It's the 4th of July and I'm all the way in the Czech Republic (this town is pronounced Ollo-moats). I would love to be watching fireworks and chowing down on veggie dogs with you all, but alas, I will have to wait until next year. In the meantime, here's what I'm up to instead.
Remember how I said I needed some rest after Prague? Well, this place is it. It's a quiet town, with a cobbly medieval center and a lot of cafes. It's one of the 5 largest cities in the country, but to walk from the middle of a field to the very center of town might take, say, 20 minutes. I spent a lot of my time enjoying the rolling golden countryside, plus streams and lakes. I also whiled away many an hour writing - either while consuming chocolate and coffee in one of the dozens of cafes, or else curled up in one of our tiny hostel's excessively comfy armchairs.
And Rebecca and I filled in all of our remaining time painstakingly constructing a paper model of the local castle, Bouzov. You can see it in progress in the picture; if you want to see the finished product (of which I'm quite proud) you can click on "pictures" and go to the Czech and Slovakia album. Best of all, we took a day trip out to visit the real thing. Our model (which we donated to the hostel, of course) held up well on comparison: it was just as complicated and cool looking as the real Bouzov, it just had a few more glue stains.