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Back in Slovakia (part 8): High Tatras (Bystrá lávka and Priečne sedlo mountain saddles)

Introduction

After I’d explored parts of the High Tatras mountain range in the last year I made two further extensive tours this summer, and I tried to pick slightly more difficult ones this time.

Otherwise (and because I am a lazy person) I wouldn’t see any real raison d’être for writing just another article about the High Tatras when there is not some sort of a challenge and an opportunity for leaving my comfort zone to begin with.

Though I love being in Slovakia, it is not necessarily about a …

Seeking out adventures in an era of comfort and pandemics (part 2): West Bohemia

Introduction

As my grandmother fled 1945 from the advancing Red Army to Bavaria with her little baby girl (my aunt) in her arms, she had to march westwards across the territory of the then called “Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia” – a journey which was unimaginably dangerous in a war-devastated Central Europe.

It was the way that appeared the shortest from the home-town of my grandmother’s family Breslau in Lower Silesia to the comparatively save Bavaria, where the Americans were expected to impose their version of a military administration, as …

Seeking out adventures in an era of comfort and pandemics (part 1): Bavarian Prealps

Prelude

Modern life in 1st world societies has removed hardship and danger from everyday human existence for the most part. Practically speaking, this is even more so during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

A great percentage of the office employees can (or have to) work from home, and the sole reason to leave your house is to buy food and other essentials in the grocery a few hundred meters (in the worst case) away.

So the temptation to immerse oneself entirely in alternate realities like movies, TV sports, soap operas, social …