A week already in the Czech Republic. Hard to believe. Here’s what we have been up to:
We met Nic and Mike and Bunbury (their Rodesian Ridgeback puppy) when they picked us up from the station where our bus broke down. Luckily, the second Czech we asked allowed us to borrow their cell phone. Upon arriving at the house, we were informed that it was a holiday, Shrove Tuesday, and as per the English tradition we would be having pancakes with lemon and sugar for dinner. A delicious new idea.
Mike and Nic have taken on quite a project here in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic. They have adopted an old country home and are slowly but surely restoring it with sustainability in mind. (Pictured are the barns next to the house. You can go to the Flickr page for more photos of the house and the area.) This place is gorgeous in the winter and we can only imagine how great it looks in the spring. Our cold weather projects have included chopping and stacking wood, attempted snow removal from the roof, furniture restoration, and general upkeep of a large house, large property, and medium-sized dog. Dylan and I have also taken to preparing Czechfast (as we like to call it) in the AM.
Our radar for current events is easily turned off in the peacefulness of the countryside, however we have heard of this event (called the Olympics, or something) that’s taking place in Canada right now. You may have heard of it. There’s this one sport, ice hockey, that’s fairly popular in these parts. At 6am last Thursday, the Czechs were playing their bitter rivals, none other than the Slovaks. So, in good Czech spirit, the four of us traveled to nearby Cernovice to a 24-hour pub to watch the game. Luckily, the Czechs took the win, justifying our early wake up call and beer-drinking occasion.