your "only 5 days" paragraph hits home nicely - the cry of the gainfully employed :)
Thanks Radek... Yes, the American lifestyle + balance act of a single mom... always more stress before the trip and such a relief on the plane...now trying to catch up at home, at work....
about asking for a trip report. I know you are extremely busy, but thank you for taking the time to put this TR together. It is an engaging story and fun one to read. It is amazing that with such a tight schedule you still manage to get out and smile in every photo.
If I could be a kid again, I would want you as my doctor.
Great job, and thanks again.
Please, no sorry... it was my choice to write it... pretty rushed, I had not time to reread it - hopefully tonight if my son does not have too much homework and I will be able to keep my eyes open.
I would love you to be my patient - haha...
this is a lovely and well-written report you posted! Thanks for taking the time to write and post it, together with all those lovely photos, despite all the things you have to do!
Take care and a big hug,
Thanks Eric... I still did not have time to re-read it, probably very poor compostion... but oh, well... Currently on call, and getting interrupted too much from my favorite leisure activity - being on SP! haha
Liba, thanks, plus extra thanks for your remark about the "more relaxed European lifestyle" which gave me a good laugh - ha ha unless you meant the Western European doc or the typical Eastern European medical bureaucrat - why don't you come and work in a hospital in Poland for a change! LOL
Jacek, i worked in the Czech republic. We were usually drunk by noon... My friend are at home at 3:00, bring tons of bribes from their patients (unfortunately paychecks are pretty low), and plenty of vacation...
Sure, Poland and Czechia are not that different - one of the reasons behind me opening the new forum yesterday LOL I last tried to get help from the state-run health "care" system four years ago when I fell off the road on my bike. My ordeal had lasted for a few days when I was told a good surgeon had just given up his ordeal at the clinic and set up his own practice just nearby. He had a look at my poor shoulder and told me it was too late for an operation to make sense, and I've lived happily along with my funny-looking shoulder ever since. :D That really is great you've made it out of the mire. I hope you make it to CO as well.
Oh... I did not know that you are handicapped.... Perhaps massages would work better. I remember some polish movie about a doctor who lost his memory, and was fixing bones, even a brain surgery just in a little village. But, what was the name of the film? hmmm... I tend not to trust doctors. I removed finger nail yesterday on myself at home.
It's not that bad, Liba, it just looks a bit funny. Given my age the girls will look at my bank account rather than my shoulder so it's not a real problem :) I wouldn't like to try and belay anybody though.
I tend not to trust docs, they're just people, not dogs or bears, but I did trust that doctor as I found him both professional and caring, did go to a rehab centre for about a month and have been fine since then. It cost me less than $300 altogether while the tax payers would've paid ten times as much as that if I'd gone to hospital and I might not be OK at all. I hate the system, which is surely a political thing. And the film you mentioned (one of my parents' favs :)) was made before World War II and was based on this book.
Thanks Jacek... I want to get that film, (hopefully they have it on Amazon). You know that I love Henryk Sienkiewicz - not just his Quo Vadis, but also Pan Wolodiovski... it has been a long time since I have read it, but I bought a polish movie recently "Fire & Sword" in Polish. I also have Bolek i Lolek - ahahahhaha
Bank account? hmm... sometimes I am wondering the same, especially when younger guys tell me how young I look... is it my young look, or my money? haha - I guess we will never know for sure.
Try and see The deluge if you haven't yet. Bolek i Lolek was great but the same goes for Rumcajs, and Krtek :)
No, we'll never know for sure – is Duchess (&) Libusa thirty or just twenty some (altogether). I wish I were twenty years younger to better see. LOL
Nice to read about all your adventures squeezed into five short days. It was great meeting you up there at the refugio. I am sure both you and me will be back for another try on Cotopaxi. I am sure it is worth it. And of course.... I will email you my secret power-bar recipe :-)
Thanks Andre... can't wait to try to make your perfect power bars... so delicious!!!
I loved this report and the photos. You are awesome Liba!
Thank you so much. It was during my crazy lifestyle - worked over 80 hrs every week, and went on this trip so exhausted.
Now, feeling that it was a long, long time ago, but it is less than a year.
Congratulations! I'm italian, so I know what you mean when you say "more relaxed life-style"! It's mine! What wonderful style of traveling, even if I prefer to have more time to enjoy my experience. Anyway I admire you for your force and courage moving around the world alone.
Thank you for telling us your adventures!
Thanks again, I don't mind moving alone, but I wish to have more time.