PragueBlog Fall of ’22, Entry 3: Have I made a “check” pun yet? Oh wait we’re in Slovakia

28 September 2022
Andrew Weller '24

Andrew Weller ’24, a Psychology major, is currently studying abroad on the Carleton Cross Cultural Psychology in Prague program. Follow along on their adventures! (Part 3!)

Over the course of our four-day excursion to Slovakia, we explored breathtaking natural locales, toured ancient historical sites, and learned about traditional cultural practices. First, we hiked through the Tatra mountains along the Slovakia-Poland border.

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Left to right: Emerald, Ken, Miriam, Claudia, Nubia, Andrew, Jing Jing, Fátima, Lev, Bryn, Miller, Harald.
Location: A trail junction at the base of the Tatra mountains.
Activity: Embarking on the hike of a lifetime. Photo courtesy of Nancy.
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Left to right: Jing Jing, Bryn, Miriam, Lev. Photo courtesy of Jing Jing.

The journey took approximately seven hours of intense hiking. I recorded 27,000 steps over 3.4 miles as the crow flies, though at times we hit 50+ degree inclines on hillsides covered in deep snow. Despite the heavy workout, the view was definitely worth it.

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Miller on the road.
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Left to right: Sofia, Kara, Fátima, Daphne, Nancy.
Activity: Celebrating victory over the mountain.
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Jing Jing at the top of the world.
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Left to right: Andrew, Bryn, Catherine, Emerald, Stephanie, Lev, Miriam, Claudia, Harald, Miller, Tin, Nubia, Jing Jing.
Location: 49.1637058°N, 20.0280480°E.
Activity: Eating lunch and preparing for the journey back.

Next, we visited Spiš Castle, a ruin classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993. Cannons and defensive stone fortifications can still be seen within the walls.

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Left to right: Miller, Claudia, Miriam, Andrew. Jing Jing runs in the background.
Location: The ruins of Spiš Castle, near the town of Spišské Podhradie, Slovakia. Photo courtesy of Fátima.
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Hala and Nubia in the countryside. Photo courtesy of Nancy.
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Miriam, Claudia, and Miller on the platform leading out of the castle keep. Photo courtesy of Nancy.

Finally, we took a trip down the Dunajec river on wooden rafts. The experience was remarkably relaxing and lasted around 1.5 hours.

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Left to right: Andrew, Miriam, Harald, Claudia, Miller.
Location: The river Dunajec on the border between Slovakia and Poland.
Activity: Rafting the time away. Photo courtesy of Harald.
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Andrew and Miriam on the water. Photo courtesy of Harald.

At the end of the route, there was a small barrier marking the exact border between Slovakia and Poland. I can now say I’ve officially visited the latter country, if only for about a minute.

That’s all for this entry of the Prague Blog! Up next: A visit to the Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders, and a Sparta Praha hockey game. Čau!