I’m completely in love with the mountains. I can go there every season and enjoy it to the full. In winter it is about skiing, in summer it is about fresh air and cool weather. This fall I discovered some other exciting things you can do in the mountains, like horseback riding and zorbing.
Afera, a great horse
Last weekend, our “entertaining mentors”, 3 polish ex-Erasmus students that take care about our “night life” and cultural experience here in Wroclaw, organized for us a trip to Duszniki-Zdrój, one of the most popular health resorts from Poland. There are some natural sparkling waters, that are used in treatment of a variety of illnesses. The Spa town is located close to the border with the Czech Republic, in the valley of Bystrzyca Dusznicka river, between the Orlickie and Bystrzyckie mountains. The altitude of the place does not exceed 600 metres, still the landscape is charming and you can feel the mountain climate. The surrounding hillsides are covered with spruce and beech forests.
Rancho Panderoza in Duszniki Zdroj
In the heart of the forest it is a farm called Rancho Panderoza. We’ve spent a great Sunday there. It was the first horseback riding experience for the most of us, so we started with a short training. We were tought the basics of the western style of horseback riding. We’ve seen some of the best competition horses from Poland, they were so peaceful and calm, unable to do any harm.
The best competition horse in Poland
Some years ago I got on a horse, it was amazing, but I cannot call it riding, because the horse was guided by his mistress. This time was totally different, after the training we went for a horseback ride through the forest. It was something between delight, fear and pain, but at the end it all turned into an incredible adventure.
Let me introduce you my favorite horse, Afera 🙂
These sledges wait for the snow to come
Almost like Santa’s sleigh
Great landscape in Duszniki-Zdrój
Then followed zorbing, also called globe-riding, that equals laughs and screems. First establised in New Zeeland, this type of sport and out door activity consists of rolling downhill in an sphere, generally made of transparent and flexible plastic. The orb from Duszniki Zdroj was not transparent and looked like a giant football ball. There was place for two riders inside the zorb, so we entered by two and for 3 minutes we felt ourselves austronauts, it was really fun. In the zorbing homeland, people of all ages enjoying this sport are called zorbonauts 🙂
Zorbing in Poland
Running for the giant football zorb
Zorbs have been adopted as a symbol of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. According to the Russian Winter Olympics Organizing Committee, the zorbing ball’s concept of openness fits well with the motto of the big event – “Gateway to the Future.” And also the transparency of zorbs also reflect the accessible and inclusive society that Sochi 2014 Games is helping to build.
What else can I say, outdoor activities are lifegiving!
Biedronka, the polish word for “ladybug”
Love flowers at the windows