Czech Republic Photos

A blog post has been long overdue. I suppose it still is, considering this isn’t much of a post. However, we have prepared some visual stimuli to tide you over.

Zombies and bats and sheep, oh my!

It’s about 8pm on Sunday night and we go through our usual phase of what-should-we-do. Tonight, the options are: watch a movie, watch the Men’s Ice Hockey Gold Medal Match, read books, or just go to sleep. Next thing you know, a ripped version of Zombieland is playing on Dylan’s laptop (don’t judge). After the movie is over, we spend entirely too long loading live feeds of the hockey game over the internet. Luckily, our resilience was (not) for naught. Jenna slept through the third (final) period and awoke to see the US tie Canada 2-2 with 24 seconds left in the game, leading to overtime. Awesome. Time for a sandwich. We went downstairs to get a snack and are startled when we see that Nic is still up. She’s vigorously washing her hands after getting scratched when the feisty orange cat (George) caught a bat. A quick Google query instructed her to wash thoroughly for 15 minutes and bring the bat to a vet to see if it’s rabid. So we head to the kitchen and make lambwiches (did I mention Mike made an awesome roast dinner this evening?) and while lambwich assembly is in full swing, Dylan decides to run upstairs and grab the laptop so we don’t miss any exictment. He comes back with bad news. Turns out in hockey, overtime is sudden death (why the full 20 minutes on the clock?), Canada has scored and thus won, and all hockey-pa-looza comes to a close. Luckily, we still have lambwiches. We wash them down with delicious mléko it’s the most amazing thing ever. Upstairs, Pavouk (cat with the luxurious fur) is waiting at our door, to enter and hang out with us. Dylan plays with him for awhile and he tolerates a lot. Pavouk is basically the next Maru.

Strange things happen after midnight in the Czech Republic.

New video

The Tunisia Study Abroad video was created as a promotional tool for the Oregon University System Study Abroad Program.

Lipno and Český Krumlov

Between Tábor, Lipno, and Český Krumlov, our first weekend in the Czech Republic was busy and fun. We began by heading to the nearby city of Tábor on Friday night where Nic and Mike have a flat (Nic teaches English there). After taking showers at the flat (much needed, since the pipes at the house are frozen!) we went to a restaurant called Two Cats for a proper Czech meal. Traditional garlic soup with smoked meat and cheese, Camembert spread with cherries, meat and dumplings, all washed down with good beer. Dylan thinks he’s found his soul food.

Saturday started all too early with a wake-up call from Keith, a Canadian friend of Mike and Nic. The five of us (plus Bun Bun, of course) traveled to Lipno nad Vltavou, a small town in the Šumava Range bordering Austria and the Czech Republic, for some skiing, skating, and snow play. Dylan chose downhill skiing with Keith and Mike while Jenna and Nic tried out the cross country trails. In case you are wondering, red seems to be the 2010 ‘in’ color for snowboard attire, you can get away with matching pants and jacket, and if you have a panda hat as well as the courage to sport it…you will be the talk of the mountain. After a full day on the mountain, we drove to the charming village of Český Krumlov and checked into the equally charming Hostel 99. Sunday involved exploring this UNESCO site, which looks a lot like a movie set and reminds Jenna of the winter jigsaw puzzles she did as a kid. The whole village is set around the winding river Vltava with cobblestone streets leading to tiny shops and cafes. We walked around the Český Krumlov Castle (the only thing open in the off-season) and got lost in the old-town vibe.

Three more weekends in the Czech Republic…where should we go next?

Nový Mlýn – Week 1

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.