What a good feeling it is to be on the road again, even though it is a bit challenging sometimes, as our domestic life during the last few months changed our perspectives a bit (Anouk, for example, went hysteric because of a cockroach in the showers ...).
Again just as the trips overlanding before, we have experienced a lot of friendliness so far this time, even though people here behave differently than they do back home (they seem to be a lot more earnest over here) and we have to adapt to that. It’s as simple as that - just different not strange! The only situation where we did not feel comfortable was in our home-country Germany when we tried to get some night’s sleep at an “Autobahn“ parking lot and some really strange people stopped their car directly next to us letting the engine run for about half an hour loudly discussing something even though the rest oft he parking lot was empty. No problems in Poland and the Czech Republic so far!
Unfortunately, we are not going to Ukraine, as a Ukrainian friend told us via email that there is a partial mobilisation going on which seems to be causing some kind of tense mood in the country. We’ll have to come back some other time!
From the campsite near Königstein/Sachsen (see the campsites and accommodation section for our comments) we went southwards to Frydland in the Czech Republic. During the evening and the next following morning, our daughter Sóley suddenly developed a high fever and we decided to go to a doctor in the German city of Görlitz just about 45 km away from us. Sóley is all right again now and what exactly caused the fever we could not find out, but we were able to stock up on medication just in case the fever comes back. We met with our Swiss friends in Otmuchow, south of Wroclaw/Breslau and had a relaxed evening with pasta, wine and Scotch. We then decided to visit the salt mine in Wieliczka/Groß Salze, an impressive (but really touristy) World Heritage Site near Kraków/Krakau. The chapels 130 metres below the earth’s surface simply are gorgeous pieces of artwork and the children were totally impressed by the mysterious and fairy-tale-like moods in the mine’s caves and caverns (Anouk, of course, simply loved the mine-dwarves!). From Kraków/Krakau, yesterday, we went to Niedzica just about 8 km as the crow flies from the Slovakian border. Where we want to go next, we don’t know so far. We stay here for another night and discuss the route for the next few days. As for the Carpathian Mountains a weather-mixture of sun, rain, clouds and thunderstorms is to be expected, and we are looking for good weather (Juliane: “I have booked 35 degrees Celsius ... I want my money back! ... But, then, who knows a vampyre-movie with good weather!?“), we have no “master plan“ so far on where to go next! What are your ideas??
As usual, we have packed far too many bits and pieces ... we’ve got to reduce!
One thing that’s new is a wonderful present we got from our Swiss friends: a soap stone slab customized for the Coleman Stove. We tested it yesterday, and it is great for BBQs and preparing grilled antipasti, fried egg, pancakes or toast. It’ll go on travelling with us! Who says that good food and overlanding doesn’t go together!?
Anyway, that’s it for today ... All the best to you and a big THANKS to all our followers on 4-wheel-nomads.de and Facebook.