As part of our fascinating trip to the Hunters Ball the other week we stayed the night in Sinead’s colleague’s wife’s parent’s house (That’s got to be a grammar fail right there) in the quaint little village of Hrabova. On the evening we arrived to go the ball it was dark and we didn’t get to see much except some fences and trees appearing out of the pitch black darkness. We got home from the ball and hit the hay in an upstairs room, fast asleep as soon as ours heads hit the pillow.
The following morning I opened my eyes to the sight of clouds slowly drifting past. There was a VELUX window right above the bed that had escaped our attention the evening before. It was magical. We sat there for what felt like hours watching the sky sail past.
And then I summoned the energy to get up and have a look out the window at the view of the horizon…….
Daaaaaamn that’s a nice view! After a delicious breakfast (Seriously, awesome hosts) we went for a stroll around the village with Iva and Jirka.
The village of Hrabova is has a population of just over 600 but they must have all been hiding/hungover from the ball on the morning we took our stroll. There wasn’t a soul to be found except for the odd tractor or random lady working in her garden. So far on our jaunts through the Czech Republic we’ve primarily visited larger towns, places affected by modernisation and the hustle and bustle that we call life in 2014.
This place was truly refreshing, it hadn’t been touched by the hands of corporations and commercialism, or at least if it had they had been sure to keep it well under wraps. If this was an Irish town of equivalent size there’d be a Spar, a Supermacs and of course the obligatory Chinese take away, blow ins from other lands that are now a familiar site up and down the place I call home. But not here. It’s still the good old days in Hrabova, where food is grown, reared, prepared and eaten without walking out the front door. Sure there is a shop in town, it’s not the 1800’s or anything but there’s still that sense of tradition that I just find completely fascinating.