Why go: If you're like me - someone who doesn't take sports too seriously, then this is the perfect summer activity for you. It's more of a social gathering, but on water.
When to go: Definitely in the middle of summer, and keep your fingers crossed that it'll stay warm and dry.
What to pack: Plenty of clothes to change into and a waterproof bag for the boat. People underestimate the power of a river, and once you fall in, it'll most probably happen again.
Where to sleep: I'd skip the tents here if I were you. Being on water for the whole day deserves a proper room with a decent shower in the evening. I highly recommend booking a hut or a room at any of the lodging houses. First day starts at the 'Pod hrazi Vyssi Brod' camp site, then continuing to Kemp u Fika, where there's a guesthouse on the other side called 'Na Cihelně', and finally ending up in the beautiful Český Krumlov, where there's tons of different accommodation to chose from. We, for example, stayed at this charming guesthouse dating back to 1360 - Penzion Baroko.
What to eat: If you like fish, then make sure you look for stops where they grill fresh fish. They're seriously delicious!
What to drink: Beer! Stay away from hard liquor (except for a morning 'pick me up' of course).
Who to go with: Get the event on Facebook and invite all your friends. Perfect opportunity to catch up with everyone you haven't seen for ages! Find a partner for your boat, preferably someone who is similar to you and someone who is responsible enough :)
Things to remember: 1. Money - there are no cash machines around. Only at the final destination, so make sure you've got cash for your boat, accommodation and for food / drinks. 2. Warm clothes and shoes for the evenings & enough clothes to change into if you fall in. 3. A pair of water shoes for the boat is not a bad idea at all. 4. A portable radio - music is that cherry on top.
My favourite part(s) about this trip: The journey on the train to Vyssi Brod, our ritual of dancing the night away at the local 'disco' in Vyssi Brod, and chilling on the boat when the sun's shining.
What would I do differently next time: Drink less. Once you fall in, you'll lose your balance forever. This year I realised how much it sucks.
Terms you should know & should use:
'Soulodit' - Bringing another boat next to you and holding it while you cruise down the river. You can attempt to join as many boats as you can.
'Cwakli 'sme' - 'We fell into the water'
Why go: Because it's probably the only time in the year you'll completely let go of all your worries, judgments and fears. More about it here: www.urbankristy.com/kristys-diary/pohoda-festival
When to go: When they tell you to. All info about the Pohoda Festival here: www.pohodafestival.sk/en/
What to pack: If you're sleeping in a tent, then take a pillow with you. You'll thank me later! Bring a lot of body wipes with you too. There's a high chance that you'll be too lazy to wait in line for a shower.
Where to sleep: Definitely the tent. You've got to have the full experience - mingle with people as soon as you open your eyes in the morning.
What to drink: Beer or my favourite mix: White wine and sparkling water (bring some hard liquor with you if you want. It's allowed, if you pour it into plastic bottles).
Who to go with: Your mates, your children, your dogs - everyone's welcome and there's plenty of entertainment for all!
Things to remember: Again, a pillow! And you'll also envy those who've got their own camping chairs. If you have the opportunity to grab one or two with you, it'll be to your advantage.
My favourite part about this trip: Feeling free, keeping all my worries back home and meeting new people. The positive mass emotion is unforgettable.
What would I do differently next time: Plan a bit more (actually look at the schedule) and talk a bit less.
Who I wish would play next time:
- Michael Kiwanuka
- Imogen Heap