The Feeling of Love.

So December,

For this month to make sense a little context without giving away too much (some of it must be for us) ūüôā

Back in July I recently started at the hostel the Czech Inn¬†and during my second bar shift a friend of my fellow bartender came to visit with he’s friend from France.
While they were talking I noticed she was on her phone without thinking I started a conversation, After around 10 minutes we had a really strong connection so exchanged numbers and FB details and then she was swept away for the night.
I didn’t see her after that but we stayed in contact, I won’t lie I tried to seduce her and failed miserably with my poor western ways of seduction.
Then a few days later I got a text for her while she was on he bus back to France and we started talking.
Early December with feelings and emotions running high for us both, she does something that blows me away, mind you she already did a number things that took my breath away before hand.
Honesty is everything.
She invites me to Lille in France for Christmas, I couldn’t stay over NYE because I had to work it.
So I booked a flight there and bus back and left late December the 22nd I believe.
I made my way to her place, yes even figured it out …. slowly.
We reconnected after around 5 months easy of talking after a 10 minute or so face to face conversation.
The look, the feel, the aura,  everything in that moment when we saw each other was real.
We hugged, the purest, longest and honest hug I’ve felt from someone that wasn’t a life long friend or family member.
We spend afew days together then she took me out into Lille for our first movie date and wonder around town during Christmas.

Warning – many lovey dovey images.

Some days later my gorgeous lady had to work most of the day, so I went out into Lille myself and did the tourist thing.

I tried to find many of the old architectural buildings.
I was fortunate, it was a very very foggy day and got a gloomy effect, I was out till sun down and got some very nice images, then went to the Ferry go around for myself and later back to Seclin train station with the fog and got some very Silent Hill photos (I think)
I left on the 30th and arrived on the 31st back in Prague to work at the Czech Inn¬†that night after a 16 hour bus ride and one of the most wonderful Christmas’s currently in my adult life.
This women did more then capture my attention, she captured my heart and soul.
I love you my wolf.
Your Bear.
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A collection of photo’s – October & November.

Hello,

So these two months were quite a roller coaster ride for me,

Alot of new experiences and adventures, new feelings and emotions running through my vains.

This blog won’t have much dialogue quite honestly it’ll be a collection of my favourite images during this time.

Starting off with October.

I spent a day with two Swedish guests and this is by far my favourite image.

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Mid October we had a celebrity singer from a singing show in the Czech Inn this is her FB page.

These are the best photo’s from that night.

Later in October I went for another hike into the Czech wilds at Fláje.

I’ll be honest, No directions this time, figure it out yourself ūüėõ

Here you go ūüôā

After I returned from Fláje we enter into NOVEMBER.

This month was very easy travel wise being alot colder and me getting sick from it (yes I’m weak against the cold, my DNA is built for the heat)

This month I meet another guest and we went out to Prague castle and the Lennon wall and over the Charles bridge … again. ūüėõ

It was a fun day and I got alot of images I was more then happy with.

Nice and easy blog this time around, get ready for the month of December 2016 it’s a blog you may enjoy, I know I did ūüôā

Stefan D R

Kutna Hora.

Hello,

So after returning from the Bohemian Switzerland national park for my birthday I went straight into working.
So from Mid August up until late October.

I was pumping work.

In August and into early September I would work with Kurt Vinon¬†with the photography assistant work he’d provide me.

On the 1st of Sepetember I started my first school job with Dolni Brezany school teaching English to kids.

Also on top of all of this working at Czech Inn with the breakfast bar team.

Hectic doesn’t describe how much running around I did, I won’t deny it was crazy but to work that hard was good I won’t lie.

During this busy period of my life.

I meet a lovely guest at Czech Inn during a bar shift.

Her name is Anetta from Finland, well I learnt a fuck ton on Finland and its nature for sure!

I took her into Prague and shots some photo’s ¬†so here they are (just below) and I always wanted to go to Kutna Hora – famous for its Bone Chapel so we planned the next day to go there.

Has you see, Anetta doesn’t like her photo taken but took it like a trooper.

Next day we organised to go to Kutna Hora.

Here is step by step how to get there from Prague, links and all!

