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Trip Start Nov 15, 2005
248Trip End Aug 15, 2008
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Olomouc is a quiet (and I do mean quiet) little town with a surprising amount around it, though it may only seem this way because of the incredible job the people at the Poet's Corner hostel do. I don't think I've ever had a half hour chat on what to do and where to go with the owner of a hostel immediately on arrival before; unfortunately, the first time I came here it was 10:30 in the evening, the whole trip had been a bit spontaneous (I only had my toothbrush and a cd player with me) following a very long night and all I wanted to do was collapse and relax somewhere that wasn't Prague for a while. Fortunately, I was in a better state on the return visit, and able to take some of it in.
Walking around Olomouc during the weekend is a surreal experience, especially coming from Prague
Another odd thing about Olomouc, given it's size and the general lack of people around on the wekends, is the sheer quantity of bars around the place :) The hostel has an A-Z, listing places under every letter (even Q and X, I think), to give you some idea. I was disappointed not to make it to the aeroplane bar (in an old aeroplane, obviously) but I don't think I've ever been to a bar with a climbing wall before. Great idea, especially after a few beers!
Roznov, not far from Olomouc, is home to an open air museum of the traditional aspects of Moravian life, from the wooden village to the old farming methods used. They really were quite ingenious when it came to using the local streams to power all sorts of labour saving devices. Quite interesting in itself, and a relaxing way to spend a sunday, but there was also a cultural festival of sorts going on while we were there. Touristy, but Czech touristy, so that's okay ;) Lots of people running around in costume and doing traditional dances, made all the more fun by the fact that we had no idea what any of it was actually about, and had to interpret it for ourselves. I particularly enjoyed the 'Dance of the Goat Molester'.
A shame I wasn't able to spend more time here, as it's a great place to unwind for a while, to sit back and do nothing even though there's plenty around. Maybe on the way back through :)