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“How in the name of God I’d climb that?”

I was in the middle of thick forest trying to make my way through on a bike (bicycle).

I had little choice but to ascend the challenge in front of me. There was no question of going back. I dodged the Sherpa dog, I survived the narrow strip on the mountain slope, and this perhaps was my last obstacle. I was almost there, I tried to convince myself.

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I picked up bike and put the backwheel on my shoulder and shouted, ‘Jai Bajrang Bali’ as I climbed up with all my might. But with my both hands engaged with the bike it was the job much more difficult than I thought it to be. Every time I ran up, I came back down the next moment.

But, somehow and just somehow with all those trial and errors I finally managed to scale the steep challenge. Perhaps, it was because with each trial I understood where I should step on and where I shouldn’t. Isn’t it what life is all about? Trying and learning from failures until you succeed? With no option of going back, no backup to fall back on to.

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Slovakia, often overlooked by tourists presents a perfect opportunity for those who want to unwind in the nature. I stayed in two different Slovakian cities and in the beautiful countrysides of Low Tatras mountain, and I can absolutely vouch for the experience. Put aside the guidebooks or the reviews of the tourists whose definition of a European destination only mean grand cathedrals, overpriced museums and fancy bars & restaurants, and you’d discover hidden gems like Slovakia that you’d keep coming back to.

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My hostel had an excellent location, the wooden cabin situated on a mountain slope overlooking a beautiful lake. To top it off, I was the only guy in the four bed dorm. Hell, there was no one in entire hostel. I could still feel the pine scented mountain air brushing against my nostrils as I woke up and walked around in my P.J. with a mug of coffee in my hand. Damn! In the night, I lie down and count the stars until I could no longer keep up. Can life be more idyllic?

If only I could live the rest of days in such freedom.

I rented the bike from the nearby hotel but didn’t care about about going somewhere, who needed the guidebooks or tourist itinerary when you could make your own adventure.

I rode the bike up the mountain, through an easy hiking route till I hit the main road. I biked to my heart’s content and when it was time to go back I chose a different path. I asked around and made my way through green meadows that rose up from a raging river. I cut through the hoard of grazing sheep and escape the watchdog running after me.

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I stared at the steep climb in front of me unbelieving. Had I gone too far in search of adventure?

“How in the name of God I’d climb that?“

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