Apple Picking

It’s the beginning of fall, which in America means it’s prime time for apple picking and other fun fall activities! I’ve never been apple picking and I was told I was definitely missing out on lots of fun. So, on the first fall weekend, we got up bright and early (about 6am) and headed to The Big Apple farm in Wrentham, Massachusetts.

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It was beautiful weather! It was chilly enough so that you could wear a cute plaid outfit (which we all did, of course), but it was also sunny and the orchard just looked gorgeous. We got to the farm a little before 10 and already there were lots of families with little kids running around, picking apples and taking lots and lots of pictures (as we soon did as well).

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We paid for a small bag, which cost $25, and started walking through, looking for our favorite apples. The Big Apple has a beautiful orchard on top  of a hill, so you are also rewarded with an amazing view.

We managed to fill up our bag fairly quickly (and even snacked on some apples there), so we got back into the car to drive down and visit their store. In the store they have ciders, donuts, caramel apples, honey sticks and, of course, other vegetables and more and more apples! I personally tried the caramel apples and the cider, both of which were absolutely delicious! I also heard the donuts are amazing, so I suggest you try those too!

 

That concluded our trip, but there is more you can do at the farm. I saw they offered hayrides, eventually pumpkin picking and maybe even more! My new American experience was a lot of fun and suggest you try it out as well!

 


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Mikulov: the wine and the hike

imageA couple of weeks back we decided we need to get to know our own country, the Czech Republic, a little more. We had a couple of days to explore, so we decided to go to southern Moravia for two and a half days. First stop was Mikulov.

Mikulov is a small town, but absolutely gorgeous. We spent half a day there but we wished our hotel was in the town, because we loved it so much.

By the time we got to Mikulov, it was well past noon and we were starving after spending the whole morning on the bus and train to get there. So we looked for a restaurant, where we could also enjoy our first glass of wine in the Czech wine country. We walked through the town and chose U Obřího Sudu. They had great food and great wine, so I definitely recommend it!

After food, wine and ice cream, we started our hike up to the Svatý Kopeček. The hill looked extremely daunting from the bottom, but up we went. Along the way there were information boards about the history, the area and the nature. Definitely give these a quick read, because you will learn lots of interesting things about the area you are exploring!

First tip, if you go on a hike, bring INSECT REPELLENT! We forgot to bring ours and ended up with huge swollen mosquito bites.

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Second tip, bring lots of WATER with you! Even though the hike isn’t as long as it seems, when it’s hot, you need enough water to keep you going.

imageAt the top of the hill, we were rewarded with the most gorgeous view! It was nice to just sit and enjoy the city and the castle below us. Once we took about a billion pictures, we took another route down. Half the time we were hoping we were walking down the right way, because we were alone in the forest. It was a great way to get back down, walking around the hill the back way.

Since the castle looked so beautiful from the top, we went to look at it up close. We walked around the grounds in awe of the beautiful architecture! Definitely suggest you walk around the grounds, it’s worth the time.

We brought our afternoon trip to an end with some wine on the main square of Mikulov. This is a must! There is nothing quite like a glass of wine after a long day of walking.

Mikulov is a beautiful place, that if you get the chance, you definitely should visit! Even if you don’t have time to go up to the hill, at least stop by for the adorable town and wine!


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Student Agency Review

This weekend we planned a very impromptu trip to Moravia, eastern Czech Republic. After looking at trains, we decided a bus to Brno was going to be the easiest way to get to our final destination: Breclav. Once we decided to take the bus, we knew we would take Student Agency. We have traveled with them in the past and we were always happy with the service. So here’s what we think of the agency.

imageThe buses are clean and comfortable. The seats are really nice and when you put them back a bit, you might even sleep well. Even though there isn’t a whole lot of space for your legs, there is a leg rest, which makes things a little more comfortable.

There is an entertainment system, that has games, some tv shows, like Big Bang Theory and Friends, and even several movies. They give out headphones, that are actually decent, so I recommend you take them. Also, there is wifi, so you can even browse the Internet, go on social media or even stream Netflix. It’s not the fastest wifi, but the connection is fairly strong the whole time. For free, you also get a choice of magazines and newspapers.

