Pool Whales

Trip Start Jun 16, 2010
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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Horse Ranch Haven

Flag of Poland  , Silesian Voivodeship,
Friday, August 13, 2010

Mom called last night to tell me that she and her friend Jakub would visit us this morning. She had some things to pass on from my Goddaughter who safely returned from Riga, and I think she also wanted to see the ranch. She planned to be here at 10am but at 9:20am the dogs started barking viciously, a sure sign that strangers were approaching. Soon, Jakub's silver Fiat Uno pulled up to the house. I was in the middle of making oatmeal pancakes for breakfast but Marek’s great skills in entertaining came in handy again and the guests settled on the porch couch.

Mom brought my favorite babka cake so we made coffee and enjoyed a pleasant visit. Jakub and Mom have been friends for ten years or so, but they seem like an old married couple. She lets him think he is smarter than he is and he lets her tell silly stories laughing at all the right moments. What a pair! They stayed for about an hour, then mom announced that she had to decorate the church for two weddings, and it was time to go. I was honestly glad to see her one more time this year and give her a big hug good-bye.

The day was hot, but Marek and Vanya had some more work to do organizing wood in the yard. Vanya has found a Czech radio station that plays his type of music and was blasting it for all the forest creatures to hear. When the guys were sweaty and dirty enough it was time for a lunch break. Everyone enjoyed my pickle soup and "lazy dumplings" with cheese and sugar. I voted for taking a nap afterwards but I was outvoted by the pool fanatics who wanted to regenerate their tired muscles in the Jacuzzi. I decided I could take a nap anywhere and joined the crowd.

The pool is on the Czech side, in Boh˙min, only about 15 minutes from here. European Union makes it easy for its members to travel from country to country. No more check points, no more passports, or annoying, overzealous border guards. You do have to have some kind of identification on you because Czech policemen often stop and ask for it, and believe me, if you don’t have it there is no discussion, only a 5000 Čk fine. Not worth risking…

The prices at the pool are ridiculously low since for 3 hours there you pay an equivalent of $4. And the whole complex is wonderful: an inside Olympic-size pool for lap swimmers, an inside pool with a slide and “hanging out” for the lazy, an inside warm water pool that goes out into the outside warm water pool, an inside and outside baby pool, and a Jacuzzi. There is also a sun-tanning booth and a well-supplied snack bar. You can hide from the sun inside or you can use one the lounge chairs on the outside lawn to get some tan. I must admit that I really enjoyed splashing and swimming, and watching how laissez-faire Czechs are. Children are allowed to run around completely naked, even when they are school-age. They are also allowed to “go to the bathroom” on the outside lawn, by the fence. Overall, it was a very relaxing outing and to finish it off we had weird hot dogs from the bar and yummy ice cream for about $1 total.

Tired by all the fun and the sun, we fed the menagerie, watched a bit of TV, and retired to beds early. I couldn’t sleep since there were only ten pages left to read in my book. Only after I finished them I could peacefully travel to the land of dreams.

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