Czech Republic Continued

Trip Start Jul 13, 2009
Trip End Aug 12, 2009

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Moravia,
Tuesday, August 4, 2009

We stopped in another city in the Czech Republic for a couple days to get a feel for a non-touristy area.  Brno (Czechs really dont waste their time with vowels, do they?) is on first impression a lot more drab than Prague.  Our pension (guesthouse) was in the outskirts of town past some rundown houses with broken windows and graffiti, and Jesse was a little disappointed at first.  After we got to know it a little bit and saw the slightly fancier "old town" we really liked it.  One major benefit of going to a less touristy area is that its much cheaper, not that Prague was very expensive to begin with.

Our first day in Brno I came down with some sort of cold/flu thing that has been kind of a drag, but as long as its not swine flu I should be ok.  On the bright side, this is one of the few times Ive been able to utilize all of the various medicines I packed for a trip.  Though I was sick, we still managed to get out and walk around a bit.  We went to a castle that was used as a prison until the 1800s, and then again under Nazi rule.  It was interesting and fairly creepy.  Jesse did manage to scare me once by jumping out from a dark corner, but this was after he scared himself upon first glance of one of the wax guard figures.

One night we went to a live jazz show at a cafe.  Its a little strange hearing jazz in Czech, but we really liked it.  They ended up singing some songs in English, too.  Jesse strayed from his beer regimen to order a cocktail called "The Fresh Express", or something equally stylish, which turned out to be pretty watery.  Its probably best to just stick with the beer, especially when its less than 2 dollars for a half liter. 

Our room was cute and homey, in the attic of a pension with low sloping ceilings that we kept bumping our heads on.  It also came with the standard breakfast of the region: cold sliced ham, rolls, and tomato slices.  After about our 20th consecutive day of eating variations of this, we decided to start buying fruit for breakfast instead. 
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