In these strange time, when getting around is restricted and all activities are reduced to those that can be done in the comfort of our home, I miss the freedom of being outside even more. I miss the world, mountain air and adrenaline rush that always accompanies me when I start new journey. The only thing we have at the moment to quench our desire are the memories of the previous travels as well as hopes and plans for the time when this state will be finished.
During this time when I’m sitting at home and trying to occupy my mind with different activities, even more I appreciate the intensity of the previous year. I appreciate freedom, because up until now I was unaware that it can be limited so quickly. If someone had told me a year ago that at the same time next year my travels would be limited to travels from my bed to the fridge and back, I’d think he is insane.
So all this made me want to share with you all the moments from last years that I am most grateful for 🙂
Chasing the northern lights in Tromso, Norway
Together with seven other girls who I met in one of the Facebook travel group I went to chase the northern lights. Even now I still remember that feeling of excitement when that beautiful, green spectacle has started above our heads for the first time. It’s impossible to compare that with anything else. I’m really grateful that I was able to see that breathtaking phenomenon with my own eyes.
More about that travel you will find here.
It doesn’t matter if that’s fast trekking in the Beskids, or few days in the Alps. Mountains always help me clear my head and find my inner peace. Every time I hit the trail, I feel a huge boost of positive energy. It allows me also to be more grateful for the moments spent in the nature. Especially now I really miss those moments when after huge effort of reaching the summit, comes the feeling of satisfaction of fulfilling another goal.
The sentimental journey to Malta
I remember this journey with great fondness. Not only because of the charming Valletta, where I took countless photos of the colorful doors, Mdina, which delighted me with the maze of narrow streets or the island of Gozo, which turned out to be an amazing oasis of peace, but mainly because of meeting with my long-lost friend. We had the opportunity to reminisce about the youth time and talk about life in Malta.
Spontaneous birthday trip to Belgium
During this time of many restrictions I miss the spontaneity. I miss the freedom of making fast decisions to go somewhere just to surprise someone for their birthday. Just like I did last year. With this quick trip not only I celebrated the birthday of the friend, but I also had an opportunity to visit High Fens – Eifel Nature Park and get to the highest peak of Belgium 😀
The Malerweg trail through Saxon Switzerland
Not so far from Poland, on the German-Czech border, is located a remarkable region. Saxony Switzerland is situated on the Elbe river and it’s perfect not only for people who love “cities in stones” but also who love active way of spending time. There are over 1,200 km of trails which give the chance to enjoy romantic landscapes. One of them is Malerweg, which translates to Painters’ Way.
This 112 km route is split into 8 stages. It was created in remembrance of Caspar David Friedrich, who is one of the most important painter from the German Romantic movement. When I was hiking that amazing trail, I understood why Malerweg is considered as the most beautiful route in Germany. I did 2 out of 8 parts and I would definitely like to come back for more.
Long weekend in Lviv
Lviv is the perfect place for a getaway with friends. Lots of great cafes, climatic restaurants, and numerous pubs with a unique atmosphere are just one of the faces of Lviv. Lviv also has rich history, beautiful small cobbled streets, a picturesque market square and countless historic buildings.
This former capital of Galicia has a lot to offer and definitely everyone will find something for themselves. I remember Lviv with warm sentiment because of the time I spent there with friends. I hope that soon we will be able to organize such a trip again. Somewhere around the World or in Poland. In fact, it doesn’t matter where. The most important is to be able to meet at all.
Faroe Islands was for me a return to hitchhiking and traveling only with a draft of the plan. I was prepared for anything that could happen. Faroe Islands delighted me with the views, sometimes so incredibly inaccessible and amzing people. I will never forget how they were wondering where I could pitch a tent on a flat surface, close to the toilet and with a nice view. Faroe Islands, with such fickle weather conditions, reminded me that sometimes letting go of one thing brings another, even better.
Slovenia stole my heart already at the first visit. Every visit allows me to discover some new amazing things in this small country. I am amazed that there are so many fascinating places to see on an area of about 20,000 km². Mountains, sea, caves, gorges, numerous waterfalls, emerald rivers, vineyards and forests that cover up to 62% of Slovenia. I’m really looking forward to my next visit!
For many reasons, it was an unforgettable trip. There are plenty of marvelous places. One of them is amazing desert Wadi Rum. I will never forget the crazy jeep ride through the most stunning desert valley in the world, a breathtaking sunset surrounded by Martian landscape or the silence that surrounded me when I waited for the sunrise. For sure I will never forget Petra. Especially the entire trail going to the Ad Deir monastery, which is located in the beautiful mountain scenery. I am extremely grateful for the amazing views I saw from Mount Nebo or for the opportunity to visit Jerash, which was once a real gem of the Roman Empire.
Bicycle trip to Zalipie
Sometimes you don’t have to go far to discover something unique. For me that was Zalipie. This picturesque village near Krakow attracts a lot of tourists not only from Poland, but also from around the world. Zalipie is famous for painted in colorful flower houses, outbuildings, wells, hives and even dog houses. This charming village is a great destination for a bike trip.
I travelled to Finland around Midsummer holiday. During this time Helsinki is like a ghost town. Finish are packing sima – sweet low level alcoholic drink and pulla – cinnamon rolls and going to their cottages. Almost all Finish have one where they can escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Midsummer in Finland is magical time. There is plenty of huge bonfires and it is believed that young girls who pick 7 different species of wild flowers and place them under their pillow for the night will see their future husband in a dream.
I admire how people in Finland live close to the nature care about environment. It was amazing for me to see how they like to spend time outside and truly enjoy it:)