Monday, 4 July 2016

A bike ride to Austria

Last weekend my former principal Dana and her husband Laďa took me for a bike ride across the border to Austria. When they were students the border was closed, as was a 10km strip of land beside it. When Dana had to visit the border area for a geography project in the 1980s she had to apply for a permit and was accompanied by an armed guard. Things are very different now. There's a sign telling you you're about to enter Austria and the tarseal suddenly improves, but that's it. Not even a passport check. 

Here's Dana in Austria... 

...and me with a purple tongue from eating boruvky, berries which grow on the forest floor all over the Czech Republic every summer. Picking them is a national obsession, as is collecting mushrooms in autumn.

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