  • From your location in Prague head to¬†Hlavn√≠ n√°draŇĺ√≠ the main train station in Prague, here is the link from¬†Hlavn√≠ n√°draŇĺ√≠ to Kutna Hora¬†for the timetable.
  • NOTE – you can see you’ll need to do a transfer from Kolin to Kutna Hora, it a max 10 min wait (it was so blissful)
  • Once at Kutna Hora HL.N. – NOTE HL.N is the abbreviation for¬†Hlavn√≠ n√°draŇĺ√≠ (meaning main train station)
  • Once there you’ll find a map of the town to get started on your trip.

I’m not going to share the history of the the town, find that out for yourself.

Here are the images I took of us in Kutna Hora.

Enjoy!

The whole day for the two of us was around 1000 czk which is about 40 euros.

I won’t lie, it was more then worth it.

SDR Travels out!

Peace xoxo

Bohemian Switzerland National Park

Greetings,

OK a little back story to this one.

Mid July I meet a Czech lady named Veronika.

She lived in the town Teplice in the north eastern Czech Republic so yes I visited the town a few times.

The 14th of August is my birthday and being from Australia that’s the height of winter, well not anymore.

No its not my first birthday in summer, I’ve lived in Greece and had my 21st birthday in Greece on the island¬†Aegina.

Anyway Veronika for my 35th birthday was very gracious to offer and take me camping in the Bohemian Switzerland National Park.

Ok, I’ll try and be quick on how to get there and I’ll do it in point form.

  • Trains¬†and Bus¬†go to Decin¬†via this direct links – Note – we went by train and the bus stop was out the front of the train station, if you take the bus you’ll need to find out where the bus drops you off etc. – Travel time – Approx hour and a half
  • Once at¬†Decin¬†train station we went to the bus stop 434 which takes you to¬†HŇôensko a zpńõt¬†and¬†Mezn√≠ Louka¬†– Travel time – Approx 30 – 45 mins
  • ¬†HŇôensko¬†is the main town within the Czech Republic side of the National Park if wish to collect supplies its here or wonder its small streets (I took some photo’s)
  • Mezn√≠ Louka¬†is in fact a Hotel if you want a luxury stay and they offer tours but also just down the hill along the road you’ll notice a camping area on your left when we went there wasn’t anyone to pay so we simply found a spot and camped.

Photos of¬†HŇôensko

When we arrived at Mezní Louka we set up camp and had a lovely camp fire going for the next day.
Saturday morning we’re up and went the red track taking us to the¬†Pravńćick√° br√°na.

After a great day of walking taking in the scenery we return to camp and had a fantastic camp fire meal (I LOVE camp fire cooked meals) and we settled in for the night for another day of hiking.

Sunday the 14th of August my birthday!

SO yes we had a great morning meal and packed up the tent area.

We decided to go on a short walk then return to Teplice

Way less to type out on this one, more about the photos.

I hope you enjoyed the post.

Take it easy and see you around.

Stefan

Summer and Prague

Hello Again!

So after my trip to Montenegro, I returned to the Czech Republic and Prague.

Focused on generating more work for myself but more importantly, I had a mission.

When it comes to swimming and the availability of water either it sea or ocean I am without a doubt a very very spoilt man.

Growing up in the coastal country town of Moruya I had the south pacific to swim and the Deua National Park and its river the Araluen river and also living in at different stages in my life in Piraeus Greece so plenty of water and swimming was at my doorstep.

Moving to the Czech Republic I knew my strongest challenge would be this, not anything to do with culture or a new government system.

I knew I had to find a new source of water to swim.

At the start of the summer I meet a Slovakian named Marc; through the Smaller Earth academy and we became friends, he also moved to Prague around the same time I came to Prague and agreed we needed to find a place to swim.

When I returned from my trip in Montenegro, Marc already found some places recommended to him by locals of Prague.

The park is called ҆√°reck√Ĺ potok¬†so off we went to visit the park and see what it’s like.

I’ll admit the parks in Prague are something else, they are 100% better then what we have in Australian cities and while I haven’t visited all the Australian cities I’ve been to all except Hobart, Perth and Darwin.

We arrived at the tram stop¬†Vozovna Vokovice¬†and simply walked west towards the airport until we saw a Mc Donald’s fast food (I refuse to acknowledge them as a restaurant) then it started to pour down raining so we decided to get some junk food into us while we waited, after about 45 mins it cleared and the sun was shining.

