3 hours of action adventure
Trip Start Apr 05, 2008
54Trip End Jun 05, 2008
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I am first up and go to the store and get some rolls and then the boys join me. Dean has a coclear implant so needs to know if we will have a waterproof store. We walk up to a place that I had seen that was not in the centre of the tourist district and it is cheaper. We decide instead of doing the 30 mins to 1 hour to do the 3-4 hour trip. This trip goes through Cesky Krumlov which is what we wanted, but that means I will not be getting in mid-afternoon to my next town and host as I had planned. My legs and arms are still sore from horseriding but this has gotta get the knots out.
We get the directions, and you thought it was just follow the flowing river! Nope there are weirs to navigate so we don't go over the wrong way and fall in the river. The start is simple enough and we enthusiastically paddle, I am in the front and have the captains oar. When we notice that only 30mins have passed and we seem to have made a fair distance on the map we don't paddle so enthusiastically. In fact for some of the time we just float, not even bothering to steer the raft and bouncing off trees and the banks. We have a tendency to go in circles but it once we are in the forest it nice to relax and watch as the banks pass us by.
We take some photos and soon enough we are getting to the last two bridges and last weir, it is hardly the stuff of white water rafting it is more relaxing in fact, although I can feel it in my shoulders.
We raft for 15 kms from Cesky Krumlov to Zlata Koruna they estimate it takes 3-4 hours, I think that is based on not paddling at all, we do it in a bit over 3 hours. Luckily it was more overcast and I had put on sunscreen as I was sunburnt from the two previous days.
We are pretty hungry and see if we can get some lunch at the camp. The two Pensions appear to be open but not serving anything, and they don't speak English at all and our attempts at interpretive meal dance does not seem to amuse. We decide to go over the bridge and walk into town, there are signs here for restaurants, but as it is close to 3pm there does not appear to be open.
Heading back at the camp there is a little store so I order a, wait for it, Chicken nugget bagety, not sure if it is chicken or nugget but there was some bagety. It was very strange indeed, 5 mins later our pick up arrives. Bummer if we had only waited we would have been able to have some real food.
We head back get changed and get our things together. Tim is leaving for Prague so we can get the same bus. I go to use the free Internet I found behind another Youth Hostel (it is amazing I seem to have a free internet radar) I message my host to say I will be there slightly later at around 6.30pm and 15mins later Tim and Dean join me check their internet and we head to the bus station. Tim has directions and Dean joins us, I think he feels abandoned. According to the webiste there appear to be a few buses to Prague that stop by Ceske Budejovice.
We wait around 30 mins the bus pulls up but he won't let us on, he lets people with tickets on first (why didn't the other guy do this then I would have had a seat). He asks people if they have baggage and then they have to pay an extra 10Kc to him just to put it under the bus and retrieve it at the other side. We are worried we will not get a seat but since it is only an hour and a bit trip it is not too bad. We do get seats and it is an easygoing trip. The bus drivers are slightly crazy here, they overtake cars and trucks with other cars approaching and beep their horns at any chance. They also like to drive in the middle of the road but we get there safely, I really should look into trains again.
I arrive at the Bus Station which is nice and modern and say goodbye to Tim. I open the cargo hold to get my bag and the driver runs out and slaps my hand and says naughty. He laughs so I its okay, I get my bag and he says something in Czech like, how do I know this is your bag? I say smelling washing and laugh, I am not sure he understands me but its all okay.
It is a 3 storey shopping centre and I cannot find the exit. I have the directions that Alessandro gave me but I decide to go a slightly different way as there seem to be too many street changes. It is warm and my head is sunburnt. I do not take the bus as Alessandro said it only took 20mins to his house. It will help familiarise me with the area. I text him that I have arrived and head off. Over half an hour later he calls, Am I lost? Does he need to meet me anywhere? I am fine I tell him where I am and say I will see him in about 10 mins. I stop and check the map he sent me on my laptop a bit of a way to go yet. About 15 minutes later I call him I am in his street but cannot find his flat. He says he will come out and meet me. I stand in the middle of the street and then I see a body at the other end waving.
He gives me a big warm hug, even though I am all hot and sweaty and looking like I am a hairball a cat threw up. It does not matter. We go to his flat, I go to the toilet and then we get to know eachother.
He is a Mechanical Engineer over in Ceske Budejovice for 6 months on a contract and is originally from Brazil. He speaks great English and is sweet and polite and cute to boot. My couch for the next few days is a couch that converts to a double bed - whoo hoo, its in the kitchen and he informs me he gets up early and makes a bit of noise but will try to be quiet. I say he can make as much noise as he likes. He is going to leave me a key so I can leave when I please. The kindness and generosity of strangers is overwhelming. We talk travel, our homelands, our lives. Its amazing how quickly you form connections with these random strangers who take you into their lives.
He asks me to promise to share some of my music as he noticed that on my profile, he likes a lot of the same music I do. At around midnight we say our goodnites, I have a good feeling about this he has a nice energy I think I am going to like surfing his couch and getting to know him better.