June 10, 2019

Tour Report: Sanatorium J. [Revisit]

It feels weird looking back and writing about a visit to this place that happened almost two years ago. So much has happened there in the past two months, and I don't know if I (or anyone for that matter) will ever be able to set foot in this building under the same conditions that we had over the past years.
On the other hand, it does feel good remembering these days and evenings that we spent up there with good friends, good stories, good food - and yes, we may have also had the occasional alcoholic beverage...but back to the story!

On the way to visit our friend Jens at the Sanatorium J., my friend Pixelcracker and I had already explored two abandoned hotels - one we had planned, and one we hadn't.
After the second explore, we got back to the car and drove to the grocery store on the way to get some beer, liquor and food to cater for our hunger and thirst once we'd arrived at "The Mountain"...

As it turned out, we didn't even have to get food. There already were a couple of friends already up on the campsite preparing a nice wild boar goulash. Of course, we were only told after we'd bought what felt like half of the store's beef reserves...
Anyway, as we arrived, it was still afternoon and the sun was still up, so after the first beer, we decided to go for a quick walk through the old sanatorium to catch some of that beautiful late afternoon sun oozing slowly into the rooms and hallways of the venerable old building...

After our first session, we returned to the campfire to quench our thirst. Over the talks that developed, I almost forgot that I wanted to try and catch the building from the outside just before the sun finally set - but I managed to get two quick shots that I think came our pretty well.
The night went on, and there were so many great people up on that mountain, the evening was spectacularly cool!
I especially remember sharing a bunch of stories with my friend PixelYakuza.
And I remember that something exploded...
At some point, the bottle of Jack was empty - but Pixelcracker and I had planned another photo session inside the old hospital, so at about midnight, we grabbed our photo gear and tried our best getting some night shots of the place.
Despite the lateness of the hour and our alcohol level, a few of the shots turned out pretty good. We had a tour planned for the next morning, so after the nightly excursion, it was time to go back to the RV and go to sleep.

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