3 day trip south to Stary Smokovec, Slovakia with miss Summer.
Found nice 'privat' private rooms in people's homes we rented.
Went hiking everyday, over the rivers & through the hills...
until we reached this lovely mountain lodge chateau for lentil soup
& bread lunch. and beer of course! here we found about a dozen
Slovakians sufficiently drunk at 4pm singing "Stairway to Heaven"
and celebrating their spring skiing vacation. They were having
the most fun that i've seen people have in a long time. well, since
India where people specialize in smiling & having fun with simple things
in life. I found out that the mt. lodge DID have a room for rent & i really
wished I would have had faith & not rented 'privat' to instead stay way
up high here in the lovely mountainside. another time & place!
I long to spend days up in these quiet mountain shacks....hiking, reading,
sitting by the fireplace & drinking hot chocolate.
Speaking of..."czacholado" is a thicker pure chocolate drink that is my new
favorite, and apparently available all over Europe. like liquid dark chocolate!
After Stary Smokovec, Summer & I took a bus to the border, another few buses
to Zakopane & spent a few hours there getting lunch & looking around. We bought
some local special cheese from the lady in my picture.
Very nice to get out of the concrete jungle again!
Fresh air, among other benefits!
I just read that Krakow has, or at least did have, very bad air pollution
due to the low restrictions on industrial pollutants. or no restrictions!
Many building are stained black-grey from years of this neglect.