First Hike near Srbsko

Trip Start Jan 19, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní Mesto Praha,
Saturday, January 28, 2012

After a long night of frivolous activities and festivities the group of 60 separated the true adventurers from the pretenders. We had to wake up and be at the metro station at 9 am which was quite early considering the fact that we were mostly all out until 3 in the morning. But as the saying goes; It's the life we live, it's the price we pay. Luckily I for the most part do not have trouble getting up in the mornings and was wide awake and ready to get my hike on. However, as most things go we were delayed a while for the other USAC members who lagged hard and we over a half hour late to the station. 

From the Metro station we took the metro to Hvalni Nazrizi which is the main train station in Prague and also the place in which the group would transfer to a larger train that is meant to take people between cities. The train system in Europe as most people know is highly advanced and extremely efficient and this was no exception. The train ride to the start of the hike was about 45 minutes and we went through the Czech country side which was really nice to see after being in the concrete jungle for the last week. The countryside is very plain and reminds me a lot of the Croatian country with the traditional houses with old paint and in desperate need of some TLC. None the less the area is beautiful and we arrived at the destination with plenty of energy, excitement, and beer. If I have failed to mention this so far the Czech Republic does not have any laws on open carry containers of alcohol nor do they have any laws concerning: Public urination, Carrying of knives, graffiti, as well as many other laws that the United States has. 

The destination of the hike was supposed to be an old monastery that had some historical importance for the country, however, the group decided to extend the journey once we had arrived at the site. The church / monastery was significant because it was occupied by an Croatian hermet oddly enough during the 17th century. As the legend goes the hermit moved to the area from Croatia and immediately came to encounter "devil" creatures and it took the power of Saint Augustine to fend off the evil creatures. After that the site had apparently became a place of refuge and pilgrimage throughout the Catholic community. Once we had taken our tour of the church we decided that we would climb the small mountain the the top vantage point where we would be able to see much of the area and the cross that had been placed there. this hike was a little steeper than I had anticipated but it was exhilarating with the 20 degree weather that we were experiencing at the time. Even though it was "quite nippy" outside it was still beautiful and I am glad that I woke up and went on the journey. 

To end the day on a perfect note the group stopped at a local restaurant / bar where I proceeded to eat an amazing Czech meal of beef soup, which warmed my soul and hands to inexplicable happiness. Followed closely by a pork steak that was incredibly scrumdidleiumptious and to wash the whole meal down and complete the day 2 tasty local brews. The best part about the whole meal aside from the warming my soul part was that it cost only a total of about 7 dollars which was incredibly cheap, assuming realistically that the same meal and set up would have cost around 20 dollars in the States. Overall, it was a very good day.

Niko Zivanovich
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