And now boys and girls, we continue with our fascinating tale of three strong, brave and handsome young men who travelled through South-East Europe by Interrail…

As the headline already suggests, our next stop were the High Tatras or precisely Popradské Pleso. The small hotel there – next to a beautiful mountain lake – was going to be our “base camp” for our day trips in the High Tatras. After checking out of the glamorous Red Star Hostel, we took the train to Štrba and the went by rack railway to Štrbské Pleso. We arrived around 5 p.m and since the weather was getting worse we hurried up to find accommodation. The tourist info told us that the entire town was fully booked, so we decided to take the one hour hike through the rain to the hostel in Popradské Pleso. The next two days we went to Veľké Hincovo pleso (the 3rd largest lake in the High Tatras), to the peak of Rysy (2499m) and enjoyed the breathtaking landscape…

The hotel had some 56kbps modem, thus I had the chance to read about the Single Tree Contest at kwerfeldein.de and was rather bummed out by the fact that we were surrounded by trees in every shape and arrangement, but couldn’t participate. Anyway, in the afternoon of August 14, 2009, we went back to Štrbské Pleso, bought food for the next day (2l “CBA Cola” for 27cents, water, bread, cheese, apples – deficiency signs waiting to happen), waited for the rack railway to Štrba and were passing the time with my harmonica, robot fights and an vast mass of running gags. By the way, I lose. The sunset was really beautiful. We arrived there around 9 p.m. and had to wait for the 23:42 train to Žilina. One hour stay, departure to Bratislava at 1:19. Unable to sleep in the (actually comfortable) seats, we were pretty tired out when we arrived there. One hour stay incl. delay, then off to Budapest at 5:53 in an overcrowded train – no seats available. We finally managed to sleep crouching/sitting on the stairs of a wagon door near the toilets… Isn’t it ironic?

Here are the photos of the High Tatras (August 12, 2009 – August 14, 2009).

View towards Popradské Pleso

View towards Popradské Pleso

Returning from Hincovo Pleso

Returning from Hincovo Pleso

Way To Rysy

Way To Rysy

Near Rysy

Near Rysy

Way To Rysy II

Way To Rysy II

Hiking Nuns

Hiking Nuns

Sunset in Štrbské Pleso

Sunset in Štrbské Pleso

Sunset in Štrbské Pleso II

Sunset in Štrbské Pleso II

Waiting for Departure

Waiting for Departure

To Popradské Pleso

To Popradské Pleso

Posing for Memories ©

Posing for Memories ©