You can always depend on the kindness of strangers
Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
174Trip End Apr 10, 2011
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We then drove Bigwig into Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO medieval town that has the second biggest castle (after Prague castle) in all of the Czech Republic. It also has a beautiful tower that lords over the whole river city. We climbed the tower. The ticket guy didn’t believe we were students. We always fail when they actually ask for an ID. You can’t trick a trickster. So we paid
Driving around in the Czech Republic has been great. Towards the south the towns have become much cleaner and warmer. We have seen strange folks standing randomly in forests. Jena was convinced they were collecting wild mushrooms. Joel played with the idea that they were looking to dig shallow graves, but Jena was right.
As we drove out of Bohemia and into Austria we were farewelled by lines and lines of Czech prostitutes along the freeway. A kind of going away present for bad Austrian husbands. We drove through the border unchecked and thus began our grand odyssey of Austria.
Our first place to visit was an old walled town called Freistadt. Yes they have schloss, but we just wandered around the town to suss out a local bakery
Just as we were about to pull up the bed we noticed that same couple coming up the hill with their son. They came to offer us a bed for the night and a hot traditional meal. How could we refuse! There could even be a shower!
Their names were Wolfgang, Melanie, and little Lorenz. We spent the evening learning about all the really great Austrian traditions, including excellent food and local beer and beer and beer..
We did not know it but it turns out we had crashed their wedding anniversary! Later they showed us their wedding album and they explained what an Austrain wedding is like. They rolled their eyes when we mentioned Arnold Schwarznegger, but it was really fascinating hearing about their lives in a tiny catholic community where they know everybody in town. Their house was very modern and big, and they spoke proudly about doing the right thing by the environment and their community, which was really inspiring.
We had breakfast with them in the morning and then lunch, which included a traditional dish with ham. So very unpescatarian of us! The first meat we have eaten in exactly one year. Perhaps we can call it an anniversary gift. It was great.
We really were touched my their random generosity. They showed us how we would like to be in the future for travelers in our town. Just great loving people.
In Kefermarkt, apart from schloss, they had a very spectacular church, with a beautiful wooden altarpiece. A very unexpected treat. We were told that many people come from all around to see it. We then went back to Freistadt to browse the farmers market before we broke out of town and headed for the Danube.