The cushy seats and free treats didn't tip us off

Trip Start Jun 24, 2010
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Flag of Czech Republic  , Moravia,
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

We had originally planned to take a wine-tasting tour in Moravia, but we're terrible at planning, so we didn't.  We decided to take the train to Olomouc instead.  Of course, we were out late the night before, so getting to the train station on time was a bit of a struggle, but we made it to a train.  

The two of us are notorious for having travel issues (Paris, Budapest).  And this trip was no exception.  We found our train just fine, and, just to be safe, we checked with the conductor that it really was our train.  We boarded and were quite surprised.  The seats were huge and comfortable.  And as soon as we started moving, they offered us free coffee and tea.  And this was in second class!  Naturally, I fell asleep within minutes of us leaving the station.  Eventually, the ticket checker came around, and we showed our tickets and...whoops.  As it turns out, there are two kinds of train in the Czech Republic - the national line, and the private line.  Our tickets were for the national line.  We were riding on the private line.  Luckily, the lady spoke English and was very nice.  We had to pay for the first half of the trip and then get off at the next stop.  So, the trip ended up costing almost double what we had expected.  But hey - we got to have an hour-long pit stop in Pardubice.

Exciting, I know.

Once we finally arrived in Olomouc, we wandered a bit, trying to get our bearings.  For some reason, we just couldn't seem to find anything of interest.  We wandered a while longer and realized we were starving.  So we went to a restaurant a bit out of the way where the waitress didn't speak English, and ordered 2 of the biggest meal on the menu - you know, multiple kinds of meat, multiple kinds of dumpling, multiple kinds of cabbage.  It's kind of our thing.  After lunch, I texted Zach to see if he could give us directions to the central part of the city - specifically the astronomical clock.  He told me to ask someone how to get to 'Horní naměstí.'  I told him I wasn't going to do that.  Luckily, I remembered how to say 'Where is the clock?'  Between the waitress' awful English, another diner's awful English and decent French, and my awful French and awful Czech, somehow we got directions and eventually found the main square. 

Sorry Prague - the astronomical clock in Olomouc is way cooler.  The pictures don't do it justice. You have to get up close to it.  It has clocks for the day of the week, the month, the day of the year, the hours, the minutes, the seconds...it's crazy.  And ornate.  

After the square, we wandered a bit more and then decided to head back to the train station.  It was a short journey, but we accomplished everything we had planned...in a roundabout, multi-lingual way.  But still accomplished.
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