Šťastný nový rok and lot's of luck

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Monday, January 3, 2011

We closed out 2010 in the Czech Mountain Town, Příchovice. It is in the far north, nearly on the Polish Boarder and is so small its hard to locate on maps.

The Zelinka's grandmother lives there now in a cozy cabin which sits perched on a hill right over downhill ski slopes. The town was blanketed with thick and powdery white snow which was replenished day in and day out as we were there. The temperatures alleged to be colder than Prague with one woman claiming to have reached -25C the night before our arrival but it never felt that cold.  Perhaps it was the dry mountain air or perhaps it was the no-mess-around clothing we came equipped with. Nevertheless, we were never cold and thoroughly enjoyed being outside, romping around in the deep snow.

On New Years Eve we took up cross country skiing. The amusement began as we walked out of the ski rental shop shocked at the cost of everything, which was the equivalent of $6 USD (per person for skis, boots and poles). Later, once in action, I decided that I could have made that $6 back and then some if I had charged for the spectacle that is Courtney cross country skiing.  

We disembarked on the cross country journey nearly at the end of day light in Czech (which is about 3pm...and quite tough might I add) and hiked up to the top of the nearest hill to ski the paths on top.  The trees were sagging under the weight of the snow and during most our journey, we were alone, with that eerie blowing wind sound that only the forests can make. The temperatures deep in the forests were nippy however we worked hard on this ski outing and were warm and sweaty when it was all said and done. It was a good time despite us all coming away with bruises and sore muscles.

Because we legitimately worked out we had no qualms making a roast for the New Years feast, downing it with Brunello and then polishing the meal off with grandma's home made poppy seed kolaches. Que Rico!

New Years was brought in with some Moravian Brut, Czech music, [weird] holiday TV specials, and the best of friends.

Happy New Year! Šťastný nový rok!

We toast to you all...wishing you the absolute best and lot's of luck in 2011!!
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