My time at the resort and our small cycling trip..
Trip Start Jul 23, 2008
24Trip End Feb 04, 2009
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I will now step back in time to tell you all about my time at the Resort (about 2,5 weeks) and the cycling trip that Roman and I took.
As planned I could stay at Roman's place, a studio in one of the resort buildings. Beautiful new place with a teak wood floor. However it did not have a kitchen. This ment we had to eat our meals at the restaurant. For him these meals are part of salary, mine of course not. As it is a 4-star resort, I cannot affort the menu meals, so he arranged for me to eat the personnel food for small fee. So here I am after camping out for over a month, eating is this porsch restaurant, surrounded my personnel and 'wealthy' people. Bit of a change. And as most of you know, not the type of environment I feel most comfortable in.
The surroundings are beautiful. The resort is located in forest, it even has its own water spring on the premises. And a great meditation spot right under a 3-forked lime tree! Wild fruit everywhere, mushrooms to pick and eat, great forest trails to go running. A thing I do now that I am not cycling daily. Very quiet here, and green as far at the eye can see!
Even though I loved spending time with Roman again, it also felt strange to be here, as I am depending on him for all sorts of things, like when/what to eat, having laundry done, getting my bicycle from the the storage room etc. etc. Not because Roman wanted this, just because he was living at the resort and having to take certain rules into consideration. Being independent as I am, it was just not my thing. But tried my best, helping him out with some work computer things, doing my own thing while he was working. The contrast could not have been bigger with how we met before. Living very basic at Mountain Yoga in China, sharing time at the Rainbow Gathering in Thailand. And now he being this supervisor/yoga teacher at this porsch resort with mobile phone/laptop, having meetings every day! Our karma connection goes very deep and eventhough the environment is different, the friendship has not changed at all, maybe even intensified.
After about a week we decide to 'escape' the resort for a few days and go on a bicycle frip to see a bit more of Czech. Sleeping outside, making campfires, just being contact with nature. I am learning so many things here, about wild fruit, flowers to use for tea, tree 'juice' you can eat and lots more. Never knew this before. Feel any town/city kid should be have an intensive nature course as part of education! It will bring about not only great information but more respect for nature as well I think. Anyhow, I am loving it and feel much more connected with it then before. We cycle without a real plan, which eventually takes us down to Landsteijn, where there is an interesting ruin. However this is not the highlight of the trip. Not planning where to sleep, we end up at this abandoned campsite for the first night, after seeing an African band perform, great vibes! The next day we have this amazing ' lunch' with 2 guys on the top of a lookout point in the middle of the forest, the best place around for views! They even brought a teapot, cups and great veggie food. It almost felt like a spiritual meeting, being so close to the sky. Cannot really be put in words.
At the end of the day we are very lucky to find a small shop, run from home by this great woman. After she finds out we are looking for a place to sleep, she tells us about this village campplace, which is not being used now. We can stay there for the night. It is located on the top of the hill, has a campfire place with wood provided! She also lents us a pot, bottleopener and a big container with water. On top of it all, we are spoiled with tasty plums from her own tree. How lucky are we! That night we enjoy a great meal cooked on the campfire...this is the life!
Tempted to stay here one more night, we decide to cycle some more instead. Lots of hills to conquer, but as always rewarded with great views. After an exhausting day of cycling we crash down at another abandoned campsite, making another campfire, while enjoying a well-deserved beer, given to us for free by this campsite owner, who is closing down for the season. Dekuji most! (thanks a lot). Then it is time to go back to the resort again...enough cycling for Roman haha
After a few days at the resort, I decided to go to Tabor for the weekend. Roman has to work over the weekend and I love to go to this medieval festival I have read about before. Of course it is much more fun to go the festival with local people, so I try to get in contact with someone via Couchsurfing. Luckily for me Mike and Nicola react positively to my request. I can come and stay with them, they also like to go the festival! I decide to cycle to them, as I have it with me, might as well use it and good to do the exercise at well haha
They live about 20km from Tabor in a great 120-year old house. Well kind of camping inside as still many things need to be done. They only just have running water installed. But is is great place with lots of potential. The old windows and tiled floor are very characteristic. The new roof giving it its own style. They want to use as many sustainable products as possible, a good initiative.