All the leaves are brown (leaves are brown...)
Trip Start May 23, 2008
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Cesky has been exactly what I needed. This place is just wow. Really special. Lately travelling has been exhausting me, leading up to the 5 month mark I have been well in need of some break time, just to be and feel normal again, to hang out, take things a little slower. Cesky Krumlov was my answer. As it was a half stop on a busabout day, me and Allison arrived in at lunchtime. The day was shaping up to be a perfect one - it was almost t-shirt weather! We were pumped.
Cesky looks like something out of a postcard. The picturesque little town features a castle and tower as its centrepiece, with little red-roofed houses built into the sides of the hills, and a meandering river winding its way lazily through. The hills surrounding look like a painting, covered in lush grass, and forests turning from green to red and gold
We met up with Lucy, who had already been here for 2 days, and wandered around the town. It didn't take very long, as its quite tiny and there isn't much to see, so we had a sandwich in a deli near the hostel, and then hiked for half an hour up this bloody hill to Tescos to buy groceries to cook a family dinner - this was the first hostel in ages to have a kitchen and the 3 of us were CRAVING fresh veggies! When we got back we hung out at the outside tables in the sunshine and chatted and played cards with some of the other busabout-ians, and we finally ate the wheel of cheese that Allison and I invested in on our bike tour of Amsterdam. It had been stinking out her bag now for the last 2 weeks! Funny stuff. For me anyway.
When it started getting dark and cold we made our dinner - chicken curry with rice and heaps and heaps of vegetables. It was so needed and so good. Europeans, especially in the north, do not seem to consume much veggies, at least they don't get served with a restaurant meal, and if they do, it's usually just potato, never anything of substance.
The hostel here is really cool. The guys that run it are hilarious hippies, and each room has a different name eg
After dinner we took over the tiny TV area, and watched my all time favourite movie - Napoleon Dynamite. Seriously, I was in heaven. I have missed him so much! I will never tire of watching him. So as you can imagine, I went to bed as happy as Larry. And since then, all we have been doing is quoting lines from it!
The beds here are superbly comfortable and I had the best nights sleep, waking up yesterday to another beautiful clear autumn day
The castle also has bear pits, though the bears weren't feeling very social it seemed, as they didn't show their faces either time we walked past.
At 2pm a vanload of us girls headed upstream to partake in a pub crawl - but in a raft downstream. The only problem was that it is now October and officially no longer the peak season, so all the pubs that are usually open along the river are now closed, so instead we took a bottle of wine and shared it as we floated down. We were dropped off 12km upstream, given the rafts and oars, and then they just left us to figure the rest out for ourselves! We had 7 girls in our raft but only 5 paddles, so we had to master the art of 4 people rowing and one steering. The river was pretty low so we got caught on some rocks a few times, but we ended up doing a lot better than the other raft and made it back well before the others. The best fun was going down the little causeways as these act as mini rapids, though the hard bit is figuring out which part you are meant to go down as there are nice sloping ramps built for the rafts, but if you miss that there's a 4 - 6ft drop straight down instead, which does not look that appealing from above or below
After hot showers, we went to the restaurant at the hostel as most of us were starving. I had a hot chocolate, and then a chicken burger, followed by berry crepes. I felt like such a fatty, but it was so good, and so cheap! The equivalent of 10€ for all that. Absolute bargain. I love the Czech Republic. We took over the lounge again and watched one of the Harry Potter movies last night, which ended up drawing a huge crowd. I think everyone was really enjoying having the time to chill out and be normal for once. We had another early night to bed as we were all pretty exhausted from our big rafting day.
I was so glad this morning as although we are getting picked up by the bus, it wont be here till 11.30am so we got to have a sleep in. usually we have to be ready to go at 7.30am in the main cities like Berlin and Prague. We went and got waffles with banana and honey for breakfast before. Mmmm. Im so not ready to leave this place, it's got the most magical quality and it's just beautiful. And im so glad I have got to see it before it gets totally over run by people. You all have to check out this place.
Oh yeah, and i think im going to permanantly have the 'all the leaves are brown' song stuck in my head. We have sung it the whole time we have been here. Cesky's theme song. Beautiful.