Ahoj, Guten tag, Szia and hello my dear, fellow backpackers.
Now let me introduce myself: I’m a woman bursting with desire and fervent passion…for
travelling; a determined and little crazy female who is looking to return
from Central Europe in July with a backpackful of experiences!
I can tell
you however, that I have, whilst still on foreign soil in Belgium, where
I’ve been based as an English language assistant for the last eight months,
already had my fair share of fun, games and frustrations. In my head, I’ve
already visited, many times over, all of the eight places I’ll be going to
this summer during my three week trip, and I know for certain that both my
phone and computer are of intimate acquaintance with them too. I’ve
definately picked up a few tips in my preparations, and so in order to help
you along, because this has been no mean feat, I’ll share them with you.
that I recommend you spend a few hours exploring, it’s well worth the time
spent: Lonely Planet
Bard” in Prague and Krumlov House in Cesky Krumlov don’t take reservations anything more than two weeks in advance. You may
also want to note that the numbers for the former have changed recently to:
2271 6453/ 2271 4449.
made since the fax and phone share the same number. In my persistance I
phoned many times yet only succeeded in getting through to the fax. “So why
not send a fax?” you’re thinking. Well, I did, twice in fact, and got no
reply. So if you’re a budget traveller like myself, you might think about
opting for “Pension Schmidniger” instead, though the good old lady doesn’t
speak a great deal of English. So, if you know any German, don’t hesitate to
put it to use here, tel: (5356) 63134.
e-mail, but beware of getting the address right or you’ll get nowhere at
qualities boasted by the Austrians. A while ago I made a reservation at the
Jugenherbergen in Vienna, a simple request: 2 nights for 2 people and this
seemed no problem for them. Only last week however, I received a letter
from them cancelling my reservation with no adequate explanation enlosed.
This hostel, somewhat surprisingly, does come highly recommended, but upon being left in the lurch I got back on the phone, with no time to waste, to book
recently changed its number to: 361 3319896.
have posed their fair share of difficulties, unfortunately. Making
reservations may be a problem if you’re an English speaker with no knowledge
of German and furthermore, many of the numbers there have changed too just
to further complicate matters!
Don’t think about making a reservation at the
“Zbojnicka chata” mountain chalet as it burnt down last year, but do visit
this website to obtain the numbers of other moutain chalets if you’re thinking about making the reservations yourself. On the other hand, you
could try contacting “Stary Smokovec“, available on 4422402 who offers a
reservation service. You may like to note that ‘pensions’ – B&B type places
in the High Tatras – offer discounts on reservations made over the internet.
For hiking hints and routes in the Tatras you may well like to visit this website. You may be
interested to know that there is a book (somewhere!) called “Regions
Without Frontiers: The Slovak-Polish Tatras“, written by Daniel Kollar, Jan
Lacika and Roman Malarz, and published by “Dajarma”, yet seemingly hard to
come by given my efforts at trying to track it down.
ambitious adventure holiday like this, is one that faces many, many people. It’s not at this point that I propose any kind of magic
solution…if only! But there is a website worth checking out, though it
doesn’t cover Slovakia. It does however cover many other
discovered that a FSME (meningo-encephalitis) injection comes highly
recommended for any hikers and campers. Not available on the NHS, I discovered upon doing some research that it will set you back about ï¿½80.
backpack, check this out.