Amazing coincidence !
Dorota and you also look great. Where do you live ? I saw that you were on Ben Macdhui in Scotland. I climbed it in 1999, great day.
I live in Nijmegen, and Dorota lives in Kraków. Met her when she was on an Erasmus programme here. She's originally from Łódź, and I hail originally from Detroit Lakes, MN, although I've spent very little time there. I did spent way too much time in Scotland, and are looking to return there once I've finished my degree.
where is your Dorota gone ?
My Dorota is also Polish (Wroclaw) and I also met her in... Slovakia (in Tatras mountains more exactly). Now we both live in Wroclaw. Have you been in Tatras before ? You should like it. Come to visit Wroclaw also one day if you have the opportunity, it is as nice as Cracow.
But I'll be going out there in December. Dorota's folks have rented a house in Ząb (just outside of Zakopane) for the holidays...
I might remind you of that though, since I was planning on taking my old mountainbike out to Kraków sometime this winter (got myself a new one not long ago, and for Dorota it would be nice to have one as well; but considering she is 1.93 metres it's hard to get a proper bicycle for herself)
If you like to come out to Nijmegen; Ryanair has €10 flights from Wrocław to Nijmegen (Düsseldorf-Weeze). There is some great mountainbiking down here, including the only places in NL which have downhill runs...
I've passed Ząb by car once of twice I think. It's a quiet place a bit out of the rush of the crowded zakopane, with nice typical houses in the surrounding. You should like it...
As for biking in Krakow in December, it all depends on the weather but you should consider fixing a snowplow in front of it, or nailed tyres to ride on the surface of Vistula ;)
I've been in Nijmegen once to visit a friend who was, I think, student in the same place than you are (hydro-engineering studies). Yes, Netherlands is pretty flat ! I'd love to come here, as well as many places accessible from Wroclaw thanks to Ryanair (Scotland for example) but I'll be a dad in 2-3 weeks, so...
Anyway, have a nice time in Poland when you come and give me a sign if you are around Wroclaw !
Eric, a lucky find in the mountains.
I can but wish: http://www.mbpost.com/image/272737/272421/you-met-who-taylor-swift.html