Adventures around the Czech Republic
The Czech countryside is one of my favorite parts about this country. As soon as you get 15 minutes outside of the city it’s rolling hills, farms, woods, and small villages and it’s so cute. The first weekend in October I went on the ECES led hiking trip in Bohemian Paradise, Český ráj. There was a group of about 12 of us who took the train there together and then went for an 11km hike through 2 towns and Sandstone City. On the way we talked about different Czech traditions and learned all about mushrooming (which is very popular here). We stopped for lunch then hiked around Sandstone City then got back on the trail to hike to our departing location. We played games that Czech children play at summer camp, and had a small competition to see who could build the best tree house for a forest dwarf. It was a really fun day and it was nice to get out of the city and back into nature for a while.
Yesterday, I went with a group of people to Český Krumlov, a small town in Southern Bohemia. We were supposed to take the train, but then they made us get off the train and take a bus to our connecting train. The bus was running late so when we got to the station we sprinted up the stairs to the platform only to see our train pulling away. We ended up running across the street and catching another bus that would take us to the city so even though it was a chaotic start to our day, we eventually made it. We walked around and got lunch, then went up and explored the castle and up a tower to get a great view of the city. We saw one of the bears that guards the castle too which explained why there are teddy bears in the majority of the stores we passed. Then we went shopping and each ate a nutella filled Trdelnik before walking to the train station to come home (which thankfully went much smoother than the morning trip). Overall, it was a great day trip and it was nice to see another part of the country.