We saw a hill and wanted to get a better view so up we went and meet two Czech’s, after showing them my GoPro we felt it’ll be more fun to climb the cliff face and off we went!

Once we hit the lake we walk around it to more an idea what’s around, we come across a very old diving platform and thought that’ll be great to start our swim.

When then walked around the northern shore line towards the east and around the southern shore line till we came back to the diving platform.

The water was clean and fresh I’ll admit and quite satisfying (it’s not salt water but beggars can’t be choosers).

I didn’t take my camera this time just my GoPro and so here is a video to cap off the day and the blog see you around!

Montenegro Part 2

So,

I meet four more women from Argentina.

Guapi, Maria, Micaela & Daniela

They are travelling across Europe and very friendly, they invited me for breakfast (how can anyone refuse?)

During breakfast, we chatted and it was their first day so we went into town and went for a swim.

Well, it’s something else. the Adriatic sea is very different from the Aegean Sea and yes I could tell the difference.

Here is a Video from that swim, I hope you enjoy it.

After the swim, I caught up with Maria and we hung out for the last time that trip, she was returning to Russia.

We talked and once again had a lovely time and of course more photos.

I hope to see her again when I reach Russia and have more adventures!

Keep well Maria!

So after I walked Maria back to her hotel for the last time I returned to the Argentinians.

We agreed to visit the Sveti Stefan which is now a private hotel (shame).

Here are the photos from that visit.

After the swim, we decided to simply walk back to Budva.

I’d admit, it was fucking awesome, we overlook so much in our cars, buses and on Scooters.

I took some photos of course but the overall experience was brilliant for me.

While we were walking, Daniella asked me to take some photos of Micaela’s top which she designed and made.

we stopped at a restaurant with a wonderous view and had great meal.

I unfortunately,didn’t take a business card to link the restaurant’s¬†site, look’s like I have to return and get it.

Finally, we returned to Budva and the Budva Mojo Hostel.

Honestly, I needed a sleep and make my plans to return to my life in Prague.

With research, I found flights quite cheap from Dubrovnik to Prague.

Worked out the same price as the bus trip but honestly, I’d rather the bus trip again, you meet more people and get so much more info about the area’s you visit.

Thank you¬†Maria, for inviting me to a country I never heard of, Montenegro¬†and granted me new experiences I won’t soon forget.

—Ā–Ņ–į—Ā–ł–Ī–ĺ.


 

 

Montenegro??? Part 1

 

Crazy!

Well seems I got a lot of catching up with you guys, so no more talking what I’ll “try” to do and just do what I can.

No expectations on both sides.

So for this story to make sense like many of my stories I have to start from the very beginning.

I have a very old, dear and close friend now living in Moscow, Yulia.

After many years we finally had time at least for a Facebook chat, towards the end she types to me.

“Hey I have a friend you’d get along great with”

And that’s how I digitally meet Maria.

After a¬†couple of weeks on and off chatting she tells me she’s going on holidays with her mother, Thinking OK fair enough I’ll leave her alone to enjoy her holiday.

A few days later, I get a Facebook message.

“What are you up to this week?”

Having a look through my schedule I found I wasn’t really that busy.

“Got a couple of English lessons, why do you ask?” I reply.

“Come to Montenegro” she types.

Montenegro??? where the fuck is that I’m thinking so of course I jump to Google Maps and have a look, a small country between Croatia and Albania along the coast on the Adriatic sea.

She told me she’s was¬†staying in the town Budva.

So I start researching how the hell do I get to Montenegro after two hours I found this bus site that’s very extensive in its search engine and easy to navigate.

https://getbybus.com/en/

I hope any of you looking to go to another country across Europe find this useful.

So through Getbybus I was able to book a bus from Prague to Split then to Dubrovnik and finally to Budva, the total trip took 29 hours but honestly the people I met and things I learned along the way have helped me far more than I imagined.

Even doing pit stops for 15 mins and getting off the bus while¬†you’re¬†travelling, then to smell and breath the air adds¬†to wanderlust for me personally and if you have a sunset or sunrise to add to it?

