in the congress hall. Of course he didn't take it without flying the drone in the room and taking the Steemian's photo 2018 from the air.
When the party was coming to an end we went to the upper floor and had some beers there. Here I got to know the Steemian @erik71. Since he is an enthusiastic whiskey connoisseur I was allowed to taste a good whiskey and listen to something about different whiskeys. Around 2 o'clock night the club then closed and were asked in front of the door.
With 2 Uber Taxis we went back to the hotel. The funny thing about getting out was that @lizanomadsoul and some other Steemians took over our UBER directly :-D So shake hand and we go on. For me off to bed. Sleep ... there absolutely had to be a little more sleep to be able to take the coming days well.
Day 6 Sightseeing - boat tour and the #BeerSaturday from @detlev
When the ship landed again we walked to the castle Wawel to the landmark of Krakow. There is a big dragon that spits fire in different intervals. Many tourists were gathered at the place and waited for the flames to rise into the sky.
After that we walked a little to the center of Krakow. There we admired the architecture of the buildings and later we had a burger in a restaurant. At 9 pm we met again at the Alchemia Bar to take part in the #BeerSaturday. Unfortunately the pub was already crowded, so we had to choose an alternative location.
So we went to the location where Art at Steemfest had been before. Arrived there Roeland gave me a handful of free beer stamps which I distributed among the people. A very nice evening again with many great and interesting conversations.
At the SteemFest Karaoke I didn't take part but I already saw some videos :-D People had a lot of fun there. In the evening or morning I was again at 02:00 o'clock in the hotel and fell into bed like a stone.
Day 7 @cleanplanet City Walk - Salt Mine Visit and Last Party at Steemfest3
On the last day of the SteemFest3 in Krakow there was still a lot to do. Among other things there was the City Walk of @cleanplanet and the visit of the salt mine. In the salt mine there was the closing dinner and afterwards a last party in the upper floor of the Qubus Hotel. But let's start at the beginning. At 11am, @yann0975 and @french.fyde were invited by the founder to participate in @cleanplanet CityWalk.
The participants got a bag and disposable gloves and had to write their steemit username and date on the bag. When all participants (about 20) had finished with the lettering, they went out into the streets behind the Qubus Hotel.
The purpose behind the project is to free the city or the streets or better said, the world from garbage lying around and to transport this garbage into the designated garbage cans. The CityWalk was scheduled for a good hour. After about 1 hour and 20 minutes we were ready and collected a big pile of garbage.
At the end we threw all our little garbage bags on a big heap to take a picture of it. During the CityWalk I found a big black garbage bag so that we could dispose everything together at the end. @yann0975 told us something about the project at the end.
Then we walked back to the Qubus Hotel together. A complete success for the project @cleanplanet which was a lot of fun.
After the CityWalk I went back to the hotel to freshen up and put on my fancy clothes. On the last evening it may be then also gladly more chic.
At 16:30 the buses for the shuttle to the Wieliczka salt mine arrived at the hotel. With the whole team we went to a big parking lot in front of the mine. Together we walked in and were divided into small groups which had to go 380 steps into the depth.
Arrived below then the guidance has begun by the salt mine. As I noticed, we only saw 1% of the salt mine on our route. A special highlight was the moment when we entered the Hl. -Kinga Chapel. A huge chapel in the underground... so about 300 meters deep in the ground. Further information about the salt mine can be found on the website:
When the tour was finished we ended up in a huge hall where the closing dinner was held.
After about 20 minutes by bus we arrived at the Qubus and were allowed to party, chat and even play baseball with a wine bottle in the upper floor of the Qubus :-D Right @rivalzzz and @steemmatt ?! Many thanks to @jeffjagoe for the Video ! Of course @therealwolf didn't miss the opportunity to get an autograph from the remaining Steemians on the previously auctioned Steemit-Full-Cap. @artbunny has drawn a beautiful "SteemFest3" and then the cap with a silver Edding became a unique object, with great memories of the SF3 in Krakow.
With music, impressions of the SteemFest on a beamer, free drinks and lots of farewell or until next year the SteemFest3 came to an end. :(
Of course I still used the possibilities to record some memories in the form of Selfies. And here are a few of them:
Day 8 - Departure from Krakow to Dortmund - Return home
On Monday morning it's time for breakfast. There I had a good breakfast with the Steemian @fabianklauder and my brother and then packed my bags. While packing my suitcase I couldn't really believe that the SteemFest3 is already over. With packed suitcases down to the reception, immortalized in the guestbook with @louis88 and checked out.
With @rivalzzz I walked slowly over to the Qubus Hotel. There we spent some time in the lobby and had some conversations. Here I was given a Powerbank which got lost in the @vladivostok the previous evening. Since I didn't know if he has already left or not, I simply took the Powerbank to me to send it to him by mail when I'm back home. Unfortunately nowadays it is not so easy to send a battery by post from Germany to the USA. But I will bring the Powerbank with me if I should be at the next SteemFest to give it back to its rightful owner :)
The @pharesim was so nice and offered to take us with his van to the airport. So we packed our suitcases into the van and drove with @pharesim, @tashidelek and the great dog @jukatravels to the airport. Many thanks again for the shuttle! Hope you 3 have another good trip!
Arriving at the airport we first walked to the suitcase scale to check if our suitcases are not overweight. And of my allowed 20 kilograms weight I have reached exactly 19.45 kilograms and was therefore no problem. We went on to the check-in counter and checked in our suitcases.
We went on to the security check, which we quickly completed without any major complications. And then I looked into my wallet and had a few zlotys left. A small snack, a Coke and a Snickers must be enough for the 1.5 hours flight from Krakow to Dortmund back. At the terminal we met some more Steemians who were on their way to Germany. When the boarding at the Ryan Air plane started I was able to take a nice picture of the plane.
The return flight was pleasant and I was able to close the eyes a little bit. Of course I had reserved the same seats I had on the outbound flight. Thus I sat again at the window and had a wonderful view of the airplane and the environment.
When we landed in Dortmund our suitcases arrived quite fast on the conveyor belt. Out of the airport and called the Airport Shuttle Service from the parking lot and told them that we wanted to get to my car. He arrived a short time later and brought us to the airport parking lot where I had parked my car. Then Zack packed the clothes into the car and drove another 100 kilometres home.
An exciting experience after almost a year of membership here on Steemit. It was a special experience to participate in the SteemFest. I got to know so many nice new people and now after the SteemFest I'm happy to read so many contributions from the users because I have a face to the user after all. Since the SteemFest3 flashed me like this, I will see that I can also participate in the SteemFest4. I am curious where it will be next year.
Thank you very much for your support. You are a great community!