Thou shall not usurp question nor mock the ...

Trip Start Apr 06, 2001
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Monday, September 3, 2001

Thou shall not usurp, question nor mock the authority of the tea-man!!!!

Well i thought it was time to get another entry out to all the folks out there, but it hasn't been easy. I have just spent the last five hours in the holiest of holy sanctuaries in Cesky Krumlov, the "Tea House". An amazing temple just beside the river, they have about 80 different styles of tea you can have from all over the world, they send the "tea-men" out on journeys to Nepal, India, Sri Lanka etc to learn the art of making tea and they bring back all these exotic varieties that are too weird to pronounce. I'm unsure if they put some pot in the brew as well, but after consuming two pots of tea from Nepal and Sri-Lanka, i honestly don't think i have been this chilled out before. The only other time i have felt like this was when I had way too much wacky tobacky on Mayers buck's night. I had such a great time there today, some time over the next couple of days i think i may just spend the whole afternoon there. This alternative Indian backpacker staying at Krumllov House spent 8 hours there yesterday, at the time i thought it was utter nonsense, but now i can understand why!

Since leaving Brno I dropped the pack in Telc for a few days, just kicking the feet back in the quaint 15th century old town, catching some rays from the midday sun, reading my Alexander the Great book that hadn't been touched since Cairo, and enjoying the occasional pint of the scrumptious Budvar beer.

Cesky Budejovice was next on the agenda, home of the original Budweiser beer. Hoping to visit the holy grail, the Budvar brewery, but unfortunately there was a major festival in town for a few days so i could only stay in the hostel for a couple of nights, it was booked out solid over the weekend. The weather turned foul after the glorious sunshine over the last couple of weeks, but can't complain because it has only pelted down a couple of times on the trip thus far.

Left the hostel during the day for only a hour or two to get some lunch, although it was bucketing down. I left my daypack chained to my pack, the door was locked, but we raised concern to the management that a Czech backpacker had not slept in our 3 bed dorm the night before, he hadn't checked out and still had a access to the room with his key. Well he did come back, decided to have a crack at my combination lock and was successful at relinquishing my wallet of some much needed hard currency, the little so and so. It was odd that he relocked my daypack and left everything as it was, i only found out later in the night that the cash was gone, it was upsetting but i was thankful that he didn't take my Australian passport or credit card, althought i cancelled the card because of the devious way he went about his business, he probably took down the number but luckily it hadn't been used. I just hope he walks if front of a car or something, after travelling around for five months now, you can only do so much to prevent someone pinching you gear, it's just annoying that it was the third time on this trip that somebody else has decided that they think they would like my possessions more than me.

Anyways, money isn't everything and i have more to worry about, whether i will have either indulge myself in the Yogi or Bombay tea back at the Tea house over the coming days. Cesky Krumlov is the muched raved about destination in the Czech Republic, understandable when you arrive, i have already been four days but chances are will be staying more like a week.

chilling out


grin



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