Also seeing the countryside adds to the fact¬†you’re on an adventure of the unknown.

 

 

All these factors lead me to say travelling by bus or even train (after my terrible experience, refer to a previous post) is better then flight if you’re in travel mode.

We all know the advantages of flight ….. I hope.

So I arrived around 12 midnight in Budva and on my way walking to the hostel I walked past two girls thinking nothing more of it, after 29 hours on a bus I continue on my way when one of them asked me where another Hostel was. 

Which I had no clue, so all I said was “All I know is the¬†MOJO Budva¬†and they are staying up for me so if they have room at least you’ll know someone will be able to assist you.”

The ladies were Barbara and Yvette from the USA and we walked to MOJO Budva.

We found it I got my room and there was space for them also so happy days.

They mentioned they wanted to go out and informed me that Budva is a “party” town, I thought¬†“Screw it I’m so wired I may as well follow through and see what Budva’s got.”

We got dressed and went into town soon to learn in many parts they have a strict noise curfew at 11pm so we missed that boat totally being 1am.

We got something to eat but only fast food shops were open, where we were, so we settled for that.

We continued down the road and found a casino and we thought “Sweet they’ll sell drinks and we can chill and chat.

Can’t go wrong with casino’s anywhere in the world, this one was open ¬†till 4am and we were able to sit and chat till, you guessed, 4am.

During the morning we talked about visiting Budva Old Town and wander around town.

Next morning I made a little video to re-cap.

While  the girls were getting ready I took some photos of MOJO Budva, I enjoyed my stay there, it was clean and very close to the main city centre of Budva.

 

 

Once the girls got ready we headed off to Old Town Budva, It was a very fun day with gorgeous views, great sun and some posing.

 

 

That evening I meet Maria.

We relaxed and talked and I walked her back to her hotel with the following photos for Yulia.

Next day I decided to rent a scooter from you guessed it rent a scooter in Budva, When I called very good English and offered to pick me up on his scooter and take me to the showroom which personally I felt was a great touch.

He had a good selection of scooters if you know your bikes and he’s quite knowledgeable and sound advice.

My only issue honestly was it was about step to rent the scooter for 24 hours which I believe was around 40 euros plus a 50 euro deposit (which is fair).

I guess we all have to make a living and he’s industry is limited only to the high season so with that taken into account I didn’t say anything, I’m tell you so you’re aware.

Once I had the scooter, I rode back to MOJO Budva where Milena was chilling in the front area.

I asked her what her plans were today?

“Nothing today but tonight got some people checking in”

Note – Milena is very attractive so I asked¬†If she’s ever had nice photos of herself?

Of course, she said no, so I invited her to join me on the scooter and go for a ride and take some photos, so off we went!

Once we returned, I had a sleep and shower for spend my afternoon and evening with Maria.

It was a gorgeous sunset and I had no clue where I was going, fortune found we were going up the mountain side out of the valley which Budva was built in.

The following photos are us with the fantastic view and sunset, we then rode back down once the heat of the day was finishing and then rode along the road south towards the city Bar and all the great shots I kept stopping, I’m sure Maria had enough by the end but when I get my photography Mojo, I’ll admit I get very self-centered.

That night I decided to wake up early and take sunrise photos, I noticed a large wall breaker so decided to head out to the end of it.

After jumping over fences and still not getting there, I decided to go back again back over the fences and look at the “entrance way” more closely.

I noticed a pathway to the far left and off I went straight to the end, mind you this whole ordeal took a good 30 mins and thankfully I get to my destination before the sun hits the horizon, again mind you ūüėõ there was a mountain range to the east which if you remember I said Budva was built in a valley, I completely brain farted and looking at mountain range with a single cloud.

Anyway here is the images from that morning.

After the “sunrise” I went for a scooter ride and ruins …. yes just ruins on a cliff face so I rode up it and went for a walk around and took more photos.

I continued along the road and stopped whenever I saw something that simply caught my eye.

 

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That day I relaxed even further, more sun and salt.

I meet up with Maria again and we talked more and had some drinks, Maria even did a dance for me so I’ll only show two imagesINSEr of that.

I took Maria back to her hotel and back to my MOJO Budva.

When I returned my room, I found two girls in my room from Argentina.

END of Part 1.