For those of you who don’t know, I recently just returned from a trip abroad through the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria. My trip was actually a biking vacation through the company VBT (their website seen here: www.vbt.com).
I know what you’re thinking… a BIKING vacation? “How is that a vacation?” “ That sounds like more work than relaxation.”
Though you may have the picture of a stereotypical vacation in your mind consisting of sitting on a beach and drinking some tropical drink, our VBT excursion was relaxing in its own way. Sure, we biked during the day and yes, some of those days the trips could have been over 30 miles. IT IS ALL WORTH IT.
There’s certainly nothing quite like biking through local towns in a foreign country. It’s a welcome alternative to running through all the common “touristy” attractions that one might find when visiting a country. You get to see the true colors of a country when you immerse yourself within its culture and people and ignore the tourist traps. VBT did an outstanding job making that possible for us.
A bit about the Czech Republic
Having known very little about the Czech Republic, I had no idea what to expect when I arrived in the country. I stayed a day and a night in the capital Prauge, and then the rest of the time in the town of Czesky Krumlov. When we met our guides in the Czech Republic, they gave us one piece of information right off the bat: “Czech people are friendly, even though they never smile.”
That one statement did turn out to be true. Through my whole time in the country, I RARELY saw any Czech citizen smile. This is not to say they were unfriendly in any manner, but almost every person I saw working in a shop or walking on the street never had a smile on their face. Perhaps this could have been because the weather was cloudy and rainy for the majority of the time I was there, who knows?
Another piece of information I learned was about how badly their previous communist government had left them. With the revolution in 1989, the communist government of Czech’s was abolished and the people chose the path of democracy. Though these changes were made, I was still able to see the remains of the communist government whether it was through the remains of collective farms or through crumbling buildings that had been deserted.
Without rambling on too much, it was almost as if the Czech Republic was a kind of time capsule encompassing the past as well as the present.
Anyways, enjoy some of the pictures from the Czech Republic!
More to come from Germany and Austria in the future!