It is impossible to beat food as a topic on S-W, but have been here in SK for a few weeks and have encountrered three burka and one soaking downpour in the High Tatras in that time. I am surprised at how quickly the water rises after a heavy downpour whether in the Poprad River , the local streams (Levca Potok) or mountain streams. And then all of them seem to flow a deep brown, not a good sign for erosion control. Then there have been flood reports on television of flooding in other parts of the country.
Climate change seems to be hitting them as hard here (though in a different way) that it is changing in Alaska.
On a happy note did get up to the Tatras yesterday with two cousins, an hour bz bus to Poprad and another hour and a quarter to Strbske Pleso at the end of the electric railroad. This was the first visit for both cousins, and I was the guide! We started out walking Stary Smokovec and Tatrasanka Lomnica, where we visited the Tatra Nature museum, a great place for the history, wildlife, plantlife and geology. Their literature in English has reached a high level and continues to improve. It was a very worthwhile trip. That was topped off with an excellent lunch at the Tulipen next door. After that we took the train to Strpske Pleso, ascending into the clouds, away from occasional sprinkles and into what turned into a drenching downpour. My formerly waterproof jacket proved to be quite transparent to rain. I will rely on mz raincoat from now on!
The best news is that the 12 year old budding veterinarian soaked it all in (pun intended) and came away with her attention on the mountains and the mist rolling out of the valleys. I think she is hooked.