That old Cesky Krumlov
Trip Start Jun 24, 2010
40Trip End Oct 25, 2010
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This tiny town lives just a few hours outside of Prague and is a really sweet place. When we arrived it was raining and a bit cold. Our hostel was really cool, it is like a big cabin house on the edge of the town with loads of beds piled in on different levels, a family room downstairs near reception where you could watch dvds and a little kitchen where we could all cook and hang out. We had 4 nights there due to busabout being so heavily booked on the buses out of there, so we made the most of it.
When we arrived our mate Andy was already there, ready to show Bern and I the town centre, which lasted all of maybe 1 hour? To warm ourselves up we decided to go and buy some vodka and mixers and just hang out in the courtyard of the hostel and catch up on the week we were in different places. Andy being Andy, it didn't take long for the drinking games to start
After that mammoth night, we started day 2 with breakfast and plenty of water to perk up only to hit up the river rafting boat cruise that all travellers do when they come to Cesky. About 6 people fit into each raft, 4 oarsmen and we had a pack of about 6 rafts full floating down the river. The idea is that you row down the river, stopping at all these little riverside bars along the way until you reach the end of the river. This day had such a build up, it was supposed to be epic. It probably would have been if we didn't get on the bevs so hard the night before! My beers went down verrrry slowly, but everyone else was getting right into it. Our mate Andy was the captain of his ship with all these 18 year old girls getting rowdy. These 2 in particular finished a 1lt bottle of wine in one stop... destined for disaster.. to cut a long story short, Bern and I bailed on the boys in our boat coz they started getyting crazy, jumping in and out of the boat in the cold rainy weather, trying to drag us down with them!! We bailed and found a new boat to travel in and when everyone boozed on at the very last pub, we beat the crowd to the showers at the hostel and got warm and clean. Glad we did, coz our mate Andy ended up commandeering the showers with 3 chicks, and 2 other blokes for an orgy!
Day 3 we went horseriding in the hinterland which was really pretty. The downside was that the pooooor horses had SO many flies all over their face, they were clearly distressed and itchy the whole time. I tried to shoo as many as I could for my horse, Liza, but she was helpless. She kept walking me into trees and bushes in order to get the flies off when tghe leaves brushed her face, yet the whole time I am trying not to scrape my legs on tree trunks and stuff. She whacked me in the head at least 3 times with a branch flicking back at me. I'm sure that was the highlight of her day.
We spent the rest of the afternoon doing absolutely nothing, and it was fan-tas-tic. It feels like you get so few lazy days whilst travelling, it was the perfect place to recharge the batteries. One of the guys who worked at the hostel, Jarred from Newcastle took us to this cool vegetarian restaurant in town which was such a treat. Veggies are so hard to get on the road sometimes!
Day 4 - nothing special to report. We were still recharging those batteries, so we walked to the castle in town which was just concrete or something, but they had painted on bricks, so it was really tacky. Weird. We ended back at the vego restaurant again that night, just to make sure we were well nourished!
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