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Trip Start Jul 18, 2010
Trip End Aug 07, 2010

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Olomoucký Kraj,
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hello again. :)
Today, we are in the charming city of Olomouc (kind of like "Oh-lo-mOHtz"). It has quickly become one of my favourites. :) Petra & I agree that it is better than Brno, by FAR. Getting here, though, was a mini adventure in itself.
We got up early (6am) in order to shower, pack, & make it in time for the 7am tram. Getting up & packing went well enough, but the landlord wasn't in, so Petra lost out on some money for returning the room keys. We couldn't wait for him because of the tram. Which we missed. So we caught the next one! No problem. From there, we trecked to the bus station. An hour & a half later, we had to catch another tram. *phew* We finally arrived in Olomouc & searched for our hostel. In our own typical, round-about way, we found it, but finding the door was an issue all in itself. The landlord ended up coming out to find us, lol. But at least he was friendly.
I think I really made it sound worse than what it really was, but when you're up early, carrying heavy loads, and you're just ready to plop onto the hostel can seem pretty aggravating. From there, it went pretty well, though. :)
We walked around to discover this city where neither of us have been before. Our first stop was a church. And WOW was it a church. We walked through the doors & it appeared to be like any other historical, & beautiful, church we've seen before. No way. For when we walked around the...I don't know how to describe it, it's like, when you walk in, there's immediately a wall in front of you with information, which you have to walk around to actually enter the church. So, once we made it around that wall, it was like I had the breath taken from me. Woa. I have never seen a church more beautiful, more magnificant, than this one. It was simply that: breath taking. Even Petra, who has seen far more old & gorgeous churches than I, both in Czech & out (places like Italy, etc), said that she's never seen a church like this one. It was...indescribably beautiful. Which is why I took pictures. :) Which will be nothing like actually being there, but it's better than my vague adjectives. (Sorry, folks.) 
After walking through the church completely, even exploring an underground prayer room & the bell tower, we headed back out into the sun to see the rest of the city. (By the way, the weather here has been great. A little wet, lately, but perfect t-shirt weather in the day, & just chilly enough at night for a comfy blanket if you leave the window open. Ahhh...) This place really is charming. It's got a cute town square, & lovely, homey buildings. We stumbled upon an amazing restaurant - great food for an unbeleivably low price, & good service, too. Petra had a meal with salad (lightly dressed) & rice with peas (HUGE peas) for the side, &, get this, a chicken, apple, bacon, & raisin mixture. Sounds weird, & maybe even disgusting, but it was so. good. I had stuffed pork (cheese, some leafy seasoning, & ham inside), the same kind of salad, & this stuff called krokety (which, the closest thing I can compare it to is hushpuppies - but WAY better, & smaller, & it came with a mayonaisey-tarter sauce stuff to dip it in - mmmm...). So that took care of lunch. We walked around some more. I took pics until my camera died. (I am sorry for the lack of pictures. :\ I am taking plenty, trust me, but it just takes SO long to upload. I take long enough typing out the blog. You'll see them for sure when I get home.) We stopped into a cathedral, which was nice. Grabbed some ice cream (I got one scoop of cinnamon & one scoop of caramel - yummyyyy, & Petra got delicious vanilla), & concluding the shopping we already did today with one more stop to pick up a specific gift for a specific someone. :) 
Tired of venturing, we went back to the hostel, where we lounged (I slept while Petra was on the computer, because she couldn't fall asleep) for a good...oh...5 hours? It was a nice nap. :) I have no idea why I was SO exhausted, but it felt like the jet-lag I should've gotten a week ago finally arrived in all its glory. Very weird. Anywho.
We finally made it back out, wandered around in search of a good place for supper, got completely stuffed on pasta (and really good tea, in my case), & meandered back to our little cave for the rest of the evening. 
Our hostel is actually pretty neat. It's in a pretty old building, so it's got lots of character & a nice "court yard" type space when you first enter the gate. The rooms could use a little sprucing, color mainly, ...and maybe some new door handles... but hey - I still like it. :) Plus, we're only here for one night.
Well, people, time I say ahoj. It's dark out now. Maybe Petra & I will watch a movie before bed, but who knows. *shrug* She just got on the phone with Pavel, so I don't know when she'll be off. Anywho, life is good. :)

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dad on

Sounds great Kari, I'm so glad the weather is good for you guys and of course I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures.

Love and miss you much!

Mom on

What?! No pictures until you get home???? UGH! : ) Oh well. I am sure they will be worth the wait!

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