I just spent a few very intense days hiking and scrambling in the north-east part of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The weather was excellent, sunny with only a mild wind. I managed to summit quite a few three-thousanders including Cerro Pelado (3182 m), Puntal de Vacares (3144 m) and Picon de Jerez (3088 m), at the very north end of the range. The most interesting and challenging rock section, between Collado de Vacares and Puntal del Goteron, offers very nice scrambling with a spectacular view of the Alcazaba north face.

More pictures in the gallery Sierra Nevada.



On this date, 35 years ago, with a small backpack and 200 dollars in my pocket, I left communist Poland. My first stop, after crossing the “Iron Curtain”, was Munich, Germany, where I spent two years figuring out the western “ways of life”, hahaha.

I decided to go back this year, and what a trip down memory lane it was. The city looks and feels as interesting and cosmopolitan as it was back then.



Driving through Madrid in the early morning rush hour can be very stressful and exhausting, especially after spending almost the whole night behind the wheel. I needed to get out of the car for a while so I decided to stop for a short sight-seeing break, in the city of Toledo.

From Wiki: Located on the banks of the Tagus in central Iberia, Toledo is known as the "Imperial City" because it was the main venue of the court of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in Spain, and as the "City of the Three Cultures" for the cultural influences of Christians, Muslims, and Jews reflected in its history. It was the capital of the Visigothic kingdom, which followed the fall of the Roman Empire, and the location of historic events such as the Councils of Toledo. The city, seat of a powerful archdiocese for much of its history, has a Gothic Cathedral, the Catedral Primada de Espana, and a long history in the production of bladed weapons, which are now common souvenirs of the city.

Wandering around the narrow, empty, peaceful streets in the morning air was very refreshing and revitalizing.



Toulouse-La Ville Rose (The Pink City) on the banks of the River Garonne, is the fourth-largest city in France and the centre of the European aerospace industry, with the headquarters of Airbus, the SPOT satellite system, ATR and the Aerospace Valley. The city's unique architecture made of pinkish terracotta bricks has earned Toulouse the nickname. Worth a visit.



Finally, I managed to visit Milan, Italy. It’s a beautiful and vibrant city. Interesting architecture, museums (major works by Leonardo da Vinci), art galleries, brand name stores and, unfortunately billions of tourists in the front of the Duomo. I guess the pandemic is over, too bad not every government thinks that way (WTF Canada!!!). I’m thinking that maybe August is not exactly the best time to go there, hahaha.