Climbing into the Clouds
Zakopane Travel Blog› entry 7 of 10 › view all entries
November 13th, 2008 – by: elliotjp
The log cabin hostel was set with the Tatra mountains behind it. Our lovely host, Kasha, ushered us through to the reception room where a grand piano dominated the room, comlpimented by a Singer sewing machine in the far corner. After settling in we hit a local bar with Ozzie's Josh and Lindsey (whom we'd later travel to Prague with, but that's another story...), Rochelle, and young siblings Louise and Guy. Josh and Lindsay had been here for a few days already so Si and I coaxed Louise and Guy into joining us in heading up the Tatras, hopefully to see the 'Eye of the Sea', aka Morskie Oko, a beautiful lake surrounded by waterfalls and mountains. This, I was really up for. Unfortunately though when morning came and we rang through to the TIC from the hostel, it turns out they had shut the road leading to the lake the previous day for 2 weeks to refurbish the roads in the area.
I still wanted my outdoor fix and so pursuaded Si and the Ozzies to hike to the peak, a three hour walk climaxing in beautiful views, provided there's no cloud cover that is. The long hard climb was still wirth it, even if we could only see other nearby peaks emerging from the cloud around them. After some soup and a cup of tea in the restaurant at in the cable car station, we strolled a bit further round from the peak to the Slovakian boarder where we each took turns in standing half in Poland and half in Slovakia before taking the easy way down.
Shattered after that we all fancied another sauna and so were pointed in the direction of 'Aqualand' by the our kind hosts.
Upon departure the following day I had realised I'd lost my jacket. Fortunately 'Aquaworld' had it, I'd left it in the changing rooms in my excitement to sweat with a gerbil. Unsurpisingly it's not the only thing I've lost thus far on this trip. I left my comfy shoes and iPod charger in Estonia (subsequently significantly boosting their economy), and my towel is somewhere between Latvia and Lithuania. I'm pretty sure that's it so far, though every time i pack my back (despite picking up souvenirs and gifts in each country) it's getting easier and easier to zip shut...
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