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When it comes to snacks and drinks, I recommend buying snacks beforehand, because those aren’t offered. They do have free hot beverages, which I suggest you take the hot chocolate, in the past the coffee hasn’t been the best, whereas the chocolate is pretty good. Cold drinks are sold on board, but it’s cheaper to buy drinks before getting on the bus.image

I have always been happy with Student Agency and I always recommend it when people are looking for an easy and cheap way to travel around Europe.


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Canoeing: 10 Tips for your adventure

Canoeing is a very typical Czech activity. Lots of people go on canoeing trips with their friends and family in the summer, because it is a fun and cheap way to enjoy the warm weather and have a little bit of an adventure. I have gone canoeing several times, so here are some of my tips, if any of you want to try it out!

  1. Water!! Bring lots of bottled water! Hopefully it’s going to be warm and sunny, but this means you need to buy bottled water that you can have with you all the time. I also recommend buying bottled water, rather than using sports bottles, because if you flip the canoe, then you won’t be upset you lost your favorite sports bottle!
  2. FOOD! Bring snacks that you can eat throughout the day, you might be canoeing for several hours at a time before hitting a restaurant or a camp, so it’s a good idea to bring something with you so you don’t get super hungry!
  3. Weirs – weirs can be extremely dangerous, so i recommend you look up the ones on your route so you know which ones are too dangerous to go on. Some you will be able to manage if you are careful and if there is enough water. For those, you should look up which side of the weir is safest to go down.IMG_7582
  4. Camps – find out where different camps are and how far you have to canoe between each of them.
  5. Trash bags – buy a bunch of large trash bags that you can put your things in, to add extra protection against water.
  6. Ziplock bags – small ziplock bags are perfect for phones, wallets and other objects you want to protect from water damage.
  7. Shoes – bring shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, but also shoes that won’t just float away if you fall into the water.
  8. Rain jacket – or anything else that you can put on when its starts raining or pouring.
  9. Sunscreen – you will spend lots of time on the sun, if the weather is nice. So sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses are a must!
  10. Alcohol – be very careful about drinking alcohol when canoeing. Even though it is a little bit of a tradition to drink a little when camping, by the bonfire, but don’t overdo it, so you aren’t hungover for the next leg of the journey. Don’t drink while you are actually canoeing, that can be very dangerous!

I love canoeing, it’s a lot of fun and I definitely recommend it, if you are looking for a small adventure! I can guarantee you will have stories to tell! Have fun and if you have any questions, feel free to comment!


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Flying with Finnair

When I decided to go to Japan, the biggest concern was getting tickets for the correct dates, price and availability. Seeing as I was buying these tickets less than two days before my intended departure, availability was key and we chose Finnair. It’s also the shortest route from Prague to Osaka, with 2 hours or so from Prague to Helsinki and then 9 hours from Helsinki to Osaka with a brief 3 hour layover.

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Pre-flight procedures here are pretty standard. You get a reminder e-mail 24 hours ahead of time and you can check in, nothing to remark on. Everything worked as it should have and I was on my way!

Flight

To be honest, it wasn’t one of my favorite flights, the seats are rather small and the place has a cramped feel to it. My return flight was significantly better, as I had two seats to myself and was able to be a little more comfortable. The best part was that the cabin temperature was pretty near perfect and I wasn’t freezing, as is sometimes the case.

Food

Food was decent, although on the way to Japan I didn’t eat much. On the way back, it was significantly better and we even got ice cream half way through the flight! You get a small bottle of water when you walk on the plane, so bonus points for that, even though it’s not enough for the long haul flight. On the short flight, you have a selection of food and drinks that you can purchase. On the other hand, service was great and always helpful.IMG_1193

TIP! Once you’re past security, bring a bottle of water for your long haul flight. I was pretty dehydrated on the way there so I did this when coming back and felt a lot better.

In-flight Entertainment

I was lucky because I travelled there and back in different months, so the movies and tv shows were slightly different. Overall, there’s a decent selection of movies and shows and I wasn’t bored, even though I hardly slept. One tip for you – you get free earphones, but I recommend that you bring your own, along with a converter to the two prong outlet for sound that airplanes have.

Overall, this was a very convenient way to get from A to B with the shortest possible travel time and best departure and arrival times. And for that alone, I would fly with them again. On the way there I was a little surprised, but on the way back I figured out what I need to do to make my flight more comfortable and it definitely was!