A medieval sort of time
Cesky Krumlov Travel Blog› entry 18 of 47 › view all entries
I pulled into Cesky Krumlov after a hell of a time navigating the Czech bus system. I missed my first bus because the schedule I was following didn't specify it was a weekend schedule, and I had to go to the opposite side of Prague to get to the right bus terminal. Once I was there, it was no sweat.
This town is a small little village in the south of Czech Republic, and it appears to be a popular tourist destination. The river Vlatva wraps around most of the main town, and a castle sits on the other bank overlooking the village. Outdoor sports are a big thing here, like kayaking, canoing, mountain biking and hiking.
I scoped out the area to find the restaurants, bars and grocery stores, and then I set off for my hostel. It was located a bit outside of the town, about a 10 minute walk, and I found it was operated by an old man that looked a bit like Santa Claus (only later did I find that this Santa drank like a fish, and had a chamber mate that liked to tell us to be quiet while in her underwear).
I met some nice girls as soon as I arrived, one from Edmonton, Canada named Lindsey, and two from Melbourne, Australia named Anastasia and Breanna. They invited me for a walk around town with them, and I accepted, following them with camera in hand as they walked arm-in-arm giggling. They had met 10 months prior to this trip, in Madrid, and had scheduled this vacation during their breaks from work and university.
That night we went to a dance club called Hrozen in the city square, and from the sound of it, Czechs dig Backstreet Boys. I spent the next day doing the tourist thing, taking photos of the town, its buildings, and the castle. It started raining that night, and the girls and I had an interesting time of it trying to get to the nearby pub. The street had flooded, and there was a serious river running across the street and into the river. We had to hop across a small waterfall and climb onto a railing in order to stay somewhat dry. After a couple of beers in a pub that had a lot of surrealist art, including some wooden shoes walking along the ceiling, we headed to Hrozen again for a little more cheesy American music.
I want to report a bit on the price of food and drink here. 0.5 L beers, such as Pilsner Urquell, are only $1.25, and when I went grocery shopping I found a sizable meal was only $1..50. Not bad for the budget-concious. I've been told that Slovak Republic is even cheaper, with the equivilent of a twelve pack of beer only $1.00. For now though, I'm headed to Vienna, and will be breaking the budget with the euro.