CZ - A pearl under the snow

Trip Start Jul 01, 2006
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Monday, January 22, 2007

January 22

It was a lazy waking, a bit stiff from the previous day walk. But after being ready, Katarina brought me on the way to hitch further in direction of Czech Republic, the shitty thing is that I didn't wait long but the car who stopped only took me few km further then I waited longer. Luckely then someone took and finally brought me to the border town, where the border control is in the middle of the city. So I crossed by foot, and obviously nobody there was used to see a foreigner. The customs were looking for their stamps and I had to wait a little for that. The great thing is that then I got an old style Czech stamp, not the new European one!

Then I walked the Czech part of the city until its end and start hitching at what was a good spot but damn nobody was stopping and the day was advancing pretty fast. I also had no Czech money and no possibility to call then.

Finally, a car stopped to bring me further in one of the major city along the way. He was an american from Chicago living in CZ, it was pretty cool :)
He left me at another good hitching spot and gave me all the remaining coins that was lying in his car... so that I could possibly buy a but ticket and he checked the bus schedule. So I still at least had an hour before the next bus.

Hopefully, I didn't have to use that option as an Austrian car stopped (with obviously Slovak people in it) and they brought me all the way to the outskirt of Olomouc (along the highway). I simply needed to walk until I could find a tram, I got in and tried to find the streets where Hanna (HC: hanuska) lives. It was a little complicated in the dark... and Czech people... are a bit cold at first sight. Luckely after having asked 3 times someone helped me and I did find the street.

Then I met with Hanna and her husband, both doctorate student at Olomouc University (the oldest of CZ). They offered me dinner and then looked a bit at their chinchilla and other guinee pig. Later in the evening, I cleaned a bit the thing in my bag and by 9pm I was so tired that I falled asleep.
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January 23

Wonderful surprise!!!

IT SNOWS!!! At least for the first time for months!
So the whole city is covered by a gentle carpet of snow!
I went out with Hanna by noon to go to the university cafeteria (she couldn't walk out often during the day as she is on sick leaves and in CZ you actually can't leave the house if you are on sick leaves from your job except for like one hour a day).

After this I went for a long afternoon walk all around town, visiting the different monument and parks of the city. Olomouc is an old fortified city who had one of the oldest university of the East. It has a lot of wonderful baroque buildings and some Unesco protected monuments. I enjoyed walking through the little streets.

I even climbed one of the church tower next to the bell to have an overview of the tiles covered with snow. Anyway the whole city was quite majestic and clean then.

I stopped by a little market to get some food by the early evening and finally walked back to Hanna's place later, for a good warm soup some nice talk, finally using the computer to search for hosts in Brno and maybe London too.
It was a lovely day!
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