On the 3rd of August we packed up our things at the hostel, had breakfast and got taxis for the short trip to the train station. Maybe a bit lazy but the thought of walking through the heat with our packs was not the slightest bit appealing.
Found our train and reserved seats and settled in for the easy 2 hour air conditioned, food car fed trip to Olomouc. The organization here has been great, we were the first team to arrive and were met at the train station by the organizer and his wife who drove us across the city to the university where we have two cells on the ground floor. Good we don’t have to climb stairs but a bummer we can’t leave our Windows wide open to get the breeze all day and at night. They have quite a cool window system here which allows them to be swung open horizontally or lent open vertically. Hopefully that makes sense.
We get lunch and dinner fed to us at the local restaurant. Which is ok but we don’t have much choice and English is limited. We have so someone there to translate though. Our Czech is limited to saying hello, please and thank you, but we really haven’t got thank you down. We went to the massive supermarket/hypermarket to get our full of fruit and snacks, a tent and picnic blanket.
Monday the 4th we had a free morning where everyone chilled out, lunch and then got on a bus for about half an hour to go to a middle distance training.
Tuesday was also make distance trading in the morning at a different map. In the afternoon we went into town for a look see. We went and had a look at Olomouc’s astronomical clock, got yummy huge gelatos and iced coffee. We then walked around what must be the old town looking at the buildings and churches, unfortunately we were under dressed to go into the churches past the front reception area so we will have to go back with more demure clothing on.
Wednesday the 6th was long distance training and our bus took a rather interesting route to it, pretty sure we got a little lost for a bit.
There was a little pond with frogs and fish and snakes (ick!) We got back reasonably late from that one and didn’t have time to into town.
On Thursday we went to Borzou Castle for sprint relay training. There was a permanent orienteering course at the castle which we did. After training we had a go (many many goes) at the luge / down hill mini cars. Pretty fun, definitely would not get OSH approval at home with no sides and no helmets. Going off the sides of the track was not so nice with stinging nettles. Celia was fastest with 59.3s down the track.
After luging we walked past the castle into the small village to have lunch. It was really very hot but they still served us soup for starter and then schnitzel. So we found some ice creams and a place to cool down. We got dropped into central Olomouc on the way back so we could get more gelato and go to the supermarket.