Hiking Mount Toubkal – three lessons learnt

Being the highest peak of North Africa – Jebel Toubkal located in Atlas mountains attracts more hikers, both experienced and those less experienced, every year. Reasons for this are cheap convenient long weekend Ryanair flights from Krakow to Marrakech, relatively low costs of drive from airport to Imlil (mind! you do not want to spend more than 300 dh on taxi, for that you would need to negotiate surely), spectacular views to name just a few. The idea to climb Toubkal came into my mind during the first solo trip to Morocco while driving through Atlas on a way to…

Western Tatras – Czerwone Wierchy this wintertime

During the first days of spring it goes without saying that this winter has been somewhat magical. Discovering something you never knew you might like so much is quite exciting. The route this weekend was demanding, the best one so far and probably the last one done this winter. Although distance-wise it was very reasonable, only circa 16 km long, with the route chosen the climb started immediately, no time to get used to or to adjust the tempo. Heading from Kiry through a black route, the turn was taken to a red and at Przysłop Mietusi ultimately changed to a…

Tatra mountains – from Grzes through Rakon to Volovec

It is 10 PM on Friday and packing to Tatra mountains is still on the way. You are making sandwiches. For many reasons sandwiches taste so much better at the top, where there is a silence, clean air and you know you did your best to deserve them. A thought is circling in your mind “Sleep, you will miss it so much tomorrow”. The trip starts from Krakow at 5:20 AM to arrive to Siwa Polana Parking at around 7:20 AM. On a way you pass a beautiful sunrise view behind snowy Tatras. The hike from Siwa Polana to Polana Chocholowska…

Rabat – the less known capital of Morocco and Unesco World Heritage Site

Imagine reading through The Economist prognosis for changes in 2018 while taking a train from Marrakech to Rabat, passing by Casablanca. At one point you come across a page with news on improvements to train system in Morocco. The note actually says that the new trains will be almost twice as fast as they currently are on a way from Marrakech to Moroccan capital… (sic!) Casablanca. At one point I was speechless. Was I mixing something, did I not do proper reading about the country I am visiting to the point as not to recognise the capital properly or, which…

On a way to Erg Chebbi Dunes in Moroccan Sahara

The trip has started at unreasonable 7 AM. No one from the group known, but positive attitude maintained at all times. Turned out the group was ideal Bezos’ two pizza team, easy to make decisions with and keep on moving. The trip as planned was taken through Atlas mountains at the hight of 2260 m on Tfizi n’Tichka pass, Ait Ben Haddou UNESCO heritage site and movies set, Ouarzazate, Tinghir, grand Boumalne Dades and eventually to Merzouga with its Erg Chebbi sand dunes. While it was one of the most organized part of my seven days Morocco trip, I must…

Experience Marrakech

There are places that can be described with many words and there are some, like Marrakech, that better explained when seen. It is the first time that I had trouble to reduce the number of pictures I wanted to share. So here is a long one of Marrakech so far out of my week long Morocco trip, pictures of amazing places like Bahia Palace, Jardins Majorelle, Jemaa el-Fna, YSL Museum, La Mamounia, Koutoubia and a few others. 

Polish Baltic seaside, where wind is strong and air is fresh

There is a place in Poland where strong wind blows, air is pollution-free and sea is super clean. Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia or commonly known as Tricity is a metropolitan area of Pomeranian region. Filled with maritime ebb, very much non Polish architecture shaped by number of merchants over time, and Polish Solidarity strong national patriotic vibe, Gdansk is one of the places you can easily find yourself enjoying on a very different levels. It is especially magical during winter time with Christmas market offering lots of childish fun and not so childish grzaniec (hot wine). Though be careful walking…