Marcin Konkel

Extreme is the name of the game

People when striving for perfection can achieve the unbelievable. Here is a composition of 243 videos from the web (full list available here  - most of them shoot in slow motion. From extreme kayaking, ice climbing, slackline to motocross, dancing and other. Simply the best of the web in one video by Zapatou.

Prague at night - Vltava and Charles Bridge


Few more photographs from Prague. Two views on a park in Zizkov glancing on the old town and the park itself. Zizkov is a part of Prague with the highest density of pubs in Europe and my favorite one due to the views, climate and buildings. Another shot from Czech lovers day - Frantiskovy lasky and one from castle stairs.

PRAGUE / A view from Riegrovy sady (a park in Žižkov district.) on city's old town.
PRAGUE / Kids listening to live music at Františkovy lásky. event.


Trans-siberian train journey is one of the longest (if not the longest) in the world. It starts in Saint Petersburg and can end either in Vladivostok or Beijing. This video is in Russian but you can see how the life goes on in platzkart compartment. We can see the everyday life, the diversity of people and surroundings. Most people travel the Trans-Siberial railway for a day or two - to work or visiting relatives. Here, there are also short talks with Marina Ivanovna, lawyer, who travels from Vladivostok to Abakan and with Andrey N. traveling from Vladivostok to Chita  Depending upon which route you choose, the adventure can last for up to 10 days, one-way.

MMA Sopot - Budapest

Lately, with Natalia, we have taken part in International Hitch-hiking Championships (16th edition already) from Sopot (Poland) to Budapest (Hungary). The conditions of this event were fairly simple - one has to reach Budapest ASAP while travelling only by autostop. In cities above 125,000 inhabitants using public transport was allowed.

At about 11:15 on Saturday, April 27th, 250 couples (around 500 participants) were off. Some teams were aiming for getting one ride straight to the final destination. The best made it in around 15 hours. We weren't in a hurry and reached the capital of Hungary the next day. Below you can find some photographs from Budapest, Prague and Wroclaw.


After spending two days in Budapest we were heading to Prague - also by autostop. We managed to get two rides and got there around midnight on some lonely gas station on Prague's suburbs.


From capital of Czech Republic to Poland we decided to travel by train and made a short stop in Wroclaw (Poland) where the main train station was renovated with great wooden ceiling. 


WROCLAW / Main train station after rennovation works.

Google Street View presented slightly differently

People from Teehan+Lax Labs showed a different approach to using Google Street View service. You can select any route you want and set it in motion in an hyperlapse style. Hyperlapse meaning that images captured on route by Google are put in motion very fast. Watch for yourself.

Socialism is bad

That was a quick but eventful week. We decided to switch our trip to High Tatra Mountains for Pieniny - a rather low (when compared) but still interesting massif. It was due to the weather conditions which were negatively influencing the avalanche danger level in Tatras to such extent that hiking there might not be possible at all.

PIENINY | View on Sokolica peak (on the left) from Chata Pieniny in Slovakia.

Although the Spring started on March 21st in Poland we were bound to hike in the snow - sometimes at the height of the knees. Crampons were essential on some routes. We didn't see the sun for the whole trip because the sky was rather cloudy at all times and we found ourselves travelling alone as we didn't see anyone else on the trails. What is more, we were the only guests in 2 out of 3 shelters in which we decided to stay. A great experience if you live in a moderately crowded city on daily basis.

PIENINY | Cerveny Klastor on Slovakian border.

On our way we visited Trzy Korony, Chata Pieniny and Pod Beresnikiem shelters. In the second one we tried Slovakian cuisine with tremendous garlic soup and Saris beer from our south friends. We also discovered Tatransky Caj which is currently called Tatratea - a liqueur made from mountain spring water, tea extracts and mountain herbs. Great taste and many international awards won not only for it's quality but also for the design which, I would say, is exceptional.

In our last stop at Pod Beresnikiem, after a long ascent, we tasted great cuisine which seemed to be prepared individually with quality ingredients. The view from windows of the dining room has presented us with Szczawnica,a resort town and one of Poland's winter sports capital. Above Szczawnica we could see Szafranowka peak which, on it's north side, has numerous ski slopes and a ski lift. We've also talked with the owner on politics, life and... had a lecture on why socialism is bad and we should avoid it. 

If you haven't been to Pieniny yet I would strongly recommend paying a visit. They might not present you with the views of, for instance, Tatra or Karkonosze mountain peaks or be as demanding and popular but they offer something else - great cuisine and people which you won't find anywhere else. See more photographs here.

Giver yourself some slack

Fireflies by Tsuneaki Hiramatsu

Tsuneaki Hiramatsu a Japanese photographer has beautifully captured, using a longer exposure time, fireflies illuminating the night. You can see some of his photos in an article from Daily Mail and also on 500px.

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Firefly by Tsuneaki Hiramatsu

Nanga Parbat

Poles are known in the climbing world as Ice Worriers. This is partly because we have managed to be the  first to climb 10 out of 14 highest peaks (over 8000 m) in the world, that are located in Karakorum and Himalayas, in the winter time. On March 5th 2013 we managed to climb Broad Peak - unfortunately with a tragic death of Maciej Berbeka and Tomasz Kowalski. 

There are two peaks left which haven't been climbed in this coldest of seasons -  K2 and Nanga Parbat. A group of Poles (Marek Klonowski i Tomasz Mackiewicz) under the name " Justice for All - Polish Winter Expediton 2013" had made their 3rd attempt (and 9th Polish in general) to climb this peak. What is more important - they do not have any financial support of any institution. This year they managed to reach the mountain at 7400 m. They've made several videos of this attempt of which two you can see below (probably filmed with GoPro camera). 


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