SC has never been so popular in the Czech Republic
Trip Start Apr 27, 2011
31Trip End Aug 09, 2011
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Sunday (July 3)
I only had about 2 hours of sleep (and there were others that arrived in the dorms even later than I did) so waking up at 6:30a.m. wasn't a very pleasant experience for me. We all dragged ourselves to the bus waiting outside and immediately fell asleep with iPods drowning out any extra noise
We arrived in Mikulov at the hotel in the early afternoon and got situated in our hotel room (which was lovely in comparison to our dorm rooms). The beds actually had decent mattresses, you could smell the sheets and know they were clean, and the shower was clean and bright. I stayed in a room with Nathalie (my roommate back in Prague) and Emilie (the other French girl that sometimes hangs out with us)
1) The other French guys keep making gay jokes about him (but it could be because they are boys and that's what they do).
2) Olivier asked me to go to a gay bar with him.
3) He keeps telling me that this waiter is cute, or that stranger is good looking and I should go talk to him
4) He goes with me to the dressing room and tells me if it looks good or not
1) The other French guys do not seem bothered by him and treat him normally (it could be because the French aren't as homophobic as people from the states seem to be.. which, if this is the case, I greatly admire).
2) Olivier talks about girls also
3) He doesn't act gay
I have a terrible gay-dar but anyways. I told him I'd go with him to a gay bar because I've never been before. We are currently trying to get a group together.
Back to the story: we finished our wine tasting and went back to the bus.. everyone was very drunk and I have included a video of Olivier (the one with glasses) and Stephan singing American music on the bus. Olivier began chanting "Jessica from South Carolina" over and over again and soon the entire bus joined in. I didn't know exactly what I was supposed to do so I just sank down in my seat and turned beet-red. It was quite an entertaining ride back to the hotel.
Monday (July 4)
The next morning we woke up, had breakfast, and met up at the bus to go take a boat trip. We didn't know where we were going at the time, but I found out it was to a nearby town called Lednice. The boat trip was great; we all just sat around with our cameras out waiting for some cool scenery to snap photos of. When none came (it was basically just trees and water, with the occasional fisherman in the bushes) then we all started getting creative and took photos of our shoes, of people when they weren't looking, the sky, etc. When we finally arrived to Lednice an hour and a half later, we started to hike towards the Minaret that the town was famous for. We had no idea where we were going; we just picked a direction and started walking
That evening, a few people came to our door and invited us to go to a restaurant and then out bowling with them. We had nothing else to do (Mikulov is a very small town) so we agreed and gallivanted out with the rest of the group. We arrived at the bowling alley/restaurant and immediately filed downstairs to eat supper. You can imagine: 30 some-odd college kids waltzing into a room; we definitely turned heads. The waiters were very accommodating though and we got our food fairly quickly (it was an Italian place so I had a pizza). After eating, we went upstairs where the bowling alley was. I am not much of a bowler so I shared a name with Emilie and we ended up winning in the team we were in! We aren't quite sure how it happened, but the bowling lanes were messed up so most of the time when we only hit 6 pins, the rest were pushed over and it kept saying we had strikes. ;-) Everyone ended up having a great time at the bowling alley. The alcohol kept flowing and Jean-Pierre (A.K.A. JP) connected in his iPhone so we were listening to great music while having a lot of fun. After our bowling was over, the owner told us all he would keep the alley open for us and we could stay as late as we wanted. We took advantage of this, bought more alcohol, and then turned the bowling lanes into a dance floor. The first song of our makeshift dance club? Cotton Eyed-Joe of course
Sunday (July 5)
That morning, we had some down time after breakfast before we had to get on the bus so Nathalie, Emilie, Florent, Anna, and basically the rest of the French people walked with us to the Liechtenstein Castle that was close to our hotel in Mikulov. It gave great views of the surrounding area and at one look-out point, we could even see into Vienna. We all walked around a bit soaking up the sites and then climbed up a tower (because we could). I accidentally whacked my head against one of the low arches (whoops) but other than that, it was a fun self-guided tour. We got done and then went down to a nearby Cafe. There, I tried a Vienna-style cappuccino which was simply divine! After that, we got on the bus and made our way home. There were some really spectacular views as we were driving out of Moravia- for example, there were TONS of sunflower fields. It was so beautiful! Also, we passed by some mountain that's really old (our professor said it was the oldest in the world but I'm not positive about that). We arrived back to the dorms a little past six and it was nice to come back to our bedroom, even though it was a definite downgrade from where we stayed in Mikulov.