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Matty’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2007

Location: Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

MapI am going to play some catch-up here. As you probably know, it's NOT July 17 over here, and we are NOT in the Czech Republic anymore. I am just lazy and have missed a couple cities to write about.

As far as Prague went, well, it was a city of contradictions. The way I figure, you have about a 50/50 chance for all of your purchases there. What I mean by that is you can be absolutely blown away by the value, the enjoyment, the experience....or, ripped right off by a shady local. Yes, they're shady. All of them.

Local vendors don't like to give back your change. I guess think we can't count or something. If you call them on it, they play the "I can't speak English card". A swift, decisive kick to the groin can easily help them remember their cognitive faculties.

We took a day trip to a town called Kutna Hora. For the lay person, it's the Bone Church. Oh my sweet merciful crap! This place was one of those ones that exceeds expectations. Easily the most macabre place I've been to, and with this one I've got the photos to prove it. It took 40 000 human bones to decorate the inside of this ossuary. It's covered with ornate coats of arms, chandeliers, whatever the hell you want. Some pictures will be up after I figure out this USB.

Then onto Cesky Krumlov. It's kind of like the Banff of this region. Very small, good atmosphere, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and all that. Rented a half-inflated raft for the afternoon two days ago and floated down the river for 27 Km. It was a great break, and was uber refreshing because of the heat. We didn't spend much time there, unfortunately. I think we're becoming desensitized to all the wicked-good stuff in this continent. Oh well. We're in Vienna, where they speak good ol' German. No more of that stupid Czech, or it's crafty marauding bands of local thieves.

It's like Ryan said about Italy: "I love the country. It's fantastic, except it's filled with (insert local nationality here)".

More later.