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Europe » Serbia » North » Novi Sad July 4th 2010

The flat, black landscape of Hungary blared at me in vibrant stillness as Jitka slept, and I stood next to the open window accompanied by Lawrence's RA podcast (one of my deep house faves whose company on my travels last summer inspired nenahýbejte se z oken), as our decaying rychlík glided around the neverending plains, with the lights of Budapest still glaring at me 100 kilometers distant, and the faraway streetlights from the parallel motorway just seeming to stay as still as the many visible stars, like a backdrop to a SNES game. Momentarily we seemed to be stopping as the sooty Rothko painting was marred by a house or factory, a level crossing, a buzzing network of sidings and having cleared these, we sped up again, hurtling towards the Serbian border at the usual speed ... read more
Cathedral at dusk
Jelen a Laň

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest July 3rd 2010

I know the feeling too well now - rushing to pack, to tie up everything you need to with uni or work or whatever, and then to make sure that you get enough spirits in your body that you get to sleep at a sensible time... but really? Yeah, this time I had a little extra detail involved in my preparation for this rather epic trip. My birthday, and the need to go and celebrate it (two days early) in Prague before I left for two and a half weeks. This meant that after a lot of beer and slivovice, I arrived home at midnight, and then for some reason only slept until 4am. I was unable to function properly from the excitement. I spent the remaining time in the nether hours preparing a list of ... read more
Our hostel
Old house near the castle
Me at the castle

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Hloubetín May 24th 2010

A quick recommendation for people visiting Prague: Kolbenova Flea Market. I've never quite seen anything as abundant or chaotic in my life - and I wish we had got there earlier than 12.30, one and a half hours before the huge dusty area, on which thousands of little stalls and camping mats piled with the most random assortments of goods were laid, had to be cleared. Some people had obviously come wanting only to try and sell off old stuff as in a car boot sale, but then there were also a few regular stalls run more professionally, some of which were selling the most bizarre combinations of stock you could imagine: Toiletries, sardines and tea (The sardines were in the sale at this time) Porn, spirits and blank media Old turntables and electric hobs (this ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Zlín Region » Zlín May 17th 2010

So, an update then. Well first and foremost I've moved, to a lovely flat right in the heart of New Town, for those who know Prague, less than 10 minutes walk away from Vaclavák, Karlák and Ípák. I've been really enjoying: not having to leave home at 6am to trek from Bílá Hora to industrial parks on the other side of town, being able to walk home from hlavní nádrazí in 10 minutes after completing 4 hour train journeys from Zlín, living just across from a nice vietnamese potraviny as opposed having to go to Kaufland for everything, and finally living in an entirely non-english speaking house. However this is not to say it's entirely Czech speaking - one half of the couple I share the place with hails from the east of Slovakia and speaks ... read more
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Uherské Hradiště station

Extended title: "Veliké noci ve veliké díře u velikého brlohu na konci světa" - Great nights (Easter) in a great hole next to a great hole at the end of the world At half four in the morning I was roused from my sleep by one of the usual weird 30 minute long ambient soundscapes they play on Rádio 1 in the nether hours, and soon after I was walking through a different kind of ambient soundscape, the Řepy dawn chorus which sometimes accompanies me on my way to work, feeling ready for a long, long trek. Then negotiating the sparse Prague transport system as it too wakes up, and later at hlavní nádrazí as the sun rose, collapsing into a seat on the ridiculously timed one Pendolino per day from Prague to Brno, at half ... read more
In the hole

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Iver March 4th 2010

I'm not going to go into the trouble of explaining Kathau day on here. Every year on March 4th since 2006 I've visited the resting place of the ashes of a writer named Peter Sloane, and this year was especially special. Firstly, it's been five years since he died this year. Secondly it was quite lucky I managed to do it this year, living abroad and all. The real reason I was back in UK was to bring my belongings over to Prague. Thirdly it felt really fulfilling to travel non-stop from Bílá Hora to reach this place. And finally, when I got there, my inscription on the rather distinctive tree which marks the place from the previous year was still very much visible. This yearly pilgrimage really means a lot to me. I hope I ... read more
Remains of the tree

So... lets enjoy winter before it goes and try something new, I thought, and borrowed a pair of waterproof trousers from one of my extreme sports-loving flatmates and hopped on the rychlík to Otrokovice while Jitka arranged to borrow some jackets from her parents and book some equipment from a ski rental place. After the previous weekend seeing hordes of people cross-country skiing on Praděd, we decided that this weekend we would go have some fun in the snow before it went. For me this would also be a completely new experience, having never touched a pair of skis before in my life. As I arrived in Zlín, the sun was out and the temperature finally seemed to be peeking above freezing. The next morning, when we planned to take the skis and go, we looked ... read more
The bus timetable at Hlinsko

By the above title I mean to say "the highest mountain in Moravia" and "the God of Moravia" (I don't really know who that is..) This weekend has turned out not to be too much of a language test, I just haven't been speaking much.. instead it turned out to be more of an endurance test filled with walks through landscapes whose off-the-track ground currently bears between 80cm and 3 metres of snowfall. The day temperatures are fine as long as you wear enough layers (maybe around -5 at the lowest), the paths are fine to walk on as long as you can work out where they are, and the air is squeaky clean. We arrived to Vrbno on thursday after a hectic journey featuring a domino chain of delays and running around stations to catch ... read more
Magic Mushroom Rozcestník

Europe » Czech Republic » Zlín Region » Zlín February 10th 2010

And finally. You can't imagine how good it felt, after 4 long, heavy weeks of being tied up in Prague, to collapse into an empty compartment of a rychlik and zip down the corridor again. I'm simply not used to being in this country and not travelling. Just to add a thick layer of icing on the cake, Jitka and I had the compartment to ourselves the entire 3 hour journey to Otrokovice, where we changed onto a little train to Zlín, her home city. Zlín could be renowned for a few reasons. Firstly it was the home of Austro-Hungarian entepreneur Tomáš Baťa, who made shoes, and whose name is still used by the same company he founded in its modern multi-national guise. Although the Baťa company has nothing to do with Zlín anymore, the city ... read more
Functionalist WTF factor

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Bílá Hora February 8th 2010

My first four weeks back in the Czech Republic have definitely been blog-worthy despite the fact that no travelling has really occured, it's been such a different and in many ways, heavy experience. Coming from an absolutely skewiff London which I ended up leaving a day later than I was supposed to because 3 inches of snowfall had closed Gatwick Airport for a day, to Prague riddled with at least 4 times this, and temperatures averaging around freezing by day and -5 by night, but then dropping as low as -20 on the nights when the clouds finally subside. The area I live in is somewhere between the airport, civilisation and hyper-civilisation. To the north is the sleepy, traumatised district Ruzyně, which gives its name to the airport and appears to have once been a tranquil, ... read more
Slánská Silnice
Dental Floss Windsock...
Jitka and Paula

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