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The day began at around 8am when we took the coach from Czestochowa to Zakopane, this took about five hours because of the traffic but hey, we got there in the end! We didn't have any accommodation booked so on arrival in Zakopane but had heard that there are private rooms available for rent at between 40 to 50 PLN per night. As soon as we stepped off the coach we were swamped by hoards of locals who had spare rooms available at reasonably cheap rates. We went for a little old lady, who gave us a room for about £12 (pppn) which you can't argue with. This was a double room, containing a double sofa bed, and had the availability of refreshments (she gave us a kettle - couldn't find the tea, coffee, milk, sugar etc).
Ok so you're probably thinking I never walked all the way up that mountain? You're right, we took the cable car instead. I made the mistake of downing several Okocims and kielbasa sausages on arrival in Zakopane, and the alcohol gave me the determination needed to climb into the cable car, therefore, effectively, climbing up the mountain. However, with the amount of time it took to reach the top, and realising how high up we were, I was forever grateful for the invention of the cable car!
It wasn't as cold as it looked from the bottom, I felt fine in my shorts and beloved Wanderers replica shirt.
And so began the descent. Our descent took four hours (plus an extra hour for the Black Lake), but it was a trek well worth it. There were a few scary moments but I've only got myself to blame, I mean, who treks down a mountain partially covered in snow in trainers?! I only slipped a couple of times! Thirty minutes into the descent we got to the spring, it was such a great feeling being able to drink this water, so fresh, of course, we filled up our bottles! I was constantly amazed at the wildlife on the way down, a blue slug (can anyone explain why it was blue?!), a few deer, lots and lots of flowers! Apparently, there are bears up there too so be careful (although I didn't see any).
We didn't bother going back to our room becasue it was quite late anyway.
Our second day in Zakopane we just spent walking up an down Ul Krupowki picking up souveniers for friends and family back home. All the souvenier shops sell the same sort of stuff and I found that they all offered different prices. For example, a pair of sheepskin slippers cost 25 PLN at the bottom of Ul Krupowki but in a different shop at the top, the same slippers cost 35 PLN! Therefore, if you have the time, shop around, you may get a bargain! Don't be afraid of asking for discount, we got a good deal on some stuff (I really hope my mum isn't reading this!!!).