Weekend trip to Czesky Krumlov

Trip Start Jan 24, 2010
Trip End May 10, 2010

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Friday, January 29, 2010

What a beautiful amazing weekend! Czesky Krumlov is a small little historic town in the Czech Republic... the mountains! It took a few stops on two different metros and two different trains. Had to leave super duper early to get there though, but it was definitely worth it. The train ride was cool because we got to stay in little compartments.

When we got there we checked in to the super efficient and resourceful hostel we stayed in (Krumlov house), I definitely want my house to be like this one day! They had solar panel-- radiator reflectors-- energy-star efficient appliances--interior wood reclaimed or obtained from locally managed forests-- green cleaning products-- laundry air-dried and folded-- energy-efficient light bulbs and office equipment-- brochures printed on eco-paper-- wind-powered website hosting-- recycling & composting... and more!

Finally we got lunch at this place called Two Mary's. It was this authentic bohemian restaurant and Christine and I had the vegetarian feast. The feast included buckwheat, barley, spinach, roasted cabbage, potato pancakes and a few other things... it was so delicious! Some other people had the meat feast and some even had pheasant! Then Christine and I went browsing through little shops and stopped to get some hot chocolate and I got this really amazing mixed coffee. For dinner the whole crew ate at this neat restaurant that served tons of meat right on this huge griller. I got this onion soup in a bread bowl (the bread got a little soggy) and some potato pancakes. Finally we I tried Grog!.. which is pretty much just hot rum, but with a squeeze to a lemon and some sugar it was soooooo yummy!!

After we hit up the bars of course! We kept trying to find this Gypsy bar everyone was talking about, and then we stumbled upon the "Horror Bar"... it was this bar all decorated in creepy skulls and deathly up dos. This is where we had our first real absinthe shot. They give you a huge shot glass of absinthe with a vented spoon on top, and a sugar cube was on the spoon. You submerge the sugar cube in the absinthe and get it back out and put it back on the spoon... this you light it on fire. Wait till it goes out and the sugar caramelizes and drips off... then take the shot immediately!! :) Very fun. After that we ventured out to find the Gypsy Bar. When we got there, it was super crowed and no where to really stand or sit, so we left and went to the Traveler's Hostel (which is a bar). Oh dear it was crazy in that place. Czech's dancing and chanting songs... my kind of place lol. When people would come in the door they would welcome them with a crazy song. We stayed here for most of the night, met a few locals... and Christine met her 'husband' HAHA. Everywhere we go they seem to play pretty much nothing but American music... there was a band at the Traveler's Hostel and just for an example they played 'American Woman' haha. It was a lot of fun and later everyone else from our group got there and it got crazy... jumping and dancing and lot of drinking. It was about 2ish in the morning and the party was still going but Christine's new husband (haha only joking) and some others got us to go to another bar... Music Bar! (There are only about 4 real bars in the small mountain town of Cesky Krumlov, but all very great none the less) This place had a super huge bar with hot bartenders and a ridiculous selection of 90s music... like Mambo No. 5 hahahaha! The night finally started to wind down... for us anyways, not necessarily for the Czech's though. We made it back to the hostel and Christine made Gina, Annie, and me some pasta and we had some intensely deep convos that ended the night.

In the morn I luckily I had no hangover, thanks to Christine's cooking. However, I woke to some major cackling and loud laughing that was impossible to sleep through... so I had to get up. We had to meet in the center of town square at 10:30am to take a tour of this castle, but we were definitely dragging. Unfortunately Roxanne, Simon, and I missed it completely because we stopped to get some hydrating beverages. Oh well we just walked around after everyone was done and I had lunch with Chistine at this amazing vegetarian restaurant named 'ta jemna cajovna'. I wasn't much hungry so I had some really tasty tomato soup with rice in it and some hummus. After we went to this Torture Museum... OH MY GOSH it was sooooo scary!!! This shit was the real deal, it was down in the pits of this cave with real weapons and it set up how it really was. They had noises of chains dragging, doors opening, footsteps and other creepy sounds... not to mention it was pretty dang dark down there. We couldn't make it through the whole thing, it was wayyyyy too scary. Usually I do fine in haunted houses and stuff, but this was too real.. we had to walk back through the entrance and couldn't finish it HAHA. Over half the group left to go back to Praha about 4pm, so just 11 of us were left. For dinner we ate at this restaurant down in the Catacombs... it was super good and I had this pancake with spinach and cheese. I finally got to try Czech's dark beer 'Kozel', oh boy it was sooooo yummy! I told myself when we went out to the bars I wasn't gonna drink a lot, I was just gonna lay low... hahaha it was my last night in Cesky Krumlov, I couldn't do that. We started at Music Bar (they have the best mojitos), but the music was getting soooo bad we had to move on, so we hit up Horror Bar! And THIS is where the real drunkenness started. 3 shot of absinthe with Simon and Dave, ol' Art took the last one with us too... it was insannnnne. Can I just say, the girl's W.C. [water closet.. bathroom] was out of service and Becky told me to just use the guys... haha of course they only had a urinal, so yes I used it. Oh dear this was hilarious. We finally ended the night and headed back to the hostel and stopped to slide down the huge snow mound in the center of the town square... it was sooooooo much fun!

This morning was definitely not the one you wanted to wake up to loud talking and laughing, especially with the night I had Saturday haha. We were supposed to all go on this beer tour, but smelling or tasting pure beer is not what I wanted to do... and I figured there wasn't anything too different than any other beer tour. So Roxanne, Greyson, Becky, Simon and I stayed behind and had some lunch at Two Mary's. I had this really awesome blueberry soup with this herb bread. Then we just shopped around until our train came about 3ish? I slept pretty much the whole time and got home to Praha about 8ish.
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