Pillars of the earth

Trip Start Jul 2008
Trip End Dec 2008

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

In a remote corner of northeastern Czech Republic lies an incredible collection of sandstone spires. So we changed gears and spent the day exploring the nooks of crannies of Teplice and Ardspach Skaly.

I'm not sure if several hours of hiking counts as a "rest day", but it was absolutely worthwhile and we are so glad that we made the effort to come check this area out.

Now, we DID have an actual rest day a couple days ago with our first rain delay of the trip. We were camping just outside the town of Podebrady, and it rained all evening, all night, and all morning. It was too gross to contemplate, so we decided to sit it out. Well, most of a novel, a couple beers, and 3 hours of Olympic track and field coverage later (the campground had a restaurant, with TV) it actually did stop raining. By then it was 5 pm so we chalked that day up to Recovery.

We DID learn that our little tent (and man, do I mean little) is not only really really little, but it is also really waterproof. And I can honestly say that it is actually a decent tradeoff.

But actually, my whole point is to answer a question that has come up a few times: What am I reading when I stretch out at night in our really really teeny tine tent?

I find that good books are like gold when traveling. Despite their weight, I try to always have at least one book in reserve, yet I still end up re-reading books while I search for another. There was a dry spell in South America when I think I read the Nanny Diaries over three times.

Since we have been in Europe, I have read 3 books:

The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
A turn-of-the-century mystery by the master of theology, absurdity, and insight.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The journey of a woman developing an understanding of pleasure, prayer, and balance in life.

Hornet Flight by Ken Follet
An espionage-action novel set in WWII Denmark by the author of Pillars of the Earth.

A pretty eclectic mix, which is how I like it. I actually NEED to re-read the Chesterton because it was such a paradoxical page turner that I am still trying to wrap my head around it. Still, I look forward to Krakow in a few days and the promise of some new reading material.
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