Zakopane Travel Blog› entry 46 of 49 › view all entries
Today we decided to head to the Tatra mountains - Zakopane. We took a train from Krakow, which seemed to make so many course changes, back & forth, back & forth. Once we got to Zakopane, we looked around a bit for some place to stay, eventually we came upon a lady (Danuta) who rented out rooms in her house. She didn't speak a word of English. My Polish, at the time, was quite poor, but Ieva could understand most of what Danuta was saying, so Ieva would translate what I missed & I'd stumble through some questions & words, and eventually we figured out the price & where it was. Danuta drove us there.
We got a bus to Kuznice, from there took a cable car (Not the San Fran type, but the hanging type) up the mountains. It was so beautiful up there! Near sunset, we decided to walk down, instead of taking the cable car back down. This was a great idea at first, we watched the sun set as we made our way down the Tatras. But once the sun set, and we realized how dark it was quickly getting, we realized that it might not have been the best idea to walk down. I have a great flashlight, quite bright, and powered by being wound, not batteries. I brought it with in case of just such a situation - and it was still neatly packed in my bag, back at Danuta's! Once we got low enough & crossed below the tree line into a forest, darkness gave way to a pitch black that I have never experienced before while outside.
A night to remember, that's for sure!