A quiet little town with a big castle

Trip Start May 06, 2007
Trip End Jul 24, 2008

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Every traveler I've met in Europe who has been to Cesky Krumlov has raved about how nice and relaxing it is in this quiet, little town.  They were right.  There's not much to do except relax here (though in better weather there are a few short hikes just outside the town that are supposed to be really nice too).

After an easy couple of hours on the bus from Prague I checked into my hostel, Krumlov House.  This was another one of those hostels that is more like a home.  The living room is filled with a piano, two guitars, some comfy couches, a tv/dvd player, a game collection, and a large book exchange.  The kitchen includes a plethora of herbs and spices, plus some baking basics like flour, sugar, oats, etc. available for communal use.  The dorm room even felt homier than most since it didn't include any bunk beds, just six stand-alone beds.

After spending an afternoon exploring the castle and attached gardens, I retired to a relaxing night at the hostel watching a Czech movie (with English subtitles) and talking with a couple of Australian girls who were in my room.

The next day the weather was really icky, so instead of walking up the hill to the viewpoint above the town, I decided to hang around the hostel and bake banana bread.  That afternoon Nathan and Kahlil, the two couchsurfers from Australia who had stayed with Roople in Krakow while I was there, checked into the hostel.  They arrived bearing return tickets to Vienna that they weren't planning on using since it was cheaper for them to buy the return tickets on this special deal than it was to buy regularly priced one-way tickets.  I was happy to take them off their hands and get a free train ride to my next destination.  Though it did mean that I'd have to wait until Friday to leave instead of leaving Thursday as planned.  Oh well, an extra day of relaxation for me.

The rest of my time in Cesky Krumlov was a lot of the same.  Playing scrabble and boggle, watching movies, chatting with people, baking lemon-poppy seed pound cake, walking up to the view point, and generally not doing much of anything.  A nice way to relax in a little town before moving on to the next big city.
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