Day 209: an adventure to Czech
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Marc assured us that he knew the way. However about half way through he happened to have a few issues with his 3d maps. Apparently Poland replaced Germany. Hmmm that's awkward...
We made it to the border at least, and continued through Poland and onto Northern Czech Republic. We reached liberec at about 9am and stopped for a coffee.
It was from this point that we got lost. Apparently all the roads had changed and were all new. We went around one individual round about 4 times whilst marc 'got his bearings.' the only thing Paul and I got from trip this was a dizzy head!
In the end we made it to spindleruv Mlýn. We arrived at about 11am and met up with Charly and Hubert. They were waiting in a nice little cafe for us. They had arrived about 45 minutes earlier.
It was interesting as everyone here speaks German too. Apparently it used to be German territory and a lot of the population call themselves German: well perhaps the older generation. All the signs were written in Czech and then German. A few of the younger ones spoke English, but mostly our German friends had to do the talking for us.
We then went to the information place to inquire about a place to stay. The guy at the Information shop was really nice and helped us find a place one which was reasonably priced for the location. It was pretty much at the bottom of the slope and was 26 euros each for 2 nights. It really wasn't too bad actually. We were literally about 100 metres from the slopes!
Check in wasn't until 2pm so we had a few drinks in the meantime, discovering hot cherry brandy! Pit was delicious! We then had a bit of lunch at the cafeteria which was more like a big food and beer hall. We then checked in, hired our ski boots and were off! Marc's friend Andy had kindly leant Paul and I some skis, so all we needed were the boots. It was about 10 euros for both pairs of shoes for two days hire. Pretty cheap.
We then hit the snow! It was such lucky timing, as we were driving to Czech this morning it began snowing. Well and truly before we reached the mountains there was snow everywhere, which meant that the mountains had quite a bit on them. It was awesome! It was Paul's first time on skis so we had a few little practice runs on the little hill at the bottom of the slope. I was a bit rusty too so it gave us a good opportunity to get familiar with the snow and the skis and everything.
Hubert and marc gave us a few pointers and we were away! I was so surprised at how quickly Paul picked it up. he's a natural! He told me that it was because of all the water skiing he has done. Hopefully that means I won't suck at water skiing if I give it a go? Somehow I think not!
It was so lovely to see Charly and Hubert again too. They came to see Paul before he goes back to Australia. And finally they Were able to meet marc too!
As the sun began to set we decided to have another cherry brandy and discuss our next moves. Charly had found a flyer for snow tubing. We all agreed that it sounded like a lot of fun. We then made our way up the hill 1 and a half km to the snow tubing place. We had a lot of trouble finding it actually, so we asked at the Olympia hotel. Unfortunately there wasn't enough snow or people to snow tube he told us. What a shame! It was about 7:30pm by this stage and the smell of food was wafting through our nostrils as we spoke with the man behind the counter. Let's have dinner instead at your restaurant.
And what a good idea it was. The food was delicious!!
We had a variety of meals, from roast beetroot salad, fried cheese, vegetables, soups, sweet potato yummmmm!
Charly and I also had a couple of mojitos.
About three quarters in to our meal, I looked down at my shoes. I was borrowing Marc's snow boots tonight as my lovely 5 euro second hand boots that have done me almost all winter were falling apart. They were also incredibly slippery on the ice and I continued to fall over for most of the afternoon. Marc had 2 pairs of boots so he kindly leant me his.
Surrounding Marc's boots that I was wearing was all this black dirt and mud. Hmmm someone has come in here before us from a big hike, I thought to myself. Ah we finished our meal I looked down again and there was more and more dirt. I showed marc and as soon as I did I realised that it wasn't dirt that was surrounding my boots, it was the boots themselves! For the entire dinner I had been dancing my feet on the table legs and the ground, completely unaware that I had been doing so and grinding the rubber grip things off the bottom of Marc's boots. Oh dear. The floor was covered and most of Marc's boots were ruined. Hmmm this is awkward.
Charly then caught adrift of what was happening and began to laugh hysterically. The entire floor around us was covered in black rubber. Oh dear oh dear, my face began to go a bright red and then I lost it and started laughing hysterically with charly. I have no idea how this has happened! We began to cry we were laughing so much. Many photos were taken and I ran out of the restaurant when it was time to go. Sorry for whoever has to clean that up!
Marc was kind and noble enough to let the waiter know. Apparently this wasn't the first time it had happened. Oh man.
I then had to explain to marc how I completely destroyed his snow boots!
He was laughing so much about it too, but I still felt sooooo bad. He kept assuring me that they were 15 years. But it still was a bit funny as we all wondered how on earth I managed to do that. Charly said I must have transformed into a horse. Ha ha ha.
It certainly made the night entertaining. Guess you had to be there.
After dinner we all walked back to our nice little hotel. It was actually quite nice inside. Even had a sauna! Marc was sharing the room with Paul and me and his bed was a little small haha but it was all ok and the breakfast was very good!
We were all a little bit deprived and wanted to be fresh for the morning so after eating most of Charlys birthday cake (yes it was a success) we went to bed. Mission accomplished!