ate raw meat and climbed a volcano to see Poland!
06.25.2010 - 06.28.2010 81 °F
Backin' up again.
Tuesday, the 22nd.. another class field trip! Unfortunately, it wasn't quite as upbeat as the former, but just as informational and eye-opening, to say the least. We went to a city called Terezin, a place of deportation for Jews and other criminals before they were sent to concentration camps. First we were dropped off at the Jewish museum, which really struck home. There were hand-drawn pictures from Jewish children stuck in Terezin that really illustrated how they pictured their lives and how it looked in the concentration camps. Regular prisoners would have bunk beds and sinks in their rooms, while the Jews would have TINY rooms with neither, up to 16 men squeezed in together. Ridiculous.
Skip some unimportant, not too eventful days to Friday! My friend, Garth and I headed over 3.5 hours east to Opava, Czech Republic to visit his family farm. My first legit train trip! Woo hoo! This place is NOTHING like Prague. Its all fields and hills and meadows.. as far as the eye can see. We arrived well before anyone could pick us up, so we wandered around the town center for a while, found a nice pizzeria and hung out for a while. Dan, Garth's cousin Susie's fiancé, picked us up from the train station and we headed on to the villa. I took it upon myself to adventure about.. you know me, taking pictures of anything and everything. I'd never seen such openness, even at home. By the time we made it back to the house, freshly made goulash awaited! Garth's aunt and him chit chatted in Czech while I sat and smiled and nodded haha. It was such a cool experience to hear constant Czech all weekend! I might have even picked up on a few things!.. or maybe not so much. But success Goulash, then.. you've got it.. beer garden! Just a small one, we got there by walking through the woods on the farm property, the moon the only light along the way. Awesome. It was a nice chance to get to know his cousins, Susie and Klara, the latter who actually speaks pretty much fluent English. Thank GOODNESS.
The next day we all slept in and had a VERY plentiful Czech breakfast of mounds of bread and meats. I'm totally taking this back to the states with me! Me, Garth and Klara (and her dog, Freya) took a round-about the farm property and through some growing land.. we think beets?.. and caught up on life in general. Back at the house, Klara made us some baller spinach and beef pasta with.. get this, TOMATO and cheese salad.. and I LIKED it. Haha. Then what best follows but FOOTBALL! Soccer, that is. USA game vs Ghana. Place of choice is an Irish pub in the center of Opava. At this particular place, they serve a special type of beer food.. RAW MEAT. I'm talkin.. straight out of the package!.. with even a freshly cracked raw egg to top it off! Now you'd ask.. "how the heck is this safe?!" and I'd answer, "who really knows!?". In other words, FDA would never let this bad boy in the states! They serve it with toast, pieces of garlic, ketchup, mustard, onions, chili powder and other various ingredients so you can make it to your liking. Get this. I TRIED it. ME!.. miss non-adventurous. I have to admit, it wasn't the WORST thing I've ever eaten. Granted, I don't need to try it.. ever again. Haha. Entertainment for the night not only consists of the game, but Garth's reaction to the game. Never seen a kid get so into it! Then again, I was up in the TVs face during the overtime, pounding my fist on the bar. Ugh, freakin A, US. Now on to cheer for Brazil.
Now on to the fun stuff. Sunday.. we climbed a VOLCANO. Now, probably not the kind of volcano ya'll are picturing. It was more of a mountain, but whatever. The point is that is was a mountain with NO PATH that pretty much went STRAIGHT UP! Work out, much? I swear my 20 years of athleticism was meant for this very day! Once we finally made it to the top there was a tower (stairs to get up, of course) so that you could overlook the scenery. It was worth it, I'd say. Apparently we were looking at Poland from our view, which was a pretty cool thought. So yeah, I saw Poland! Haha.
After making our way down the mountain, we came to a river. Stopped by to eat some snacks and of course take zillions of pictures. Reminds me of home a bit.. hm. I also tried the best chocolate to ever touch my LIPS.. Milka with caramel and some kind of nuts.. oh my gosh, its God sent. I just know it. And what is a day trip without a visit to a castle! I just know of it as the Castle of Opava.. not really sure what the actual name of it is. But it was perty!
Back to the villa for more grub. Sausages and large amounts of salad, bread and pivo! Beautiful weather, wonderful company. Lots of Czech that I obviously don't understand, so more smiling and nodding! I love it when people who aren't that good at English try to talk to me.. makes me feel not so out of the loop lol.
All in all, VERY successful weekend. It was so nice to be in a family environment. Its been so long since I've had that feeling. Fresh bed, home cooked meals.. it was a nice chance from the grungy apartment. But good things are ahead! I'm officially going to Rome to visit my dad and Fleur on Thursday for a week because we have a long weekend off from school! That should be a lot of fun! My time abroad is running out quickly.. gotta take advantage of everything I can!
Adios, mis amigos!