Monthly Recap: May 2018

April was a full month of sunshine, azure blue bays and lush green rainforests. Occasionally, also koalas, kangaroos and flying foxes. A wonderful adventure to be followed by terrible travel blues. However foolish it seems to feel miserable and unhappy after such a stunning trip that we had in Australia, it was the case.

Nera Gorge-Beușnița National Park, Romania - May 2018

What helped? Some good sleeps. Some new dreams. Some short weekend trips. Spending time with friends – lots of storytelling about our Australian trip. But mostly time. We’ve already noticed that when we get back from a longer trip, it takes time to get used to our everyday life again. After all the new and wonderful things, adventures and beauties, everyday life seems grey and boring (moreover, it lacks cute koalas).

But after some time, we were able to feel happy again. It also helped that May was a sunny, warm month, and we spent lots of time outdoors. We returned to our beloved hiking tracks and also explored new ones.

Highlights

Mátra Mountains, Hungary - May 2018

Wildflowers in Mátra Mountains. Kékes (1014 m), the highest peak of Mátra Mountains is also the highest point of Hungary. Being quite close to Budapest, we’ve conquered it several times in the past. However, we’ve never hiked there during the peak of the spring wildflower bloom. This year we did. It was fabulous! (Have you ever seen nettles in bloom? We did.)

Slovak Paradise National Park, Slovakia - May 2018

Slovak Paradise National Park. An old love. This national park of lovely glens and waterfalls is one of our favorite weekend getaways. And this May, we’ve officially finished exploring it – meaning that we’ve hiked in all of its canyons, some of them even more than once. Of course, that doesn’t mean we won’t return again, but it means we can finish the hiking guide we started about it.

Nera Gorge-Beușnița National Park, Romania - May 2018

Nera Gorge-Beușnița National Park. We’ve been to Romania for the first time this month. It was a long weekend getaway, and we spent most of it in Nera Gorge-Beușnița National Park – a barely known, amazing gem of southwestern Romania. Surprise, surprise, it features quite some lovely waterfalls.

Challenges

Travel blues. No worries, I’m not about to start complaining again. We are over it. Though I really miss bumping into kangaroos just about everywhere.

Driving in southwestern Romania. We’ve already had some experience in driving narrow roads full of potholes and hairpin curves in Eastern Europe. But on our way to Nera Gorge-Beușnița National Park, we’ve encountered the worst roads we’ve seen in Europe so far.

Destinations visited

Mátra Mountains, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary
Mátra Mountains, Hungary
Slovak Paradise National Park, Slovakia
Arad, Romania
Nera Gorge-Beușnița National Park, Romania

Most popular post from May

Where Dreams Come True: Whitsunday Island – A perfectly sandy tropical island along the east coast of Queensland. Undeveloped, unspoilt. Nature at its best.

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Photo of the month: Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Queensland

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Whitsunday Island: it was a dream and it became a dream again. Was it even true? We may have left but this was a place that lives in you once you've been there. It's a place so far, so untouched, so magical. Let it be like that. #australia #SeeAustralia #thisisqueensland #whitsundays #cruisewhitsundays #whitehavenbeach

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Coming up in June

No longer trip planned for June. We’d love to return to some of our eternal favorite places nearby. Like Vienna. Or the High Tatras of Slovakia. We’ll probably find a mountain in Hungary, as well, that we haven’t conquered yet.

How was your May? What are your plans for the next month?

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