A bit of hospitality

Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
Trip End Oct 03, 2010

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Moravia,
Thursday, August 5, 2010

There are many great things about traveling: seeing all the famous sights, eating all the delicious food, etc.  But my favorite thing about traveling has been meeting all the amazing people that I have.  Some I only get to see for a couple days, and others I am able to meet up with in a completely different country.  Remember Lucky from my hostel in London?  She was the fortunate soul who didn't go out for A-team's birthday and instead got to deal with all of us when we got back.  Well, I remembered that she had said she lived on the eastern side of the Czech Republic.  And I just so happened to be passing through there on my way to meet another friend in Graz.  So, I messaged her on Facebook to see if she might be able to get a drink or something.  Not only could she get a drink but she offered to let me stay with her for the night.  Well I couldn't believe my luck!

So I made it to Brno, where she met me at the train station.  Her father was nice enough to take my big backpack with him to their home so that we might walk around the town.  I tell you what, you forget how wonderful it is to have a local with you when you're visiting a city.  Jana (which is Lucky's name) showed me the main Fruit Market square, where there also stands a church full of skeletons on display.  I don't know what it is about the Czech Republic and bones, but they sure do love to leave them out on display.  In this specific church there is apparently a glass casket with a skeleton in a dress made to look like Snow White.  Talk about creepy.  But also kind of awesome.  We saw a few more churches, there is one on almost every corner, and then hiked up to the fortress/palace/prison, which is, of course, on top of a hill.  And a steep one at that.  However, like every monument and building that sits on top of a hill, it gives you an excellent view of the entire city. We eventually made it back down to the main city and then headed to Jana's home where her mother was going to fix me a traditional Czech meal.  Now you can't get more authentic than a home cooked meal.  Needless to say I was very excited.

I am happy to report that I was not disappointed.  Not that I was worried, I mean I am the human version of a Hoover vacuum when it comes to food. What Jana's mother fixed were bread AND potato dumplings, which I could eat a million of, a delicious pork that was perfectly juicy and had a nice spice to it, and a very tart and slightly creamy cabbage dish.  All of these elements combined perfectly to make one tasty meal that is making my mouth water even as I type.  Once we were finished with dinner, my hosts went one step further and took me out for a couple of beers.  It was actually very convenient because the bar was just down the street and it sort of acted as a community area as well, with a park and volleyball court.  They ordered a beer from Brno, Starobrno, which was delicious because Czech beer in general is delicious.  I wish I could have talked more with her parents, however the language barrier came up again so Jana was forced to translate much of the time.  But even then I had a great time drinking some excellent beer and talking with some excellent people.

Jana and I spent the rest of the evening talking about pop culture and our similar interests in film and television.  Would you believe she has seen as many as, if not more BBC period dramas than I have seen?  And you didn't think it was possible.  Overall it was a great day and I am so happy I was able to meet up with her again and see the place she calls home.  It is at times like these when all the bad experiences one encounters during their travels fade away.  When you meet people, who are practically strangers, willing to welcome you into their home and make your stay as comfortable as they can all the bad doesn't matter.  I cannot forget such kindness, just as I can never thank them enough for showing it to me.
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