Tradition is something I would like us all to keep all the time. Which tradition? The tradition to greet people. Simple “good morning” may make people smile, particularly when it is unexpected.
During last weekend I went with friends to Vysoké Tatry, which is a part of Tatry Mountains that lie between Poland and Slovakia. We predicted that polish side could be crowded due to longer weekend. And we were right. As far as I heard, Zakopane, the most famous village in Tatry Mountains, has been closed. The place was not ready to take so many tourists. But on the other side of mountains, in the city called Vysoké Tatry, the atmosphere was peaceful and perfect to contemplate the nature. Taking two beautiful but demanding tracks – one along the Mlynická Dolina through Predné Solisko and the other up to Skalnaté pleso, I have had plenty of time to think about power of word “good morning”. During last weekend I heard it 100 times more than from my neighbours. I understand that in big cities it would be weird to say “hello” to every person we come across on the street, but neighbourhood cannot be that big enough. So I started to wonder why people actually stopped doing this.
Not so long ago, let’s say 30-40 years ago, people used to greet each other, and the reason for that was certainly not the fact they knew each other, but simple and polite way to live among community. Now this tradition survived only in small villages and in the mountains. No matter where are you from, when you come across someone on the track, you will hear “Good morning”, “Dzień dobry”, “Hello” or even “Hola”. People from around the world greet each other and it is a common thing to do. This is also one of the reason why I love going to the mountains so much. But there is also one special place where I heard on my own that greeting strangers is still OK. It was in Northern Ireland in a beautiful city called Londonderry. But it is not the right time to talk about it yet. Now it is high time to share some beautiful moments from the last weekend. Enjoy!
All the pictures above and below present the green track up the Skalnaté pleso. There are two options to get there. You can either walk along the cable railway or simply take the cable car. Once you are there, there is an option to take another cable car which goes up to Lomnický štít, which is the second (after Gerlach) highest hill in Tatry – 2634 metres high. Unfortunately you have to book the tickets in advance as the cable car goes only once per one hour.
On the way back, the best option is to take the blue track which leads to the yellow one. For approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes you can admire beautiful view over the valley at the high of 1750 metres. The yellow track then, allows to go down the hill and leads through Dolina Bielej vody Kežmarskej.