If my blog would be visited by someone from different planet who wouldn't know anything about roller skates, then he would probably get the impression that roller skates are just for jumping and riding the rails and ledges.
And this of course is not entirely true, as roller-skating can be enjoyed in many ways: from a purely recreational rides in the park, through slalom, hockey, dance, downhill, all the way to my beloved aggressive skating. Many associate roller skates as something we can do when we are on holidays because you can take them with you and use as a local means of transport at the destination. However, there is also a large group of people who travel in order to go rollerblading in new places, all over the world. Why do they do it?
Very often, with the increasing skills, the desire to ride unknown spots also increase. After conquering the local spots, the real fun begins - travelling. I think that this is one of the best thing in roller-skating-world, that we get to travel so much, we get to know new people, places and cultures. In the world of roller-skating it is not only about doing the tricks and riding, it's an adventure all the way! It's a community of individuals who share a common passion and joy of life. "Skating tourism" is different from the "classical" type of tourism. Holidays with fellow skaters allow us to participate in real-life events of the visited country, to experience it as it is, to talk with native people, and get the most out of it. It's so addictive! I know some skaters who don't have a permanent address, they simply once packed into small backpack and now they blading through the world, making it their purpose of life.
The past year has been very generous to me in when it comes to travel. For various reasons, 2014 is more steady. The idea of spending the May's long weekend in Vienna was very tempting and got me excited, but part of the roller team crumbled at the last moment and as a result we decided to postpone it till June. So why Vienna and why I wanted to go there? We were in the Austrian capital in August last year and this short trip showed us that this city has a cool climate and great spots. Piotrek Sarnowkski had lived there for several years, he is a very positive person who helped us to explore best spots in the city and introduced us to Daniel - a great skater too. While I have to wait till June to go to Vienna, you can enjoy some pohotos from this beautiful city right now. Riders: Paweł Naras, Michał Kostrzyński i Daniel Benya.