Day 13 - up to a snowy lookout in the Czech Rep

Trip Start Nov 29, 2011
Trip End Jan 28, 2012

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

This morning was a bit colder, it was -6 degrees Celsius! For breakfast the same thing was on offer, rolls, so I made myself a honey roll instead.

We got dressed and Vera lent me some of her wintery clothes again. We sat around for a bit and little Thomash was a bit of a handful.

At about 11am Peter took us all out to a lookout in Liberace. We couldn't only drive up the hill so much because of the icy road, then we walked the rest of the way. It was kind of like mount lofty but not as far and instead covered in snow. We walked along the road for a bit then took a thin path through the scrub area surrounded by pine trees. Everything was covered in ice/snow and thin tree branches held long icicles all on the sides. Baba slipped over a few times but luckily the snow wasn't too hard. Baba was wearing the most inappropriate shoes for hiking in the snow though lol - they were boots with a bit of a heel.

We reached the top of the hill soon enough and climbed up to the lookout which was a very large strange looking building. From the lookout it was hard to see much because of the fog, but Baba pointed out to me where Germany was, where the border was very close to us. We saw a heap of mountains close by and apparently Poland was on the other side. It was pretty amazing to see big areas of green and looking closely, it being pine tree after pine tree.

We then walked back down which was a bit more slippery. My boots were too bad for walking in the snow so I was having fun walking through it. I probably looked like a little kid, fascinated by the snow. I was shaking it off trees, wiping it off twigs, stomping on it, squeezing it in my hands, throwing it and wiping it from the rails along the road.

We then got back to the car and headed to another hill which was lower down, it was a special place for skiing but hadn't had much snow yet so they had a machine making artificial snow. There was a rollercoaster thing but it was way too cold to go on it with the artificial snow blowing into my face outside. Baba and I got some chocolate wafer snacks and sat in the cafe to watch Peter, Vera and little Thomash instead.

Afterwards we headed back to the house where Jarra had made us all lunch. For lunch Jarra had made soup, roast chicken with a stuffing made into a slice and boiled potatoes with two salads - one with tomato and cucumber and dressing, the other like a fruit salad. Jarra also made apple strudel for dessert with big juicy currants and walnuts. It was all so delicious and even after when I was full I had to eat more apple strudel because it was so good!

After lunch Peter, Vera and Thomash all went upstairs for a siesta. I was falling asleep but decided not to nap as I wouldn't sleep later that night. Instead I watched some Little Britain episodes on my phone while Baba and Jarra chatted and read the paper.

Baba had a bit of a chat to me as she was surprised to find out her grandmother who was she thought was quite old was only about 65. This making Baba the person to do far live the oldest in her family (at 73). I think it scared her a bit as she's had the same health issues as her father and mother, but she's managed to keep them under control. Overall I would say Baba is incredibly fit and has many many more years on her! I certainly hope so! She was saying she could be a great grandmother though at her age easily. I said to her give me at least 4 more years lol.

Later on after everyone was awake again we started to pack up everything and then headed back to Prague soon after. It was a bit sad as Baba was saying goodbye to her sister Jarra for possibly the last time as we won't be seeing her again on our trip.

On the way back to the flat we actually reached 160km/h driving in the car along the freeway, but other cars were passing us even pasted than that. When we got to the city we were back to the crazy driving again. Baba and I said to each other no wonder you can always here ambulance sirens! I'm not sure if I mentioned earlier, but there are also zebra crossings everywhere, but you pretty much have to cross like a normal road, cars don't stop! Baba and I were walking across one once and I turned around and there was a bus right next to Baba which suddenly stopped as I yelled to her. The bus was about 30cm away! So it is very crazy on Prague streets.

So anyway, when Baba and I got back to the flat we were both so exhausted and not hungry but HAD to eat something sweet.... People who know me, Baba is exactly the same with sweets! I'm blaming her for my addictions lol. We layed about, Baba watched Czech tv and I watched more Little Britain.

I then went to have a shower and headed for bed. I tried to write this blog last night but fell asleep through writing half of it as I was so exhausted.
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